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!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More from CHA



Thought I'd share a few more photos and products that caught my eye at CHA!

Judy's Stone House Designs - I honestly think this is one of my favorite booths from Summer CHA! It was so cleverly decorated, it was eye catching (especially with having 2 young boys at home who LOVE Indiana Jones!). Judy's Stone House Designs features wooden items for embellishing - TONS of variety here - wooden tags, birdhouses in tons of sizes, miniatures, fun shapes like lizards and palm trees, antiqued metal finials to fit on birdhouses, I absolutely cannot wait to work with some of her products! (Photos above)

Paper, paper and MORE paper - I have never seen so many paper companies before! Unbelievable selection out there for scrappers and paper artists. What truly caught my eye were the companies that dared to offer something DIFFERENT than most of the larger manufacturers (not that I don't love those lines too, but I LOVE unique products!). Two that especially caught my eye were Kodomo - beautiful Asian inspired papers, stamps and more, and as reported after winter CHA - JennAnn - they continue to offer a fun variety of hand painted paper patterns, colorful, unique, individual, and inspiring!



Magic Mesh has a great new product that makes scrapping even easier! It's a Magic Mesh mat, with a separate piece with a special layer that you place over the top of a layout in progress, the items stick to the top sheet, and you can remove them to add adhesive, etc. then simply lay the cover over the top again and lift off the top piece. No more having to remove all your elements and re-arrange them. They also have some fabulous new weaves! Love the linen texture!

Ranger Class - Becky Chabot and I took the Ranger class with Tim Holtz (thanks to Becky for getting me a seat when she bought her ticket!). It was great! Very generous amount of products to take home, great techniques to be used in a variety of ways. The class was all abA fun class definitely worth attending!

I have even more to share.... stay tuned!

More from CHA!



Thought I'd share a few more photos and products that caught my eye at CHA! 

Judy's Stone House Designs - I honestly think this is one of my favorite booths from Summer CHA! It was so cleverly decorated, it was eye catching (especially with having 2 young boys at home who LOVE Indiana Jones!). Judy's Stone House Designs features wooden items for embellishing - TONS of variety here - wooden tags, birdhouses in tons of sizes, miniatures, fun shapes like lizards and palm trees, antiqued metal finials to fit on birdhouses, I absolutely cannot wait to work with some of her products! (Photos above)

Paper, paper and MORE paper - I have never seen so many paper companies before! Unbelievable selection out there for scrappers and paper artists. What truly caught my eye were the companies that dared to offer something DIFFERENT than most of the larger manufacturers (not that I don't love those lines too, but I LOVE unique products!). Two that especially caught my eye were Kodomo - beautiful Asian inspired papers, stamps and more, and as reported after winter CHA - JennAnn - they continue to offer a fun variety of hand painted paper patterns, colorful, unique, individual, and inspiring! 


Magic Mesh has a great new product that makes scrapping even easier! It's a Magic Mesh mat, with aseparate piece with a special layer that you place over the top of a layout in progress, the items stick to the top sheet, and you can remove them to add adhesive, etc. then simply lay the cover over the top again and lift off the top piece. No more having to remove all your elements and re-arrange them. They also have some fabulous new weaves! Love the linen texture!

Ranger Class - Becky Chabot and I took the Ranger class with Tim Holtz (thanks to Becky for getting me a seat when she bought her ticket!). It was great! Very generous amount of products to take home, great techniques to be used in a variety of ways. The class was all abA fun class definitely worth attending!


I have even more to share.... stay tuned!

Summer CHA - Meeting Mark Montano!



I'm back from another whirlwind trip to Chicago for Summer CHA. As always, it was an incredible experience - inspiring products, new friends, great food, and one of the most breathtaking gardens I've ever seen right outside the Rosemont Convention Center! I've got so much to share that there will be several postings highlighting CHA! My filming on behalf of Preserve It Frames with Ana & Megan Araujo for When Creativity Knocks went well - I'll have photos to share soon and will let you know when the episode is live! I also met Mark Montano! He was hosting craft challenges twice daily throughout CHA, and one of my projects featuring Preserve It Frames was highlighted in the showcase of prizes! His "Big-Ass Book of Crafts" is amazing - and yes, it is one BIG ASS BOOK! ;0) The Designer Display rooms were all fantastic - it amazes me how so many different designers can somehow bring the same vision together so well!



Expo International! Expo always amazes me with their fabulous assortments of trims and embellishments. Bright colors, vintage colors, they have it. One of my new favorites is their absolutely adorable button fringe trim!

Powertex! I think I'm in creative LOVE. This new products is amazing - it can be applied to any surface to add texture, color, shimmer and more - and creates a waterproof surface! I'll be talking lots more about Powertex in the coming months, and sharing product ideas. What makes it even better for me is that it works fabulously with Makin's Clay which everyone knows I'm totally addicted to!


May Arts! I saw lots of fabulous booths with beautiful and creative ribbons, but I have to say May Arts continues to take the lead in my opinion - They have an absolutely amazing assortment of ribbons and are always coming up with something new. A fun "spiderweb" type ribbon caught my eye, and I just loved these suede leaves, and the straight suede ribbon now comes with suede on both sides! It's fabulous!


Scor-Pal is an amazing tool for cardmakers and paper artists!
This tool makes it super simple to score perfect lines every time - great for gate folds or other fun folds. It has a measuring template on the self-healing mat, and the mat flips for a non-stick surface. Very clever and useful product!

I've got lots more to share..... later today or tomorrow I'll be back with more photos and more info about Summer CHA!

