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!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Makin's Clay Course - My Creative Classroom

The webisode of When Creativity Knocks with Ana & Megan Araujo where I show them how to create a change purse using Makin's Clay will air soon! Makin's Clay is a truly versatile artists medium - if you'd like to learn more about working with this product, my first session of Adding Creativity to your Artwork with Makin's Clay - The No-Bake Polymer Clay at MyCreativeClassroom.com is underway! I think everyone is learning a lot and enjoying the class so far. It's a 2 week course, with 4 different lessons. A new session begins on March 1st. Follow this link for a full listing of all the fabulous courses being offered at My Creative Classroom! http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/course/index.php

Here's the information about my first Makin's course -
Are you looking for unique, creative embellishments and lettering for your artwork? Is the high cost of pre-made embellishments frustrating your creative muse? Do you like your artwork to be unique, rather than just using what everyone else uses? Would you like to experiment with new products, techniques, and ideas? Are you open to adding lightweight, flexible texture, dimension, depth and fun to your artwork? If you answered yes to any of these, then come with me on a creative journey with Makin’s Clay – The No Bake Polymer Clay! You will learn how to easily create unique, custom embellishments and lettering for your artwork using a variety of different tools and colorants with Makin’s Clay. Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, altered artist, or all of the above, this course will show you some unique ways to use air dry clay with a variety of mixed media to add affordable pizzazz to your projects!

In Part #1 – The Basic’s of Makin’s Clay – we’ll learn about:
· the unique properties of Makin’s air dry clay
· working with the clay with a variety of tools

In Part #2 - The Colorful World of Makin’s Clay – we’ll learn about:
· how to alter the variety of existing colors of clay through blending
· how to use additives with wet clay
· assorted other colorant options

In Part #3 – Textures and Shapes: So Many Options with Makin’s Clay – we’ll learn about:
· some of the many ways to add unique textures to Makins’ Clay
· how to cut the clay with an assortment of cutting tools

In Part #4 – Creating Dimensional Shapes with Makin’s Clay – Learn how to:
· use push molds, both pre-made and custom made, with Makin’s Clay
· use other items to shape your clay into unique embellishments.

Students who complete this course will have a full understanding of the many ways to use Makin’s Clay – The No Bake Polymer Clay in their artwork. We'll discuss uses in scrapbooking, cardmaking, altered art, home decor, jewelry and more. Students will create a variety of embellishments using many different techniques. This is a 2 week course.

Take a look at the variety of classes being offered at MCC - there is something for everyone there!

Makin's Clay Course - My Creative Classroom

The webisode of When Creativity Knocks with Ana & Megan Araujo where I show them how to create a change purse using Makin's Clay will air soon! Makin's Clay is a truly versatile artists medium - if you'd like to learn more about working with this product, my first session of Adding Creativity to your Artwork with Makin's Clay - The No-Bake Polymer Clay at MyCreativeClassroom.com is underway! I think everyone is learning a lot and enjoying the class so far. It's a 2 week course, with 4 different lessons. A new session begins on March 1st. Follow this link for a full listing of all the fabulous courses being offered at My Creative Classroom! http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/course/index.php

Here's the information about my first Makin's course -
Are you looking for unique, creative embellishments and lettering for your artwork? Is the high cost of pre-made embellishments frustrating your creative muse? Do you like your artwork to be unique, rather than just using what everyone else uses? Would you like to experiment with new products, techniques, and ideas? Are you open to adding lightweight, flexible texture, dimension, depth and fun to your artwork? If you answered yes to any of these, then come with me on a creative journey with Makin’s Clay – The No Bake Polymer Clay! You will learn how to easily create unique, custom embellishments and lettering for your artwork using a variety of different tools and colorants with Makin’s Clay. Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, altered artist, or all of the above, this course will show you some unique ways to use air dry clay with a variety of mixed media to add affordable pizzazz to your projects!

