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Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 18 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!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Patriotic Basket Embellishment with ICE Resin®

My latest design for ICE Resin® is this patriotic basket embellishment!  Find out how I created this piece on the ICE Resin® blog - http://iceresin.com/icequeen/2013/06/patriotic-basket-embellishment/

Happy Fourth of July! - Cindi

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Extruded, Coiled Beads Video - Creatively Crafty with Cindi Bisson

My latest episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi Bisson is now live.  I'm sharing how to create extruded, coiled clay beads using the Makin's Brand® Ultimate Clay Exruder, Makin's Clay®, Connie Crystal and ClearSnap Designer Foil. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Patriotic Celebration with Craft Attitude™!


Creating a wide variety of patriotic themed serving pieces and decorations is easy with Craft Attitude™ products! 

I'm honored to be part of a group of amazing designers sharing their Patriotic creations featuring Craft Attitude™!   Here's a complete list with links of everyone participating, so be sure to check out what they've shared too!

Who & Where - Find Your Patriotic Craft Attitude™ Inspiration here!

 June 10: Jonathan Fong & Candie Cooper

June 13: Terri Sproul

June 17: Eileen Hull

June 20: Cindi Bisson

June 24: Jen Goode

June 27: Aunt Peaches

July 1: Lorine Mason

Follow the Craft Attitude link in the right column of my blog to purchase Craft Attitude™
 products and get free shipping!


Decor Attitude™!
Quilt Attitude™!
Scrapbooking Attitude™!
Inkjet printer
Blumenthal Lansing star buttons
Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Stick
Westcott Titanium Bonded scissors
Preprinted historical documents (optional)

"America" Serving Basket

A plain, inexpensive basket gets some patriotic pizazz with Decor Attitude!   When I added this finished basket to my “collectable” brand name basics, it looked just as good!

Determine width of horizontal basket slats.   Size American flag image so that stripes are the same size as the basket slats.  Size lettering to spell out AMERICA with approximately 1/4” between letters.   REVERSE FLAG IMAGES AND TEXT and  print onto Decor Attitude! 

Note:  When designing this basket, I found it easier to work section by section, cutting as I went rather than cutting all pieces before beginning to mount. 

Beginning with stars, cut strips to fit each basket section, peel from backing, mount onto individual sections using glue stick.  Continue until blue area is desired size.   

Cut red stripes from flag image, cut into individual sections and mount to basket using glue stick.  

Cut AMERICA lettering and mount vertically to right of flag on individual basket slats using glue stick.

“We the People” Snack Plate 

Although this plate came with the blue stars already around the edges, a solid plate would work too. 

Determine circumference of area of plate you wish to cover with Declaration of Independence text.    For this plate, inner circle was 7 1/2” in diameter.

Size Declaration of Independence image to needed width.  REVERSE IMAGE and print onto Decor Attitude!

Trace plate, bowl or other round item the same circumference  as the area to be covered, cut out. 

Apply spray adhesive, peel from backing and mount to center of plate.

Vintage Flag Pennant Banner

Images of vintage flags, printed onto Quilt Attitude™!, and mounted onto muslin and burlap give this patriotic banner an old fashioned feel.

Choose flag images, size to desired size (flag images on this banner are 5" across top, and point is 5 1/2" from center of top.)
REVERSE IMAGES and print onto Quilt Attitude™! 

Create template for pennants, trace onto desired area of each flag image.  Cut out.

Cut muslin pennants approximately 1/2” larger on all sides than flag images.  Fray edges.

Cut burlap pennants approximately 1/2” larger on all sides than muslin pennant.  Fray edges.

Apply spray adhesive to flag pennants, peel from backing and mount onto muslin pieces.

Mount muslin pieces to burlap pieces. 

Carefully (I say carefully, because I did not follow this advice, and although blood coordinates nicely with the vintage colors of these flags, I don’t recommend adding it as an accent to your pennants...) use scissors to make holes approximately 1/2” from top left and right corners of each pennant.   Place jute through hole, tie knot in front.  Continue connecting pieces using jute, leaving approximately 1” space between each pennant.

To add “America” accents to alternating pennants, size text to desired size and type number needed for your banner.  REVERSE IMAGE and print onto Quilt Attitude™!

Cut each word and mount to piece of muslin.  Fray edges. Mount muslin with text onto piece of burlap, fray edges.  Mount to bottom center area of alternating pennants.   Add tan star button accents as shown.


Historical Documents Placemats or 
Table Runners

Use purchased copies of historical documents or print images (search (Declaration of Independence, Abe Lincoln....) onto parchment vellum or lightweight parchment paper.  Mount unprinted sheets of Scrapbooking Attitude! over surface of each document, front and back, to protect against tearing, minor spills or stains.  Save your historical documents for future celebrations.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Patriotic Basket Embellishment with ICE Resin®

My latest design for ICE Resin® is this patriotic basket embellishment!  Find out how I created this piece on the ICE Resin® blog - http://iceresin.com/icequeen/2013/06/patriotic-basket-embellishment/

Happy Fourth of July! - Cindi

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Queen's Crown with Connie Crystal

My latest project for the Connie Crystal blog is regal.... find out the details on their blog!   http://sparklebycc.com/the-queens-crown/

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cindi’s Adventures with Etchall

Etchall® Etching Cream is an amazing product with a long history of use on glass, mirrors, and ceramic glazes.  It's easy to use, and the product is re-usable so there is very little waste.   Be sure to visit http://www.Etchall.com to learn more about their variety of products, for a project gallery, and for how-to videos.   And, of course be sure to follow the Designer Craft Blog Connection post on the left to see what the other participating designers have created with Etchall®!

