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, October 30, 2012

Graveyard Luminaria with Spellbinders & Rit Liquid Dye

The latest episode of Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks is live and it's a spooky graveyard themed luminaria!   Find out how I used Rit Liquid Dye an Spellbinders to create this fun project! 

http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/videos/view/Behind-These-Eyes-Halloween-Luminarias
- Get your spook on! - Cindi

Monster Mash with Rit Liquid Dye


You can find the instructions for the Halloween party favors I designed last year on the Rit Dye website.  This year I made something similar, but with a few twists.  Frankenstein's mouth is embroidered, and his neck bolts are made from straws painted silver.  I also used the same Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL Die, and twine from The Twinery.  Thought I'd share those with you too!

Rit Liquid Dye is used to create custom-colored, textured cardstock for this Monster Mash invitation and treat cup.  A Sizzix Scoreboards vase die  is used to make a whimsical Frankenstein treat cup and for the face focal image on the invitation.  Ransom note style lettering cut from magazine spells out the key text.   A hand stitched mouth, silver drinking straw bolts, and fringed hair add to his monsterly appeal. 

MATERIALS  LIST: 

Rit Liquid Dye – Purple, Apple Green (www.ritdye.com
White and black cardstock
Google eyes 
Plastic drinking straw 
Black embroidery floss, needle 
Eileen Hull Scoreboards  Eileen Hull’s Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Vase, 3-D (www.sizzix.com
Sizzix Big Shot dye cutting machine (www.sizzix.com
Green buttons (www.blumenthallansing.com
Mandarin Twine (www.thetwinery.com
Plaid FolkArt Outdoor Metallics Silver Sterling paint, paintbrush (www.plaidonline.com
Magazine 
Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive (www.elmers.com)  

X-Actor paper trimmer and scissors  (www.xacto.com

Happy Halloween! - Cindi
The Original Projects

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tin Type Tyle Coaster with KellyCraft's Get-it-Straight Laser Square



I have been having fun experimenting with my Get-it-Straight™Laser Square!  This time I combined products from ICE Resin®, Industrial Chic, ImpressArt® and Westcott®.
My latest project was featured on October 8th at their blog - You can find the complete instructions here.

The Get-it-Straight™Laser Square really makes it so much easier to align your crafts - no matter what medium you work with - give it a try!  - Cindi

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Warm Wishes with Connie Crystal and Tombow

Connie Crystal, Tombow Adhesives, Spellbinders dies, and Tombow Irojiten Color Dictionary pencils are combined for a mixed-media Autumn toned card to send warm wishes to someone special.  Find a full tutorial on how to recreate this project at the Connie Crystal Blog. 











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Saturday, October 13, 2012

DCC Makin’s Clay® Blog Hop: Adaptable Napkin Rings


This month the Designer Craft Blog Connection group hosted a designer challenge featuring Makin’s Clay®.  As a long time fan of the extreme versatility of Makin’s Clay®, I was excited to have other designers use it in their creations and share them with all of you.  Each participant received an assortment of clay, tools, cutters, texture sheets and push molds.  Be sure to click through the DCC link on the right to see what they’ve whipped up with their products from Makin’s Clay®!  For more ideas on creating with Makin's Clay®, visit the new Makin's Clay® Blog, Facebook Page, and Pinterest Board. 

I loved the adorable napkin rings fellow designer Ann Butler created from a repurposed paper towel roll, so I knew just what to start with when I created these “adaptable” napkin rings!   The brown tone of the clay, along with the texture provided from the texture sheet results in what I think looks a bit like leather.  By sticking with a simple color palette, these adaptable rings will coordinate with almost any color or pattern of napkin, for any theme or holiday.   The metal stamped embellishment serves as a holder for silk flowers, dried flowers, colorful autumn leaves, long stems of grasses, or any other embellishment you’d like to tuck behind it to customize your rings for the occasion.  The verses stamped on each are basic enough that they too are versatile.


