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!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Getting It Straight & Catching Memories

 

I have a couple of new projects to share today - the first is a new KellyCraft Innovations video showing how the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square makes scoring paper and cardstock super simple.

The second is this simple project featuring Connie Crystal & Craft Attitude - what I call "Memory Catchers" - instructions are featured here on the Connie Crystal Blog.

Cre8time to get crafty today! - Cindi



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memory Catchers featuring Connie Crystal


Capture a special memory and display it in a window with these sparkly Memory Catchers.  Find the full instructions here on the Connie Crystal blog. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Poppy's Flags - A Memorial Day Custom

Remembering.... I wanted to share a this page I created many years ago when I began scrapbooking when my boys were still quite small, celebrating one of those “little things” that honor the memory of my grandfather.  Now they are 12 and 14,  my grandmother has joined my grandfather in heaven, and the singing part of this tribute may have stopped, but the flags still find a place of honor in our front yard on each occasion. 
Tom did the honors of placing the flags this morning...

This simple page began with a pre-blocked patterned scrapbook paper.  But even when I started the journey of scrapbooking so many years ago, I wanted more depth & dimension, so I popped things off the page - I added real buttons and wire over those printed on the page itself, cut second hearts and stars from a separate piece of paper, wrapped them with fibers, then mounted with Elmer’s foam tape over the preprinted ones.  Journaling was printed onto a removable tag kept in a pocket.  The photos are done “flip book style” - I used 3 clear envelopes, mounted with the tabs together, to create a flip book of photos of the flags and my boys with my grandmother performing their ritual to place the flags.

The journaling reads:

Poppy’s flags make their annual trip to our front yard each year for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, (and now 9/11).  Great Grammy King, Joe & Tom have a parade from the back yard to the front yard singing "God Bless America" as loud as they can and I just know Poppy is enjoying the show and smiling down from Heaven!  - 7/2004 


New on the KellyCraft Blog - Decorative Flag Box

Find out how I used the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square to create this decorative flag box in my latest post on their blog: 

http://kellycraftblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/memorial-day-decorative-flag-box.html

The KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square really makes helps making crafting easier! - Cindi

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spring Flowers Party Garland

Colorful flowers and sparkling crystals help bring the feeling of springtime to your party decor.  Create this custom spring flowers party garland in any length with just a few materials.

Materials: 
  • Assorted double sided patterned papers
  • Connie Crystal 8mm green crystals, 10mm pink pearls, 14mm Octagon Crystals
  • Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur® Machine
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities® Positively Me™ Jewel Flowers and Flourishes Die Template
  • Green leaf ribbon
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue
Instructions:
* Instructions are for 52” garland, adjust number of flowers accordingly for desired length.
1. Following manufacturer instructions, use Grand Calibur & 3 floral die templates to cut & emboss 5 purple flowers,  4 yellow flowers, and 4 pink flowers.
2. Mount octagon crystal to center of each purple flower, green crystal to center of each yellow flower, and pink pearl to center of each pink flower.  Let dry.
3. Mount flowers to leaf ribbon approximately 4” apart, beginning with purple, then yellow, then pink, and repeat until all flowers used.

Fashion Bling with Connie Crystal


The Connie Crystal blog continues to share a wide variety of creative projects featuring crystal enhancements!   Everything from hatpins to jewelry to cards and more.... My latest project was quick and easy - find the details here.

Sparkle on!  - Cindi

Monday, May 20, 2013

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Gilded Pearl Bracelet


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I share an easy way to create gilded pearl jewelry.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Designing with Smoothfoam™

I am excited to be able to continue as part of the Smoothfoam™ Creativity Team for the next term!   This group shares some really fun and crafty ideas on the Smoothfoam™ blog monthly.   In April, I designed two projects which you can find complete instructions for on their blog by following the links.  Experiment with crafting with Smoothfoam™ - it can be found in your local craft & hobby store in a variety of shapes - Cindi







http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/stenciled-birdhouse/
 http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/billy-button-bouquet/

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Keep Your Face to the Sun Bangle Bracelet


I love springtime when the warm sunshine overpowers the cool and crisp winter days. When I found this quote by Helen Keller I wanted to incorporate it into a jewelry piece. When going through my stash of creative supplies I found the sunny yellow mosaic tiles and it all came together in this mixed media bracelet.
Supplies: 
  • 3/4” DIY Bangles wooden bangle
  • 3/4” x 3/4” yellow mosaic tiles
  • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
  • Craft Attitude Jewelry Attitude
  • Inkjet printer, word processing program
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Stick
  • Westcott Titanium Bonded Scissors
  • Plaid Apple Barrel paint – Cloudless, paint brush
  • E-6000 Adhesive
Instructions: 
1. Paint bangle with blue paint and let dry.  I wanted some of the wood to show through, so I only applied one coat of the paint.
2. Type quote in desired font. Paste sun images to document with quote and resize to approximately 3/4”.  To find assorted sun images, I searched the internet for black & white sun images
3. Follow manufacturer instructions to print verse and sun images onto Jewelry Attitude.
4. Use glue stick to apply sun images to yellow tiles.  Mount tiles, evenly spaced around bracelet, using E-6000.

5. Cut verse into pieces to fit between tiles. Use glue stick to apply to painted wood between tiles.

6. Coat entire bracelet with JudiKins Diamond Glaze.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop - Wishes

Although there are endless ways to think about wishes - birthday wishes, good luck wishes, wedding wishes, bon voyage wishes, baby shower wishes, get well wishes, wishes that your children will have happy & healthy futures, when I thought about creating a post for today's blog hop following our "Wishes" theme was Jeannie.  Yes - Barbara Eden from the I Dream of Jeannie show many years ago.  It originally aired before my time, but I enjoyed the re-runs about a zillion times (and still do when I can find them on TV!)   I loved it so much that one Halloween many (many, many) years ago I even made a Jeannie halloween costume, complete with a jeweled bottle, and dressed my husband as Major Nelson for a party we were attending.   (What's one of MY wishes today?  That I could still fit into that costume lol!)     

