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!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bronze Glitz Pendant - Connie Crystal


Bronze Glitz Pendant 


Designed for
Connie Crystal
by
Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes™


Connie Crystal beads and a pendant accented with delicate Piccolo charm embellishments that coordinate with a bronze focal bead give this piece a feeling of understated glitz & glam.

Supplies:

Connie Crystal - bronze crystal beads, clear crystal beads, clear crystal pendant, bronze swirl metallic bead
Piccolo Charms Vintage Lock & Keys Necklace Set
Krylon Pale Gold Leafing Pen
Gold eye pins - 3
Globecraft Memories Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze
Gold chain, closure finding
Jewelry pliers

Instructions:

Measure and cut gold chain to desired length.  Add closure.  Cut in half in front of chain.

Add 1 clear crystal bead and 1 bronze crystal bead to a gold eye pin.  Cut and form loop at opposite end.  Repeat to create total of 2.

Place gold eye pin through bronze metal bead with non-eye end on bottom.  Wrap bottom of eye pin through crystal pendant and create loop to hold in place.

Remove 4 small swirl accents from Piccolo charm set.   Color with Pale Gold Leafing Pen.  Use Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze to adhere to  alternate panels on crystal pendant, near bottom.

Attach two pins with 2 crystal beads to bronze swirl metal bead, then attach gold chain to head of each of the crystal bead pins.

Friday, December 21, 2012

PEACE with Rit Dye



Let there be PEACE this holiday season - give the gift of "Peace Cookies" in a jar and a hand-made ornament featuring Rit Dye, twine from The Twinery, and a funky Blumenthal Lansing button!  Find the full tutorial on the Rit Dye site.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Bit of Bronze Bling with Sparkle

Bronze meets bling - you can find the full instructions on how I combined Connie Crystals and Piccolo charms from GlobeCraft Memories at the CC blog here  I love designing new mixed-media projects - they challenge me to think outside the box! - Cindi

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ombre Onesies with Rit Liquid Dye & Spellbinders!

In this episode of When Creativity Knocks - we transform Rit Liquid Dye, Spellbinders and JudiKins products into adorable ombre onesies!  (And we say "Ombre" a lot - hey, we like that word.)  Enjoy! - Cindi

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Feather Tree & Paper Birds

This feather tree with shimmering paper birds was a project originally created last year for my Cindi's Simple Solutions column for the When Creativity Knocks Creative Journal - but I think it would fit right in with the holiday decorating trends I've been spotting this year in the magazines so I'm sharing it again here.

The tree itself came together in less than a half hour.    Based on a decoration my sons made at school several years ago, the simple little birds add a touch of nature along with a bit of sparkle.  

Materials:

Krylon Silver Leafing Pen
Bamboo skewer
Wooden spool
White feathers approximately 4-5” long
The Robin's Nest Calamity Jane patterned paper
Scissors
Glue gun & glue sticks
JudiKins Diamond Glaze and Quicksilver Roxs 
White thread
 
Use the silver leafing pen to color the bamboo skewer and spool.   Hot glue the skewer to center of the spool for base of tree. 




Begin at the bottom of the tree with the largest feathers and hot glue 5 evenly spaced around the bottom of the tree.   Continue upward reducing the size of the feathers slightly by trimming them with scissors.

 








Cut 7 small (approximately 1”) basic side view bird images from patterned paper.    Cut 7 rectangles from patterned paper approximately 1” x 1 1/2”. 

Accordion fold the rectangles at approximately 1/8” intervals.

Cut small slit horizontally in center wing area of each bird.   Slip through folded paper, bend upward and hot glue together to create wings.

Apply Diamond Glaze to back (white) side of birds.  While wet, coat with Quicksilver Roxs.  The chunkier texture of Roxs adds great texture and shine to catch the light on your little birds.

Hot glue white thread loops to back of wings on birds.  Hang from tree.

