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!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Knitted Baby Caps, a 45 Record, and Purple Cows®

Gee, is that an eclectic enough mix of things for a blog post title?   What do these things all have in common?   They are all featured in this week's When Creativity Knocks Creative Journal!   

My Cindi's Simple Solutions article about Giving Back:  Knitted Baby Caps has a free downloadable .pdf with instructions. 

For my product review this week, I share my experience with using the Purple Cows® Craft Geek Punch It. 

And, Ana Araujo and I had a blast at Maker Faire in San Mateo this spring hosting make & take projects featuring this fun 45 record repurposed into a chalkboard using Plaid products.   You can see how we did it in the newest episode of When Creativity Knocks.

Don't forget to check out our library of over 200 craft videos to inspire your creativity!  -  Cindi 


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sporty Binder Re-Do

A new Cindi's Simple Solutions project is now online at When Creativity Knocks.

Don't just toss out binders and supplies from last year as you prepare to start the new year - give them new life and create a great homework supply binder, customized in a design your kids like.

Find out how recreate this super simple project here.


Faux Wood Burned Coasters

My latest episode of Behind These Eyes with Cindi Bisson is now online at When Creativity Knocks - Find out how to create easy faux wood burned coasters here. 

Happy crafting - and remember to "dare to be different!" - Cindi 



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Industrial Chic Blog Hop - "Love Is" Book Pendant

The minute I opened my surprise package for the Industrial Chic Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to create a book pendant with these great metal hearts!   For a tutorial on how to create a heart-shaped book pendant of your own with these fun pieces from the Industrial Chic collection, view my latest episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi Bisson here

This fabulously inspiring blog hop has been packed full of projects in July and beginning again on August 10th, and the next several days are no exception!   For a look at the pieces created by the artists participating this month, visit their blogs:

> 10 Barbe St. John http://barbesaintjohn.blogspot.com/
> 11 Cheryl Bodkin Waters http://blog.artsyfindings.com/
> 12 Cindi Bisson http://fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/
> 13 Gretchen McHale http://www.studio320jewelry.com/blog/       
> 14 Jenny Barnet Rohrs http://www.crafttestdummies.com/
> 15 Kari McNight http://backporchartessa.blogspot.com/
> 16 Lindsay Obermeyer http://loops.typepad.com/
> 17 Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/
> 18 Suze Weinberg http://suzeweinberg.typepad.com/
> 19 Tami Bayer http://www.tamibayer.com/
> 20 Theresa Cifali http://theresacifali.com/
> 21 Tracie Stivers Lampe http://www.radicalrecycks.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=7528
> 22 Traci Bautista http://kollaj.typepad.com/
> 23 Jen Crossley http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/
> 24 Eileen Hull http://www.eileenhull.blogspot.com/
> 25 Pam Carriker http://pamcarriker.com/blog/
> 26 Sandy Martin http://sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com/

If you missed any of July's projects, you'll find them here! 

> 6 Ken Oliver http://vertigographic.com/TurnHeads/projects-and-blog/
> 7 Vicki O'Dell http://www.vickiodell.com/
> 8 Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/
> 9 Elena Lai Etcehverry http://thetravelingprincess.blogspot.com/
> 10 Jen Osborn http://www.themessynest.com/
> 11 Wanda Eas http://craftymule.blogspot.com/
> 12 Terri O http://www.supersimplewithterrio.com/
> 13 Susan Weckesser http://mysweetearth.blogspot.com/
> 14 Tracy Weinzafel http://www.tracywburgos.typepad.com/

I hope you enjoy the projects in the hop and are inspired to get creative yourself!  Industrial Chic products are found at Michael's stores and the selection is truly eclectic and amazing!





Saturday, August 11, 2012

Spellbinders & ICE Resin - Technique Tuesday Tutorial!

I've been away for the week on vacation with my family, but I wanted to share a new Creatively Crafty video project shared on the ICE Resin blog on August 7th.  For this Technique Tuesday tutorial I combined Spellbinders dies, ICE Resin products, Blumenthal Lansing buttons and more to create unique molds and what I call 'Antiqued Resin'.   Find out how here:   http://iceresin.com/icequeen/2012/08/fantastique/

Until next time, happy crafting and remember to "Dare to be Different" - Cindi

Monday, August 6, 2012

Back to School Crafting - Designer Crafts Blog Connection Blog Hop





Summer is passing by at what seems like lightening speed this year.  It's August 1st and time for another Designer Craft Blog Connection Blog Hop! This month's theme is crafting with back to school items.  I've been trying to get caught up from a whirlwind trip to Chicago for CHA in the midst of summer vacation plans with my family.  This super simple project is something I originally created for When Creativity Knocks as part of my Simple Solutions series, but thought I'd share it here for those who missed it.   It's a fun way to say hello to a new teacher or wish a friend who is a teacher good luck in the new school year.

