Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No.5 ….and previous winner

Sorry I’m late this month… but let’s get cracking with some fun projects by two of the DT ladies..  NanaDonna & DeeScraps.  Merrie and I will be adding ours later this week, so  be sure to check back.  The Challenge as always is sponsored by Bugaboos stamps, so if you haven’t had a chance to  check out the new store lately.. you really should.






















Winner from last month’s No. 4 Challenge is……

 8. Dora

Congratulations Dora, what a fun card.. love it !  Thank you to everyone who entered… looking forward to seeing more of your creations again this time.

Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No.1

Ok ladies and gents… here we go.. kicking off the start of the new Bugaboo Crafty Challenge with a quick set of rules.

  • Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
  • You can  make any type of craft project as long as it falls within the guidelines of Bugaboo Stamps TOU ( Terms Of Use –  see site for details if unsure )
  • You must link back to the Bugaboo Image you used in your blog post, as well as to this blog challenge.
  • You have till the end of the following challenge to claim your prize ( 14th of each month ).  Unclaimed prizes will  be re-picked on the 15th, and a new winner notified.  ie : you win January..  winners picked on  Feb 15th…must claim by March 14th… if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th… NO EXCEPTIONS. winner’s will be posted on the blog, please be sure to subscribe for updates, or check back to see the winners.
  • Limit of 3 entries per person, can be entered in unlimited other challenges.
  • Prize: 4 single image digital stamps from the  bugaboostamps collection
  • Winner will be randomly selected, unless otherwise noted
  • I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary at any point in the future.
  • Last, but not least… HAVE FUN !!!  that’s what it’s all about.. right?

Ok .. so now  please meet the ladies  who will be your DT providing inspiration and fun projects each month.  We have the lovely Deescraps who is also a DT on our other monthly Challenge “Crafty Awesomeness”  which you are also welcome to enter.  that one starts on the 1st of each month and has  various sponsors throughout the year.  also joining me form the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge we have  NanaDonna… AND  now we have a new  DT to introduce  you to.  Ms Merrie Jones, who will be  jumping in to her first ever Blog..and her first DT team.  Woo hoo!  .. and the of course.. you got me, MsWipz.. sorry.. but you are stuck with me  again LOL

So first off  lets see what the ladies have this month….   some of our ladies “mentioning no names” couldn’t make their mind up lol… so they  are showing off multiple projects. Me and DeeScraps… we’re not so flighty lol.









I can’t wait to see all the fun projects you ladies and gents come up with..and of course.. make sure to check the the  Catch the Bug Challenge Blog  to see what other challenges you can enter them in to.  If you would like to enter, but don’t have any Bugaboo Stamps images yet.. be sure to check out the current Friday Freebie and New Releases. You are more than welcome to use the freebie,  or one of the half price New Releases in your challenge projects.

CraftsUPrint Freebie Friday – 1 for the Journal Makers?

The Crafty Jaguar 8×8 Ultimate Organiser/Journal for Crafters by Janice McFarlane  is the new Freebie Friday at CraftsUPrint. WOWSER..what a kit huh…it’s HUGE.

“This is a massive kit, and not everything (extra embellishments, bookmarks etc) is included in the preview photo. I’ve tried to include pages in this kit that I think would be useful to crafter’s especially those who have a client list and attend craft fairs etc. There is lots of room for ideas, inspiration, and hand little pockets on the dividers, as well as some cheeky little crafty quotes on some of the pages. What you include is up to you, and how many pages you print out is also up to you. I am sure this will be invaluable to the serious crafter as well as making a fantastic gift for someone.

The Crafty Jaguar Organiser has a lovely faux leather and fur texture with stitched edges.

Contents –

Front/Back Covers

Front/Back Cover Inserts


Pages –

Monthly Planner



To Do/Reminders

Crafty Contacts

Sketches & Doodles

Ideas and Inspiration

Craft Fair Contacts

Customer Order Form with detachable Receipt

My Wish List

Making Memories Quick Page

Bits ‘n’ Bobs Folder



Stick it Notes

Journal Cards


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Super simple wooden easel effect

This was another one of the recent cut files I bought from CraftsUPrint by Designer Clive Couter  “Artists Easel Card”. The sample on the site was very feminine, so I decided to try something different.  I went for a super simple look.   The cut file is really quick and simple .. just 3 cuts, 5 folds and a couple of spots of glue..and voila! one easel ready to decorate. I chose to keep it simple and added a handful of die cuts …. but you could be as simple, or as fussy with the decor as you like.

Nice versatile design that could be used for cards, signs, seating arrangements and so much more.  Throw on some chalkboard vinyl and some chalk pens and it would be a great one for kids, or teachers…. homeschooling awards, So many possibilities!

Materials for this one are super easy… 110lb card stock, some ink pads, glue and some die cuts.  This would be a fun and easy projects for the kids too.  Add a photo or drawing and send it to Grandma ..or pop it on a shelf with an inspirational quote.

