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!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Yummy Crafting at Cool2Craft!

Check out the new linky party at Cool2Craft!  Lots of yummy creativeness -  I shared my giant diaper cupcake project link - share your project too!  :0)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Paper Casting and Action Wobble Springs


When I complete a product review for When Creativity Knocks, I like to share an example of a project made with that product - for this week's issue my Cindi's Simple Solutions project is an easy
paper casting with rubber stamps technique - featuring an Action Wobble Spring
http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/articles/view/Paper-Casting-with-Rubber-Stamps

In this week's Product Review I review Action Wobble Springs - http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/articles/view/Action-Wobble-Springs-2012-02-21

Have some wiggly wobbly fun with your crafting!  

Saturday, February 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Crafting - with Furry Help

Crafting in my world can be a challenge.  I have a wonderful studio upstairs where I can close the door and keep my furry helpers out - but when I'm working with one of my favorite mediums - Rit Dye - I have to work downstairs in the kitchen so I have access to the sink.   That means HELP.   Ike thought my dyed background paper would be a great place to hop up and take a rest.  Good thing it was almost dry or there may have been little green "leprechaun" (aka kitty paw) prints all over my house ;0).   The completed project will be shared soon on the Rit Dye website.      

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Crafting for St. Patrick's Day and I Found Pinterest

Valentine's Day is barely gone but it's time to kick into high gear for crafting for spring holidays.  The next one on my list is St. Patrick's Day!   Last March I discovered some new ways to work with Rit Liquid Dye to create backgrounds and to rubber stamp, which were shared on the Rit Dye website and here on my blog.

I've been dabbling with my Rit again this year and will have a new St. Patrick's Day creation to share here soon!  

I hereby admit that I'm one of the latest people addicted to Pinterest!   I never imagined so much creative inspiration all gathered together and shared by friends in one place - WOW.....  there are tons of ideas here for crafting and cooking for St. Patrick's Day so if you'd like to get your green into high gear - check it out and you are sure to find something perfect to try!   Feel free to follow my boards and I'd love to follow you back - I think it's so inspiring to see what catches each individual's eye!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Behind These Eyes - Valentine Pillow

The premiere episode of my new show - Behind These Eyes with Cindi Bisson is now live!   Shot on site at CHA - I'm sharing an idea for repurposing, up cycling, and Plaid's Fabric Mod Podge - plus a sentimental way to remember someone you've lost -

View it here:

Monday, February 6, 2012

More Things that Caught My Eye at CHA Winter 2012

A wall of boldly colored
metallic florals
FloraCraft's message
 made me smile
Although my time exploring the showroom floor was limited due to demonstrations in booths, teaching classes, and taping with WCK - I did spot what I would say were a few trends to share.    Bold, bright colors seem to be back.   The vintage tones and grunge/steampunk themes are still popular, but I noticed pops of vibrancy in almost every isle of the showroom floor.  

A fun set of working faux
doors made from canvas - and there's
that bold color splash front and center again
"Holy Giant Purple Die-Cut Flowers Batman!"
Now THAT's a bold archway
Rose Meyer's hanging display had bold
colors, metallic shimmer, and an interesting
combination of elements -
 unique and eye-catching


Antiquity Mosaics had a pop of color
nestled amongst their earthy offerings.
Beach Bloomers Banners - a fun frilly booth definitely
different than most of the booths!


Banners are also in - punches, die cuts, patterned papers, home decor projects - banners are big this seasonBanners are also in - punches, die cuts, patterned papers, home decor projects - banners are big this season


Mixed-media dresses are still showing up all over the showroom floor - paper dresses, flower dresses, duck tape dresses and a tux, wire dresses, dresses made from sparkling crystals, fashion made from unexpected items is still a trend when it comes to eye-catching displays. 

DCWV won first prize for Displaying with Excellence -
 their booth featured multiple versions of amazing trees and
 birds crafted from colorful shimmering materials - all were gorgeous!
Birds are still in the forefront too - but I noticed more of them being displayed in bolder brighter hues - and peacocks were definitely popping up in patterned papers, displays, fabric, embellishments and more.

