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!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Ocean Calms My Soul Mirror - DIY Video


This week's When Creativity Knocks episode features my The Ocean Calms My Soul decorative mirror made with a variety of etchall® products and Beacon 527Adhesive™.   


Monday, March 20, 2017

Floral Disc Clay Earrings


Be ready for spring & summer with these colorful floral disc earirngs.  Change the shape or flower color to match any outfit you’d like.  The Metallic Lustre gives a bit of shimmer beneath the Diamond Glaze finish.   I'm also sharing these this week in my Cindi's Creative Solutions article for When Creativity Knocks. 

Materials:

Makin’s Clay® - White 60g 
Makin’s® Round Clay Cutter Set, Clay Roller
JudiKins™ Tropical Stained Glass rubber stamp 
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™
Permanent black ink pad 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Elegant Emerald, Cosmic Blue, Polished Coral 
Cotton swabs, water 
Silver earring wires, jump rings in 2 sizes 
Jewelry pliers

Instructions:

Roll white clay to about 1/8” thick.  

Ink stamp with permanent black ink and stamp onto rolled clay - press gently to create impression with image in clay. 

Use largest round cutter from 3 piece set to cut 2 discs from image. 



Use cotton swabs, with a touch of water, to paint the areas of the image with the Metallic Lustres. I also brought the color down to the sides of each disc. Let dry. 



Make small hole at top of each disc for jump rings. 

On reverse side of discs, apply Metallic Lustre as desired.  Let dry. 

Let clay dry 24 hours.  

Apply Diamond Glaze to front of earrings.  Let dry.  Apply Diamond Glaze to back of earrings.  Let dry. 



Add jump rings and earring wires. 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

4 Leaf Clover Quilled Clay Earrings


Find out how I created these simple "quilled clay" earrings just in time for St. Patrick's Day here on the Makin's Clay® blog.   March is Youth Art Month, and this technique is simple enough for you to recreate with children - they can make any shape they want with their quilled clay, and Makin's Clay® is non-toxic and hypoallergenic too! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chocolate Rabbits Stretch Bracelet DIY Video


Today I'm sharing a quick & easy project perfect to make with kids - just in time for Youth Art Month!  This DIY video show you how to create cute chocolate bunnies with Makin's Clay® - for jewelry, magnets, pencil toppers, and more!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Vintage Soda Bottle Lamp


The kitchen at our lake cottage is decorated in a retro style.  I made vintage bottle cap cabinet knobs, we have vintage soda bottles on display, vintage soda signs, etc.   I wanted to create a small accent light to add to the kitchen - and the etchall® Ligthen Up kit was the perfect solution.  I could use one of our vintage bottles as the base, and add some “bottle caps” to the shade, along with some metallic fabric to mimic the chrome on some of our other retro kitchen accessories.

Materials: 

etchall® Lighten Up Kit 
Fairfield® Oly*Fun™ - Silver Metallic 
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™
Scissors
Printed vintage soda bottle cap images 
Vintage soda bottle 
Red gross grain ribbon - 1/4”

Instructions: 

Print off vintage soda bottle cap images (I found mine on various sources on the internet - just copied and pasted to resize as needed to print).  Cut out each cap. 

Trace template from Lighten Up Kit onto silver metallic Oly*Fun fabric.  Cut out.

Arrange bottle caps on silver fabric and use 3-in-1 Adhesive to mount.  



Trace top of screw on lid onto silver fabric and cut out, mount to top of lid.  Mount red ribbon to outer edge of lid.  



Insert batteries, screw lid to top of shade.  Click button on inside and set lamp shade on top of vintage bottle and you have a cute retro accent lamp.  This would also make a fun night light. 

Here's the link to my cabinet knobs....


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Published Art in Just Mixed-Media Magazine

 

What a thrill to see 9 of my projects published in the Vol. 2 2017 Issue of Just Mixed Media Magazine!  Thank you Scott Publications for including my art!   These projects feature some of my favorite creative mediums - DecoArt® paints, Makin's Clay®, JudiKins™ stamps, etchall®, Sizzix® & Beacon Adhesives just to name a few!



 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Headband Featured in Craft Ideas Magazine


I am thrilled to share that I have a project tutorial featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Craft Ideas magazine!  I share how to create a springtime Cherry Blossom headband using Makin's Clay®, a CreateAlong.com silicone mold, DecoArt® Metallic Lustres, and Beacon Adhesives™.