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 over 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!

Friday, December 20, 2013

EZ-De's Blog Hop - Quilted Tree Ornament


EZ- De’s made creating this faux quilted tree ornament quick & simple to achieve. 

Be sure to follow through and visit the other participating designers to see what creative projects they have to share.
Materials: 

Ann Butler Designs EZ-De’s stamp sets- 1x3 Rails Set A #EZRA, Star Set A #EZSSA
ColorBox Crafter’s™ ink pads - Jungle, Bark
Linen fabric
Gold floss, needle, scissors
Blumenthal Lansing star buttons


Instructions: 

Ink 2 triangle stamps from star set with Limelight ink and stamp twice onto linen. 
Ink 3rd triangle stamp from star set with Jungle ink and stamp twice onto linen. 

Ink checkerboard rail stamp with Bark ink and stamp once onto linen. 

Heat set ink. 

Cut each stamped image from linen, leaving approximately 1/4” on all sides.

Gently fray edges around each image. 

Place two matching Limelight triangles back to back. 

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together, leaving an opening in the bottom edge for the trunk (rail image). 

Place two Jungle triangles back to back.  Insert top of first set of triangle between bottom of Jungle stamped triangle approximately 1/2” as shown.  

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together. 

Place second set of Limelight stamped triangles back to back.  Insert top of middle set of triangles between bottom approximately 1/2” as shown.  

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together. 

Fold Bark stamped rail in half to create truck.  Insert into opening on bottom of bottom triangle, leaving approximately 1” extending.  

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together. 


Use gold floss to stitch star buttons on front and back top of tree, add floss loop for hanging. 












Friday, December 13, 2013

Flannel Blue Jay Ornament


Featured this week in Cindi's Simple Solutions at WCK.

Upcycled plaid flannel from an old shirt gets a new life as a primitive style bluejay ornament for your holiday tree. 


Materials: 
Plaid flannel material
Twine
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
Blumenthal Lansing   small white buttons
Blue embroidery floss & embroidery needle 
Fiberfill stuffing
Scissors 

Instructions: 

Print bluejay pattern found on the internet (or freeform cut your birds as I did).  Cut two birds from plaid
flannel fabric (my fabric is from flannel shirt purchased at the local Goodwill store - one of my favorite
sources for fabric!). 
Stitch two birds together using embroidery floss, leaving an opening to stuff.  I wanted my stitching to 
show to add to the primitive feel, so I did not turn my stitched bird inside out to hide stitches before 
stuffing.  
Stuff bird and stitch closed. 
Cut piece of twine to hang bird, hot glue to top center of bird. 
Cut two pieces of twine and glue to sides of bird to create wings as shown. 

Glue button to each side of head for eyes. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last Minute Gifts

In the final episode of the first WCK All-Stars Designers' Holiday Series we bring you four unique ideas for last minute gifts.  Tune in and see what Ana Araujo, Judi Watanabe, Jonathan Fong and I whip up with our supplies from Makin's Clay®, Blumenthal Lansing, Rit, Beacon Adhesives, Spellbinders, JudiKins, Etchall, Smoothfoam, and Clearsnap.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Burlap & Wooden Snowflake Ornament

I love burlap!  The rustic, country feeling it brings, the texture, and the neutral color that goes with any color scheme.   I've been having fun creating holiday ornaments this year with burlap and Smoothfoam™ - here's my latest creation!


Rustic Burlap Snowflake Ornaments 

Add these rustic burlap ornaments to your country Christmas tree for a homespun holiday feel. 

Materials: 

Smoothfoam™ ball 
Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings™ - Wooden Snowflakes 
Burlap
1” brown grossgrain ribbon
Jute ric-rac trim 
Twine
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
Scissors 

Instructions: 

Cut burlap square approximately 8” x 8”.  

Place Smoothfoam™ ball in center of square with hole on top.  Add hot glue around hole, fold four corners of burlap upward and mount to ball.  Fold remaining burlap over and glue to side of ball.  

Cut piece of twine for hanging ornament, hot glue ends into hole in top of ball. 

Gather edges of burlap, tie together tightly around twine loop with additional piece of twine. 

Mount brown ribbon around center of ball.  

Mount jute ric-rac centered on brown ribbon. 

