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Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 18 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!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop - Week #4 - Eileen Hull's Frame & Frame Back w/Stand

While stretching my creative imagination this week I decided to stretch this single set of dies to create a frame into two totally different frames. 


Eileen Hull's Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro Die - # 656835 - Frame & Frame Back w/Stand http://www.sizzix.com/product/2352
Sizzix 38-0218 Leaf #1 die (sorry but this one's an oldy but goody - not on the current Sizzix website).
Makin's Clay, Makin's Ultimate Clay Machine, Makin's Texture Sheet
Judikin's Diamond Glaze
Pebbles, Inc.           http://www.pebblesinc.com/
Elmer's Craft Bond Adhesive - http://www.elmers.com/
White ribbon, tiny glass marbles, Bedazzles, white texture paint, Blumenthal Lansing button

The first features Makin's Clay "tiles" - clay was rolled into thin sheets, then textured with Makin's Texture Sheets.  Once dry, they were die cut using the Sizzix Leaf #1 die.  The individual leaves were cut into pieces and reassembled to resemble tile on the backing board.  Judikins Diamond Glaze was applied over each leaf and allowed to dry.  White texture paint was applied over the entire piece to fill in the cracks like grout - and then wiped off the leaves themselves before it dried.  The top frame on the piece was covered with another sheet of brown Makin's Clay rolled and textured, then the Judikins Diamond Glaze was applied.  This top frame was mounted so it is raised off of the base approximately 1/4" adding more depth to the finished piece.  Lastly, 3 more clay leaves and a bit of brown clay around the outer edge finished off the frame. 

On to Annabelle & Larry!  Pretty coordinating papers from Pebbles, Inc. were used to cover these two pieces of the frame die.  The flower components were covered with Judikins Diamond Glaze and tiny glass marbles & Bedazzles were applied.  A Blumenthal Lansing button is the center of this dimensional flower accent.  The flower was mounted to the back of the TOP frame, and the photo is mounted to the back of the base frame, adding more depth & dimension to the finished project.  A bit of white ribbon with a little bow on top serves as a hanger.

Don't forget to click on the link in the upper right to check out 60 amazing designs created with this frame.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sizzix Triple-Play Blog Hop Week #3 - Brenda Pinnick's "Beauty Bloom"

Here it is Hop day again!  This week we were challenged with individual bags of pre cut flowers made with Brenda  Pinnick's Beauty Bloom die.  My package included flowers cut in white and yellow cardstock, and yellow felt.  I wanted to challenge myself to try to stick to the materials as close to the way I received them as possible - so I didn't experiment with other mediums like fabric or patterned papers - I kept to the yellow and white.   With a few added bits and pieces, and a little shimmer.... these were my results.

Sorry Brenda, I know this is a FLOWER die - but when I opened my bag of flowers and the two yellow felt single flower petals fell out - I immediately saw FEET.  Duck feet, or in this case, penguin feet :0).  I just had to whip up this quick little felt friend and give him some petal feet.

Next I layered three of the yellow flower centers and stitched them together, allowing them to bunch here and there, then added a few seed beads.  This one was used as an accent on a Thanksgiving place setting card.

While I was in the stitching mood, I gathered 5 of the yellow felt petals together and also stitched them to create this "bud".  A few green felt leaves, and some simple embroidered accents finished it off.  I think this would make a cute little broach, or a fun accent to a gift.

Next came the paper challenge...... I cut several of the white petals in half vertically, placed them overlapping each other slightly, and stitched them together at the base.  I then fanned them out and glued the two end pieces together to create a "morning glory" cone shaped flower.  Blue and lavendar Pearl Ex Pigment Watercolor Paint was used to give it a lovely shimmering morning glory blue tone. 
Two of the white 3 petal sets were layered and folded slightly forward.  A yellow three petal set was folded up, overlapped, and glued together to create the center "trumpet" for this faux narcissus.  White and gold Pearl Ex Pigment Watercolor Paint added a bit of shimmer, and a cardstock stem and leaves were quick finishing touches.

Materials used: 
Sizzix Originals Die - Flower, Beauty Bloom -#655455 - http://www.sizzix.com/product/939
Sizzix Big Shot Pro Die Cutting Machine - http://www.sizzix.com/product/1711
Felt – http://www.nationalnonwovens.com/
Cardstock - white, yellow, green, brown
US Artquest Pearl-Ex Pigment Watercolor Paints - http://www.usartquest.com/
Elmer's Craft Bond Adhesive - http://www.elmers.com/
Needle, embroidery floss
Seed beads
Harmonie patterned paper used on place card - http://www.loisirsharmonie.ca/

Follow the clickable link in the upper right corner of the page to see the creative interpretations of this fun die from the over 60 other participating designers - You're sure to find lots of inspiration!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Sizzix Triple-Play Blog Hop Continues!

