Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

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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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Shades of Amber Frame - Creating with Connie Crystal

Autumn is upon us and that means it's time for warm, cozy, Autumn decor.    Today my first project for Connie Crystal is live - a mixed-media frame featuring unique shell beads from their line.  You can find the full tutorial to create your own version of this frame at the Connie Crystal Blog.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Autumn Pendant with ImpressArt Metal Stamps & Connie Crystal

I've got a new autumn pendant featured on the ImpressArt blog and as part of their Resources/Project samples - You can find the tutorial on how I created this piece using ImpressArt metal stamps and bling from Connie Crystal here.

I'll be wearing this piece this weekend at the ImpressArt booth at Maker Faire, NY.  

Try to find the time to create something unique to add to your fall wardrobe soon! - Cindi

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bloody Fingerprints, Maker Faire and Forensics!

Things are getting creepy around here - I LOVE Halloween!  It's simple to create your own "bloody fingerprint glassware" with Jacquard Pinata Inks and Earth Safe Finishes Eco Epoxy!

I love Halloween and the silly, mindless fun it brings to our world: spooky movies, complete with creepy costumes, make-up and sets; adding fun Halloween decorations to our home and yard; baking Halloween goodies; helping make costumes for our boys to wear for trick-or-treat… Let the spooooooky fun begin!
The idea for bloody fingerprint glasses came to me when I saw this necklace created by Laura Drahozal for Connie Crystal (find out how Laura created this unique piece here: http://ccsparkle.com/a-little-batty-fun-with-laura/) She created a bright “bloody crystal” effect that I just had to try to create some fun party goblets for Halloween.
The local dollar discount store has flutes, goblets, martini glasses, and wine glasses galore.  At $1 each, I keep a few in my creative stash for when inspiration strikes.
For this “bloody fingerprints” glass,  create a ring, about the size of the glass base, of Chili
Pepper Red Pinata ink in the bottom of a disposable plastic bowl (which I also tend to hoard when we get take-out, etc. – they are great for craft projects!) Place the glass into the ring of wet ink and let set.

Apply a drop of red Pinata ink directly to each fingertip (this WILL stain your skin, but if you use gloves you won’t get the great effect of an actual “fingerprint” complete with those little swirls and whirls). Take hold of the glass as if you were going to drink from it, and gently, yet firmly press inked fingertips onto glass, being sure to get some onto the stem also. Let dry. (Tip:  Scraperfect’s Best Cleaner Ever safely removes the ink from your skin – and from almost anything else it might need to be removed from – www.scraperfect.com)

Directly from bottle, add a few drops of red ink to around the top of the base of the glass. Let dry.
To permanently seal the “blood” to the glass, coat the inked areas with Earth Safe Finishes Eco Epoxy. Eco Epoxy, when used according to manufacturer instructions, is food safe and dishwasher safe, which makes it great for this type of application. It dries clear so the bright, fresh blood color remains vibrant.

The latest episode of When Creativity Knocks is a review of Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 - take a peak at some of the fun at this amazing event!   My book review for this week is The Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Experiments by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson


Monday, September 24, 2012

“Onward to 6th” with Kellycraft™’s Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square

Onward to 6th - Aligning all the funky Duck Tape elements on this layout was simple thanks to  Kellycraft™’s Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square!  Find a tutorial for this project, and other fun projects from the KellyCraft Design Team, at the KellyCraft blog. - Cindi

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jewels of Autumn Floral Broach on the Connie Crystal Blog

My first project featuring products from Connie Crystal has been posted on their blog.  As you know, I like to think outside the box a bit, and this broach is no exception.  Jewelry findings become part of the petals, burlap is die cut with an Eileen Hull Sizzix die, and shredded metallic ribbons from ART Mechanique fluff it up a bit..... find out more at the Connie Crystal Blog.  And while you are there - be sure to check out some of the other creative projects being shared by designers!   - Cindi

 LOVE this fun and spooky pendant created by Connie Crystal Design Team member Laura!   Check out their blog to find out how she created it!  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ICE Resin Layered Swirl Gothic Pendant

I've been having more creative fun with my ICE Resin and EarthSafe Finishes.  This time I've created a gothic style pendant for ICE Resin's Technique Tuesday series.  View the latest edition of Creatively Crafty with Cindi Bisson to find out how to recreate this technique at the ICE Resin blog.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Beading, Autumn Memories and "Fabulous" Crowns

This week in my Cindi's Simple Solutions project on When Creativity Knocks I am sharing an Autumn project to display your memories with texture and rich fall tones.  Crackle finish, Makin's Clay® and EarthSafe Finishes add the finishing touches.  You can find it here.

