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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kingdom People

Had to share what an old friend Reinhard Bonnke shared today.


I saw long ago that Christians often live far below their “Kingdom” possibilities. They don't live as Kingdom people at all, but as ordinary folk who come appealing occasionally to God for help. Help... that is a minor thing. The great thing is that help is one of the things added to us when we SEEK FIRST the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 6,33) 

Some folk are looking for a lost coin when they should be looking for a Kingdom. They have mislaid their whole inheritance. It has all been illustrated in the New Testament. We should be children of the Kingdom, blessed products of a new dimension, filled with power, filled with the Holy Spirit, walking by faith, walking in LOVE, hearing God's voice, rejoicing in all circumstances because no circumstance is of any consequence compared to the fact that the Kingdom of God is ours


Agree wholeheartedly but not only are they not living as Kingdom people but they are also not walking in the FRUIT of the Spirit.  They live as christians by title only.

Something to think about.....

Monday, December 1, 2014

December's Facebook Group - Free Digi

Free Digi available! 

Join our facebook group for a free digi.  Hope you enjoy it! Happy Crafting!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CuteAsAButtonDigiStamps/'s



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reminder - Facebook Group Challenge #3 - Anything Goes

Facebook Challenge #3

It's time for the third facebook Anything Goes challenge of the month here on Cute As A Button Facebook group!
This challenge can be anything you like as long as it uses an Cute As A Button image.
This challenge will stay open until December 13th, so get your crafting stuff out and join us! There are digi prizes available as well as a chance to be the next Guest Designer here on the FB Challenge!

To enter, add your challenge to the November 15, 2014 photo album in the photos tab up top!
*All projects must follow the theme
* You must use a Cute As A Button image
* Your image must be hand colored
We can't wait to see what you all come up with this month! Here's are DT Inspiration cards!
If you want to enter this month’s Challenge, please upload your project this folder 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.747444835321693&type=1

IN ADDITION TO HAVING A CHANCE TO WIN FREE DIGIS, BE A GUEST DESIGNER - THE FACEBOOK CONTEST WINNER WILL ALSO WIN A PRODUCT FROM DOZEN OF PAPER CUTS who has partnered with Cute As A Button for this month's Facebook contest.

Here is a little inspiration from our DT Members

Goes
xoxo

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CHRISTMAS digis available in etsy shop

Christmas digis are in the shop just for you.  Ready to be made into Christmas cards for friends and family and for Christmas challenges.

She will be in the shop on Tuesday...


In the shop now


















and MANY more......

Visit the shop and get yours today.  All digi stamps are 50% off until Black Friday, November 28th.

Pre-colored digis now available in shop.

Pre-colored digis now available in shop.

https://www.etsy.com/…/instant-download-digital-digi-stamps…

#precolored #craft#cardmaking#challenge#copic#newyear#digistamp#digi#scrapbooking #papercraft#copicmarkers,#rubberstamp#anime #christmas #jesus #king #blog #facebook#challenge #francescalopez



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Don't Give Up on the Youth of this Nation

My husband's Prophetic DREAM: He Woke up this morning and had to share this dream.

I was walking towards my car and noticed 3 young black men hurrying into their car. They had just siphoned my gas. As the other two speed off, the 3rd remained and came walking towards me with the "cool walk" and his hands swing as though rapping. He was big, tall and about 350ibs, Dwayne (Lord gave me his name). As he approached he yelled to me "what's u gonna do man,what's u gonna do" I changed directions and began to run towards him. Then he said "That's right boy, let's do this" I just kept running towards him then suddenly embraced him w/ a bear hug. He said "Wats u doing man?" I wouldn't let go. We wrestled. I then put my mouth to his ears and said "Dwayne (his eyes sprang open, thinking how this dude know my name) God not pleased with u stealing. "Let go of me man" he responded. God loves you i respond. "Let go of me man". We did this for a bit. He could not push me away. I then layed my right hand on his head and I said: "Dwayne, God has called you and he is going to use you. ". Suddenly, this tall, 350ibs young man dropped to the ground and wept like a baby. We stayed their hugging in the parking lot as he cried. DREAM OVER I WOKE UP. This is what God told me: I am not done with the youth of this nation so don't give up on them. Now my thoughts, I know this dream was from God, not only for me but for all of u who read this. He's not done with them.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Customer Feature - Sandra Schabel

Happy Veteran's Day, everyone! Today, for our Customer Feature, I want to show you this sweet card by Sandra Schabel posted in our Cute As A Button Christmas/Winter Challenge Blog.


http://bastelmami-sandra.blogspot.de/2014/11/rot-schwarz-gold.html?m=1

Isn't this card so beautiful? Sandra used the Cute As A Button's Christmas Soldier digi stamp to create it. Thank you so much, Sandra, for joining the challenge and sharing your creation with us!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cute As A Button Stamps November 2014 NEW DigiStamp Release!

