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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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Monday, January 23, 2012

Warm and Gooey Love

I shared this last February as a Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks - but it was yummy enough to share again this year for those who missed it :0)

Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven……… or say the saying goes.  Last year, Ana shared here adorable big cookie heart project with our viewers.  I tried it, and it was a huge hit here too!    I've seen an assortment of very creative ideas for creating cupcakes, full sized cakes and more with a heart shaped theme in magazines and online, but wanted to try to find a "simple" way to create something special for my Valentines.  Our family loves hot chocolate chip pie – it’s our favorite treat for dessert when dining out.   My husband’s favorite home-baked treats are chocolate chip cookies and M&M cookies.  This thick mini-heart chocolate chip cookie with a warm, gooey center is a mixture of all three favorites!
  1. Begin by preparing your favorite home-made chocolate chip cookie dough (we like the original Toll-House Cookie recipe best).
  2. Spray the inside area of a metal heart shaped cookie cutter with non-stick spray.
  3. Place onto non-stick surface on baking sheet.
  4. Use spoon to place approximately ½” of cookie dough to fill cookie cutter.
  5. To make M&M heart on top, either freeform place candies to create  heart, or use a slightly smaller heart cookie cutter on top of the base cookie and place candies inside to create heart shape. Remove cutter before baking.
  6. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. Center will be soft when removed from oven.
  7. Allow to cool on cookie sheet approximately 5 minutes. Gently lift cookie cutter and cookie “pie” will remain on baking sheet.
  8. Place warm heart cookie pie onto small plate, sprinkle red & pink decorative sugars around it.  Drizzle with chocolate syrup. If desired, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serve while still warm and watch while your valentine enjoys their treat (or join in the delicious fun!).

Sharing the love with Rit Liquid Dye!

A special Valentine custom created with Rit is featured on their site - I love experimenting with Rit - and this time I dyed parchment paper, card stock with a great accidental watermarked effect, paper doilies, and rubber stamped with Rit!    Find the full instructions at the Rit website.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Makin's Clay Lanyards - For CHA!

One of the tasks I've been busy with throughout the last week is creating 8 unique lanyards to be worn at the Makin's Clay booth at CHA this month.   Beads, beads and more beads - extruded, rolled, stamped, cut with clay cutters, textured, molded, hand-made.  Polished to a gloss, pearlized, inked and left in the natural state.   Something from almost every clay option offered by Makin's - brights, terra cotta, black, neons, Earth tones, Vineyard tones, white......There's a little bit of everything in these lanyards!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Giving Back at CHA - Giving Tree Projects

CHA is hosting Giving Trees this year and Designers were given the opportunity to create an ornament to benefit one of the charities they have chosen to support.   My charity was Warm Up America - My ornament actually opens into a wearable scarf made from repurposed denim from an old skirt, woven together.  Blumenthal Lansing buttons were stitched into a star pattern on the patchwork flag.     It makes ME warm inside to use my creativity for those in need!

I also created this star book ornament  using the Pages of Honor collection Signify Pink's Glimpses paper line (read my Product Review at WCK for more info) which I'm going to donate to Operation Write Home, another of the charities CHA is supporting at the event!

Also, I'm participating in the Flash Mob that Charity Wings is hosting right before CHA opens - going to be a fabulous time of giving back at CHA in Anaheim this January!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Designer Craft Blog Connection - Journaling!

This month's theme for the Designer Craft Blog Connection blog hop was journaling.  Almost everyone who scrapbooks agrees that the journaling can be a important part of capturing the memories.  Whether it be lengthy or just a few words to spark memories - journaling is definitely a key element.  When thinking about this challenge, I began looking through my past scrapbooking projects and what stood out the most were a couple of mini-albums I created where journaling was a main focus.

The first is a book I created for my boys.  It's a chipboard book box, and the removable pages inside reflect words of wisdom shared by the men who touch their lives - their dad, grandfathers, uncles, and their dad and I shared thoughts on what we thought their great-grandfather's might pass along if they were here to be a part of it.  Some of the advice is silly, some is serious and thought provoking.  All of it is priceless.  I often "hide" my journaling in projects, and did the same here - some is on the back of the pages themselves, and some is hidden beneath wooden tags, in pull out pockets,  etc.  Intermixed are photos of the people sharing the advice, along with many kinetic elements and dimensional details (since I'm a lumpy bumpy texture junkie ;o) - Here's a peak at some of the pages from the book -


The second is a project originally created as part of a challenge - The title of this mini-book is "I Never Imagined" and each page reflects on the many unexpected things that have been a part of my journey of life to date.   The photos which show through the front windows are of me as a young girl, and then at the age when I made the book.   The journaling inside is not lengthy, but when I look through this book - but each sentence or small paragraph reminds me how lucky I am to have come so far, and to keep following my dreams.

Click on the Designer Craft Blog Connection link to the right to see what the other talented designers who are a part of this inspiring group have shared today!   And remember, whether just a few words or a lengthy story - JOURNAL.  You'll be glad later that you did!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year/Happy New Projects!

The new year is here and so is one of the busiest times of the year for me - CHA preparation!  I leave in just 20 days and I'm busy working on my Designer Showcase display, press kits, ornament for the Giving Trees, make & take project for the Makin's Clay booth, and kits for the class I'm teaching for the IMP group.   It's creative madness and it just makes me so happy ;0).   I'm busy creating with fabric, clay, paper, buttons, paint, ribbon and more and love being immersed in so many fun mixed-media items.  

This is just a peak at a few of the projects I'm working on......