Bold colors, dimensional elements,
and a peacock feather















In Saturday's post, I shared my observation that the Eiffel Tower seems to be popping up EVERYWHERE - check out some examples here: http://www.fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/2012/02/travel-as-trend-winter-cha-observation.html

Overall, I thought the booth displays showed even more variety and imaginative ideas than I’ve seen at past shows.   For additional glimpses from the CHA show follow the Designer Craft Blog Connection link to the right - and visit Julie McGuffee's blog at www.juliemcguffee.blogspot.com to find out about this month's great prize giveaway.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Travel as a Trend - A Winter CHA Observation


Viva la Trend!   Travel continues to be a popular theme in crafting this year and I spotted a definite invasion of Eiffel Towers at CHA this week - They were EVERYWHERE.  In displays, on rubber stamps, scrapbook papers, jewelry, and embellishments.  On cards, canvas, layouts, metal charms, and three dimensional art.  Every corner I turned, I spied an Eiffel Tower.   Little did I know when I planned my Designer Showcase display, and my Press Kits for this show, that travel would be popping up so frequently - I was on trend quite by accident!   I have lots more trend observations and photos from the Winter CHA show to share - so stay tuned!

Here’s a peak at a few of them to get your creative muse into the travel themed mood - 

This wire Eiffel Tower even had Eiffel Tower displayed upon it
Hero Arts had Eiffel Towers in abundance 

Feltables embellishments were a part of the trend at The Trend's booth!
Rubber Stamp Concepts was hosting a fun make & take project featuring their EcoArt Board, and yes - an Eiffel Tower stamp! 
        Graphic 45 offered a bold and colorful tropical travel assortment, as well as a great Kraftables assortment complete with - yes, paper with an Eiffel Tower on it
More Eiffel Tower card examples and a Dublin layout that caught my eye

  
Little Yellow Bicycle had a colorful travel themed collection - complete with Eiffel Tower sticker, and yes, a metal tower on display with a vintage suitcase and camera in their display~ 
Lindy's Stamp Gang had their Tower standing proud 
Diamond Tech Crafts Antiquity Mosaics 3rd place winning Press Kit at this year's show even was on the travel theme - these absolutely adorable explorer hats came complete with a map to find the location of the manufacturer's treasure.

My press kit had hand-made mini suitcases attached with my business card inside
Take the time to click on the Designer Craft Blog Connection link to the right on my screen to see what the other talented designer members of this group have to share today!  And visit Julie McGuffee's blog at www.juliemcguffee.blogspot.com to find out how to be eligible for this month's awesome prize drawing! 

Shades of Brown & Turquoise Mixed-Media Bubble Frame Memory Book



Shades of Brown & Turquoise 
Mixed-Media Bubble Frame Memory Book 
Designed for the Independent Manufacturing Partners (I.M.P.) - CHA Winter 2012 

Each member of the I.M.P. shared a unique product for use in this mixed-media project. My challenge was to create a project that combined them all.  Together, they meld into a truly unique home-decor accent suitable for almost any theme.  A Globecraft Memories frame serves as the base, but this project is more than just a frame, it’s also a mini-book to preserve more photos, memorabilia, etc.    

MATERIALS:

Medium Classic Frame 7” x 5.7” 
Natural Clay
Brown Clay
Floral Push Mold
Makin’s Professional® Set 3 Texture Sheets 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine™ 
The Best Glue Ever
The Perfect Crafting Pouch
The Best Cleaner Ever 
Embellie-Gellie 
Chestnut Brown and Turquoise Color Box® Cats Eye Pigment Ink pads
Aqua Smooch® Pearlized Accent Ink 
Candle Glow Smooch® Spritz
Spring Frost Sparkling Fibers 
Greetings from Paris, Shabby Chic Labels Four, and Bon Voyage Stamps
Acrylic Blocks 
Angel Banner Motifs Rubber Stamps
1/8” Double sided adhesive tape
EcoArtBoard™ Inchies 
Gold Foil 
StayMat Heat Resistant Mat 
Calamity Jane Patterned Papers & Card Stock
Glitter Roses, Roses, Stripe, and Brown on Brown Glitter Fleur-de-lis 
Champagne and Hillside Dew Drops 
5" Non Stick Scissors
8" Non Stick Scissors Straight Handle
3" Embroidery Scissors
Hobby Knife w/ Assorted Blade Shapes
Small Cutting/Measuring Mat
Trim Air Trimmer
Scissor Holster

Wrights® 1/2” Polyester Twill Tape also donated for project


INSTRUCTIONS:

Roll sheet of Natural Makin’s Clay® using Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine™ on setting #5 .   Place clay onto top layer (smallest piece) of Globecraft Memories frame.  Gently form clay around entire front of chipboard layer, pressing inward and around back on opening for globe.  