Mount wooden Blumenthal Lansing snowflake in center over ric-rac. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Flannel Yo-Yo Heart Ornament

Here's another quick holiday tree decoration I created for Cindi's Simple Solutions at
When Creativity Knocks!  Clover's heart yo-yo maker, and Blumenthal Lansing buttons made it easy! Find the instructions here.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Trim the Tree with WCK's All-Star Designers' Holiday Series

Another episode of the WCK All-Star Designers' Holiday Series is now live and you'll discover 5 fun ways to add a hand-made touch to your holiday tree!  We start with Jonathan Fong and a clever garland, then Mark Montano shares his "armored" holiday ball, Judi Watanabe brings us a beautiful golden ornament, Ana Araujo makes a fun snow globe, and I create a stuffed cardinal ornament.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdLiCy2R0s&feature=c4-overview&list=UU43BR4nhkkM43cM73d_X19w


Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Tablescape Ideas

The WCK All-Stars' Designer Holiday series continues with an episode full of ideas for using a wide variety of products to create a great holiday tables cape.  We've got a fun centerpiece created by Jonathan Fong, fabulous etched glassware by Mark Montano, beautiful place designed by Judi Watanabe, a tablecloth and matching napkins designed by Ana Araujo, and whimsical star party favor boxes I created for the table.   Products from our sponsors - Spellbinders, Rit Dye, Blumenthal Lansing, Etchall, Makin's Clay, Beacon Adhesives, JudiKins, Smoothfoam and Clearsnap are featured in this video and you are sure to find an idea to inspire you!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bella Crafts Quarterly Winter Issue - I'm a "Blog Star"

I'm excited to be featured as one of the Blog Stars in the winter 2013 issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly
magazine!  Check out this free magazine full of creative projects here -


http://bellacraftsquarterly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/BCQ-Winter-2013-Simple-Pleasures-Issue-website.pdf

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Feeling Frosty Winter Home Decor

The When Creativity Knocks All-Stars' Designer Holiday series is rolling along and in this episode I show you how to combine Etchall, Rit Dye, Spellbinders, Makin's Clay, Beacon Adhesives, JudiKins Roxs, and Smoothfoam, Clearsnap Smooch Glitz and more create two home decor pieces for the holidays, and all winter long.   Here's the YouTube link, or follow the direct link to view the episode on WCK's site below.





Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Burlap & Twine Holiday Tree Decorations




These rustic twine balls with wooden snowflake accents would be a perfect addition to a  old-fashioned or country style Christmas tree.

Materials: 
  • Smoothfoam™ ball
  • Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings™ – Wooden Snowflakes
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
  • Scissors
Instructions: 

1. On the opposite side of the hole in the Smoothfoam™ ball, place a small dot of hot glue and begin coiling twine.  Repeat, adding small amount of hot glue to the ball before each wrap of the twine.  Continue to top of ball.

2. Create loop for hanging with twine, place hot glue into the hole, and use scissor tip to push ends of loop into the hole.

3. Use hot glue to mount Blumenthal Lansing  wooden snowflake accent to center of ball.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Patches with Mark Montano

In this week's episode of When Creativity Knocks All-Stars' Designer Holiday Series, Mark Montano shares a fun idea for creating patches using JudiKins stamps and Clearsnap inks -


Friday, November 8, 2013

ICE Resin® Rue Romantique® Christmas Blog Hop - Floating Poinsettia Ornament


The beautiful bezels in the Rue Romantique collection make fabulous holiday ornaments.  For this one I combined an open backed bezel with a Spellbinders die cut poinsettia coated with ICE Resin for a unique holiday ornament.  Be sure to visit the other participating designers' blogs to see what lovely holiday projects they'll be sharing featuring the Rue Romantique line! - Cindi

Floating Poinsettia Ornament 

Materials:

Rue Romantique bezel - open backed 
Susan Lenart Kazmer ”Carnivale”  German Glass Glitter
Spellbinders® Layered Poinsettia die 
Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® machine 
Connie Crystal red crystal and antiqued silver metallic beads 
Red cardstock
Beacon Adhesives Zip-Dry™ Adhesive
Thin jewelry wire 
Jewelry pliers 


Instructions: 

Use Grand Calibur® and Layered Poinsettia die to cut and emboss 3 of the smallest poinsettia flowers from red cardstock.

Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions, coat back of each flower with resin and let cure.  Coat front of each flower with resin, adding gold German Glass Glitter to centers of two flowers, using a small amount of ICE Resin® over the glitter to seal it in place.  Let cure.   Add second layer of resin to front and back of each flower and let cure. 

Cut piece of thin jewelry wire approximately 5” long.  Tie to loop in bezel, leaving approximately 1 1/2” extending down into the open area of the bezel.  

Add red crystal bead right next to loop in bezel, then continue adding small metallic beads to end of wire, looping around and attaching to create hanging loop at end. 

