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 over 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!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Colors of Autumn Tassel Necklace - New Episode of WCK!

Pantone's Fall 2011 colors are EASY to match with Rit!  
In my newest appearance on When Creativity Knocks, I share with Ana & Megan Araujo, and a live audience who created this along with us, how to make a "Colors of Autumn Tassel Necklace".  Rit Dye, Blumenthal Lansing Buttons, DIY Bangles wooden leaf pendant, Judikins stamps and a repurposed bed sheet come together for a funky fall accessory.  Rit works great on fabric, buttons, and wood!  

View this episode here:  http://www.whencreativityknocks.com/index.php?option=com_hwdvideoshare&Itemid=176

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sizzix Fresh Vintage Fringed Flower - Blog Hop!


Today's the day for the next wave of projects in the Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop - Find links to all the participating designers who created with the Fringed Flower die, and see how Eileen designed this amazing box at Eileen Hull's site - http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/2011/09/sizzix-fresh-vintage-blog-hop-fringed.html

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's started! Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop has begun....


I am honored to be part of this amazing blog hop - my assigned die project will be shared in the coming weeks - but don't miss a single week of inspiring ideas from these talented artists!  

Check out the
which starts today!

One die from the Fresh Vintage Collection
will be featured every Tuesday and Thursday for the next 6 weeks.
You will see 6 - 10 projects for each die....
Start at Eileen Hull's Blog to check out
what has been done with the
Scoreboard Album Die and
click on the Fresh Vintage Link
on Eileen's Blog to get to the next project.

FAQ about the Fresh Vintage Blog Hop:How do I hop around to see ideas using the current featured die? 
Every Tuesday and Thursday between September 27-November 3, 2011 there will be a new Sizzix Fresh Vintage die featured on 6-10 of the 75 participating designers' blogs. The navigation buttons for "Hop Back" and "Hop Forward" are on the widget that you can find on the right side of my blog, will allow you to easily hop around and see projects featuring whatever the currentdie is, since those buttons are programmed to navigate only to the blogs that are participating for that die. On the next Tuesday/Thursday, the buttons will automatically reprogram themselves to navigate to the blogs that are signed up for the next featured die.

What if I start at a designer's blog that isn't one of the 6-10 signed up for that die? 
No problem! Simply hit either the "Hop Forward" or "Hop Back" button on the Fresh Vintage navigation widget from any blog's sidebar and you'll automatically advance to one of the participating blogs.

Can I go back and view the ideas for a previously featured die?
Of course! Go to Eileen Hull's blog and find the "Blog Hops" link at the top of the page. It will bring up her blog posts where you'll find direct links to each participating blog along with a thumbnail image of the project.

Where can I buy the Sizzix Fresh Vintage dies, by Eileen Hull?
You can visit Sizzix.com to find a local and online retailers for Sizzix products. Also be sure to visit Oh My Crafts, one of this blog hop's sponsors, (between the dates of September 27-November 3, 2011) and enter for a chance to win a Flower Layers #9 die!

The Blog Hop has ended and the navigation widget is no longer in the sidebar. How can I see the ideas?
Go to Eileen Hull's blog and find the "Blog Hops" link at the top of the page. It will bring up her blog posts where you'll find direct links to each participating blog along with a thumbnail image of the project.

A Halloween Welcome



At Last...We Thought You’d Never Arrive
- Halloween is a popular holiday at our house, and this Halloween home-decor piece hangs inside our front entryway.  In the theme of the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” and featuring papers from the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Collection it is definitely an attention getter.  Faux blood created in my Mad Scientist Lab (aka Studio) with "secret ingredients" to be revealed in an upcoming Halloween episode of When Creativity Knocks was used in three ways - I used my fingers to smear it over all edges of the canvas while the blood was still wet (it really looks disgusting lol!).  Another vial of blood is attached to the canvas with the Mad Hatter looking up at it with a surprised expression.  And some of drops and puddles are added beneath the vial onto the canvas so it looks like it spilled over.  The canvas itself was colored with Rit Dye, and the
 green strips of torn sheet were dyed with Rit to match the background paper.  The purple-grey paper stamped with a pocket watch stamp matches the color of the Mad Hatter's coat perfectly thanks to Rit dye.   The Hatter himself is partially cut from the background  and raised up with Elmer's foam tape for added depth.  A gold moon & star charm, gold teapot and teabag charms tied with twine serve as accents.   


