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 over 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!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Easy Neon Beads for Kids



I recently needed a quick summer project to create with a small group of kids.   Neon Makin's Clay® seemed like the perfect choice!   This is a very easy project, suitable for even younger children and I think they will have a lot of fun!

Materials:

Makin's Clay® - Neon MultiPack
Makin's®
  • Sun Clay Cutters 
  • Clay Tools
Makin's Professional®
  • Ultimate Clay Machine®
  • Cutting Mat
Plastic wrap
Toothpick 
Stretch cord or thin nylon cording

Instructions:

Roll out each color of Neon clay to setting #2.  

 

Stack the rolled clay pieces.   Cut the stack in half, then stack one half on top of the other.


Place plastic wrap over the stacked clay, use smallest sun clay cutter to cut out several beads. 

Gently mix together remaining clay to create marbled clay, roll out to about 1/2" and cut more small sun shapes.   


You will have two varieties of neon shapes to make beads.  Some will show the colored layers on the sides, and some will be marbled.  Let clay begin to dry, for about an hour. Then gently press toothpick through the center of each bead to make a hole for the stretch cord or satin cording (either side to side, or top to bottom - your choice!)
Let dry for 24 hours, then let the kids string onto stretch cord or nylon cording to make bracelets.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Shaded Clay Fish Necklace


Skinner Blends are a popular way to create beautiful shading with polymer clay. The teardrop blend is a somewhat simpler option with similar results.  By using acrylic paint to custom color the clay before beginning the blend, I was able to perfectly match the necklace to the top I created it to wear with. This necklace features blended clay shades on one side, and the opposite side has a lightly marbled effect using the same shades of clay.   Both are equally appealing! 

Materials:

Makin’s Clay® - White 
Makin’s Professional® Cutting Mat
Makin’s® 
  • Clay Tools 
  • Texture Sheet Set D - Scale
  • Fish Clay Cutters 

DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Soft Jade, Inch Worm, Coastal Waters
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre - White Frost
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™
Pearl beads
Jewelry wire
Silvertone eye pins, jump rings, crimps, closures 
Jewelry pliers

Instructions:

To custom color the clay, thoroughly mix a portion of white clay with each color of paint.  How much paint you add will depend upon how much clay you begin with.  Add more paint to darken tone as desired.  When clay and paint are thoroughly mixed, paint will be completely incorporated into clay and clay will return to original consistency (will not be sticky).


To blend the three shades of clay using the “teardrop blend” technique:
  • Create a teardrop shape with a same size portion of each color of clay.  (Store remaining colored clay in a ziplock bag with a damp paper towel for later use).  By using smaller portions of clay, you will achieve more actual "blended" shades rather than large sections of each of the outer shades of clay.
  • Align one teardrop of each color one with point up, one down, then the third up as shown.
  • Roll clay to about 1/8” thick.
  • Fold in half with “stripes” of colors vertical.
  • Roll again.   Continue folding and rolling until the clay achieves a subtle blend of shades. 


Place scale texture sheet onto blended clay sheet with pattern so scales will be extending from clay.  Gently rub texture sheet with clay roller to transfer texture.


Cut 1 large fish, 1 medium and 1 small from a section of textured clay that includes all 3 shades.   










Gently mix remaining clay to lightly marble colors.  Roll and texture.    Cut 1 large fish, 1 medium and 1 small. 










Apply 3-in-1 Adhesive to back of 1 large fish, place eye pin centered horizontally, place second large fish over first. Repeat with medium and small fish.  Let dry 24 hours. 



Trim eye pin ends and create small loop.  Beginning with large fish, use jump ring to attach medium, then small fish.  



Cut enough jewelry wire to create necklace of desired length.  Attach wire to large fish and small fish.  

String pearl beads onto wire.  Add closure.









Use fingertip to apply a light touch of White Frost Metallic Lustre to both sides of each fish. 




Thursday, July 20, 2017

Faux Succulent Wreath - Designer Crafts Connection



The Designer Crafts Connection blog is picking up speed and sharing tons of links to projects from a wide variety of creative designers who are participating.   My "Faux Succulent" wreath made with Smoothfoam™was featured recently.   This remains one of my favorite projects!    Check out this post and lots more on the  Designer Crafts Connection blog


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Stained Glass" Sunflower Lunch Plates

"Stained Glass" Sunflower Lunch Plate

Brighten up your summer table with these colorful “stained glass” sunflower lunch plates.  Or paint a whole set with a variety of flowers and bring an entire flower garden to your table!

Materials:

Glass plate 
DecoArt® Crystal Gloss Enamels - Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Black 
Paintbrush 
JudiKins™ Color Sponge 
Sea sponge 

Instructions:

Clean plate and let dry thoroughly.

Use sea sponge to gently sponge black Gloss Enamels paint onto center of plate.  Let dry. 

Use paintbrush to paint petals with small amounts of blended yellow and orange.  Let dry.  Apply second coat.  Let dry. 



Use Color Sponge to sponge brown paint onto center of plate, over the black sponged paint.  Let dry. 

Paint outer edge around petals with green.  Let dry. 




Let entire plate dry for 4 days, then bake in oven according to manufacturer instructions to set paint permanently.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rustic Love Bird Favors DIY Video


In this new episode of When Creativity Knocks, I share an easy way to sculpt any shape with Activa® Activ-Clay.  I made these rustic love bird wedding favors - but you can make any shaped ornament, mount the sculpture on a dowel, or just use them as a paperweight.  I also share an easy technique for adding rubber stamped details to odd shaped surfaces...



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Leaf Textured Concrete Planter DIY Video


In this episode of my WCK seriesBehind These Eyes I am sharing how easy it is to create a custom concrete planter with Beacon Maker Mix™ and DecoArt® Americana Decor® Outdoor Living paint.





Monday, June 19, 2017

Haunted Mausoleum Birdhouse in Just Steampunk!




What fun it was to open the recent issue of Just Steampunk! Magazine and discover my Haunted Mausoleum Birdhouse was a full page!   I used a variety of products from Plaid®, Makin's Clay®, and Beacon Adhesives™ to create this spooky project.