In Part #1 – The Basic’s of Makin’s Clay – we’ll learn about:
· the unique properties of Makin’s air dry clay
· working with the clay with a variety of tools

In Part #2 - The Colorful World of Makin’s Clay – we’ll learn about:
· how to alter the variety of existing colors of clay through blending
· how to use additives with wet clay
· assorted other colorant options

In Part #3 – Textures and Shapes: So Many Options with Makin’s Clay – we’ll learn about:
· some of the many ways to add unique textures to Makins’ Clay
· how to cut the clay with an assortment of cutting tools

In Part #4 – Creating Dimensional Shapes with Makin’s Clay – Learn how to:
· use push molds, both pre-made and custom made, with Makin’s Clay
· use other items to shape your clay into unique embellishments.

Students who complete this course will have a full understanding of the many ways to use Makin’s Clay – The No Bake Polymer Clay in their artwork. We'll discuss uses in scrapbooking, cardmaking, altered art, home decor, jewelry and more. Students will create a variety of embellishments using many different techniques. This is a 2 week course.

Take a look at the variety of classes being offered at MCC - there is something for everyone there!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Winter CHA! Meeting Carol Duvall, Suze Weinberg & Jane Seymore!!



This is a very long post..... so much to share! What an amazing week! CHA was fabulous - so many inspiring new products, so many new friends, time with my friend and fellow designer Becky Chabot, and I'm officially now a designer appearing on Ana & Megan Araujo's When Creativity Knocks Web TV program! BIG thanks to Becky for taking this fabulous photo before I told her to "GO AWAY" because she made me nervous (hehehe!). I made a coin purse from Makin's Clay. Stay tuned to find out when this episode will air....

CONGRATS to Becky for winning both her categories, and best of show in the Terra Bella Finishes challenge! Her projects were amazing, and I knew the minute I saw them she was a guaranteed winner! I was fortunate to have one of my entries chosen for publication in an upcoming issue of Creative TECHniques magazine, so I feel like a winner too! If you have yet to try Terra Bella Finishes products, - DO - they are high quality and a must have on my list.


The "Cat Crazy" Designer Fashion Display I worked with Becky on was a huge success also. It truly looked amazing - like a store window display in an upscale store. We were very proud!


Products, products, and more products! So many inspiring things for creative artists! Stamps are still going strong, especially clear stamps. I really liked the fun, funky choices offered by ScrappyCat.

It was great to see some new creative embellishments - fun flowers with bling, crochet, and in black & white from Creative Charms, beautiful detailed pewter stickers from Atelier de Paris, and absolutely scrumptious trims and embellishments from Expo International. One of my favorite finds was the line of metallic brush markers offered by Pentel - I absolutely LOVE these markers! When I discovered they work on Makin's Clay, my creative muse went into overdrive. I got a chance to experiment with them, and many other great Pentel projects, at a designer reception they sponsored, and created this fun little box - the flower started off white - I love the way the colors bled into each other and created a unique embellishment! 



Fabulous papers - Floral papers like the great choices offered by BasicGrey are still dominating the scrapbooking world, but there are some companies venturing off into fabulous new paper patterns. I saw many papers featuring great texture and depth (velvet, glitters, sparkle & bling! - one of my favorites was Fiskars new paper line - the butterfly pape, green & orange papers, and funky "tattoo style" papers, stickers and stamps below are from their lines), The Robin's Nest again featured fabulous papers with that added something to make them special! Many "photo-style" papers with realistic hand painted scenery were offered - some of the nicest were from SugarFree. Creative papers like those offered by new companies Jennann and Dezignz by Dezda which are hand painted (I love hand-painting, since that's how I design my papers!), collage papers from Scrapz and Collage Pauge are fabulously creative and inspiring. I am truly a "texture" gal - and the papers offered by Amate Studios just jumped out of the booth and yelled "TOUCH ME!" Amate also has a versatile line of metal jewelry findings and bracelet blanks that I just can't wait to experiment with using Makin's Clay. Great detailed chipboard and papers were creatively displayed at a new booth by Raspberry, and I saw colorful, inventive creative buttons at the Dill Buttons booth. Dill's big colorful buttons that nest together, buttons that you can fill with photos, flowers, or anything you could imagine, and even buttons designed to have a design hand stitched onto them!



It was also great to see a trend toward offering craft kit projects for BOYS. As the mom of 2 boys who love to create, this was a truly great find. Pirates and castles gallore, sure to make any creative boy happy! 

