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!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Recipe Book Re-Do - New Episode of Behind These Eyes on WCK

I'm excited to share my second episode of Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks - Recipe Book Re-Do features fun retro kitcheny papers from Graphic 45's Domestic Goddess collection, twine from The Twinery, and some adorable hen & chick buttons from Blumenthal Lansing.  Best of all, there's a free .pdf download with stepped out instructions and some great recipes from the book itself! 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Birthday Cards

In my family, the birthdays tend to be clustered - several together in March & April, and then several more in October & November.   We just celebrated both my boys' birthdays, and my mom and dad's birthdays, and today I'm sharing the cards I made for each.  It's been a while since I've taken the time to make so many cards in a short time, and I have to say I've been bitten by the card making bug again and am anxious to make a few more for my stash. 

My mom's card was made with pretty papers from the TaDa Creative Studios Goody Two Shoes Collection. 

The daisies were die cut using my Craftwell e-Craft, then textured with a Sizzix texture plate and Big Shot machine.  Blumenthal Lansing buttons and a bit of embroidery with yellow embroidery ribbon were finishing details.   The verse was stamped in Cinnamon Versacolor ink which I discovered matches this paper collection perfectly!

Now for the masculine cards - Graphic 45's A Proper Gentlemen collection made it easy to make this antique auto themed card for Pop - he loves vintage cards and is currently restoring an antique pick up truck so this card was just his style.

My son Joseph's birthday was in March and we celebrated with a soccer themed family party.  His card has a 3 fold pop-out of the word THIRTEEN, which was hand cut and then stamped with Happy Birthday randomly.   Soccer patterned paper and soccer ball brads were finishing touches.   


For Thomas's birthday, also in March, it had to be camouflage.  His cake even had a real hand-grenade in the center.   His card was made with free form pieces of card stock which were stamped with assorted leaf stamps and Happy Birthday stamps.   The "BIRTHDAY" was hand cut, and pops out from behind one of the pieces when the card is open to it's 3 panels for a 3-d effect.  


Now I'm off to check my calendar to see who has the next birthday so I can whip up a few more unique cards......

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ICE Resin Special Projects Team

I'm thrilled to announce that I recently accepted a position as Special Project Team Member at ICE Resin!  As you know from past projects I've shared, I absolutely love working with ICE Resin and their entire line of products - and am looking forward to having the opportunity to share more projects with the creative community in the coming months.   Being a part of their amazingly talented team in this capacity is an opportunity I am so pleased to have I could literally jump up and down :0).  

Be sure to visit the website and the Ice Queen E-Zine for a ton of creative inspiration!  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Nature's Birdhouse

It's April and time for another Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop!  Be sure to follow the link on the right to see all the springtime projects posted by this talented group of designers!

An unfinished birdhouse has been nestled amongst the plants on my screened porch for a couple of years.  I’ve been pondering how I wanted to decorate it.  While cleaning my studio I discovered my stash of tiny pine cones and birch bark – and my decision was made!

The great thing about real birch bark is that it peels resulting in several, paper thin layers of bark.  Just one small strip was enough to cover almost this entire birdhouse.  Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue was the perfect adhesive to hold my birch bark in place.  I left the edges around the hole to the birdhouse rough, as I love the added rustic effect. 

Elmer's Craft Bond Tacky Glue would also work to hold the tiny pine cones in place, but I opted for the faster drying option of a hot glue gun.  Simply layer your pine cones and glue in place until the entire roof is covered.  Can’t find tiny pine cones?  Use full size pine cones and simply remove the individual pieces and use them as shingles for your roof.    If you don’t have an unfinished birdhouse, but have another you’ve had around a while that needs a bit of sprucing up, just cover it the same way and it will look like a whole new piece! 

Note – This birdhouse is meant for decorative purposes only. Perfect for a summer porch – I encourage you to add some functional birdhouses to yard no matter how big or small it may be – watching nesting birds is truly one of nature’s wonders!