Materials: 

Makin’s Clay® - Earth Tones multi pack (If creating 4 rings of the same colors, 2 multi-packages of clay will be needed)
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® Makin’s Clay® Texture Sheet - Set A "Sand"
ImpressArt® Metal Stamps - Lowercase Newsprint
ImpressArt® brass stamping hammer, steel stamping plate, & Stamp Straight Tape™
Copper sheet
Westcott Craft Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Sharpie marker, soft cloth
Small copper brads
Brown flat fiber trim
Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive
Small hole punch, tapestry needle (optional)

Instructions:

Begin by cutting a paper towel roll into desired number of 1 1/2” rings, then cut through each ring to create napkin ring.

Remove clay from box, remove from outer sealed plastic wrapping.  Cut individual wrapped piece of tan clay in half and remove inner wrapping from one half.  Makin’s Clay® is ready to use right from the package - no conditioning is needed.

Use Ultimate Clay Machine® to roll on #3 setting.  This will create a piece large enough to cover your chipboard ring.   Repeat with 2nd half.

Place a light coat of Craft Bond adhesive onto inside of chipboard ring.  Place clay onto ring, using fingers to gently ensure entire surface is covered with clay.  Remove any access clay extending off of chipboard. Repeat on second ring.

Place texture sheet over clay on ring.  Press into clay to transfer texture.

Cut individual wrapped piece of dark brown clay in half and remove inner wrapping from one half.

Use Ultimate Clay Machine to roll on #3 setting.  This will create a piece large enough to cover your chipboard ring.   Repeat with 2nd half.

Place a light coat of Craft Bond adhesive onto outside of chipboard ring.  Place clay onto ring, using fingers to gently ensure entire surface is covered with clay, extending slightly over edges onto back.  Repeat on second ring. 

Place texture sheet over clay on ring.  Press into clay to transfer texture. 



Reform rings, supporting sides as needed, and let dry overnight.

Measure and cut flat brown fiber trim to fit along inside edges of ring where two colors of clay meet.  Mount to cover edge.








To create metal plates, cut two pieces of copper sheet approximately 2” long by 1/2” wide. 

Use ImpressArt® Stamp Straight Tape™ on bottom of first piece to hold in place on steel stamping block.  Use lowercase Newsprint metal stamps and brass stamping hammer to stamp “be thankful” on first piece, and “be grateful” on second piece. 

Distress edges of each piece by lightly tapping with stamping hammer. 

Color each stamped verse with Sharpie marker.  Gently rub marker from copper sheet with soft cloth.  Ink will remain in stamped areas to highlight text.

Punch small hole in each end of each metal plate.


Determine placement on clay napkin rings.   Do not mount flush to ring, bring ends in a about 1/8” to allow metal plate to bend outward to accommodate embellishment inserted behind. 

Use tapestry needle, or small point of scissors, to gently push holes through clay and chipboard where needed. 

Mount plates to rings using copper brads.

To add embellishment, slip behind stamped metal plate. 

- Enjoy using these faux leather, adaptable napkin rings at a special dinner soon! - Cindi 

Makin's Clay is also offering a price package valued at just over $111.00 with products including  clay, tools and a Memory Frame Kit.....to enter leave a comment on the Makin's Clay® Blog telling us which project you liked best on the blog hop.  The winner will be randomly drawn from all entries
on or about October 24th.  We will announce the winner on the Makin's Clay® Blog so check back Thursday October 25 to see if you have won!



Monday, October 8, 2012

Art & Architecture


Last weekend I spent a few days at the ARTOLOGY AENJ 2012 conference in New Brunswick, NJ.   This conference was like a candy store to anyone interested in art education.   I was demonstrating the wide range of applications of Makin’s Clay® in the NASCO booth and Tom Volz was demonstrating with some of the Makin’s Brand® tools in the Triarco booth.   It was a well attended event and I’m pleased to say those who stopped by the NASCO booth were truly fascinated by what Makin’s Clay® could do!    

When in NY beforewe headed to NJ on Sunday, I snapped this picture of the outside walls of the building across the street from the hotel.  I thought the architecture overall, and the details were really interesting.

Perhaps it was being immersed in so many "artilicious" products that kicked my artistic eye into high gear - but I seemed to be spotting unique and creative vignettes around every corner. 