Be sure to click the Designer Craft Blog Connection logo in the column on the right to see what the other creative designers have whipped up for you.   

The card was created with the Nikki Sivils Henry's Brilliance 6x6 pad and red cardstock.   Creating the faux wax seal was super simple.   Melt a broken crayon in a melting pot, pour onto patterned paper.  Ink a stamp with Versamark ink, then impress into hot wax.  Let cool and carefully lift.


Until next time, happy crafting and remember to "Dare to be Different!  - Cindi

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Dress Details - A Closer Look at CHA Crafty Couture Gown


Roses in the Garden was the theme I chose for my gown this year.   From there I challenged myself to create a gown that was primarily made from repurposed materials, at a minimal cost, with hand made embellishments.   Little did I know that "challenge" would end up being a key word throughout this adventure.  From creating the dress without a true dressmaker's dummy to ensure it would fit the needed measurements (hey, I got creative  - meet "Beatrice" my personal mannequin), to transporting the gown to Chicago, to attempting to repair the extensive damage that occurred in transit on the hotel room floor, I persevered.  The result was this gown and coordinating pieces I think Mother Nature would be proud to have her daughter wear to the prom or a special event. 

A perfect color match!
The bodice was made from newspaper panels, layered with Plaid Mod Podge to seal and add structure.  The inside was lined with pink Duck Tape to add sturdiness.  After a layer of white paint was added, I began hand painting the freestyle climbing roses using blended shades of Plaid’s acrylic paints.  The colors of the roses themselves perfectly matched the colors of the actual climbing roses I have in my own garden.    When I was finished layering the roses, I enhanced each rose and leaf with Jacquard Lumiere 3-D Metallic Dimensional Paint & Adhesive for added shimmer and depth.   A light coat of Plaid Martha Stewart Sugar Cube paint added a tiny bit of sparkle all over to the finished painted bodice.   Makin’s Clay leaves were made with a push mold and added to the top and bottom edges.   The bodice was closed in the back and held in place on the mannequin using Velcro Brand Adhesive strips.

For the trellis skirt, individual strips of layered newspaper were Mod Podged, then woven to create the desired effect.   The trellis was spray painted with white paint.   The skirt liner was created from an old repurposed white sheet, and green floral organza material from a clearance rack at a fabric store.   The skirt was held closed, and held on the mannequin, with Velcro.

The vines for the climbing roses were made with jute rope and jute string painted with Krylon spray paint.    The vines were woven through the trellis skirt and hot glued in place.  Push molded Makin’s Clay leaves were mounted using Beacon Adhesives Felt Glue.   The individual roses were created from custom mixed shades of Makin’s Clay.  Each rose and rose bud is made from numerous tiny hand made petals, layered to create a cluster to mimic the actual tiny climbing roses in my garden.  Once dry, each rose was lightly accented with Lumiere 3-D paint for a bit of shimmer.  The complete roses were mounted to the vines and stems using Beacon Adhesive. 

Rubber stamped butterflies, embossed on vellum, were painted with USArtquest Pearl-Ex watercolor paints, then embellished with Darice beads using Judikins Diamond Glaze as an adhesive and sealant.   Diamond Glaze was also used to lightly coat the wings of each butterfly.  The butterflies were added as accents to the front of the top of the bodice, and on the trellis. 

The small clutch purse was also made from Mod Podged newspaper, lined with pink Duck Tape.  It was painted in the same manner as the bodice and has the same clay leaf accents.



The coordinating shoes began with an old pair of silver shoes.  Several coats of white paint altered them to a more subtle background for painted rose accents and clay rose accents.  In the trend of colorful soles, the bottoms were painted with the same yellow as the roses on the gown. The painted shoes were also given a coat of the Plaid Martha Stewart Sugar Cube paint for a tiny bit of sparkle. 

Laslty, here's a shot of the gown before I disassembled it into pieces for transportation to Chicago..... luckily I packed a fully stocked repair kit so I was able to apply some triage techniques before it hit the CHA Showroom floor!

I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes information on what went into the creation of my gown.  I can tell you first hand that all the gowns on display were amazing - I can only imagine the time and effort that went into each one and would love to hear the stories behind each creation in the Summer 2012 Crafty Couture display!

Until next time, happy crafting and remember to "Dare to be Different!"
- Cindi