Cutestrap has evolved in quite a few ways and packs a mighty punch for such a small project. It’s best to imagine if it was an animal, it would be a Mantis Shrimp. I’ll leave you to come up with metaphors for other CSS Frameworks.
To have a less overwhelming starting point, think about what problems you’re trying to solve and jump in there. What do you need to do?
The first thing you’ll probably want to do is get rid of the default Cutepink color. And maybe the grays are also a little bland for your taste. I totally get it and that’s exactly why it’s so easy to theme Cutestrap.
Forms are a hassle. They are always just wrong enough that it’s annoying, but just right enough that you’re not going to fix it. Cutestrap takes care of this, so you can focus on building your actual product.
A baseline grid provides a consistent Vertical Rhythm, or consistent vertical spacing between elements. All spacing in Cutestrap subscribes to the rhythm allowing for easily altering the size of the entire page contents.
KSS builds a styleguide using comments from CSS source code. If you fork Cutestrap, you can easily add your own components and generate living documentation of your styles.
Instead of using every feature of Cutestrap, you can choose each piece a la carte to get the smallest footprint for your project.
There are a lot of great options and patterns available for naming your CSS Selectors, but Popsicle gives you concise, safe modifiers with only a small increase in specificity.