Cut approximately 5” circle from patterned paper.  Apply thin line of Diamond Glaze around top outside edge and sprinkle with Roxs.  Hot glue spool to center. - Happy Holiday Crafting! - Cindi

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Ornament Gift Box


A 3” Smoothfoam ball is the base of this ornament which also serves as a gift box for a small treasure.

 Materials: 

Smoothfoam 3” ball
Plaid Mod Podge
Connie Crystals - blue, red
Silver wire
Foam brush
1/4” Ribbon
Spoon
Reindeer paper from BasicGrey Blitzen Collection
Westcott Premium TrimAir Titanium Paper Trimmer
Westcott Craft Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Westcott Craft Hobby Knife
Red felt
Velcro Brand Sticky Back Fasteners

Instructions:


Carefully cut ball in half with craft knife.

Use a spoon (grapefruit spoon makes it easier as it has a grooved edge) to hollow out inside of both halves of ball.

Cut 1/2”  x 2” strips of patterned paper and Mod Podge onto top and bottom outsides of ball, overlapping each piece slightly.  Let dry. 

Cut 1 1/2” strip of wire, add small blue crystal bead and medium red crystal bead and insert through bottom center of ball.

Cut 4” strip of wire, add medium red crystal bead, medium green crystal bead, and small blue crystal bead.  Insert through top center of ornament.  Create loop at end to attach ribbon.

Cut felt to fit in bottom of both halves, mount.  Cut strips of felt to fit around inside of balls, mount against base piece of felt in each half.

Cut ribbon to wrap around center of ornament.  Glue ribbon in place on bottom of TOP of ornament,
extending downward so it will cover the edge of the bottom half when the ornament is “closed." 

Mount 1" strip of ribbon vertically along back center of ball (this will be your “hinge").


Mount small piece of sticky backed Velcro to inside center front of box to hold ornament closed. 


Creating hand-made ornaments each year is part of our family tradition - why not start your own tradition, and collection, this year? - Cindi

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Snowflake Lights with JudiKins & Spellbinders

In the latest episode of WCK, we share how to use Spellbinders & JudiKins products to create sparkling snowflake lights for your holiday decorating - you can watch it here.

My newest product review is also live - JudiKins Diamond Glaze.

And finally, for today at least, here's my latest Cindi's Simple Solutions project for WCK - Countdown to Christmas night shirts or t-shirts featuring the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square and Tulip Fabric Markers from I Love to Create! 

I hope you are inspired to Cre8time for a little holiday crafting soon! - Cindi

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Winter's Day - Get-it-Straight with KellyCraft!

The KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square made creating this mixed-media canvas simpler!   Find the full instructions on the KellyCraft blog - http://kellycraftblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-winters-day-mixed-media-canvas-with.html

And, today's the day for the December Designer Craft Connection blog hop - so take the time to hop through the participating designer's blogs to see what they are sharing this month by clicking on the  DCC link in the left column.   - Happy Crafting! Cindi

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Captured Carousel Ornament - Connie Crystal & GlobeCraft


Connie Crystal adds a shimmer and sparkle to this ornament created with a Globecraft Memories and Piccolo products.

Designed for
Connie Crystal
by
Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes™













Materials:

Connie Crystals
Globecraft Memories Create & Craft Ornament - Portrait 


Piccolo Beautiful Horses Charm Set
Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze
Piccoli
Cool Set Enameling Gel - Dark Green
Ribbon
Patterned Paper
Westcott Titanium Bonded Scissors
Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue
Wire
White acrylic paint, paint brush
Sakura gel pens

Instructions:


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Trace two outer ovals from ornament kit onto patterned paper and cut out.

Mount paper ovals to one side of outside ovals for ornament.  

Paint front and back of middle oval from ornament kit with dark green Cool Set Enameling Gel.  Let dry.

Cut wire to approximately 5”.

Add Connie Crystals that coordinate with the patterned paper to wire.   