My Book Review this week is a great beading book by Suzann Sladcik Wilson - Simple Beginnings:  Beading.

Our new episode of When Creativity Knocks is a simple whimsical crown featuring Fast2Fuse from C&T Publishing.  Ana Araujo and I hosted make & takes featuring this project at Maker Faire Bay Area and Princesses, Princes, Queens and even Kings of all ages had fun creating their own unique Royal Fashion Statement.
This month is National Sewing Month and I've been sharing a different "sewing" related video from our WCK Video Library each day on our Facebook page and Twitter.   If you are looking for a little sewing inspiration - check them out!

Now I'm back to baking 100 cupcakes and a small wedding cake for this weekend...... sure - I can whip up 110 chocolate clay sunflowers in no time - or so I thought.  I'll be sharing photos of the finished edible masterpieces and some of the wedding crafts created by the bride's mom next week!
Until then...find something crafty to try yourself!  - Cindi 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Creating with Crafty KT - “Autumn” Card

The theme for the Designer Craft Connection Crafty KT Blog Hop is Fabulous Fall.   I easily created this autumn cad with lots of dimension and depth, using the Layer Perfect, foil sheets, and adhesives from Kool Tak™.  Be sure to see what the other participating designers have shared by following the Designer Craft Connection link in the column on the right, and visit the Crafty KT website and sign up for their newsletter to be eligible to win their great giveaway prize (details here)


Kool Tak™Layer Perfect
Kool Tak™Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards
Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½ x 27 yards

Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tools Round 14 and Round 25
Epiphany Crafts Bubble Caps Round 14 an Round 25
Westcott Premium TrimAir Titanium Paper Trimmer
Westcott Craft Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Patterned paper from Pebbles, Inc.
Red twill tape
Small copper brads
Green, light blue and brown cardstock
Brown inkpad
"autumn" stamp from The Stamping Studio


Cut green cardstock 5 1/2” x 4 1/4”.

Use Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect to find center of card.  Cut strip of Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 5” and use Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect to align and mount to center of green cardstock.

Cut two additional pieces of Clear Foam tape 2” and 1 1/2”.  Mount as shown to form tree branches.

Remove top protective strip from foam tape and apply sheet dark brown Kool Tak™Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones) directly to tape. 

Ink edges of green cardstock with brown ink.

Following manufacturer instructions, use Epiphany Crafts punches to create multiple epoxy topped patterned paper spots, create a random number of small and at least 3 large.

Arrange large and small epoxy punched spots as tree leaves, mount using Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 1/4” x 1/4” squares to add depth.  Add small copper brads as accents.

Measure and cut 11 3/4” x 6 1/4” piece of patterned paper and fold in half to form card. 

Measure and cut 4 1/2” x 6” piece of brown cardstock.  Ink edges with brown inkpad. 

Use Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect to align brown cardstock on card front, 1 1/4” from folded edge, as shown.  Mount using Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 1/4” x 1/4” squares.

Use Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect to align green cardstock on card front over brown cardstock as shown.  Mount using foam squares. 

Ink “autumn” stamp with brown ink, stamp on to scrap of coordinating blue cardstock.  Trim.  Ink edges with brown inkpad. 

Cut 6” strip of red twill tape.  Use Kool Tak™ Premium tape      to mount to bottom of card, overlapping tree image, as shown.  Use Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 1/4” x 1/4” squares to mount “autumn” over twill tape on right edge.

Finish inside of card as desired.

Remember to visit the Crafty KT site to be eligible for their prize giveaway and check out the creations from the other participating designers - Cindi

Monday, September 3, 2012

"Vintage Crafting" with Designer Craft Blog Connection

It's time for the September Designer Craft Blog Connection hop and this month our theme is "Vintage Crafting."   I seem to almost endlessly be crafting via repurposing - but just how old does a an item need to be before it's considered vintage?  Do the old clothes I've been crafting with that once belonged to my grandmother count as vintage (like in my first episode of Behind These Eyes with Cindi Bisson)?  When it comes to the many vintage furniture pieces and home decor accents I have in my home, I prefer them with their aged appearance and am hesitant to consider altering them.  My studio supplies are even stored in a wide variety of "vintage" containers - ranging from old steamer trunks and suitcases, to old shipping crates. I've created many scrapbook layouts with a vintage feel, using vintage photos and vintage themed papers and embellishments.   The one that stands out in my mind as actually having vintage memorabilia actually included, and was made with "old" scrapbooking products I've had in my stash for many years, is this collage style layout of my grandfather and his brothers in their WWII uniforms.

Creating a memorial collage is a great way to remember loved ones who have served in the military – past or present!  An official definition of “collage” is:  a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope. 