Mount one flower front with glitter center to flower without glitter center so petals are alternating.  Mount to hanging piece of wire in open area of bezel, then mount second flower with glitter center to back of first two, covering wire.   This allows the poinsettia to “float” in the center of the bezel opening. 

Here are the links to the other amazing artists participating in this hop - 

Friday, Nov. 8
Saturday, Nov. 9
ICE Resin site  http://wp.me/p1MCno-2W3 
Jen Cushman  http://wp.me/p1lhEq-Gb
Sunday, Nov. 10
Lesley Venable 


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Autumn Roses with Jonathan Fong!



In this week's episode of When Creativity Knocks, amazingly talented Designer Jonathan Fong shows us how to create a fabulous
autumn centerpiece with cabbage roses made with Rit Dye!  This is the third video in our All-Star Designers' Holiday Series!  http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/videos/view/Autumn-Paper-Bag-Rose-Arrangement

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Itsy Blingy Spider Card with Connie Crystal


The Itsy Blingy Spider  

I had a spooky good time creating this fun Halloween card with great glittery papers from The Robin's Nest and Connie Crystal elements.   

Materials: 

Connie Crystal black crystal sheet (www.wegotcrystal.com) 
Connie Crystal 5/8" purple octagon crystal 
Connie Crystal 5/16" orange crystal bead 
The Robin's Nest Orange Glitter Crackle & Purple Glitter Crackle paper (www.robinsnest-scrap.com) 
Clearsnap® ColorBox® Cat's Eye® Queue "Funky" inkpad - Pepper 
Beacon Adhesive's ZipDry™ adhesive and Dazzle-Tac Jewelry Glue™(www.beaconadhesives.com) 
Westcott paper trimmer & scissors  (www.westcottbrand.com) 
Happy Halloween rubber stamp 
Orange cardstock 

Instructions:  

Cut orange glitter cardstock to 5" x 7," fold in half to create card. 
Cut one piece purple glitter cardstock to 2" x 5" and one to 1 1/2" x 5". 
Ink edges of card and purple pieces with Pepper pigment inkpad. 


Ink Happy Halloween stamp with Pepper inkpad and stamp onto scrap orange cardstock.  Trim around verse.  Ink edges of verse with Pepper inkpad.  

Use Zip-Dry adhesive to mount smaller strip of purple glitter cardstock inside card.  Mount Happy Halloween centered on purple paper. 

Use fingertip and Pepper inkpad to gently smudge ink over solid surface of inside card and over verse. 


Mount larger strip of purple paper to center of front of card. 

Use Dazzle-Tac adhesive to mount purple crystal to right side of purple strip of front of card, approximately 1 1/2" from edge.  

Mount orange crystal adjacent to purple crystal to create head of spider. 

Cut 8 pieces of black crystal sheet to 4 crystal strips.  Mount 4 on each side of purple crystal to create spider legs. 



HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!!!  - Cindi


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gobble, Gobble with Smoothfoam, Rit & Blumenthal Lansing

The second episode in the WCK All-Star Designers' Holiday Season is now live on the WCK site - Ana Araujo shares her cute idea for a Turkey treat holder  made with Smoothfoam™,  Rit Dye® and Blumenthal Lansing buttons!

http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/videos/view/Mason-Jar-Turkey-Centerpiece



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WCK's All-Star Designers' Holiday Series has Begun!


When Creativity Knocks is excited to share the first episode in the All-Star Designers' Holiday Series - This week Judi Watanabe of JudiKins shares here adorable Halloween card featuring a glow-in-the-dark Makin's Clay® accent.   In the coming weeks Judi, Jonathan Fong, Mark Montano, Ana Araujo and I will be sharing many more creative holiday projects.

Special thanks to the great sponsors of this event Rit®, Blumenthal Lansing®, Smoothfoam™, Beacon Adhesives®, Makin's Clay®, Spellbinders®, Etchall®, Clearsnap® and JudiKins®.  If you sign up to receive the Creative Journal Newsletter on the WCK site you are entered to win one of 8 prize packages full of products from our sponsors!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Customized Towels for a Gift with KellyCraft & Clearsnap


I'm excited to be part of a blog hop for KellyCraft and Clearsnap - here's a simple project I created which would make a great housewarming gift.   Find the instructions on how I used Ann Butler's EZ-De's stamps, Clearsnap Crafter's ink and Blumenthal Lansing buttons to create this project on the KellyCraft blog at the link above.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bee Skeps & Stuffed Pumpkins

Two more episodes of my series Behind These Eyes are now viewable on When Creativity Knocks!  