Assemble one side of ornament with globe as per instructions (outer oval, globe, inner oval).  Insert wire between ovals to hold in place.  Trim excess wire. Let dry.

Remove horse from charm set.  Paint front and back with white acrylic paint. 

Use coordinating gel pens to decorate both sides of painted horse to resemble carousel horse.

Apply Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze to both sides of finished horse to seal and add shine.  Let dry.

Cut 3 strips of coordinating ribbons, tie around top of crystal “pole” in ornament.

Mount carousel horse charm to center of crystal “pole” in ornament. 

Assemble back of ornament.   

Apply a coat of Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze to patterned paper on oval on front and back of ornament. Let dry.

Add hanging ribbon to eye at top of ornament. 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holiday Shopping List - The Stylish Way

The countdown to the holidays is on - and for many people the real mad rush of shopping kicks in this week as we approach the infamous "Black Friday" day after Thanksgiving.    This year, I decided that instead of bringing a piece of notebook paper with my holiday shopping list - I'd create a small, purse sized notebook that I could keep my list in, tuck receipts or coupons into, etc.  I can even use it from one year to the next until it's filled.   When I whip out this list, I'm hoping this festive little book will make me stop and reflect on the true joy of giving - or at least remind me that soon enough I'll be back in my studio busily creating, which is much less stressful than shopping to me personally, when the holidays are over!  


Materials:

Darice 3" x 4" notebook 
Theresa Collins Noel Collection patterned papers and chipboard embellishments 
Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur® & Spellbinders™ Shapeabilities® Poinsettia set
Red cardstock
JudiKins Diamond Glaze
Clearsnap ColorBox Archival Dye Cat's Eye inkpad - Red Devil
The Robin's Nest "Champagne" Dew Drops embellishments
ScraPerfect The Best Glue Ever
1/2" Gold Organza ribbon
Westcott Craft Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors

Instructions: 

Following manufacturer instructions, cut and emboss poinsettia using Grand Calibur® & Spellbinders™ Shapeabilities® Poinsettia set.   Apply thin coat of JudiKins Diamond Glaze to each layer of petals before assembling flower. 

Determine how you'd like to layer the papers for cover and back of book.  The assortment of designs in the Theresa Collins Noel Collection all coordinate well so the hardest part is deciding which ones you want to use from the great assortment... Ink edges of all pieces with Clearsnap Red Devil inkpad.   Mount with Best Glue Ever.  Let dry.

Dovetail cut one end of gold organza ribbon, mount to bottom front of book, approximatley 1/2" from bottom edge, with dovetail extending slightly off edge.  Wrap around to back of book and mount.  

Mount chipboard "GIFTS" embellishment over gold ribbon.






Arrange poinsettia in bottom left front corner of book.  Mount, extending off book, and remove outer petals. 

Use JudiKins Diamond Glaze to mount gold Dew Drops embellishments as center of poinsettia, and layer over "GIFTS" chipboard embellishment.  Let dry.

Happy shopping and may you all take a moment to reflect on the joy of giving this season! - Cindi

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Featured Artist in Scrap n' Art Magazine!

I'm happy to announce I am featured artist in this month's edition of Scrap n' Art Magazine! 

Here's the link:  http://scrapnart.com/issue/november2012/article/cindi-bisson-mixed-media

For being our Featured Artist, they are provide my blog readers and Facebook friends a free 30 day subscription for Scrap n' Art. All you have to do is sign up for Scrap n' Art (http://www.scrapnart.com/) and use the coupon code "CindiB."