Cute As A Button Stamps November 2014 NEW DigiStamp Release!

 
Happy Monday, everyone!!! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to the upcoming Veterans Day holiday (for those of you who live in the states). 

Whoo HOO! My amazing Design Team and I have some super cute projects to show you today that we created using some of the NEW release digi stamps.

But first, I want to show you all of the new digi stamps you can purchase now in the Cute As A Button Etsy Store
. Oh! And, most importantly...all of the stamps are ON SALE until 11:59 PST, Friday, November 14th. YAY! 

Anyway...here they are.

Agnieszka 

http://cardmakinghobby.blogspot.com/

http://cardmakinghobby.blogspot.com/

 Valou

http://lafeerieduscrap.blogspot.com/


http://lafeerieduscrap.blogspot.com/


One lucky person will win 3 images from the full set. You have to join our facebook group in order to have a chance to win. (All images come with and without the scripture/sayings)

So come join us here: facebook.com/groups/cuteasabuttondigistamps

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Have FUN Crafters!!!

XOXO
Francesca

Friday, October 31, 2014

Love this Song!! And how I miss the worship at Bible College.
christ for the nations - when i speak your name



Thursday, October 16, 2014

October's Free Digi

Free Digi available! 

Join our facebook group for a free digi.  Hope you enjoy her.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CuteAsAButtonDigiStamps/

Mis-quoting scripture for our own benefit or promotion

Here is a scripture that many Christians take out of context. 

Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.
1 Timothy 4:14

By just taking "do not neglect the gift within you."  When then is scripture speaks about spiritual gifts imparted to an individual.  Let's not take things out of context for our own benefit or to promote our talents, but study the Word of God and not take what you read in books as scripture interpretation.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pre-Colored Digital Stamps!

Pre-Colored Digital Stamps!
I have a fun, NEW treat for you all!
 
(‘Button Love’ pre-colored digital stamp – this is just a sample, please visit the shop to see them all!)
This is a brand-new venture of mine at Cute As A Button. I professionally color these myself from selected favorites, and I am thrilled to offer them to you all! These are not colored generically like other stamping companies who use comic style coloring. I do professional blending and shading, almost like a painting.  There will be new ones each month. If you’re lacking coloring supplies, or if you’re needing to get a card done fast, these will be perfect to help you out. :-)

-> CLICK HERE to see the pre-colored digis! <

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chance to win October NEW Release set


Chance to win October NEW Release set

Four NEW digis will be available in my Etsy shop tomorrow Here are two ways to win the full release: 

1. Follow me on Instagram @cuteasabuttonstamps and tag a friend on the "MissFrosty" photo; or

2. Join our Facebook group and leave a comment under the NEW releasepost.

Winner will be announced 10\14 evening...so hurry 

xoxo Francesca





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Facebook Contest - Name The Stamp

This is one of the stamps I'll be putting in my shop this Friday! Leave a comment with the 'perfect name'...And, if your name is chosen, you win her! (Comments must be in by Thursday 11pm PST:) Have fun thinking of the perfect name for her!!  Join our Facebook group for a chance to win!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CuteAsAButtonDigiStamps/


Nombre esta digi .... Este es uno delos nuevos dibujos que voy a poner en mi tienda este viernes ! Deja un comentario con el nombre perfecto " ... Y, si se elige su nombre, gana el dibujo! ( Los comentarios debenser sometidos antes de Jueves, manans a las 11:00 pm PST Tengan buen tiempo pensando el nombre perfecto!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Facebook Challenge #1

Facebook Challenge #1

Starts today! I am so excited to see all the beautiful creations!  If you want to join in on the fun and are not part of our Facebook Group, send your request to be added asap.  Contest ends 10-11-14.  So here are the rules for the first challenge. yipee!

Challenge Theme for September: Autumn
Challenge starts September 15th and will close on October 11th 12:59AM PST
All projects must follow the theme
All projects must be new
You must use an CuteAsAButton image
Your image must be handcolored
You can enter with no more than 2 projects
Winner will be choosen by random generator and receive 2 CuteAsAButton images of their choice
Top three will receive 1 CuteAsAButton image of their choice
Don't have a CuteAsAButton image yet?
To celebrate our first facebook challenge, you can request GiveThanks by emailing Francesca at: cuteas_a_button@yahoo.com.com with Button Love in subject line.
She can be requested until October 1st 2014
(Please keep in mind, if you request the image, you must use her to enter this challenge)

or you can visit the shop here >> https://www.etsy.com/shop/cuteasabuttondigis
Have Crafting and have fun!

