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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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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Scrapbooking, at last!


Sadly, I haven't had the creative time to scrapbook in ages! I am always busy with some time of creative project for the show, for a manufacturer, etc. Don't get me wrong - I love it all - but my personal memory pages have dwindled in production for the last year or so!

When reviewing the new line of papers from Susiebee Studios for When Creativity Knocks Creative Journal this week, my muse kicked into gear and I took the time to actually create 3 layouts! I forgot how much fun it was to scrapbook! I mixed papers, added a bit of embellishing and dimension here and there, and voila - 3 colorful memory pages to re-spark my interest in this addictive creative hobby! My complete review of this fun live of colorful, vibrant papers, and more detailed instructions on how I created each layout will be featured in the Creative Journal and on the home page at When Creativity Knocks on Tuesday - but I was so excited I had to share a peak at the layouts here on my blog!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Texture & Dimension - Lovin' the Lumpy Bumpy Look at CHA!

If you've viewed my episodes of When Creativity Knocks, or viewed my art over the years, you may have noticed that I refer to myself as a "lumpy bumpy" loving texture and dimensional embellishment junkie!  I have often made my own embellishment out of Makin's Clay because I love the depth it gives to a project.  Everywhere I looked this week at CHA in Rosemont, IL I saw things that fabulously fit this category!  Home decor, cards and scrapbook layouts are definitely heading into my territory.  Absolutely GORGEOUS multi-dimensional, sometimes multi-patterned flowers in every style and color imaginable.  Twigs, wire, beads, wood, gemstones - even a dimensional birdbath.  See for yourself and dare to be different and come over to the "lumpy bumpy" side of creativity!

Really liked these two samples at Webster's Pages 
"Beauty and the beach" at that favorite "birdy" layout I found at  Prima!
Petaloo!  A creative flower explosion.
Loved this autumn layout complete with tiny dragonfly....but where was I?
Creepy Crawlies and flowers too!  My Little Shoebox
"Beachy keen" embellishments at My Little Yellow Bicycle
Wooden it be nice to use these houses on your project?  Studio Calico!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We've been FRAMED - Everywhere at CHA!

Every turn I took on the CHA showroom floor I saw frames.  And most specifically - "empty" frames - they seemed to be the decoration of choice in many of the booths!  Even Cricut gave away at frames cartridge at their event - large or small, ornate or simple, with a photo or a bit of other creativity inside - frames seem to be IN right now!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Roly Poly......More from CHA

So far I have shared that I noticed at this summer's CHA trade show that crafters and artists were going to be seeing birds everywhere - another "trend" I noticed was that scrapbook embellishments seem to be getting a bit "roly poly" quite often!   I think this is a great idea and a resourceful way to use up small scraps of cardstocks or patterned papers and use them to add depth and dimension and make your art even prettier!  I first spotted a wintery wreath made from rolled patterned papers, then I began to notice these decorative rolls popping up on layouts, frames, and more throughout the showroom floor.  If you look closely, you'll spot them on every photo here!

My Little Yellow Bicycle is always on my must see list at CHA!
Absolutely ADORABLE example of Roly Poly at Studio Calico!
My Little Shoebox always has an adorable selection of scrapbooking papers!

LaBlanche had absolutely stunning silicone stamps, and breathtaking display projects!

Upcycled Bracelet Project - My Newest Episode of When Creativity Knocks

Tie_Dye_TVThe latest episode of When Creativity Knocks features a fun tie dyed bracelet project I designed using RIT Liquid Dye, Blumenthal Lansing buttons, and a repurposed t-shirt!  You can view it here to see how simple it was for Ana Araujo and I to create these simple bracelets, and a matching headband.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Bit of Black - As Spotted at CHA

While adding black may not be a new trend, I did seem to notice black popping up more often in lots of beautiful layouts and projects displayed at CHA in Rosemont this week.    More tomorrow from CHA!

DCWV had an amazing display of holiday trees - this one featured pink and black poinsettias - it was  amazingly unique and eye-catching!

This new "Phantom" line from Pink Paislee is elegantly ghoulish fun! 

This lovely example of black done perfectly was on display at the Spellbinders booth.

Graphic 45 - They use black as an accent perfectly in almost all their lines!  A must see stop for me at every CHA!

Petaloo offers an amazing variety of gorgeous dimensional flowers in a multitude of materials!

Mixed-Media Crafty Couture Gowns - Elegance at CHA

CHA challenged designers to submit their ideas for a mixed-media Crafty Couture gown for display at the Craft Fusion Center at CHA.   The chosen participants all put countless hours of effort into their artistic creations.   Here is a look at some of these unique gowns - which incorporated so many amazing things - craft foam, feathers, die cuts, wire, clay, photographs, plastic grocery bags, art journaling, canvas, ribbons, book pages, paper towels, dryer sheets, paints, crystals, felt, velvet, glitter, satin, organza, denim, copper metal, scrapbook papers, working lights and even scissors.   I would like to personally thank Makin's Clay, EarthSafe Finishes, Darice, Blumenthal Lansing, Tulip, and National Non-Woven for their support of my design. The fan favorite was an amazing art journaling gown by Julie Fei-Fan Balzar.  This special presentation was a feast for the eyes and I am proud to have been a part of it.

Friday, July 22, 2011

CHA - A First Report - or should I say "TWEET!"

I arrived home today from CHA Summer in Rosemont, IL.   The show was a bit smaller than in the past, but I still spotted what I would call a few "trends" very quickly!   Here is just one thing that stood out quickly!

Ever see Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" - If it scared you don't read further..... because THE BIRDS are definitely HERE!  Birds, birds everywhere - and birdhouses, and birdcages, birdbaths, nests.......  EVERYWHERE - Rubber stamps, die cuts, patterned papers, dimensional embellishments, chipboard shapes, wooden birds, painting sets, stencils, fabric - a bird of some sort either on a product or on a booth decoration in some sort.   See for yourself a few of the flock I captured on film.
Plaid makes it easy for anyone to be an artist using paint!

Floracraft's booth is always bursting with giant sized fun!
Crate Paper's booth was fully of tweety good fun - displays and products with birds popping up.
LaBlanche offers absolutely stunningly detailed silicone stamps - lots of birds & more!
ART-C - Wow - a mixed-media artist's dream.
Graphic 45 was exploding with colorful, fun and funky birdhouses.
This birdcage and two feathered friends was photographed at the Silhouette craft cutter booth.
Studio Calico had a great booth- and I found this stamped card with this fun tweeting bird.

DCWV - loved these fun colorful papers - and look - birds!
Prima - Everything a bird lover could want - beautifully added to a layout - a nest, birdhouse, even a dimensional birdbath!  One of my favorite layouts at CHA!
Just look at this adorable owl "penant" made from Nikki Sivils' fun You're A Hoot collection!