A Halloween Welcome..... Alice in Wonderland Goes Creepy





At Last...We Thought You’d Never Arrive
 - Halloween is a popular holiday at our house, and this Halloween home-decor piece hangs inside our front entryway.  In the theme of the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” and featuring papers from the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Collection it is definitely an attention getter.  Faux blood created in my Mad Scientist Lab (aka Studio) with "secret ingredients" to be revealed in an upcoming Halloween episode of When Creativity Knocks was used in three ways - I used my fingers to smear it over all edges of the canvas while the blood was still wet (it really looks disgusting lol!).  Another vial of blood is attached to the canvas with the Mad Hatter looking up at it with a surprised expression.  And some of drops and puddles are added beneath the vial onto the canvas so it looks like it spilled over.  The canvas itself was colored with Rit Dye, and the
 green strips of torn sheet were dyed with Rit to match the background paper.  The purple-grey paper stamped with a pocket watch stamp matches the color of the Mad Hatter's coat perfectly thanks to Rit dye.   The Hatter himself is partially cut from the background  and raised up with Elmer's foam tape for added depth.  A gold moon & star charm, gold teapot and teabag charms tied with twine serve as accents.   

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Creepy Hotel Room Creations

So, I found those awesome skull beads at the Bead Boutique booth at Southern Women's Show in Charlotte, (see my previous post).  I wanted fun earrings to wear while taping a Halloween episode for When Creativity Knocks on the Creative Stage - with limited supplies to work with in the hotel room, I made these very simple earrings.  Little did I know that attendees would be stopping me at the show and wanting to know if I could buy them at the show and at which booth, and if I had a jewelry making book published LOL!  :0)   Not perfectly executed for sure, but here's the quick hotel room version of the creepy earrings - decorative paper clips, silver tone wire, and those fun red skull beads!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Southern Women's Show - Charlotte, NC


Next week the WCK team will be hosting the craft stage at the Southern Women's Show in Charlotte, NC, Thursday, September 15th through Sunday, September 19th. You can find a schedule of creative events here I've been busy here in NC preparing class materials, and Ana Araujo has been busy in California doing the same - when we come together next week it's going to be a crafting explosion!    We've got some FREE TICKETS to share too - if you'd like one, email me at Cindi@WhenCreativityKnocks.com and we'll add you to the list!

Here's a little colorful peak at supplies for a couple of classes....

Feeling the "Chill" of ICE Resin

After meeting Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman this summer at CHA and having a chance to see some of their amazing art with my own eyes, I've been experimenting with ICE Resin and have found it very user friendly and it produces amazing results.  I have lots of projects I will be sharing over the coming weeks here where I have combined the resin with an assortment of unexpected things, and will be sharing a project on an upcoming episode of When Creativity Knocks...... but in the mean time, did you know that ICE Resin has a call out for 4 new design team members?   Visit the ICE Resin website for all the details.  I encourage you to give this product a try and give yourself a chance to try out for the team.   The deadline for applying is September 16th - so check it out fast!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Giant Diaper Cupcake!

Since the Designer Craft Connection group decided to share party favors, decorations, etc.  for our Celebrations theme this month, I thought add a "bonus" project to today's post (Halloween Banner - below) and share a link to one of my episodes of When Creativity Knocks - This is a twist on the traditional "diaper cake" presented to expecting mothers - it's a giant diaper cupcake!  Complete with a embellished baby blanket wrapping and baby sock frosting (and coordinating invitation and gift recording book for mom too!).   Expo International's BaZooples line of appliques added to the fun of this project.  Find out how it's done here:  Diaper Cupcake Episode


Halloween Pennant Banner


It's time for the monthly Designer Crafts Connection blog hop to begin and this month we are focusing on Celebrations!  For our give-a-way prize this month - visit  Julie McGuffee's blog and see how you can win a DVD set of the new TV show Scrapbook Soup, Series 100!  And don't forget to click on the link to the right to visit more creative blogs from talented designers and see their fun celebrations ideas!