- Check out their great projects and articles while you are there!  - Cindi 

Tie-Dyed Baby Onesie & T-Shirt Skirt


More fun from I Love to Create!   One of their Tulip Tie-Dye sets, Tulip Fabric markers, ribbon and buttons jazz up a baby onesie and a simple adjustable skirt made from a t-shirt.   Find out how in the new project published on FaveCrafts!  http://www.favecrafts.com/Tie-Dye/Tie-Dye-Baby-Onesie-and-Skirt

I hope you'll try and make something special and one-of-a-kind for a new little one coming into your life.  - Cindi

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Warm Wishes for Autumn with Connie Crystal & Tombow

Instructions for this cross-promotional mixed-media card featuring Connie Crystals, Tombow products, Spellbinders, fabric and more can be found on the Connie Crystal blog.    I hope it inspires you to create an autumn card for someone special in your life - Cindi

http://conniecrystalsparkle.blogspot.com/2012/11/more-with-connie-crystal-and-tombow.html

Monday, November 12, 2012

Palm Tree Tray - My First Ceramics Project

I Love to Create recently sent me some fabulous Duncan® Oh Four® Bisque and glazes to experiment with - and I am so pleased with the results!   While the actual bisque piece is supposed to be a "bathroom tray" - it would work great for cool drinks in the summertime, or for keeping jewelry and perfumes gathered together on a dresser.  I'm also excited to have this project published at FaveCrafts!  Find out what products and techniques I used (including finger painting!) in the project post at FaveCrafts!  http://www.favecrafts.com/Painting/Painted-Palm-Tree-Tray/ct/1 

I encourage you to try a new craft too!  You might be amazed with your results!  - Cindi

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Shimmering Candle Balls with Smoothfoam


Give your cakes a pop of colorful shimmer with re-usable, customizable candle balls.   Choose your colors, make up a batch of these fun accessories and you’ll be ready for any celebration!

Materials:

Smoothfoam™ 1” Balls
Plaid® Mod Podge® - Glossy
Tulip® Fashion Glitter™ Assortment - Neons
Scissors, small plates, wax paper
Optional:  alphabet stickers, birthday candles

Instructions:

  1. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of desired colors of glitter into separate plates (*Note - amount of glitter needed will depend on desired number of finished balls.)
  2. Use fingers (or a small foam brush) to apply a layer of Mod Podge® over entire 1” Smoothfoam ball.  
  3. Roll in glitter, set on wax paper to dry.
    Repeat until number of desired balls is achieved.  Let dry.
  4. When dry, apply another coat of Mod Podge® over glittered balls, and roll again.  Let dry.
  5. Repeat a 3rd time.  Let dry.
  6. When dry, apply a final coat of glossy Mod Podge® to seal the glitter and prevent it from dropping into the food, and to make it easy to clean the balls with a damp cloth after use.  Let dry.
  7. To make holes to insert candles, carefully place tip of scissors through top of ball and rotate slightly.  Once hole has been “started” with scissors, insert a bamboo skewer, end of a clean ink pen, or other item that is approximately the same diameter as the candles you will be using.  Push in approximately 1/4” and remove. 
  8. Insert candles, add alphabet stickers to customize a message if desired. 
  9. When ready to serve the cake, remove the glittered balls, wipe with a damp cloth and they are ready to use on your next project.  
Follow the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop button in the right column to see what other fun projects the designer group has created with Smoothfoam™ products!

To enter to win a prize package, leave a comment on favorite projects on the designer's blog and say what you would make with Smoothfoam.  The more often you comment, the more chances you have to win.  All the projects will be posted on Pinterest so readers can comment there too.  The winner will be announced on November 19th.
- Cindi 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving Napkins with KellyCraft and Connie Crystal

Create unique napkins for your Thanksgiving table!  The KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser square makes it easy to combine stamping, ribbon, and a bit of bling with Connie Crystal!   Find the tutorial here on KellyCraft's blog

Go ahead and get crafty and make something unique for your holiday table this year - Cindi

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Holiday Greetings with Spellbinders & JudiKins





In the newest episode of When Creativity Knocks, Ana and I show you how to use Spellbinders and JudiKins products to create holiday cards with removable pins - two gifts in one.  Enjoy! - Cindi