Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

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 almost 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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Altered Books

This week's WCK Creative Journal Simple Solutions article is now live - and it's all about Altered Books.     Take a peek between the pages and find out more.

patterns in polymerThe Product Review for this week is this great book by Judy Picarello - Patterns in Polymer - It's an amazing book!  

Also, take a few minutes to view the latest episode of WCK as Ana Araujo and Sarah Moore of the Craft Critique tour some fun creative spots on Chicago Craft Tour!

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Rolling Along with Ta Da Creative Studios!


That rolling trend I noticed at CHA is still going strong!  Look at this simple, yet adorable card created by Margie Higuchi featured with instructions at the Ta Da Creative Studios blog!     This was made with their new Frozen Tozen' Collection which is adorable!   Just had to share :0).

Sunday, August 28, 2011

FaveCrafts Profile

I now have joined the ranks of creative designers with profiles at FaveCrafts.com!    You can view my profile with links to projects, etc. here:

http://www.favecrafts.com/Craft-Designers/Cindi-Bisson

I'm looking forward to sharing more projects and contributing to FaveCrafts creative world!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Getting Creative with RIT Liquid Dye

Back to school!   My two boys are back to school this week - 5th and 7th grade!  And I want back to work at our local elementary school part time in the afternoons.   A busy time for all and a welcome return to a more regular schedule for mom!   Meanwhile...... I'm happy to say that RIT Dye has posted another of my projects on their home page of the website this week - not once, but twice!   Learn how to create this greeting card with sponged patterned paper and removable apple magnet - both techniques done with 2 shades of RIT Liquid dye and featuring a fun Blumenthal Lansing leaf button - here - Apple Magnet Card.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Plaid's 2nd Annual Trick Your Pumpkin Contest

Just found this fun new contest from Plaid and my muse is already in high gear!  Yup - I'm Trickin' My Pumpkin!   Will you too?    Click to find out all the "scoop" (seeds and all!)


Good Messy Fun!


I spent yesterday afternoon in the kitchen with all my RIT Liquid Dye and an old white sheet.  I am working on a special project and wanted to try matching the Pantone Fall 2011 colors using the RIT recipes.  I am happy to report that their recipes to match these colors are great!    Here's a peak at my workspace in the midst of all this colorful madness :0).   I sure do love to make a good creative mess.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Pantone's Fall 2011 Colors - and RIT to Match!

Have you seen the absolutely scrumptious colors Pantone brings us for Fall 2011?   I discovered today that RIT Dye has already provided us with formulas to match these gorgeous colors for our own projects!  Yay!
http://www.RITDye.com

Knot Your Ordinary Scarf - New WCK Episode!

A new episode of When Creativity Knocks just went live on the site - shot on site at Maker Faire in San Mateo this spring.  I show Ana Araujo just how easy it can be to create a fun & funky scarf - no knitting needed!   See how here:

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

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

4,530+ WOW!

I am awestruck - and want to say a big thank you to everyone who has viewed my latest episode on When Creativity Knocks.   This simple project I shared with Ana Araujo at Maker Faire featuring RIT Dye and Blumenthal Lansing buttons has had over 4,530 views in just a couple of weeks.   Thanks for your support everyone!  
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http://www.whencreativityknocks.com/index.php?option=com_hwdvideoshare&Itemid=176

Friday, August 5, 2011

Roly Poly - Here it is again!

I mentioned what I thought was a "trend" I spotted at CHA in a recent post.  Just got this tweet from My Little Shoebox and had to share - Here come the roly poly's again......   Love this layout!  And check out all their fun Trick or Treat projects too!   http://www.mylittleshoebox.typepad.com/

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beachy loveliness - Check out this kit!

I don't often repost things like this - but I think this is just so pretty I had to share.  Here's a great chance to win the gorgeous August set from Studio Calico - The details are all here -

Kim Watson's blog

Monday, August 1, 2011

Designer Craft Connection - August Giveaway and Makin's Clay on your Layouts!

The Designer Craft Connection August giveaway is a collection of punches!   Here's the scoop from Julie McGuffee on how you can be eligible to win this prize:


These are great big punches! Two embossed leaf punches and a tag shaped punch from Marvy Uchida, and two McGill button punches.


To enter to win readers have to hop around the webring then comment on my (Julie McGuffee's)  blog about 
which technique they liked the best,
which one they are going to try and 
which one was the most unique.   
The winner will be announced on August 15th.



This month we decided to share some of our favorite "techniques" with our readers.   As a certified "Technique Junkie" (I even subscribed to Pat Huntoon's Technique Junkies Newsletter for ages!) - I have too many favorites to even try to blog in one post.  With that said, in reference to my blog post yesterday, I have resparked my desire to scrapbook recently.  One of my favorite "techniques" to do when scrapbooking is to add dimension and depth to my pages - bringing them up to the lumpy and bumpy category.  While many scrapbookers prefer flat pages so their books don't bulge, dimensional and more bulky pages can still be displayed framed on a wall, or the techniques used can be applied to other home decor or jewelry items.   Don't forget to use the link at the right to click through the other talented designer blogs and see some of their favorite creative techniques!

Makin's Clay is a product I love to use on my layouts.  Clay?  Yes, clay.  Makin's Clay is a lightweight, air dry polymer clay.  It is acid-free and safe for scrapbooking.  It's flexible when dried, and when rolled thin can be craft punched or die cut.  I love to texture it with their texture sheets, stamp it when wet to create unique embellishments, or stamp it when dry too.  Often I create embellishments with their push molds.  Makin's Clay can be colored with a number of different colorants and finishes to create shimmering effects, glossy effects, and more.   While I haven't whipped out my Makin's Clay and used it on a layout in recent months, I have used it a number of times in the past.  Here are a few pages highlighting various ways to add Makin's Clay to your pages:
Die cut clay title letters, seashell accents made with push mold and accented with EarthSafe Finishes for shimmer.
The baseball accent and die cut 2007 were made from clay textured with a real baseball.  Dimensional clay stitches made using the clay extruder.
Pansy and leaf accents made with custom colored clay and push mold.

Hand made clay sunflower accented with acrylic paint to match background paper (back in the "old days" when I had to manually stitch two scans together........ I am so glad I've learned a better way!)