Cricut Luggage in style!

Have you seen the Cricut Luggage?  I am sorry I can’t bring myself to call it a bag, or storage, or  cart …. this looks too classy….it has to be luggage lol

If you are a Cricut crafter who has to travel a lot to retreats, shows etc  and you want to do it in style.. you have to see these.  Or if you are a looking for a gift for the Cricut Crafter who has EVERYTHING…, and we all know there are a few of those haha.  Check these out…. or as my 4 year old says …

“Check these Bad Boys out !”

cricutluggageDesigned in a stylish, but classic tweed, for use at home or on the go! “These premium crafting bags are thoughtfully designed to provide organization and storage for your Cricut machines and craft supplies”


Rolling Craft Tote


• Easy rolling premium craft bag
• Multiple compartments, pockets and detachable storage
• Specially designed to hold rolls of vinyl, iron-on and more
• Multi-directional wheels roll in any direction
• Machine and supplies sold separately




Machine Tote


• Thoughtfully organized
• Conveniently designed to stack with Rolling Craft Tote
• Side pockets, compartments and sturdy double-snap handle
• Soft padding for added protection
• Machine and rolling tote sold separately





Shoulder Bag


• Thoughtfully designed for mobility
• Padded section for laptop or tablet
• Holds 12”x12” materials
• Inside zipper pocket





rolling Craft Tote +Machine Tote Combo



• Rolling Craft Tote, Tweed
• Machine Tote, Tweed





Sadly me and my Cricut are pretty stationary..but if I was travelling a lot.. these would definitely be on my wish list.   I love the classic tweed look.

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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? 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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KennyK digi’s

I really need to get some time to sit down and do  some coloring…. digital and hand coloring.  So many other things going on right now…. but I am determined to troll through that tonne of digis I have and do some Christmas cards.  I have a request for a bunch of cards featuring the ever awesome BugabooStamps Stella…. and that is almost complete, the envelopes arrived yesterday 🙂


…and of course I love my KennyK’s…. can you tell? lol.  I keep running across new digi artists and adding them into the blog’s Freebie Friday and Digi artist page…. lots of talent out there.

Both of these Digi artists have a featured monthly challenge over on the message board, for anyone who wants to come play 🙂

For anyone who is interested, these are some older images colored in Paint shop Pro 7  ( JASC) before I got my graphics tablet.  I just started coloring digis for card making …. and now I am going to try my hand at hand coloring too.

this is a mix of KennyK’s, Bugaboostamps and  freedeariedollsdigistamp





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Shaker card tutorial.

Ok.. this is the tutorial I have been wanting to build since I did my first shaker card with the new windows.  Oh how I LOVE these new shaker card windows.  You ladies who have already received yours…I know you are shouting “AMEN sister!”to that one LOL.

I can’t even remember how I got into this big search for a supplier ..I remember  looking a few times and thinking about it, then looking some more for settling on this particular supplier.  The first time we tried this in a card challenge…. oh what fun and games we had, all those layers and shakies sticking to everything.. but it was a lot of fun and definitely a great looking card…. once you got it right 🙂 .. anywho I digress.

So.. this tutorial is  based on 3 inch circular windows…. and at this point all of the instructions are going to assume that is what you are using.  Of course if you don’t have them… you will have to  modify the instructions and find an alternative method to achieve the same look.. but  at least you will get some ideas 🙂  and when you get sick of layers and stuff sticking to other stuff, or leaking out…  come back and see us and  we’ll point you in the right direction to buy some  :)p  Later when the Square and other shapes and sizes become available…. the concept of this tutorial will be the same, and the Free cut files will become available for purchasers of them too.

Ok, lets hop to it and get to the fun stuff..making something super cool.  Now part of this tutorial is going to be about this fun new style of shaker card I came up with… the  game card.  And again, the concept is the same for any style of shaker, the difference is in whether your card face has holes, or no holes in the design.

 Ok..what are you going to need…

Machine wise… well that is up to you. If you have a Cricut Explore,  there are  basic SVG files for you to download and import into Design Space.  If you have another die cutting machine that will import graphic files.. there will be Jpegs you can use.  If you have an old Cricut Expression… and it can cut a 3 inch circle in a  piece of card.. you have yourself a window base.

Now.. if you don’t happen to have any of those choices available.. never fear.  I have it on good authority from my ladies,that the Spellbinder standard circles Lrg & Sml sets work perfectly.



They are currently available on Amazon for $11.99 for the small and $11.44 for the large, if anyone else is like me and bought a totally different brand of circular dies that DO NOT fit lol.

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For those of you who do not have a machine and do not want to purchase dies either.. never fear.. we have a method for you too … where there’s a will there is always a way..right !!

Ok.. now to the fun stuff.  First of all you need a design that will fit into the 3 inch circular space the window will cover.   Once you have that, you need to choose between a regular shaker card and a game card.  If you bought the windows through me, you already have the necessary “parts” for the game card, if you choose to make one.  Included in your packet was a small package of Ball Bearings.  If you got your windows elsewhere.. Walmart or Amazon or any number of places sell BB’s and ball bearings.

Rule of thumb I use for the game cards is:

Toddlers 2 balls
Youngsters 4-6 balls
Teens and Adults 6-10 balls
Nerds and Egotists 10+  balls

Ok.. now to the next decision;  overlay, or underlay….either method works, it just depends on what resources you have available and the  way you want to decorate your main card base.
tutorial_overlayIf you do not have a cutter and you don’t have dies.. you are pretty much going to be stuck with the overlay method, unless you want to cut your circle by hand… which you can of course if you want to.