Celebrities! I was truly honored to get to meet and spend time with so many creative artists and celebrities. My roommates were polymer clay artists Sue Kelsey and Cathy Johnston - their artwork was amazing, and their personalities even more amazing. I am so honored to have spent time with them and now consider them my friends. I demonstrated at the Makin's Clay booth with both of them. I also spent time at the Makin's Clay booth with Linda Hess and Ann Butler - both of who are very talented artists and lovely people to get to know! One of the most exciting moments for me was when I got to meet and talk briefly with Carol Duvall - Queen of the Crafting World! Carol is humerous, warm, and just a wonderful woman. I also got photo ops with Suze Weinberg - Queen of UTEE, Donna Kato - Queen of Polymer Clay (in my PJ's - Thanks Cathy & Sue!) and Jane Seymore! Unfortunately, my photo with Jane is a bit fuzzy, by my memory of meeting her and talking with her about Makin's Clay will never blur! Becky and I also spent the evening with Ana & Megan Araujo and their film crew at the Go Hollywood event at Disney! It was a terrificly fun time full of laughter and memories - Thank you for letting us share it with you all!!! Here are a few of my photo ops - I'll have more to share soon!


Winter CHA!



This is a very long post..... so much to share! What an amazing week! CHA was fabulous - so many inspiring new products, so many new friends, time with my friend and fellow designer Becky Chabot, and I'm officially now a designer appearing on Ana & Megan Araujo's When Creativity Knocks Web TV program! BIG thanks to Becky for taking this fabulous photo before I told her to "GO AWAY" because she made me nervous (hehehe!). I made a coin purse from Makin's Clay. Stay tuned to find out when this episode will air....

CONGRATS to Becky for winning both her categories, and best of show in the Terra Bella Finishes challenge! Her projects were amazing, and I knew the minute I saw them she was a guaranteed winner! I was fortunate to have one of my entries chosen for publication in an upcoming issue of Creative TECHniques magazine, so I feel like a winner too! If you have yet to try Terra Bella Finishes products, - DO - they are high quality and a must have on my list.


The "Cat Crazy" Designer Fashion Display I worked with Becky on was a huge success also. It truly looked amazing - like a store window display in an upscale store. We were very proud!

Products, products, and more products! So many inspiring things for creative artists! Stamps are still going strong, especially clear stamps. I really liked the fun, funky choices offered by ScrappyCat.

It was great to see some new creative embellishments - fun flowers with bling, crochet, and in black & white from Creative Charms, beautiful detailed pewter stickers from Atelier de Paris, and absolutely scrumptious trims and embellishments from Expo International. One of my favorite finds was the line of metallic brush markers offered by Pentel - I absolutely LOVE these markers! When I discovered they work on Makin's Clay, my creative muse went into overdrive. I got a chance to experiment with them, and many other great Pentel projects, at a designer reception they sponsored, and created this fun little box - the flower started off white - I love the way the colors bled into each other and created a unique embellishment!






Fabulous papers - Floral papers like the great choices offered by BasicGrey are still dominating the scrapbooking world, but there are some companies venturing off into fabulous new paper patterns. I saw many papers featuring great texture and depth (velvet, glitters, sparkle & bling! - one of my favorites was Fiskars new paper line - the butterfly pape, green & orange papers, and funky "tattoo style" papers, stickers and stamps below are from their lines), The Robin's Nest again featured fabulous papers with that added something to make them special! Many "photo-style" papers with realistic hand painted scenery were offered - some of the nicest were from SugarFree. Creative papers like those offered by new companies Jennann and Dezignz by Dezda which are hand painted (I love hand-painting, since that's how I design my papers!), collage papers from Scrapz and Collage Pauge are fabulously creative and inspiring. I am truly a "texture" gal - and the papers offered by Amate Studios just jumped out of the booth and yelled "TOUCH ME!" Amate also has a versatile line of metal jewelry findings and bracelet blanks that I just can't wait to experiment with using Makin's Clay. Great detailed chipboard and papers were creatively displayed at a new booth by Raspberry, and I saw colorful, inventive creative buttons at the Dill Buttons booth. Dill's big colorful buttons that nest together, buttons that you can fill with photos, flowers, or anything you could imagine, and even buttons designed to have a design hand stitched onto them!



