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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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Thursday, March 31, 2011

I got (Zen)Tangled up this week!

This week's Cindi's Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks is a simple Kaleidacolor resist technique - with a Zentangled cupcake embellishment.  This is definitely not a new technique but it wasn't new when I first discovered it several years ago and I loved it, so I figured I'd share it again for any newbies out there!   Here's the link: 

The Zentangling was inspired by my Product Review this week - Zentangle 4 by Suzanne McNeill - published by Design Originals:


Ana also shared 3 new creative projects in her Ana's Creative Chaos blog - and there is still time to entire our Elmer's Prize Package contest by viewing the latest Elmer's Cards for Our Troops episode and leaving a comment.  This is also the last day this month to view one of our episodes from this month and leave a comment to be eligible for winning one of the great books I've reviewed - dont miss your chance to be part of WCK Books to Your Door!  http://www.whencreativityknocks.com/

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tie Dye Meets Paper Crafting!

My latest Simple Solutions article for When Creativity Knocks features another fun new technique I discovered using RIT Liquid Dye - Learn how to create this effect here:


The latest episode of WCK is a fun & funky DIY Bangle embellished with awesome swirls & flourishes made on the Craftwell.  Check out this episode as WCK Crafts Under the Big Top at CHA with Craftwell!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Something New To Try with RIT Dye!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I am pleased to announce I have began working with RIT Dye as a freelance designer.  My first two projects are now featured on their home page (http://www.ritdye.com/), just in time for St. Patrick's Day!  I've been experimenting with the dye, seeing what I can do with it that I haven't seen done before - and have come up with what I *think* are two new techniques - for full instructions follow the links below....

I've got a few more techniques featuring RIT Liquid Dye to share with you in the next few weeks - so stay tuned and if you want to experiment with something fun in your creative endeavors - get some RIT Liquid Dye!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Getting "Green" For St. Patrick's Day (and a big RED announcement!)

I am SO excited to announce that I was chosen as the the Daily Windows Shades of Red Design Challenge Winner for the month of February!  In answer to their call for mixed-media projects, I created  "Le Cardinal Rouge" with textured strips of red Makin's Clay woven together, dusted with Intereference Jacquard Interference Red Pearl-Ex Pigment Powder, and layered over a piece of crackle patterned paper with bits of polka dot paper here and there, to create a background for a custom made cardinal made from scraps of red ribbon & trims, a Darice seed bead  & Judikins Diamond Glaze face, silk poinsettia leaf wing, Yasutomo Mizuhiki legs/feet wrap around a real twig.  Red velvet flowers from Creative Charms with faux crystal centers were the finishing touch of red.

First place prize is a bag of my choice from Daily Windows and $100!   I am so excited! 
Daily Window will also be having a March challenge - details will be posted at their blog:  http://dailywindow.wordpress.com/ Log in to find out more and check out their complete line of fabulous Daily Window bag options!  www.dailywindow.com

Now on to GREEN - My latest Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks is a sliding pop-up card - instructions are included to create this fun card for a St. Patrick's Day greeting or any occassion.   Find out more here:  http://tinyurl.com/32nwsk5

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Creature Double Feature: Wedding Style!

Anyone remember those old sci-fi movies which used to be on Saturday mornings two at a time?   Godzilla and things like that..... they were called Creature Double Feature on Channel 56 at our house.  But I digress.   The Designer Craft Connection is focusing on weddings this month.  Be sure to click on the link in the upper right of my blog to hop around and see some of the amazing ideas they are all sharing with you!   I wanted to share a couple of wedding ideas featuring "creatures."  The first, is a butterfly wedding favor I first featured in an issue of the When Creativity Knocks Creative Journal. 

A bit of organza ribbon, Mentos mints, white Jordan almonds, or white chocolate pretzel balls, faux gemstone brads, and wire repurporsed from a bit of "happy birthday" garland are all u need to create these whimiscal table decorations for the wedding guests.   The steps are layed out below. 

The second "creature" is a starfish bridal shower invitation.  A friend's niece is getting married at the beach this spring.  Her colors are fuschia and olive green, with starfish.   Striving to create a unique bridal shower invitation, I made 75 of these starfish.  The text was layed out in Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9, then printed onto the cardstock.  The individual starfish were traced and hand cut, then embossed with a Spellbinders Impressabilities die and the Grand Caliber machine. The backs of each were stamped with a speckled background stamp and Ranger Tea Dye Distress Inkpad.  Next, holes were punched at the top and a no-tie bow of fuschia organza ribbon was added.  I folded each arm of the starfish slightly inward to add depth and dimension like a real starfish. 

And now for the the stepped-out photos for that butterfly favor.....