However, I believe a true definition of the art of collage is “anything goes!”  Dare to use elements you might otherwise never consider – whether you use the actual ephemera or scans/photographs of the pieces – the sky is the limit.  Being a texture junkie, I love the dimension and depth that actual elements add rather than photos. 

Whether you choose to create your collage for a family scrapbook, create a framed piece or canvas art, set your creative muse free!  One technique I often incorporate into my collage work is dimensional embellishments & ephemera – in this case I used actual buttons, pins and patches from my grandfather’s WWII uniform.  I scanned the vintage photos of he and his three brothers who also served, both front and back to capture the handwritten names and dates on each, and the actual military documents we have saved throughout the years.  This text was then used to label some of the photos and as an element of the collage.    I wanted all of the elements of this project to have a vintage feel, so even the “new” materials used were aged using walnut ink – the Jolee’s Boutique microbeaded flag and the flag printed vellum were both given a healthy application of spray walnut ink and allowed to set for approximately 1 minute before they were gently rinsed and allowed to dry.  Some papers were torn & rumpled before application on the background, metal tags were stamped with names using black Staz-On ink and small alphabet stamps, and metallic eyelets were added as accents to the tags.  All the assorted elements were then arranged and mounted as shown using Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive. Collage is most often about applying multiple materials in a random fashion rather than a linear format – but as I said – anything goes – if you want your “collage” to be composed of multiple images lined up neat and clean – it is not wrong as long as you are happy with the finished project!

Follow the Designer Craft Blog Connection link on the right to view the other creativity projects being shared as part of this hop.

I hope this month's hop inspires you to pull out some of your "old supplies", perhaps repurpose an "old" decorative item, or even use new supplies to create something unique with a vintage feel.  And always remember, it's okay to "Dare to be Different!" - Cindi Bisson

But wait, there's MORE!  
The Prize!
Crafty KT is sponsoring The KOOL TAK™ Manufacturer Challenge: Fabulously-Fall Blog Hop.

September 8th to September 18th

Join us and visit the blogs of 12 professional and creative craft designers (I'm participating!) as they show you how to create some great fall projects with Kool Tak™ products. 

Make sure to enter the The Kool Tak™ giveaway, which is valued at about $70.00

Kool Tak™ 1 Layer Perfect (Use it for centering, piercing, and edge stitching) Tool
Kool Tak™ 1 Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards
Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½ x 27 yards

We will choose one lucky giveaway winner from those who sign up for our newsletter.  You only need to enter once.

Only those with a mainland USA shipping address are eligible to win the giveaway.

Link: http://craftykt.com/suscribe-to-newsletter

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Adding Sparkle & Getting it Straight!

I've got two announcements to share that I'm very excited about - I've recently joined two new Design Teams.  I'm always looking for new materials and tools to experiment with in my art, and with these two new manufacturers I'll be getting things a lot straighter when necessary, and adding a bit of bling!

KellyCraft is the manufacturer of the amazing Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square  - this tool makes it so simple to align things when creating - whether it's paper crafting, sewing & quilting, or other types of crafts.   I really didn't realize how much this tool could simplify things until I had a chance to work with it on my first project for the team which will be shared on their blog soon!  


Connie Crystal's booth has always been an eye catcher at CHA - I've shared pictures from the show of their booth in past post-show reports.  The sparkle from the products, and from Connie herself just draws you in.   The first time I met her, she gav me this beautiful necklace she had created just because it matched the blouse I was wearing perfectly! 

I just received my first box of bling from Connie Crystal and am excited to share a variety of mixed-media projects featuring her products in the coming months.  

I hope you take some time to be creative today - and remember to always "dare to be different!" - Cindi

Crafty KT - It's a Giveaway!

From September 8th - 18th, Crafty KT is sponsoring the KOOL TAK Manufacturer Challenge: Fabulously-Fall Blog Hop with  the Designer Craft Blog Connection.

Part of the hop is a great opportunity for YOU to win a great giveaway package of their products (I have to say that the clear foam is honestly one of the most awesome products I've seen in a long time!).  To be eligible, visit  http://craftykt.com/suscribe-to-newsletter and subscribe to their newsletter.

Included in the prize package* is:

Kool Tak™ 1 Layer Perfect (Use it for centering, piercing, and edge stitching) Tool

Kool Tak™ 1 Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)

Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick

Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards

Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½ x 27 yards

*Only those with a mainland USA shipping address are eligible to win the giveaway.

Be sure to check out the creative projects the hop participants will begin sharing on September 8th! 

- Be sure to spend some time getting crafty this weekend! - Cindi Bisson