In the first I show you a simple way to make stuffed fabric pumpkins.  Burlap, tie-dyed, leopard print.... the choice is yours on how you would customize your pumpkins!

Next, it's bee skeps made easy!  












Thursday, October 17, 2013

Autumn Bling with Connie Crystal

My latest project designed with Connie Crystal is now live on their blog - you can find instructions on how to create this stamped necklace and earring set here:  http://sparklebycc.com/stunning-fall-set/

WCK Designer Series - Behind The Scenes on Taping Day

Just returned from another whirlwind trip to California. This time I was with the WCK team, and Jonathan Fong, Mark Montano and Judi Watanabe joined us to tape the All-Star Designer Holiday Series for WCK. After weeks of preparation, we all came together to share our projects and tape 8 episodes to be shared with viewers over the coming weeks. If you sign up to receive the WCK Creative Journal newsletter on our WCK home page, your eligible to win one of 8 great prize packages full of products from our sponsors that we'll be giving away weekly! Here's a peak at some of the behind the scenes moments from our taping session at the studio...

I want to personally share a huge thank you to our sponsors for this series - Clearsnap®, Makin's Clay®, JudiKins, Etchall, Smoothfoam™, Blumenthal Lansing®, Beacon Adhesives®, Rit® Dye, and Spellbinders®.  The episodes begin airing on Tuesday, October 22nd - so tune in and join the creative fun!






Monday, September 30, 2013

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Fabric Pumpkins


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I share my way of creating easy fabric pumpkins for autumn decorating. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Projects and More Chaos!

I am still picking up the pieces from my major MacBook Pro crash..... and I recently started working at Michaels Arts & Crafts which is also keeping me quite busy!   I wanted so share a couple of links to some new projects I've created this month for some of the manufacturers I work with.   


The first is a Back to School layout created with the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square - you can find the instructions here on the KellyCraft blog. 

Next is a small jar candle given a seaside makeover with the help of Connie Crystal's new sea glass beads.  I absolutely love the soft frosty colors of these beads and am looking forward to creating more designs with them.  The instructions for this project are here on the Connie Crystal blog. 

I shared my technique for texturing Smoothfoam™
in a recent episode of Behind These Eyes on WCK and Smoothfoam™ shared the video here on their blog!  

I've also been busily working on some projects we'll be taping in California in early October for the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designer Holiday Series with Mark Montano, Jonathan Fong, and Judi Watanabe.  It's been a frenzy of Spellbinders, Rit, Blumenthal Lansing, Beacon Adhesives, Makin's Clay, Etchall, Smoothfoam, and Clearsnap creativity!  

Stay tuned for more soon... - Cindi 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Pinwheel Dessert Picks


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I share a way to make colorful pinwheel dessert picks with Rowlux Illusion Film.  


Friday, August 30, 2013

Creatively Crafty Goes Back to School

The latest episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi Bisson is now live - I'm showing you how to create quick & cute zipper pulls using Makin's Clay® and JudiKins Diamond Glaze.    - Cindi

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rustic Pillow Re-Do


A trip to the local Goodwill Industries store can be like a treasure hunt. These thrift stores  
are full of items just waiting to be repurposed and given new life, at a fraction of the cost of buying materials new. I often use clothing from these types of stores for fabric, and it’s one of my favorite places to get pillows to use as pillow forms!   Simply wash and dry and you are ready to re-create!

These large 18” x 18” sofa pillows were just $2.00 each. One side was already dark brown, which I left as is. On the reverse side, I used Beacon Fabri-Tac Adhesive (www.beaconadhesives.com)  to mount burlap over the entire face of each pillow, and to mount the accent pieces and ribbons. 7/8” Coffee brown grosgrain ribbon was mounted where the edge of the burlap meets the rolled edge of the pillow face.
 
Smaller scraps of burlap in two shades, 1” dark brown grosgrain ribbon, and fabulous wooden Elements buttons from Blumenthal Lansing (www.blumenthallansing.com) finished off each design.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Honey Bee Home Decor


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing a home-decor project with a fun honey bee theme.  


Sunday, August 18, 2013

The MAC is Back! I'm doing a happy dance!

I've been AWOL here on my blog for a few weeks..... but I'm happy to announce that after what seems like a true eternity - my MacBook Pro is BACK and seems to be in working order.  Yay!!! And now I've got to get CAUGHT UP with blog posts, Facebook posts, Twitter, Pinterest......  In the meantime, here's a tiny peak at a few of the creative projects I've been keeping busy with while my computer was down.....  So happy to say I'm BACK!  - Cindi