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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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chance to Win 4 New Release digis.


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 "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" photo.

2. Follow our blogs and leave a comment on the Facebook Group page about how you can share the love/help others in your local communities who are in need of love and some help. I am one who firmly believes we are here to bless others and love on them and would love to read where each of your hearts feel connected in spreading God's love to a hurting and broken world and ways you can make a change.

Winner will be announced 9/12 evening...so hurry 

xoxo Francesca


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Had a wonderful 2 days in Las Vegas visiting a friend. It was awesome to see her after 6 years and we had the honor of praying for. It's wonderful to see her growing in The Lord and the great and mighty things He is doing and is going to do in her life. We were able to squeeze in a couple of shows, Mike Hammer and Mystere. Mike Hammer was a great comedian to go see and keeps you laughing and entertained. Mystere was awesome! Both are a must see. We also stopped at the Secret Garden to see the white tigers, cubs and dolphins.



















We also stopped by to visit the Grand Canyon - such a wondrous work of God!!!







Will post some more pictures as I upload them.  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday weekend and took in some of God's beautiful creation!!

xoxo Francesca