Karen Burniston's Sizzix Twist 3-D Cube

Once again it seems like my creative muse was out to get me. She wouldn’t just let me assemble this nifty twist cube and decorate it in some creative way. She challenged me to stretch my imagination (and I admit, my patience!) and create something even more interactive. The result: a mailable, still twist-able, “snow globe” snowman diorama ornament.  Don't forget to use the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop clickable link in the upper right of my blog to hop to see the over 60 amazing versions of this cube created by the blog hop designers!


Karen Burniston's Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Cube, Twist 3-D (Pop-Up) - #656739 http://www.sizzix.com/product/2381
Sizzix Big Shot Pro -  http://www.sizzix.com/product/1711  die cutting machine. snowflake patterned scrapbook paper, white cardstock, faux gemstone snowflakes and brad, Elmer's Craft Bond Adhesive, 1/4" white satin ribbon, EK Success Snowflake punches, McGill square punch, transparent tape, plastic sandwich bags, artificial snow

Since my original cube was black cardstock, I needed to cover the outside so snowflake patterned paper was cut and mounted on each side of the cube. Before assembling the cube, EK Success snowflake punches were used to punch snowflake ‘windows’ through the left and right sides. A large McGill square punch was used to punch the square ‘window’ in the front. Since it still had to be “twistable” to collapse for mailing, regular transparency film would not have worked for the windows. Instead, I cut pieces from a plastic sandwich bag and mounted them to the bag side of the cube. A cardstock snowman was created and mounted to the inside bottom of the cube, with a piece of white ribbon looped, sent through the hole in the top and finished off with a gemstone brad, then mounted to the back of the snowman’s hat to pull and hold him up when the cube is un-twisted. ¼” White ribbon was used to cover all seams/edges of the cube. Faux gemstone snowflakes were added for a bit of bling (be sure to mount them where they will not affect the twisting portions of the cube). Artificial snow was tucked inside through the opening in the back of the cube. The result is a little winter diorama ornament which can be twisted, tied with a ribbon for mailing, then popped up to bring a bit of holiday cheer to the recipient.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Let It Roll!

This week Creative Designer Extraordinaire Sarah Hodgden shows Ana Araujo an interesting use for rolling caster wheels on When Creativity Knocks:


This week's Product Review features The Documentary Collection by Studio Calico - http://tinyurl.com/366kahb

Cindi's Simple Solutions shows you how to create a whimiscal cat themed bracelet by wood burning a DIY Bangle - http://tinyurl.com/32nwsk5

Come back this Thursday for the next post in the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop to see what the 60 participating designers have up their creative sleeves! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop is HERE!

It's time for the first entry into the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!   Our challenge this week was to work with Eileen Hull's Scoreboard Pro House 3D #656836 - http://www.sizzix.com/product/2353.  Additional Sizzix materials used include:  Sizzix 12x12 matboard  http://www.sizzix.com/product/2354, white, and Sizzix Big Shot Pro http://www.sizzix.com/product/1711 die cutting machine. 

Additional materials sponsored by: 

Makins Clay® - http://www.makins-usa.com/
Judikins® - http://www.judikins.com/
Elmer's® - http://www.elmers.com/
Plaid® - http://www.plaidonline.com/

Makin's Clay® was used to transform the paper house into a "good enough to eat" Gingerbread House which is illuminated using tiny Christmas tree lights.   The roof pieces were hand covered with white Makin's Clay® to resemble white frosting.  Individual "gum drops" were then made from Makin's Clay®, allowed to dry overnight and then mounted to the frosting roof using Elmer's Craft Bond Adhesive.  Once the glue was set, each was dry brushed with more Craft Bond Adhesive and sprinkled with tiny clear glass beads for a sugared effect.    The main walls of the house were covered with Terra Cotta Makin's Clay rolled thin on the Ultimate Clay Machine®.  The house itself was used as a cutting template, and once the clay was applied to t he chipboard, it was textured with a Makin's Texture Sheet from Set A to resemble gingerbread.   Once the house was assembled and the roof mounted, it was time to begin completing the decorations.  The frosting trim on all edges was created with white Makin's Clay® using the Ultimate Clay Extruder®.  The tiny peppermint candies for the trim and roof of the entry were created by extruding two thin ropes of red clay and white clay, alternating them together to form a cane, then cutting into tiny slices.  Once dry, they were applied to the gingerbread walls and coated with Judikins Diamond Glaze™ for a bit of shine.  The same twisted canes were used to create the candy canes, which were also coated with Judikins Diamond Glaze. The lollypops were created with primary colors of clay and natural clay sticks.  Once dry, they were mounted to the gingerbread walls and then coated with Plaid Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic for a dimensional glassy shine like a real lollypop (dries clear - shown wet in photo).  Faux Life Saver Candy wreaths were created with green and red clay and mounted to the roof peaks.  Clay gumball accents over the door finished the


Take the time this week to visit each of the participating designers sites - all linkable through the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop block at the top right.  Each design is unique and they are all truly inspiring!