Here are some Inspirational cards to get the creative juices flowing.


xoxo Francesca








Sunday, September 14, 2014

Back to Painting

I have been feeling the urge to go back to painting on canvas since we moved back to California and are not moving around so much for ministry.  When we moved out of California in 1995 I sold all of my art supplies and easels.  Everything has tripled in price, yikes!! So I couldn't return to painting because it was too expensive and simply could not afford it, especially since I was laid off from work two years ago.  Last year, I discovered digital drawing and I began using my son's tablet to begin drawing the Cute As A Button images. When I began drawing at the age of 4, I started with comic book drawings and drew those cartoon contest images found in the TV guides. Does anyone remember those?  I drew them all the time.  Then at the age of 10, my parents enrolled me in an Art School on weekends which helped not only develop my artistic talent but I also took music lessons.  When I turned 12 I became really good and was allowed to enroll at Pasadena Art School which had a program on weekends for children who were considered very talented and a rare find. It was such an honor but scary at the same time because I was surrounded by only adults in class.  That was an awesome experience!  I then desired to draw life like images and portraits and became really good at them.  Since then, I loved drawing and painting people. At the age of 18, I stopped painting and joined the world  of adulthood. Went to work and attended college.  So my dream, was put in the back burner.  Life went on.  I got married, began ministry and traveled the world preaching.  I would occasionally paint something for friends as gifts but never really got back into it.

When I began drawing the "Button" images, it was really hard for me to draw simple cartoonish looking characters, but pushed forward as I was led. It is really hard for me to try and stay within those boundaries and I find myself having to alter my images a whole lot while I am drawing to keep them from looking too realistic.

So yesterday, I thought to myself, why not try digital painting?  I have all the software apps. Photoshop, Manga5, Sketchbook Pro, Painter and SAI.  I picked up the pen and began painting, inspired by an old memory of an old friend from Texas' dalmation dog named Lydia, I began to paint after 27 yrs.  It took me a while, and I am still learning the programs. They all have pretty cool features that the others lack so I found myself switching between all of them.  So here is what I painted. It is still a work in progress, because I see so many flaws, so I will continue to make changes until I am fully satisfied with it.  Hope you enjoy her.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?


I woke up this morning with such a yearning and longing to be in the presence of my God, so I went into immediate worship and prayer.  It was an amazing time.  God shows up every time to heal, restore and strengthen - boy did I need it.  I have my moments of discouragement and just wanting to give up.  It has been two years since I was laid off from my job and it has been hard on my family. We have had hard times and struggles.  We lost our home a few months ago, the first home we ever called our own because as ministers we moved around so much preaching the Gospel.  It was hard, but I know this, that God is faithful and has bigger plans for us.

I have to be honest, I cry a lot more than I use too.  Going through depression, discouragements, trials and attacks, especially from those who profess to be Christians.  But I know, that I know that MY GOD is greater and carries me through all of the storms that come my way and He is my defender and will correct those who are hurting me (I have seen it time and time again).  He is the very breath that I take and my daily strength.

I encourage all of you to seek His face.  Nothing else brings greater joy than to have an intimate, close relationship with your Heavenly Father.  The more you spend time in His presence, change happens.  Reading books, hearing others talk, doing good works - it doesn't get you into Heaven. There is only one way - it's having Jesus as LORD of ALL OF YOUR LIFE. Where He is the one who directs every decision you make and is involved in ALL areas of your life, including your business. Above all, He gives you the Father's Heart to love on others and pray for them.  Even those persecuting you.  So pray for your enemies and if you do not have an intimate relationship with Jesus - begin TODAY!!!  Believe it or not, He talks back and you come to have conversations with Him daily. He begins to transform your mind to think as He does and above all, to LOVE like He does!!!!


Some may call me crazy, and have, but that is okay. I KNOW my GOD!!!! These kind of people are just ignorant to the things of God. They don't know any better.  It is what they have been taught and are blinded to.  Others don't want to know Him.  Those people, I feel sorry for and pray for them because their fate is away from the presence of God when they leave this earth.  All they have is what they have here on earth and that is why they fight so hard for it, even those professing to be Christians, but their fruit shows otherwise.  The claws and nails come out, they fight tooth and nail for what they have.  When you think about it, it is pretty sad - because that is all they have and all that  is important to them.  But when you have God in your life, you leave others alone and let God deal with those who hurt or persecute you.  Your outlook in life is so much different than theirs.  Your mind is set on higher things and fulfilling what God has called us all to do - win souls for His Kingdom, because He is coming very, very soon.  In our lifetime!! So I pray that all of you prepare your hearts and ask Him into your lives, and be ready for when He comes. The world will try and explain it away, but the Bible has foretold it and it will happen soon.

If you don't know Him, today.  Why not ask Him to come into your Heart. Surrender your life to Him. Trust me, as you do, your life will completely change.  But, please don't stop there, like most Christians today.  Go further in Him. Spend an hour with Him or more. Have a daily relationship with Him.  I talk to Him all day, every day!!!  A lot of Christians read books, know scripture, do good works but that is not Christianity - those are just mere motions and head knowledge.  He wants more - He wants ALL OF YOU!!!!  To breathe Him, talk Him and LOOK like Him!!

Worship Him, because He is not only worthy, but because He is good!!

Blessings,

Love Francesca