Place globe into front of frame, ensuring clay fits tightly around globe, yet globe still fits entirely through opening.  Flatten any clay around opening that is interfering with a good fit.  Remove globe. 

Gently press Makin’s® texture sheet into some areas of clay.  Repeat with second texture sheet in smooth areas.


Lightly dust surface of clay with ScapPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch.  Gently press an assortment of uninked JustRite® Stampers rubber stamps into wet clay in a collage effect.   

Lightly rub Clearsnap Chestnut brown ink pad over top of stamped clay, this will cause the surface to be lightly enhanced with brown and the stamped image will show through.  To dry pigment ink immediately, lightly pat surface with Perfect Crafting Pouch.

Place globe back into stamped, inked frame front, set aside. 
Place globe back into stamped, inked frame front, set aside. 

Push small amount of Natural clay into desired flower on Makin’s® floral push mold.  Repeat until you have 5 flowers.  

Lightly apply Chestnut ink pad directly to top of clay flower, just coloring edges of petals.  Lightly dust with Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry pigment ink instantly.  

Apply Clearsnap Frosted Aqua Smooch® as an accent over some inked petal edges.  




Push small amount of Brown Makin’s® clay into small multi-leaf image on floral push mold.  Repeat until you have approximately 5 leaves.  Set aside.

The Best Glue Ever will be used to mount all elements in following steps. 

Measure and cut 5 5/8” x 7 3/16” piece of The Robin’s Nest Calamity Jane roses paper, mount to back base piece of frame using small amount of glue on all edges.

Measure and cut 5 5/8” x 7 3/16” piece of Calamity Jane roses paper, mount to front base piece of frame:

Gently rub Clearsnap Turquoise ink pad around all 4 edges of paper covered backing piece.  

Place textured clay front layer and paper covered back layer on scrap paper.  

LIGHTLY spritz both sides of backing and front of clay with Clearsnap Candle Glow Smooch® Spritz.  Set aside. 



On back side of 2nd layer of frame (with oval opening), ink Rubber Stamp Concepts stamps with Chestnut brown ink and
stamp collage style directly to surface.  Lightly apply Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry ink.

Measure and cut 5 3/16” x 6 5/8” piece of brown glitter Fleur-de-lis Robin’s Nest card stock for second layer of frame.  

Measure and cut 4 1/2” x 6” piece of Calamity Jane Roses paper.   

Mount roses paper to BACK of glitter brown card stock.

USING GLUE ONLY ON BOTTOM, LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES, mount to FRONT of 2nd layer of frame (COVERING OPENING FOR GLOBE) - The floral paper will show through the opening on the BACK of the 2nd layer.  By not mounting the top of this piece, a photo can be inserted to show through the oval opening.  

Ink edges of 2nd layer with Chestnut brown ink.  






Measure over approximately 1/2” from right edge of front of back piece.  Apply piece of 1/8” double sided Rubber Stamp Concepts tape vertically.   Apply Rubber Stamp Concepts gold foil over tape and rub to transfer foil to tape strip.









To make pages of book: 

Measure and cut 4 1/2” x 6” piece of Calamity Jane Striped paper.   Measure over 1/4” from left and score vertically (The Westcott®Trim Air trimmer includes a scoring blade which simplifies this step!) On back, choose Rubber Stamp Concepts rubber stamps, ink with Turquoise and Chestnut brown ink pads and stamp along left edge.   Gently apply Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry ink instantly. 

The Perfect Crafting Pouch makes it possible to stamp on polyester twill without the ink bleeding.  Gently rub pouch over 6” strip of 1/2” white Wrights® polyester twill.  Ink JustRite® Stampers Fleur-de-lis border stamp with Chestnut ink, stamp directly onto twill.   Mount vertically overlapping stamped image from step above. 


