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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 17 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!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Westcott Brand® Designer Connection Blog Hop! It's Time!!!

WESTCOTT BRAND® Cutting Tools is sponsoring the October Designer Craft Connection blog hop!  You can find more info about the challenge here:  http://tinyurl.com/64tkxsg

Westcott sent all participating designers an amazing assortment of cutting tools - all in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  The Duck Brand® also sent us a fun assortment of pink and gold tapes and adhesive sheets, and Velcro Brand® Fasteners contributed fasteners for our creations!    Our Designer Challenge packages included the following products:
      • Westcott Brand® Titanium Bonded Non Stick Scissors
      • Westcott Brand® 12” Titanium Bonded Trimmer
      • The Duck Brand® Duct Tape Sheets
      • The Duck Brand® Patterned Duct Tape Rolls
      • VELCRO® Brand Hook and Loop Fasteners
      • VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Hook and Loop Fasteners
I really expanded my creative horizons on this one - being a mom of 2 boys, PINK is not a color I commonly create with - so I went a little pink crazy and created many projects to share!   I have to say that these non-stick titanium scissors are amazing.  Anyone who works in a classroom should have a pair for sure - as we cut Velcro about ten zillion times a week.   They cut cleanly and crisply through paper, chipboard, fabric, ribbons, Velcro and duct tape - without sticking - an amazing accomplishment!  To view all the amazing creations by participating designers, follow the Designer Craft Connection link on the right side of my blog!
Flamingos!  The bright pink Duck Brand tape immediately reminded me of those pink plastic flamingos so popular in some yards.  Our family has an ongoing joke about them, so I decided to create a fun 3-dimensional flamingo for a layout to document our feelings about these funky birds!   Two pieces of pink tape were placed sticky sides together, then individual feathers were cut and mounted to form the bird.  His beak is made from black glass beads adhered with Judikins Diamond Glaze.  His legs are made from bamboo skewers.  I also used an alphabet stencil from Plaid to cut a “F” from the pink duct tape sheet for the title.  A photo mat was also cut from the pink duct tape sheet.   All that’s missing is the photo of the yard we often laugh about - and that will be added soon!

Repurposed Pizazz Bracelet - a round plastic piece from the center of a large spool of Velcro Brand fastener used in our classroom at school was transformed into a funky dimensional bracelet using pink & black zebra striped tape and gold tape.  Faux gemstone accents add to the bling factor. 
Girl in Flight Mobile - A mobile for a little girls room which starts with  a wire framework wrapped in bright pink tape, then wrapped in goldtone wire.  Hello Kitty duct tape and gold duct tape butterflies, hand cut with Westcott scissors hand from golden threads.  The secret to this mobile is that the butterfly bodies are made from black Velcro, and the butterflies are interchangeable with funky black and pink zebra tape and gold tape butterflies - when the little girl takes flight into the world of pre-teen girls - her mobile can grow up a bit with her!
PINK stands boldly in the Garden of Hope -  In keeping with the Westcott Brand tradition of giving back to the community, they are once again be teaming up with CharityWings.org in an online auction of the designer’s creations with the proceeds going to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. This mixed-media canvas was created to be donated to the Charity Wings auction.   A canvas was first painted with shades of blue Plaid Martha Stewart paints in Satin, Pearl, and Glitter.   Floral patterned paper from the BFF Collection by TaDa Creative Studios was cut with Westcott cutting tools and mounted to the bottom portion of the canvas.  The title lettering was cut with from pink tape and mounted to a gold tape border.  The “P” was wrapped with Hello Kitty, pink Zebra and solid pink tape.   A Clover Kansashi Flower maker and Clover Frilled Flower maker were used to create the 3 large dimensional flowers, all made with patterned Duck Brand duct tapes embellished with   Blumenthal Lansing buttons.  Additional Blumenthal Lansing buttons, a Creative Charms butterfly, floral gemstone brads, paper and fabric are finishing accents.    All items adhered with Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesives. 

Here's a link to the auction:   http://charitywingsnews.blogspot.com/2011/10/westcott-brand-and-friends-auction-for.html 

More about Westcott Brand® products:
·         Westcott Brand® Scissors are the WORLD’S FAVORITE SCISSORS™ meaning Westcott sells more scissors than any other manufacturer in the world!
·         Westcott Brand® Titanium Bonded Non Stick Scissors are the BEST Non Stick Scissors on the market that never get stuck and can easily cut through Sticky Back VELCRO®, Duck Tape and multiple layers of fabric and other materials!
·         Titanium bonded blades are 3 times harder than stainless steel and never need sharpening!
·         Westcott Brand® Cutting Tools have the best performance! The 3” scissors can even cut through 5 layers of fabric!
·         Westcott Brand® Cutting Tools are ergonomic and come in several different color options!
Westcott is also offering an amazing giveaway of Deluxe Assortment of Westcott Brand® Cutting Tools for a reader!   To learn more visit  http://www.facebook.com/WestcottBrand or  http://westcottbrand.blogspot.com/ to find out how YOU could win!   Random giveaway winner to be announced by Westcott on November 1st!  Prize must be shipped to US address.


  1. OMGOSH!! That flamingo page is FAB!!!! How long did it take you to make ALL THOSE FEATHERS?! LOL!!

    Great idea on the mobile project - perfect with the tape!! You're so clever :)

    AND thank you for using TaDa papers!!!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE IT!!

  2. Wow! Lovely projects! i love the flamingo and the flowers!

  3. Wowowow! All your projects are wonderful! I especially love the darling butterfly mobile. :)