Those of you who follow my creative work know I tend to be a bit of a mad scientist sometimes when crafting.   When I received my Etchall® for this Designer Craft Blog Connection Hop, I immediately began scheming and dreaming up new things I wanted to try with it. First, I'm going to share my finished project, then I'll share my experiments.....

The Plaid® Martha Stewart stencils I used for these glasses are made of sturdy plastic and therefore would not bend well to mold to the shape of the wine glass.  So I traced the stencil onto Etchall® Etchmask, and used a sharp craft knife to cut out the open areas. 

The finished sticker stencil was mounted to the glass and I followed the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the Etchall® - and it worked wonderfully - I was able to easily create four seaside themed wine glasses.  (*Note... I found when etching a curved surface like this, it was better to apply the cream to small areas at a time, rather than the entire image to eliminate the issue of the cream running off the curved edge on to the area of the glass you don't want etched...)

And even though the different designs would make it easy for those using the to determine which glass was there, I like to be optimistic and think that several sets might be in use at a fabulous beachside party.... causing confusion as to whose glass was whose.    My answer - quick and easy wine glass charms made from gold hoop earrings, 4 different colored Connie Crystal pearls, and some sparkling Connie Crystal accents. 

And now... cue the bubbling vials and beakers of steaming green and brown goo in the laboratory....

First Experiment: 

Polished marble door stop......  I am lucky to have access to some great assorted chunks of gorgeous marble and have been wanting to create something unique with a piece for a while.  

I whipped out my KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square and lined up some Plaid® Martha Stewart alphabet stencils to spell out a favorite verse.   Applied the Etchall® and waited not so patiently for the required time.  When I removed the Etchall®, then the stencils, I discovered...... nothing.   Apparently, the manufacturers are correct in not claiming their product works on polished marble - lol......

Second Experiment: 

(Yes, the inner “Beaker” in me... anybody remember him from The Muppet Show?..... persevered and had to keep on pushing the limits beyond the product’s recommended uses...)

Etched luggage tag......... I love the clear acrylic Mod Podge Acrylic shapes, especially the tags, from Plaid®.   Out came my Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square again and those same Plaid® Martha Stewart stencils..... I spelled out my name and was planning to add my phone number too and a pretty little flower design.  

Guess what?  Apparently, the manufacturer was also correct in not claiming the product would etch plastic.  

Was there a third experiment?  Well of course there was.   I took a sheet of rolled, dried Makin’s Clay®, added a stencil and added some Etchall® just to see what would happen.  I bet you can guess what the result was.

With all of that shared, I want to reiterate that the Etchall® cream was very easy to use, and I had good results, when I followed the manufacturer's instructions and used it for it's intended use!  I'm glad I got a chance to discover this product and I already have ideas on ways to use it for future projects! - Cindi

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Friends Are The Family We Choose for Ourselves - Mixed-Media Frame

My latest project for KellyCraft uses their amazing Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square and some of my other favorite crafting products - Craft Attitude (follow the link in the right column and get FREE SHIPPING on Craft Attitude products!) , Smoothfoam, Connie Crystal, and Graphic 45 papers!  Find the full instructions here on the KellyCraft blog: 


Monday, June 3, 2013

"Happiness is...." Designer Craft Blog Connection Hop Time!

It's the first Monday in June which means it's time for another Designer Craft Blog Connection hop!  This month our theme was "Happiness is..."   Obviously, that can be interpreted in almost endless ways....  I decided to share some examples of silly & simple things that make me happy.  Both of these layouts were created many years ago when I first began scrapbooking and was trying my hand at creating an "all about me" book.

For lots of other creative ideas all focused on the "Happiness is..." theme, be sure to click on the Designer Craft Blog Connection icon in the column on the right and see what the other designers are sharing with you today!  

I encourage you to think about the quirky things that make you happy and find a way to capture them in a journal or scrapbook album.  It's a great way to remember to enjoy the "simple" things in life, and a great way for your family to get a little peak at what makes you uniquely YOU.  - Cindi

"Three of my favorite things.  Three small pieces of the big puzzle that, when complete, make up me.  Vampire stories, chocolate, and quirky toenail polish.  Three small, simple, silly things.  Three things that make me just plain happy."  7/1/06

Remember that song from the musical "Oliver" - "Food, Glorious Food" - well my version of that song would be "Shoes, Glorious Shoes!"  Especially sandals - I absolutely love warm weather and being able to wear sandals (hey, they also show off my "quirky" toenail polish I mentioned above).  Since we moved to NC I get to wear them almost year round which truly adds to my "happiness" factor!  

"I'm a sandal JUNKIE!  Spring - Summer - Fall.  No day of fun in the sun is complete without cute sandals!!" - 5/05