Summer CHA - WOW!


I'm back from another whirlwind trip to Chicago for Summer CHA. As always, it was an incredible experience - inspiring products, new friends, great food, and one of the most breathtaking gardens I've ever seen right outside the Rosemont Convention Center! I've got so much to share that there will be several postings highlighting CHA! My filming on behalf of Preserve It Frames with Ana & Megan Araujo for When Creativity Knocks went well - I'll have photos to share soon and will let you know when the episode is live! I also met Mark Montano! He was hosting craft challenges twice daily throughout CHA, and one of my projects featuring Preserve It Frames was highlighted in the showcase of prizes! His "Big-Ass Book of Crafts" is amazing - and yes, it is one BIG ASS BOOK! ;0) The Designer Display rooms were all fantastic - it amazes me how so many different designers can somehow bring the same vision together so well!

Expo International! Expo always amazes me with their fabulous assortments of trims and embellishments. Bright colors, vintage colors, they have it. One of my new favorites is their absolutely adorable button fringe trim!

Powertex! I think I'm in creative LOVE. This new products is amazing - it can be applied to any surface to add texture, color, shimmer and more - and creates a waterproof surface! I'll be talking lots more about Powertex in the coming months, and sharing product ideas. What makes it even better for me is that it works fabulously with Makin's Clay which everyone knows I'm totally addicted to!

May Arts! I saw lots of fabulous booths with beautiful and creative ribbons, but I have to say May Arts continues to take the lead in my opinion - They have an absolutely amazing assortment of ribbons and are always coming up with something new. A fun "spiderweb" type ribbon caught my eye, and I just loved these suede leaves, and the straight suede ribbon now comes with suede on both sides! It's fabulous!

Scor-Pal is an amazing tool for cardmakers and paper artists! This tool makes it super simple to score perfect lines every time - great for gate folds or other fun folds. It has a measuring template on the self-healing mat, and the mat flips for a non-stick surface. Very clever and useful product!
I've got lots more to share..... later today or tomorrow I'll be back with more photos and more info about Summer CHA!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer CHA Here I Come!

It's just a few days now until I depart for Summer CHA! I'll be spending lots of time demonstrating at the Preserve It Frames booth, at the Makin's Clay booth, and.... I found out this week I'll again be taping an episode of When Creativity Knocks with Ana & Megan Araujo for Preserve It Frames! I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Preserve It and work with Ana & Megan and the whole crew again! It was a fantastic experience at Winter CHA! 


My artwork will be on display at the Preserve It Frames and Makin's Clay booths, and in all 4 rooms of the Designer Display. Here's a peak at the projects for the 4 rooms (Retro Kitchen Birthday Party, Living Space, Girl's Bedroom, and Art Classroom). My sincere thanks to the many companies who have supported my participation in the Summer CHA Designer Display -
Expo International
Preserve It Frames
Creative Charms
A Pillow For Your Thoughts
Makin's Clay
Elmer's Craft Bond 
When I return - I'll share photos of some of my favorite products, celebs and more!

Summer CHA Here I Come!

It's just a few days now until I depart for Summer CHA! I'll be spending lots of time demonstrating at the Preserve It Frames booth, at the Makin's Clay booth, and.... I found out this week I'll again be taping an episode of When Creativity Knocks with Ana & Megan Araujo for Preserve It Frames! I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Preserve It and work with Ana & Megan and the whole crew again! It was a fantastic experience at Winter CHA!



My artwork will be on display at the Preserve It Frames and Makin's Clay booths, and in all 4 rooms of the Designer Display. Here's a peak at the projects for the 4 rooms (Retro Kitchen Birthday Party, Living Space, Girl's Bedroom, and Art Classroom). My sincere thanks to the many companies who have supported my participation in the Summer CHA Designer Display -
Expo International
Preserve It Frames
Creative Charms
A Pillow For Your Thoughts
Makin's Clay
Elmer's Craft Bond
When I return - I'll share photos of some of my favorite products, celebs and more!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Scrappers Dream Vacation!

What an AMAZING event! Scrappers - this is definitely THE event to try to attend! Fun, food, products, and FRIENDS! I met many wonderful scrappers during my time at the Durham, NC SDV. I taught a class and did several make & take projects on behalf of Creative Charms, and 
 taught a class on behalf of Preserve It Frames. I made 4 new creative friends from nearby in NC (that's 3 of them in the photo above in my Preserve It Frames class! I also had the benefit of being located right across from Scrapbook Girl! They have the most ADORABLE clothing line for scrapping fanatics - pjs, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more - some with BLING! Gotta love designer scrapperwear! ;0)





Here's a peek at the 6 different Make & Take projects I offered during the event. Everyone who participated was excited to see the unique, fun products offered by Creative Charms!

Scrappers Dream Vacation!

What an AMAZING event! Scrappers - this is definitely THE event to try to attend! Fun, food, products, and FRIENDS! I met many wonderful scrappers during my time at the Durham, NC SDV. I taught a class and did several make & take projects on behalf of Creative Charms, and
taught a class on behalf of Preserve It Frames. I made 4 new creative friends from nearby in NC (that's 3 of them in the photo above in my Preserve It Frames class! I also had the benefit of being located right across from Scrapbook Girl! They have the most ADORABLE clothing line for scrapping fanatics - pjs, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more - some with BLING! Gotta love designer scrapperwear! ;0)
Here's a peak at the 6 different Make & Take projects I offered during the event. Everyone who participated was excited to see the unique, fun products offered by Creative Charms!