I went to what seems to be a never-ending source of inspiration these days - PINTEREST - and searched "Genie" - the results were plentiful - and very interesting.   It seems "genies" inspire creativity of all kinds - photographs, costumes, paintings, cartoons, bottles, lamps, jewelry, and some of my favorites which I thought were completely amazing - this awesome, colorful cake, this enormous sand sculpture, and yes, there was even a genie costume for a dog!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/design_cakes/6763619611/in/photostream
http://pinterest.com/pin/205336064230926374/
pinterest.com/pin/205336064230926374/

I also found this quote, which I liked so much I decided to use for a mixed-media bracelet project.  I kept the basic bracelet very simple, as I plan to wear this regularly and wanted it to coordinate with many outfits. 

                “The absolutely awesome incredible power of belief is the genie in your life.”
                                                             ― Eldon Taylor

Materials:

DIY Bangle - 1/2"
EarthSafe Finishes Shimmer Opaque - Black Pearl, black acrylic paint, paintbrush
Silver foil tape
ImpressArt® Metal Stamps - Newsprint and Lower Case, steel stamping block, brass stamping hammer
E6000® Adhesive
Hampton Art collage rubber stamp
Clearsnap® ColorBox® Crafter's Ink - Night
JudiKins Diamond Glaze™ 




Instructions:

Paint bangle, inside and outside, with 2 coats of Black Pearl Shimmer Opaque.  Let dry.










Following manufacturer instructions, use ImpressArt® stamps and tools to stamp quote/verse onto silver foil tape.










Apply coat of black acrylic paint over stamped quote, gently remove paint from non-stamped surface with a soft cloth.





Use E6000® Adhesive to mount stamped silver foil tape onto center of bangle.







 
Ink rubber stamp with ColorBox® Crafter's Ink, stamp onto both outside edges of bracelet.  Let dry.








Coat entire bracelet with two coats of JudiKins Diamond Glaze™.   Let dry.








Don't forget to follow the Designer Craft Connection link in the right column to see what other creative projects the designers are sharing with the "wishes" theme - Cindi

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Unity Stamp Company & Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop



Unity Stamp Company is launching a brand new stamp line from Ann Butler Designs!
Several amazing designers are part of a blog hop to inspire you and show you some of the many ways you can use these versatile stamps when crafting.    In addition to this great source of inspiration - Unity is offering a great 50% off deal and $2 shipping on orders over $50 between Thursday May 2, - Monday May 6 at midnight CST! 


These stamps are incredibly versatile - perfect for faux quilting or fabric crafting, stamping wood, glass, tile, polymer clay, shrink plastic, paper crafting, and more.     
  
QUILTED CLAY BRACELET 

Materials: 

Unity Stamp Company stamps - Ann Butler Designs 1", clear acrylic mount
Makin's Clay® White 120 g.
Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®
DIY Bangles 1" flat wooden bangle 
Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter's Ink - Fire
JudiKins Diamond Glaze 
Earthsafe Finishes Shimmer Opaque - Gold, paintbrush
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors 
Elmer's Craft Bond Adhesive
ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch 
Gold metallic floss 

Instructions

Roll white clay to #4 setting using Ultimate Clay Machine®.  If hand rolling, roll to approximately 1/8" thick.

Determine circumference of bracelet you wish to use.   Create paper template of bracelet circumference.  Select which 1" Ann Butler Designs stamps you'd like to use for your pattern and determine which order you will place them and how many of each block will be needed.

Place first stamp onto acrylic mount, ink with Fire ColorBox Crafter's Ink and stamp directly into the clay, pressing slightly to leave an impression as well as the stamp image.   Continue with remaining stamp until  required number is reached, and stamp approximately 12 extra triangles.

Let ink dry, or gently pat stamped images with ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch to instantly dry ink.

Working one section at a time so the glue does not dry too quickly, apply an even coat of Elmer's Craft Bond Glue to one section of the wooden bangle.

Use scissors to cut first squares and triangles and begin placing onto glued area of bangle.  Apply glue to next section and continue creating pattern on bangle.

Use scissors to trim 1/4" piece from long end of remaining stamped triangles.  Apply glue to top edge of bangle, mount cut pieces to cover edge.  Repeat on other side with remaining stamped triangles.

Makin's Clay® is an air dry, no-bake polymer clay, making it perfect for applications of this type.  Allow to dry (up to 24 hours depending upon conditions, but usually quicker when rolled this thin.)


Paint inside of bangle with a coat of Shimmer Opaque.  Let dry.

Apply even coat of JudiKins Diamond Glaze over entire surface of bracelet.  Let dry.

Outline each quilted piece with a piece of gold floss. 
Apply a second coat of JudiKins Diamond Glaze over entire bracelet, inside, and outside over floss.  

Two more of the projects I've designed featuring these stamps are featured on the KellyCraft blog, and another will be featured in an upcoming episode of Behind These Eyes with Cindi Bisson on When Creativity Knocks.  Designing with these stamps can be addicting! 

http://kellycraftblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/faux-quilted-baby-onesie.html

http://kellycraftblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/welcome-wall-plaque.html


Be sure to check out the other creative projects from the participating designers - the variety is AMAZING!   - Cindi