It was also great to see a trend toward offering craft kit projects for BOYS. As the mom of 2 boys who love to create, this was a truly great find. Pirates and castles gallore, sure to make any creative boy happy!

Celebrities! I was truly honored to get to meet and spend time with so many creative artists and celebrities. My roommates were polymer clay artists Sue Kelsey and Cathy Johnston - their artwork was amazing, and their personalities even more amazing. I am so honored to have spent time with them and now consider them my friends. I demonstrated at the Makin's Clay booth with both of them. I also spent time at the Makin's Clay booth with Linda Hess and Ann Butler - both of who are very talented artists and lovely people to get to know! One of the most exciting moments for me was when I got to meet and talk briefly with Carol Duvall - Queen of the Crafting World! Carol is humerous, warm, and just a wonderful woman. I also got photo ops with Suze Weinberg - Queen of UTEE, Donna Kato - Queen of Polymer Clay (in my PJ's - Thanks Cathy & Sue!) and Jane Seymore! Unfortunately, my photo with Jane is a bit fuzzy, by my memory of meeting her and talking with her about Makin's Clay will never blur! Becky and I also spent the evening with Ana & Megan Araujo and their film crew at the Go Hollywood event at Disney! It was a terrificly fun time full of laughter and memories - Thank you for letting us share it with you all!!! Here are a few of my photo ops - I'll have more to share soon!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

CHA and When Creativity Knocks - Here I Come!

I am VERY excited that I leave for CHA on Friday! I will be demonstrating at the Makin's Clay booth daily, and spending some time at the Creative Charms booth and Terra Bella Finishes booths also. My most exciting announcement is that Ana & Megan Araujo's new web TV show - When Creativity Knocks - will be filming episodes at CHA - and they will be filming an episode with Makin's Clay featuring ME as the designer! :0) I feel like a movie star! I am also just thrilled that Carol Duvall is attending CHA - one of my lifelong dreams has been to meet Carol! She, and her assortment of talented guests, were truly an inspiration for me as an artist. I miss her show on HGTV.

My Designer Fashion Display - "Cat Crazy" should be fantastic - my friend and fellow designer Becky Chabot and I have been working hard on creating unique wearable art. My artwork will also be on display at the Makin's Clay booth, at the Expo International booth, Terra Bella Finishes booth, and extensively at the Creative Charms booth. This is all very exciting for me as a designer. I truly enjoy being able to share my art with others - especially at such a huge world-wide event!

I am bringing my digital camera with me to the show, and if time allows, will take photos of some of the new and exciting products being introduced so I may share them here in the coming weeks. I'm sure the manufacturers have an amazing array of new products for artists of every type! Stay tuned for some sneak peaks!

CHA & When Creativity Knocks, Here I Come!

I am VERY excited that I leave for CHA on Friday! I will be demonstrating at the Makin's Clay booth daily, and spending some time at the Creative Charms booth and Terra Bella Finishes booths also. My most exciting announcement is that Ana & Megan Araujo's new web TV show - When Creativity Knocks - will be filming episodes at CHA - and they will be filming an episode with Makin's Clay featuring ME as the designer! :0) I feel like a movie star! I am also just thrilled that Carol Duvall is attending CHA - one of my lifelong dreams has been to meet Carol! She, and her assortment of talented guests, were truly an inspiration for me as an artist. I miss her show on HGTV.

My Designer Fashion Display - "Cat Crazy" should be fantastic - my friend and fellow designer Becky Chabot and I have been working hard on creating unique wearable art. My artwork will also be on display at the Makin's Clay booth, at the Expo International booth, Terra Bella Finishes booth, and extensively at the Creative Charms booth. This is all very exciting for me as a designer. I truly enjoy being able to share my art with others - especially at such a huge world-wide event!

I am bringing my digital camera with me to the show, and if time allows, will take photos of some of the new and exciting products being introduced so I may share them here in the coming weeks. I'm sure the manufacturers have an amazing array of new products for artists of every type! Stay tuned for some sneak peaks!