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Vintage monotone “Shabby Card” with fancy edge

I’d been wanting to  use this image for a while now, but was waiting for the right project to fall in to place.  It’s one of the older Scrapper’s Delights images and has more detail and shadowing  than the newer style images… but lends itself perfectly to this vintage “shabby” look.  Because of the style it’s incredibly  quick and easy to  achieve this look, even if you aren’t a regular colorer.

Pencils and an alcohol blender pen.. a round stiff bristle brush and an ink pad…  no  hardcore precise coloring skills needed.  Even my 4 year old can dry ink these vintage shabby style backgrounds… in fact, if I recall he “hijacked” helped do this one lol.

The fancy edge border card is a cut file from CraftsUPrint “Over the Edge Floral Border 6”
Image is  Holly Hobbie Set 4
Colored with CraZart pencils, a home made alcohol blender pen and some Ranger Distress inks.  Fancy border has a Gelly Roll Stardust outline for a “lil bling”.

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Acetate Tulip Border Card

Another one of the fab cut files I found on CUP and grabbed with my Crafty Bob Crazy 5 minute Game winnings is this “Border Edge Card 15” by Clive Couter, he has some great designs in this style and with a little nip and tuck they make the perfect borders for Acetate card. I have been wanting to try this for ages and when I saw his designs I knew they were exactly what I was looking for.

The CUP file was cut on my Cricut and then I used my trimmer to split the file in three pieces and the center part discarded. A 1/2inch score was put on the main panel to create the flap/hinge and the border was glue to the other edge of the acetate.

The image is by Cute As A Button “Wooden Shoes” and I knew as soon as I found this border, that this was the image I wanted to use for this card. She is colored with a mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Pens.

This is my Inspiration Card over at the Cute As A Button Inspiration Blog this month… Thanks for checking it out 🙂





“Border Edge Card 15” by Clive Couter


This is the original file  which I split into sections to form the card base above.  A versatile design that can be used in various ways and projects  🙂








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Crafting Journal/Notebook/Inspiration Scrapbook thingamabob from scratch

I wanted to try something different this time… so instead of a card I made myself a crafting journal/notebook for this months Challenge project.  It’s something I used to do when I started my photography and I would stick images into a scrapbook….  not the fancy new scrapbooks we see today, just the regular old kids type of construction paper ones. When I saw an image in a magazine that I liked, I would cut it out and stick it in there a a visual inspiration and  it also helps you define your style.

As it grows you can see a definite preference and tastes emerge and  it gave me a visual reference  as to what lighting and poses etc appealed to my artistic side.

CAAB_roughed_cup_wmd…so I wanted to do something similar for my  paper crafting… It will be filled with images and quotes and sentiments etc…  but this time.. my own.  It’s kind of a cross between a diary, scrapbook, notebook… doodles and notes and  quotes ..  and inspiration for my crafting.


I didn’t want to  buy a manufactured book to do this with, I wanted something more  casual and easy to add to. I just happen to own a Comb binder, which is perfect for projects like this…. and yes, those are tea cup stains you can see at the bottom…and yes they were deliberate.





As were the roughed up corners LOL  I wanted a well read, worn,  loved and treasured look to the project.  Have you ever seen a notebook that has been in and out of a teenagers backpack for 6 month or more…?  that was the look I was going for.



This is an ongoing project which will grow over time as pages are filled with quotes and images and color palette ideas.  I could have faked out a few pages for the blog post… but  I will probably just do an update post later in the year for anyone interested.

I chose a monochrome  palette for the front cover for a few reasons

.. one I printed this on cream colored card, instead of the usual white and wanted to tie in the tea and books theme.

.. two I wanted to create that old yellowed loved and worn look and Monochrome is something I need to practice.  Color is a lot  more forgiving because you can use colors to distract from areas of weakness in an image… that doesn’t work in black and white or monochrome.  That’s another thing I learnt from my years doing photography 🙂  Although my darkroom was capable of doing color, I think I used up the samples that came with.. and never bought any more.  I am and always will be a B&W kinda gal when it comes to my photography… I do color… but  for the most part my favorite images are usually sepia or black and white.

Now  some of you saw the project I did a few weeks ago which featured some ribbon lacing on the sides… and I was asked how I did that.  I did it with my Comb Binder machine, I just used ribbon instead of plastic combs ….It’s a fun little machine  🙂

Front cover Image is from Cute As A Button and is called “A good book and a cup of tea” which was printed on Cream Card Stock and colored with Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon Markers.

The cover was double layered with a contrasting card for extra thickness and then comb bound using a Fellowes Comb Binder and plastic combs. Inside pages are Cream paper and there are about 30-40 pages…. more will be added as needed.

Cover was roughed up with a cup of tea and some distress inks… and some general bending and folding of corners  for ages, used and loved look.

I can’t wait to get stuck into  this one..I miss my old inspiration books 🙂



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School’s out for summer !!!

