Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

Welcome to my NEW blog! For many years my projects could be found at my previous blog - www.fatcatcreations.blogspot.com. Since my business has evolved and is now known as Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™ instead of Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations - I thought this was the perfect time to launch a new blog. Since I've been on this creative journey for almost 16 years - I have a LOT of project links out there in cyberworld! If you are looking for a particular project you have found on Pinterest, Facebook, FaveCrafts, HomeTalk, Twitter, etc. and the link is not working for you, please feel free to email me at cdjb11@yahoo.com and I'll be sure to get you the new link to the instructions. Have a creative day and remember to DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Easy Monoprinting with Cookie Cutters



Cookie cutters are a simple way to create fun mrnoprinted background papers for your projects.  In this Gel Press® video I show you how to create this gingerbread boy paper, and a custom plaid background for the Makin's Clay® gingerbread boy accent.   Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™ holds all the elements together.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums Holiday Card - DIY Video


Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.....My latest video for Gel Press® is now live on their YouTube channel.   Featuring DecoArt® finishes and Makin's Clay®.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Peace, Unity, Kindness" Cardinal Ornament


Create this rustic, no-sew ornament to decorate your holiday tree, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of those three very powerful words, not just in this time of horrific unrest here in the United States, but every day, and everywhere.  This project is also being featured this week on WhenCreativityKnocks.com 

Materials:

BurlapFabric.com Red Burlap 
Off white muslin fabric 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Black Tie
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - Oyster Beige
Red fabric marker 
Alphabet rolling rubber stamp 
Permanent black ink pad 
1/4” green satin ribbon 
Paint brush
Fiber fill
Scissors 
Printed cardinal pattern (optional)

Instructions:

I began by sketching the cardinal shape I wanted, and allowing a 1/4” edge around the desired finished size.   If you prefer, there are numerous free bird patterns online you can print in any size. 

Use pattern as a template and cut out two birds from red burlap fabric. 


Apply Fabri-Tac™ adhesive around edges, about 1/4” from edge, and leaving end of tail without adhesive. 

Add loop of green ribbon at top behind head, and then mount two birds together and let dry. 


Carefully remove some threads from around edge to create frayed effect. 


Spell out Peace, Unity, and Kindness with rolling alphabet stamp (I was able to spell out Peace and Unity and stamp at one time, then went back and stamped kindness).  Ink with permanent black ink and stamp onto muslin fabric. 


Cut out two wings for bird. 


Use red fabric marker to add faux stitching around wings. 


Apply Fabri-Tac to bakc of wings and mount on either side of cardinal. 


Use Black Multi-Surface Satin paint to paint face on both sides of cardinal.  Let dry. 


Use end of paintbrush handle to add a small dot of Oyster Beige paint for eye on each side of face. 


Gently stuff cardinal with fiber fill.  Use Fabri-Tac to seal end of tail when finished stuffing. 


Add green ribbon bow to base of hanging loop. 




Monday, November 28, 2016

Die Cutting Magic - E-Book Launch!


Eileen Hull's new E-Book - Die Cutting Magic - is now available!  This book is PACKED full of creative ideas featuring dies that Eileen Hull has designed for Sizzix®.   A huge variety of creative artists have come together to share their projects this book - and I'm honored to say that I have several projects included too! Regular price is $12.97 - but during the month of December you can purchase it at 50% OFF - $6.47!   Purchase your copy here!
 
 What’s inside…
   Delicious projects by Sizzix Designer, Eileen Hull.
   Stunning projects by top industry designers.
   Striking photography.
   Detailed, easy to understand instructions.
   Inspirational Gallery
   100% digital…view on any device!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving.  Let us all be thankful for what makes each of us unique, and special in our own way.  Let us be thankful that there are still people in this world who believe ALL people are equal.  Let us be thankful for friends and family.  Let us be thankful for good health.  Let us be thankful for hope when there is darkness.  Let us be thankful for second chances.    My Thanksgiving wish for the world is that there be more PEACE, UNITY, and KINDNESS.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gilded Pear Holiday Card DIY Video


The theme for this month's "Video Frenzy" for Gel Press® is holiday cards.  I used a 3 x 5" plate and DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics™paints for a few different techniques to create background papers for the card.   I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™ to mount the layers and ribbon.  Krylon® Gold Leafing Pen adds a final touch of "gilding". 

Be sure to check out the Gel Press® YouTube channel to see what other creative holiday cards the Design Team is sharing. 



Fat Cat Card


Today I have a simple hand-made card project featured on the Beacon Adhesives blog.  I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™ and Clearsnap® Colorbox® Color Pop Dye Inks by Susan K. Weckesser to create this card.  Find the full instructions and supply list here.