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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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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RIT Liquid Dye Mother's Day Card

I've discovered two new techniques using RIT Liquid Dyes - Custom colored microbeads and custom colored shrink plastic!   This colorful Mother's Day card is now featured on the home page at the RIT Dye website - http://www.ritdye.com/.  To view instructions on how to try these two new techniques, how to create a colorful background, and how to stamp with RIT Liquid Dye - view the tutorial here:


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Here Comes Peter Cottontail.....3 Ways!

I happened to be shopping the day after Easter last year and stumbled upon a clearance half-price sale on all Easter products. These plastic bunnies were just screaming to be purchased and turned into something new and creative. At .50 cents a piece, I couldn’t go wrong! (Even at the original price of $1.00 these are worth it!) These snap open clear rabbits are originally meant to hold jelly beans, or other small candies in Easter baskets or centerpieces, but I had something else in mind.

The first bunny is beautiful on a windowsill with the sunshine streaming through – it almost looks like stained glass. This was very easy to accomplish. I simply drew diagonal lines using silver liquid leading to create a diamond pattern. Then, after determining the color palette I wanted to use by sketching it out on scrap paper and coloring it in with colored pencils, I followed the sketch and filled in each area with glass stain. Repeat on the back and your bunny is finished. You could still fill him with Easter treats and present him as a great surprise to someone special. Once the treats are gone they will still have a pretty Easter decoration for years to come.

Supplies: plastic rabbit treat holder, Gallery Glass Liquid Leading in silver (http://www.plaidonline.com/), glass stain (http://www.deltacreative.com/) in assorted colors, small paintbrush

Next came the gingham bunny. These soft pastel colors of gingham just say SPRING to me so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into an Easter decoration. Random size pieces of pale green, blue, pink and yellow gingham were torn and then decopauged into the insides of the bunny using Plaid Mod Podge. A bit of pink and blue gingham ribbon around his neck and he was complete. When placed in a window, the sun still shines a bit through this bunny giving it a soft glow. And yes, it still opens so it can be filled with treats and presented as a gift.

Supplies: plastic rabbit treat holder, gingham cotton fabric in pink, pale blue, pale green and yellow. Pink and blue ¼” gingham ribbon. Plaid Mod Podge, paintbrush.

Spring flowers are popping up everywhere in North Carolina these days. And now they are popping up in this 3rd decorative bunny. This is the easiest of all to make – simply fill the bunny with an assortment of spring colored artificial flowers (with the faces of the flowers facing the outside of the bunny) and close. Then use Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue to attach a few accent flowers to create a wreath around the neck. The sun doesn’t shine through this one, but it still looks bright and cheerful on a windowsill, especially when joined by his two bunny pals.

Supplies: plastic rabbit treat holder, artificial flowers in spring shades, Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue.

The Designer Craft Blog Connection group is presenting a ton of creative Easter ideas today - click the link above to see everyones inspiring projects! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Somebunny Special Easter Card featuring RIT Liquid Dye & Graphic 45

I absolutely love this new collection from Graphic 45 - Once Upon A Springtime!   (http://www.G45papers.com/)  The colors are beautiful and soft, the patterns include adorable electic springtime images like fairies, birds, whimiscal bunnies and other springtime creatures.  This collection includes a good assortment of patterns that coordinate well together.  I turned to RIT Liquid Dye (http://www.ritdye.com/) to create custom colored cardstocks for this card, as well as to dye the buttons on the front, and to dye the crochet trim on the front to match the skirt on the focal image bunny exactly.   To find out how I used RIT with these fun papers to make this card visit the RIT Dye website:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Glove Bunny & Knock Knock Easter Card

When Creativity Knocks shares TWO new episodes this week with creative Easter ideas!  Ana and I ham it up (hey, it was day 4 of CHA and I was a bit tired....translation.....silly!) while she shares this clever Knock Knock card idea featuring Elmer's foam board: 


And Ana shows Laura Bray how to create clever glove bunnies!   I love this striped one!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter Treat Pouch

This colorful ribbon egg treat pouch was a project completed last spring for Cindi's Simple Solutions.  It's the perfect size for a box of marshmallow Peeps (a favorite at our house for years!).  If you are looking for a unique way to present an Eatser surprise to someone this year - find out how to make this project here under Easter Treat Pouch - Ana's Craft Pouch Challenge:


Thursday, April 7, 2011

RIT Liquid Dye comes to the Party!

I have been having so much fun recently experimenting with RIT Liquid Dyes.  My most recent discovery is that you can use RIT Liquid Dye to create custom colored, "tie-dyed" balloons!    See how I did it here in this week's Cindi's Simple Solutions article for When Creativity Knocks:


Also check out my latest book review - Time to Tangle with Colors by Marie Browning -


Ana's also got more creative birthday cupcake fun in her Ana's Creative Chaos article this week!    And our latest new episode features a colorful butterfly lollipop project using the Craftwell e-Craft! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The creative team over at Rubber Road Adventures had a challenge recently - we were asked to design something using the leftover wood mounts from when you unmount stamps.  The variety of ideas is amazing!  I used tiny wood mounts from a small set of alphabet stamps I unmounted for easier use.  For a full tutorial on how to create this necklace using repurposed wood mounts and Makin's Clay - click here:


To see the other totally creative ideas shared by these talented designers visit the home page at Rubber Road Adventures  ezine:  http://rubberroadadventures.ning.com/

While you are there check out some of the other amazing, creative projects the Rubber Road designers have shared!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

90th Birthday - 90 Flowers

My grandmother, who lives with us, turned 90 this past Wednesday and we had a family celebration last weekend.  Rather than make a birthday card, I decided to make 90 paper flowers to celebrate her 90 years.  Out came my Sizzix Big Shot (my latest tool addiction) and Brenda Pinnick's Sizzix Originals Die - Flower, Beauty Bloom #655455 flower die.    Once I decided on my color palette (inspired by the fun Linnie Bell Collection from Pebbles, Inc.), I searched through my vast (hoarded) collection of papers and got busy.  Each flower has 4 layers, and a wire stem hot glued to the bag to help them stand up in the basket.  A gift card was slipped into a bamboo skewer and inserted in the bouquet.  She was quite pleased with her lasting bouquet!