Overlay just means that you are sitting the window on top of the finished piece..and you will need to find a way to hide the flange ( the lip that runs around the base of the window and you glue to the card.  If you do not have a die cutter to cut a circular frame, you could use something like a ruffled lace, or other embellishments to cover it up.

In this example I have a circular frame that I cut out… you can see the edge of the flange .. that is intentional so you can see it’s the overlay method.

tutorial_underlayUnderlay –  This is where you will feed the window through from behind, effectively masking the flange  with no added frames or embellishment needed, except for aesthetics.  If you want to emboss your surround, or do a design in print and cut, or have the center design extend beyond the confines of the window.. this is the easiest method to use.  **See examples at the bottom of the tutorial.

Ok,  so now you have your image and you have decided on overlay, or underlay.. now we get to decide on  shakies, or game card.  If you are going to build a regular shaker..  you are pretty much ready to start printing and cutting

tutorial_cutsThis image shows the pieces needed for both styles… overlay and underlay  AND both types.. standard, or game card.
Bottom left game card image layer
Top left game card padding layer.  The padding layer is just to give the holes depth, so the balls don’t slip out TOO easily. You can add more than two layers if you want to make it easier, specially on the game cards with 6 or more balls. That can be varied depending on the recipient. Top middle  This is the backing piece for  the game card, once the balls are inserted.. you will need something solid to keep them in.  You can either cut a separate piece to fit the front panels, or glue directly to the card base.  I prefer to cut a separate layer so that the shaker game is sealed and I can flip it over to position it, without trying to keep the balls from escaping. Remember to avoid getting glue on this back section where the holes are, specially if you are using tape runners to attach layers.. No one likes sticky balls.. right?
Bottom middle This is the  image background used for a regular shaker card using the overlay method.
Top right  a plain cut card for use with the underlay method.. if you plan to emboss or decorate with inks or stamps etc.
Bottom right is another overlay, this time however it already has a decorative Faux frame and border which was  cut on the Explore using the print and cut feature.  This was designed in a graphics program before being imported so I could have a text frame.

lastly….and lying around of course is a very simple circular frame which can be used to hide the flange of an overlay… or just to decorate the top of an underlay for effect.

Of course you can design simple cut files in Design space very easily..and now they have released the fill feature.. that makes for some fun and unique designs.  Now you do not have to center your window.. I just did for these designs, but bear in mind you will need to accommodate the flange when you move the circle cut out around your design and you don’t want it  showing between the edges of your layers if it’s too close to the edge.

Game card –  glue the two layers with holes together and line them up.  Attach your window, using the overlay or underlay method of choice.  If you are using the underlay method, don’t forget to add glue to the top and bottom of the flange so it sticks to both the image layer and the overlay. The overlay method also makes it easy to align the circle correctly, as the overlay should line up with the other two layers ….ok, now let it dry if you used a wet glue.  It’s very easy to get impatient with these and want to play with them and test them before they are ready… sticky balls,..sticky balls.. no one wants sticky balls.!!!  I should know…. I had to shake my first one for about 2 hours till they finally stopped sticking together inside my game….what can I say….I’m a Scottish Aries and patience is not on even my list of “non existent” virtues.

Ok so are we all good this far?   Feel free to ask questions on the message board, or in the comments section below.  You will need to be registered for either/both options… but we don’t bite : )

Don’t worry ..we are getting towards the end of  War n Peace -Crafter Edition

Ok .. so now you have waited patiently and your  glue has dried, you won’t  have to worry about sticky balls.   So flip your window over and assuming you cut big enough holes for the balls to sit in during the game.. you should be able to pop those balls right in from the back… much easier than trying to  pop them in and then glue the windows to the base… trust me…. these lil suckers…. if you drop  em on a non carpeted floor…. GONE !!! like magic.. Don’t worry about that one extra layer of card you have to cut.

I promise, it beats the alternative..I live in an apartment with wooden floors in the area I craft… let me rephrase that… UNEVEN wooden floors in the area I craft in.  I know somewhere in the vicinity of my crafting carts and my computer desk … there are at least 3 Escapees I haven’t found yet.  I have a pot of 6000 of these suckers…I can afford to have a few strays to hunt down later, most of you don’t ! LOL

Ok… so here are a few sample cards ..  in the coming week or ….so…. there will be some step by step projects for creating these cards from start to finish … Right from coloring the image, to completed cards.  Lots of pictures and videos for anyone who finds reading instructions hard to follow.

Again, if you have any questions.. hop on over to the message Board and we’ll  get you fixed up 🙂   We’d love to see your shaker cards too.. so if you make any.. come on over and show us your pics.

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Images used are :

Laundry Nanavic  This was a September Challenge Card over on the message board.

– Ornate background is a CUP cut file by Lizzie Mayne, Bear image is a stamp that is hand inked

–  KennyK  isn’t she too adoreable, she was one of my my Bi  Weekly challenge submissions.

Upcoming shaker card step by step projects will feature images from KennyK, Bugaboo stamps and freedeariedollsdigistamps.  If you are a digi artist and would like to see your work featured in some of the Crafting Circle projects.. come find me on the message board and PM me a link to your site and portfolio 🙂

And stay tuned for an upcoming review of my new graphics tablet 🙂   I’m having a lot of fun with that.  For the price.. it’s pretty dang cool.