And now for my Spooky Celebration decor.... RIT Liquid Dye, Blumenthal Lansing Buttons, and Plaid Extreme Glitter are the key elements in this decorative banner great for a Halloween party or for displaying just for fun during the spooky season.   Don't let these lengthy instructions "scare" you away - It's really easy to create! 

Materials: 
RIT Liquid Dye - Tangerine, Purple, Black  (www.RIT.com
Disposable craft gloves, bowl, water, paper towels, microwave, small paint brush 
White cardstock 
Plaid Extreme Glitter - Black and Orange and Folk Art Silver Sterling acrylic paint(www.PlaidOnline.com
Blumenthal Lansing Buttons - Spiders from Big Bag Value pack of Bats & Spiders, Violet and Fern Glitter buttons (www.BlumenthalLansing.com
Google eyes in various sizes 
Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue (www.Elmers.com
X-Acto scissors, retractable craft knife and decorative edge scissors (www.Xacto.com
Clear Contact paper 
Green eyelets
Crop-A-Dile tool (www.WeROnTheNet.com
White sheet or white cotton fabric 
Decorative faux spider webbing 
Black felt (www.  
Red Sharpie marker 

Brown chenille stems, scrap burlap, wooden skewer 
Faux gemstones in assorted sizes 
Instructions: 
To create faux handmade/mulberry paper - 
Wearing craft gloves, for Tangerine and Purple, in separate bowls add one tsp of each color RIT Liquid Dye and 1/2 cup water.  Microwave for approximately 1 1/2 minutes.  
Gently crumple sheet of white cardstock.  Unfold and press to flatten.  Place onto scrap paper.  Use paintbrush to brush dye directly onto cardstock.  Flip over and repeat on back side.  Place onto paper towels and microwave approximately 2 minutes.   Repeat until you have at least 3 sheets of each color.
For grey/black “spiderweb” paper, wearing craft gloves, in bowl add 1 tsp Black RIT Liquid Dye and 1 cup water.  Microwave approximately 1 1/2 minutes. 
Measure and cut clear Contact paper for each piece of dyed paper.  Mount clear Contact paper to BACK side of each piece. 
Determine desired size of pennants.   Draw cutting lines on back side and cut out pennants using decorative edge scissors.

For project as shown, you will need 4 orange, 3 grey and 3 purple.
For orange pennants, on back side draw jack-o-lantern face.  On cutting mtat, use retractable craft knife to cut out face.  

On front of each orange piece, use small paintbrush to apply lines of orange Extreme Glitter approximately 1” apart.  Let dry.  
Use Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue to mount Blumenthal Lansing leaf buttons on two and brown chenille stems twisted to create stems for remaining two. 
For spider pennants, coat several black spider buttons in assorted sizes with black Extreme Glitter.  When dry, use Elmer’s Tacky Glue to mount to grey pennants.        
Use Elmer’s Tacky Glue to add faux gemstone eyes to each spider, adjusting size of eyes to match each spider size. 
For Frankenstein pennants, on two pennants mount green rectangular buttons as shown.  
Cut small piece of black felt and cut edge to create spiked hair.  Glue to top of button as shown.    
Mount two small google eyes on each green button head.
Use red Sharpie marker to draw mouth on each.  
Add small scrap of burlap beneath each head.  
Paint approximately 1” of a bamboo skewer with silver paint.  Let dry.  Cut 4 small pieces (approximately 1/8”).  Mount to either side of button Frankenstein head.  (These are his “bolts”.) 
Mount purple glitter buttons randomly around head.   
For last purple banner, mount purple and green glitter buttons in assorted sizes.  Add google eyes in assorted sizes to green glitter buttons. 
Tear 1/4” strip of white sheet. 
Use Crop-A-Dile tool to mount green eyelet approximately 1/4” down from top of each pennant on right and left sides.   
String sheet through each eyelet and double knot.  Cut to fit.  Repeat until all pieces are strung together as shown. 
Stretch small amount of faux decorative spider web across the top of entire banner over white sheet strips.   
Hang and enjoy the spooky season!