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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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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!  


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


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


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!


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


  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

Candy Corn Frame & Scrapbook Page

I love creating custom dimensional embellishments for my scrapbook pages, or seasonal home accents for decorating our home for the holidays.  This candy corn frame is easy to make and works well for either use.

1. Determine the finished size of frame. Cut chipboard desired size, cut opening in center to create display area. For this project, finished frame opening is 3 1/2” x 5”.

2. Roll clay to approximately 1/8” thickness. Cut with clay cutter, cut off rounded end to form candy corn shape. Repeat until necessary number of candy corns to cover entire border of frame are made.  Let dry according to manufacturer instructions.

3. Once dry, arrange clay pieces around border of frame.  Mount with Elmer’s Craft Bond adhesive.

4. Use yellow paint to paint bottom third of each piece.  Let dry.  Paint center area with orange paint.  Let dry. 

5. Apply layer of JudiKins Diamond Glaze over each candy corn.  Let dry.

6. If you want to create a standing home-decor style frame rather than a flat frame for a scrapbook page, cut backing piece of chipboard. Measure and cut patterned paper 1/4” larger on all sides than backing chipboard. Cover backing piece, wrapping edges over to front and mount. Cut piece of patterned paper to fit on front face of frame, mount. Mount finished frame front to back piece applying adhesive only on left and right sides, and bottom. Measure and cut a piece of sturdy chipboard to make stand for frame, cover with patterned paper, mount to frame.

Countdown to Christmas Shirt

Create a quick and easy Countdown to Christmas nightshirt or t-shirt for a favorite little one – present it with a fabric marker to mark off the days, or a whole set of fabric markers for them to decorate it with, and let the fun begin! They can just mark off the days, or draw their own fun holiday picture in each of the squares as they count down until the night when Santa will arrive! Then they can wear it to bed on Christmas eve.

1. Wash and dry t-shirt.
2. Measure down approximately 2” from neck collar of t-shirt.
3. Use green Tulip® fabric marker and ruler to make first line, 8 1/2” long, horizontally, centered on t-shirt.   Measure down 1 1/2”, over 1/2” from left end of line, and repeat until 6 lines are made.  The Get-it-Straight™ laser square makes it easier to ensure that your ruler is straight before you make your lines, and aids in ensuring the distance between each line is the same.
4. Rotate shirt. Continue with 6 more lines to create blocks. Close off left side of calendar to create 1/2” border.
5. Use red Tulip® marker to add numbers and lettering. If desired, draw holiday images around outside of calendar, or include a whole set of fabric markers and let your little one draw their own fun pictures.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop - Saying Thanks

"Thanks" is a simple word - and it means so much.  But way too often, people forget the power that word holds.  The theme for the Designer Craft Connection blog hop this month is “thank you gifts.”   I encourage you to follow the DCC blog hop button in the right column on my blog and see how each of the designers has interpreted this theme.  Whether it’s simple gifts to say thank you to a hostess, little mementos to say thank you to a friend for being there for you, a hand-made thank you card to let someone know you appreciated their kindness, an email, a social media post, or even just verbally - it’s the thought that counts and everyone needs to take the time to remember to say THANKS in this world more often!

I’ve discovered that if I keep a stash of hand-made thank you cards on hand, I tend to think about actually saying thank you and sending them more often than if I have to stop and make one when the need arises.   I enjoy making something detailed and more involved when time allows, but these simple, quick butterfly thank you’s are cards I whip up in multiples and keep on hand.  The bold colors are eye catching, and most people like butterflies so it’s appropriate for almost anyone. 

Take time to say THANK YOU to someone in your world today - Cindi 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Spooky Treats for the Season

This week on WCK we've got a fun purple people eater sleep mask we taped on site at Crafted at the Port of LA recently.  This was a fun project to design and Ana came up with a clever twist using a wash cloth - and thanks to Rit for sponsoring!

My latest book review is Bead Soup by Lori Anderson - tasty creative goodness! 

And thanks to my mom - who says she's not creative at all - but secretly has a creative side hiding somewhere in there - for this cute idea for a candy corn frame!   Find how how I used Makin's Clay, Plaid paints, and Judikin's Diamond Glaze to create this Cindi's Simple Solution project here! 

*Yes, that's my son in costume as Hannibal Lecter - and yes, I meant for the yellow wordsin the stamped title and text to say OR ME EAT! - I'm twisted that way hahaha ;-) - Hope everyone had a happy Halloween! - Cindi

Mixed-Media Mirror with Connie Crystal Pearls

Connie Crystal pearls, Graphic 45 papers, Earth Safe Finishes and JudiKins Diamond Glaze are combined and a dollar discount store mirror gets a transformation perfect for a special little girl.  Find the full tutorial on the Blog link via the Connie Crystal website - http://www.conniecrystal.com/

*The original Connie Crystal blog is experiencing some difficulties - you can access it by linking through the website.  Hopefully, all projects will be transferred to the new blog - http://conniecrystalsparkle.blogspot.com/ soon!