Cute school card project to work on over the summer…

This would make a cool card for good grade rewards, just slip in a little gift card/cash holder inside…. or congrats on educational achievements. Welcome to a new school card, thank you card for teacher… any number of things.

Using Cute As A Button’s image “IMG00293 School Days”   colored with Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor and a touch of Ranger Distress Pens.  It’s double layered so the frame and girl overlay the ABC background. Foam mounted on a 4.25×5.5 inch Craft Smith card from their solid color textured pack using Kuretake (Zig) Photo Tape on Darice adhesive foam.  I love the Kuretake photo tape, it’s by far the best tape I have used so far on this foam.
CAAB_ ABC_card_watered

This is my Inspirational project for July as a member of the Cute AS A Button DT team

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Spotlight Series Day 15, Francesca – Cute As A Button

Who are you ?

Francesca “Frenchy” Lopez (bet you can’t guess how I got the nickname?)

Digital Stamps Store

Cute As A Button Facebook Group

“Cute As A Button Challenge”



Cute As A Button Designs….although probably not a good choice of a name for a company as it is very saturated in cyberworld…oh well, but I don’t like using my name for business as it just seems so self centered to me….lol


Where are you ?
I live and bred in sunny California….

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I seriously started drawing at age 4 joining many drawing contests and winning. Professionally, at age 12

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
I will have my hubby or daughter drive down to McDonalds or Burger King….explains why I have gained 50lbs…lol

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?
don’t have a view..

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
my very first product for sale was when I was 12. Sold a commissioned image that was used for the promotion of the 1984 Summer Olympics. In my Shop, I had three for sale:

Salt of the Earth
Fishers of Men
Be Strong in The Lord


Salt of the Earth


Fishers of Men


Be Strong in The Lord










What’s your guilty pleasure ?
chocolate covered strawberries and almonds

What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
Pastor and Paralegal/Law Clerk. Still do both

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world …. who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?
Jesus. Why do you love us when most of us don’t want you

What’s your favorite color?

What was your favorite subject in school…?
Math, still is

What is your best and worst personality trait?
Love to teach others and share my knowledge. Organizer and Perfectionist which are also my worst as I expect the same from others.

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
Hmmm…..last real one, Cuba but not fully a vacation because we ended up ministering to others and providing food, clothing and basic necessities. Hawaii…was one where we just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves back in 2005

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
absolutely! would cast all those devils out….lol

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?
Miss Scarlett

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
my drawing tablet

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so.. was it fun, or a nightmare?

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?
definitely my father

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
their kind hearts and such great talent


I Look To You Lord




Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise
I look to you Lord represents my personality/essence of who I am






Which decade do you think had the best music?
1980s of course

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
Loved much and was loved

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
depending on my pain level…from 1 to 3 days

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
I love my name “Fran-chesca” but like Isabella

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
Gracefully and hope I am living my life that way

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder


Tooth Fairy





What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
I have a few but really like happy with Tooth Fairy especially colored.






If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
Critic..food and church

How long have you been in business?
Since December 12, 2013

Who is your inspiration/muse?
life, travels, family, bible, children and granddchildren

How many people work with/for you?
Just me and 8 beautiful and wonderful DT ladies

Name your favorite cartoon?
Mighty Mouse

Favorite quote?
I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:13 (i take this literally and can DO all thingsJ because He teaches me)

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
I sing whether regardless of who’s listening….I love to worship so I sing all the time even in my dreams. Oddly, though, I don’t sing in the shower but pray.

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
Steve Reeves. No.

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character wodonuld you want to be?
well, if I went to Disney I wouldn’t be any of the characters…I would be Disney..running the whole thing! lol

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
drawing and playing games on my ipad

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
Create in Me A Clean Heart by Nitro Praise has a 80s beat to it

What’s your favorite horror movie?
there are not scary/horror movies to me….they are all wimpy


Tooth Fairy



Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?
same as above, Tooth Fairy












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Sneak peek at the upcoming Cute As A Button New Releases & Challenge news

As some of you know, I recently joined the Cute As A Button DT team…. it wouldn’t take a genius to guess which one I am on the DT gallery lol.  There’s one in every family  ..BAAAAAAAAAAAAA  ….. *grin

Here is a sneak peek at one of the new releases coming out on the 10th of April.

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Cute As A Button DigiStamps facebook group

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This will be my first DT project with the team….I hope you like what we’ve come up with this month.

I’m super excited to get started on my 2nd project for the team, my inspirational piece is out on the 18th and  it’s hopefully going to be something a bit different from my normal projects.  I have something special I have been holding onto for just the right project..and I think I found the perfect image for it…so be sure to check back on the 18th for that one too.

And don’t forget the April Facebook coloring challenge, you can get your freebie image “Grow in the Lord” and join in.

This ends April 25th so be sure to  grab her soon.  I’ll be sharing mine mid month… so I hope you like it.



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