Repeat for 4 1/2” x 6” double sided Calamity Jane Glitter Roses paper.  (Remember to score approximately 1/4” from left edge.)   Ink Rubber Stamp Concepts border stamp with Chestnut brown ink, stamp onto top edge of solid brown back of paper.   Gently apply Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry ink instantly.  

For last page of book, use 4 1/2” x 6” piece of Calamity Jane roses paper as a backing.  Mount 3” x 6” piece of coordinating paper (stripes or glitter roses) over left side, and 1 1/2” x 3” brown foiled Fleur-de-lis card stock over right as shown. (Remember to score approximately 1/4” from left edge.)

To make clay pocket, use Wescott® Trim Air trimmer to cut dry sheet of clay into rectangle approximately width of page.   (*Thin, dry sheets of Makin’s Clay® can be cut with scissors and trimmers, punched, or die cut!)



Ink JustRite stamp with Turquoise ink and stamp onto clay.  Gently apply Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry ink instantly.

Measure and cut polyester twill to fit horizontally across clay pocket.  Gently rub pouch over twill.   Ink JustRite® Stampers Fleur-de-lis border stamp with Chestnut ink, stamp directly onto twill.   Mount overlapping stamped images from step above.
Apply glue to BOTTOM, LEFT AND RIGHT  edges of back of stamped clay sheet.  Let set until clear approximately 2 minutes, mount to bottom of book base page.  
Apply small amount of glue to SCORED outside edge of each page, LET GLUE SET UNTIL CLEAR approximately 2 minutes.  Glue together with stripe on top, then floral, then base.  Glue to 2nd layer of frame (with globe opening), aligned with left edge and centered vertically.


Apply small amount of glue to SCORED outside edge of each page, LET GLUE SET UNTIL CLEAR approximately 2 minutes.  Glue together with stripe on top, then floral, then base.  Glue to 2nd layer of frame (with globe opening), aligned with left edge and centered vertically.

Mount Rubber Stamp Concepts EcoArtBoard™ Inchies to each corner on back of book base piece. Place glue onto EcoArtBoard™ inchie squares, mount onto base of frame so that FRONT OF BOOK (with globe opening) is CENTERED on back (*When open - actual pages will be to the left of the foiled line on backing.)
Use fingertip to apply small amounts of glue directly to brown molded clay leaves (do not cover entirely - just randomly apply to both sides).  Set aside for approximately 2 minutes until glue beings to dry clear. Place gold foil over semi-dried glue, gently rub to transfer foil glued areas on brown leaves for a gold leafing effect.  

*The ultra fine tip of The Best Glue Ever also allows you to draw delicate lines or fill in tiny areas of a stamped image to be foiled.  Simply apply glue, let dry until clear, then apply foiling, glitter, flocking, fibers and more.


Measure and cut 4” x 6” piece of transparency film.  Place desired amount of fibers, The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, and clay flower and leaves into globe.

Use Rubber Stamp Concepts 1/8” double sided adhesive tape to mount transparency piece over opening in globe.  Set aside. 

Arrange remaining clay flowers, leaves, and mount directly to stamped clay front using Best Glue Ever.   

Apply small spots of glue where Dew Drops will be used as accents.  Let dry until clear.   The ScrapPerfect Embellie Gellie makes it easy to place small accents just where you want them - simply place a small amount of the gel onto the end of your application stick, then touch the embellishment you wish to add.  When placed, gently roll the Embellie Gellie to remove from embellishment.   

Apply adhesive to area of globe which will be mounted to clay front.   Let set until clear.   Mount globe to front piece.

Apply glue to LEFT, RIGHT AND BOTTOM EDGES ONLY of clay front with globe.  Let dry until clear.

While waiting for glue to dry clear, ink JustRite® Stamp with Chestnut ink and stamp collage style, re-inking every 3rd time you stamp, on front and back of stand for frame.  Ink edges of stand by applying Chestnut ink directly.
When glue has dried clear, mount clay front with globe centered to front of book (brown layer) using pressure to adhere well.   By leaving top open, photo can be inserted to show behind globe.  

The Best Cleaner Ever is a new earth-safe solvent with many useful applications including removing ink from stamps and fingers.