The Hyatt Regency had an interesting beach stone sculpture in the entrance, as well as unique arrangements in large pots inside the door. 



One of my favorite finds of the entire weekend were these stunning hand blown glass pumpkins created by students at one of the art colleges which were exhibiting at the event.  I knew they’d be gorgeous on my mom’s fireplace mantle.

Look around your world and you might find some unexpected artistic inspiration too! - Cindi


Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Cardmaking Day

It's officially World Cardmaking Day!   I was hoping to be a part of the Charity Wings live event this weekend, but a super busy sports schedule with my boys has made that almost impossible.     Be sure to join in and check out all the amazing craft demonstrations and have your chance at winning one of the giveaways.  Log in here: http://linqto.com/rooms/creativeedventures OR through the Facebook app here: http://apps.facebook.com/creativeedventures.  You don’t need a webcam or mic to participate – simply a computer with an internet connection! Since I couldn't share there today, I thought I'd post one of my favorite techniques for creating simple cards.   

This is a simple, yet very effective technique you can use to create quick cards.  The variations are endless.  Some stampers create their grids with straight squares, some sponge color in all blocks including the center square, etc.  Try sponging the inside frame to soften the edges and bring the color closer to the focal image.  Experiment with adding a subtle background stamp to your entire finished card, sponge color in the center square and stamp that in just black also, try it on a colored sheet of cardstock, etc.  There is NO wrong way to do a grid/retiform card and they give you lots of options for unique cards for almost any occasion!

Here are lots of examples of this technique.  I hope you are inspired to give it a try - Cindi 

 

  • Cut white cardstock to 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.
  • Choose your center/focal stamp (should be larger than the border stamps).  Stamp using black ink at an angle in the center of the white cardstock.   Color if desired.
  • To create the border frame with 8 individual sections to stamp, start with 3 strips of scrap cardstock at least as wide as the piece you are working with.
  • Place 1 strip just above center image, over it leaving the space above it open, at an angle matching the angle of the stamped image.
  • Sponge first color of ink into the space.
  • Repeat on bottom.
  • For sides, place one strip at an angle to the left of the focal image, and sponge with 2nd color ink. Repeat on right side.
  • Use 3 strips of scrap cardstock as a mask for each of your 8 border sections.  Ink first stamp with black ink, randomly stamp into unmasked space.  Choose 2nd stamp and repeat process in next block, continuing with assorted stamps until all 8 blocks have been stamped.
  • Trim as desired, place onto coordinating papers & cardstocks to create your card.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Some New Bling with Makin's Clay

I thought I'd share a pendant and earring set I made to wear at ARTOLOGY this past weekend in New Jersey.   A variety of different beads, all made with black Makin's Clay® , were used along with a few green glass beads for accents.   The dragonfly pendant was created with Makin's Clay® in a fabulous Paula Radke dragonfly mold from Art Clay World.   The wings of the dragonfly, and some of the black clay beads, were given a little sparkle with Clearsnap's Smooch GLITZ™.    The diversity of options when designing with Makin's Clay® is one of the reasons it's one of my favorite mediums.    

Consider find a little time to create a new jewelry piece to wear with your fall fashions using your favorite crafting mediums - Cindi

Monday, October 1, 2012

DCC Blog Hop - Tombstone Mini Album



It's time for the October Designer Craft Blog Connection hop!  This month we are focusing on Halloween.  Halloween is one of my most favorite times of the year - I love the silly fun, the creepy decorations, the plethora of sci-fi and horror movies on television, and the challenge of creating a unique costume.   This Tombstone Mini Album was actually designed in 2010 and featured in the Halloween Spooktacular episode of When Creativity Knocks.   Click the link for a tutorial of how to create this unique mini-album, and how to create two other whimsical Halloween crafts too!

Follow the DCC link in the column on the right to see what other spooky seasonal craftiness the designers have in store for you!  - Bwaahahahahahahaahha cue the evil laughter... - Cindi
p.s.--- don't forget to stop by on October 13th to see what our participating designers have created for the Makin's Clay sponsored blog hop!  You will also be able to register to win a great prize package of Makin's products!