Thursday, March 3, 2011


When this post went live on 3/3/11 - I inadvertently posted the black Cricut logo above instead of the machine photo - sorry for any confusion but my blog is NOT one of those you need to find the Cricut on to be eligible to win.......This error was corrected on 3/4/11.... I'll try to not be such a goofball in future posts!
The Designer Blog Connection is now officially LIVE!  Each month a group of amazing designers will share projects in a variety of mediums on a variety of topics. This month we'll be posting ideas on projects for weddings on March 13th.  Look for the logo on your right on your favorite blogs.  Click the "hop forward" button and it will take you to another designer's blog. There you will find the same logo. This logo is your ticket that will take you from blog to blog to discover projects, tips and techniques from some of the Arts & Crafts industry's premier designers.
Julie McGuffee has generously offered to donate a CRICUT EXPRESSION!  Here's the scoop directly from Julie's blog on how YOU could win this awesome machine! 

This is how you enter to win. As you hop from blog to blog you will see this logo on 9 of them:

Make a note of the name of the blog where you saw the logo then list these names in the comments section of this post on my blog. The winner will be announced here on March 14th. (Please note: Due to shipping charges and customs regulations, I can only ship to a US address.) Followers automatically qualify to enter, but if you leave a comment, you can be entered twice - just let me know you're a follower. If you're not already a follower, you can sign up and be entered twice too!

I hope you enjoy your treasure hunt and all the exciting blogs you'll visit on your journey. Be patient with each of us - sometimes the logo is easily seen at the top of a blog and sometimes it's at the bottom, but it's there and if you don't find 9 "Cricuts" the first time around, check again in a day or two. Time gets away from us sometimes...... If you happen to get "stuck" somewhere click on the DC Connection button and it will take you to a list of all the blogs in the ring. Skip over the one where you just got "stuck" and click on the next on the list. Designers are busy, busy, busy and blogging has to take a backseat sometimes, but we will have something special to share with you each month and......there will be a giveaway! Not a Cricut each time, but something I hope you'll enjoy. So, y'all come back now........ and tell your friends!

Yours truly, Julie :)

Posted by Julie McGuffee - http://www.juliemcguffee.blogspot.com/

  CHA Winter - A Look Back -

In recent posts, I’ve shared a couple of trends I noticed (circus themes and houses everywhere...), and a link to the When Creativity Knocks episode featuring some of the designers who participated in the Designer Showcase - http://tinyurl.com/6kykskp. But as I sit back and think about the last CHA one thing stands out in my mind – the amazing fact that so many creative people are gathered together in one place to share their energy for a few days. One of the best parts of attending CHA is getting to see “old” creative friends, and make new creative friends. Getting to laugh, view so many mixed media projects, talk a bit even if it’s just a stolen moment here and there, and take photos. The time spent demonstrating and hosting make and takes at booths is always great because attendees are generally so happy to be able to stop and make a project. This year I hosted a Makin’s Clay make and take featuring a ring project.  I also worked with When Creativity Knocks at the Elmer’s booth hosting Make and Send projects – interactive fun cards for the troops. Episodes highlighting some of these projects are already available on the www.WhenCreativityKnocks.com site – and there are more to come soon. We also presented Crafting Under The Big Top with Craftwell and had a blast hosting making “circus lollypops” and DIY Bangles featuring dies cut with their awesome machine.

I had very little time to walk the floor this year, but I snapped a few photos of things that caught my eye.

Theresa Cifali, Vanna, Laura Bray and I - Smiling for the camera at the Elmer's Booth!
The Yarn Guy. Almost as popular as Vanna White at Lion Brand Yarn this year – was the Yarn Guy. I was working at Elmer’s booth across from the Lion Brand Yarn booth and I can honestly say almost no one made it past him without sitting down and having an imaginary chat, not to mention a few other unexpected things I saw people do to him…. I told them at the end of the show they needed to replace him with a real guy wrapped in yarn and have him get up and walk through the isles and out of the convention center.  A lot of people would be very surprised if they thought he had actually been a REAL guy in there!  Speaking of Vanna – she and her daughter Giovanna took the time after the Lion Brand Yarn fashion show to stop by the Elmer’s booth and create cards for the troups – it was great to create with them and I am sure the recipients will be shocked when they see they have a card signed by Vanna!

Feathers and a big bird….. I am always drawn to the feather booths –they are just so jam packed full of fluffy fun I can’t stay away. This year was no exception – and I loved this big bird at the Midwest Design Imports booth.

I have also enjoyed viewing the photos shared by so many fellow designers – together these photos create a very accurate snapshot of the showroom floor.   Click on the link in the upper right of my page to see what they've shared!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pinocchio Takes Over My World

It's almost time for the East Clayton Elementary School's annual Drama Club presentation.  This year they are performing Pinocchio.  This is my first year being actively involved in the preparation for the play - and I am having a blast (although I admit to being slightly exhausted and I'm dreaming of whales).

For the last several weeks, I've been busy creating a costume and mask for the fox, donkey ears and tails, Gepetto's costume, Pinocchio's costume, a circus tent, cuckoo clock hats, shortening capes, lengthening pants with fringe, painting magnolia pods gold for cuckoo clock costumes, making a whip for the coachman.... and working on creating the sets themselves (cardboard planks for Gepetto's workshop, an ocean scene, a circus tent....).   It's creative madness for sure.  Luckily, there are a lot of other people generously donating their time to help get it all done.  We're on the countdown....... it all has to be complete and ready to transport to the Clayton Center next Tuesday.