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, July 31, 2013

Summer Heat with Connie Crystal

The heat of the summer is in full swing this week on the Connie Crystal - here's a peak at my latest project. Visit the Connie Crystal Sparkle blog for instructions on how to create your own captured flame!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Summer Heat Pendant featuring Connie Crystal

When I saw this leaf shaped crystal pendant, I immediately envisioned it as something else - a flame. With the addition of twisted bead strands in red and gold, a gold metallic chain, the finished neckless remains me of an eternal flame of summer heat.   Find the full instructions here on the Connie Crystal blog.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Creating & Connecting with CHA in Las Vegas!

The show has officially began and the creating and connecting is underway!   I've met up with a lot of my creative peeps already, which is one of the best things about these events - getting to see and spend time with so many people who "GET IT" about our passion for creating!  Here are just a few - Margie Higuchi, Ken Oliver, Ann Butler, Wendy Crafts, Eileen Hull, Jonathan Fong, Lisa Fulmer, Joe Rotella, Jen Cushman, Donna Salazar...... and more to come!!! 
Joe Rotella and I went head to head in the Charity Wings Mystery Box Challenge with Elena Lai Etcheverry  and had a blast with lots of laughs (Dumpster Diving Rocks - right Joe!?) 
 
Today I'm in the Trim-A-Rim booth sharing this fun new product with attendees!   Tomorrow I'll be at the KellyCraft booth - an amazing tool and some amazing new stamps to share too!!   Lots more of what caught my eye in new products coming soon!  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Candle Jar Bling


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing a simple way to add some pizazz to your candles. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mosaic Sun Makeover


This large pottery & metal sun has been hanging on the front of my garage for many years. The bright sunshine had faded the pottery so much it began to blend in with the siding itself and just didn’t have the same eye-catching effect as when it was new.  And the rain had caused the metal rays to begin to rust a bit.  I decided to try giving it some new life with a mosaic makeover. Mosaic tile can be quite costly, and I was going to need a lot, so I decided to try something else. Off to the local dollar store I went, where I bought lots of colorful, glazed, pottery plates (similar to Fiesta Ware). The finished piece is definitely more eye-catching and gives the pop of color I was looking for.
 
The first step for my makeover was to spray the metal rays of the sun with a dark metallic Rustoleum paint to seal them and prevent further rusting.


To break the plates into individual mosaic pieces, place a heavy towel on a hard surface (cement, tar, or even a large flat rock). Place the plate inside, and fold the towel over the top to prevent pieces from scattering.  Wearing safety glasses would be a good idea. Grab a hammer and get whacking. You can hit areas needing to be broken into smaller pieces again if needed. Also note that the resulting pieces can be quite sharp, so use caution when handling.


Then I simply used a mosaic adhesive from the local home improvement store to mount them over the face of the sun.  Grout from the home improvement store was used to fill in the areas between the tiles once the adhesive was fully dry.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rowlux® Illusion Film Blog Hop

Rowlux® Illusion Film is absolutely dazzling!  When I opened my sample package for the hop, I was mesmerized by the dimensional illusion the brightly colored sheets.  The official names of the patterns are Moire, 3D, Sea Glass and Serpentine, but they reminded me of liquid gold, flowing water, pearlized satin, shimmering alligator skin.....  purple, dark blue, gold, emerald green, hot pink, lime green....and more. So many colors and different “textures” to choose from it’s mind boggling. 

Rowlux® Illusion Film is made in the USA and comes in a diverse range of spectacular eye-catching colors and patterns.  This revolutionary material has been utilized in award winning point of purchase displays, packaging, signage, artwork, footwear, lighting, interior design, retail display fixtures and beyond. Our new frontier is the craft industry! There's absolutely nothing like it on the market. These durable, translucent, 12" x 12" polycarbonate sheets add instant pizzazz to craft projects, seasonal accents, party decorations, scrapbooks, greeting cards, jewelry, furniture, frames, gifts, favors, accessories, art and DIY home decor projects. Easily cut with scissors, Rowlux® is also the perfect material for scoring, folding, embossing and die cutting. The creative possibilities are endless. This innovative and inspiring new craft material manipulates light to create dazzling visual effects. The illusion of depth and motion is the result of thousands of tiny parabolic lenses that are molded into the surface of both sides of the material. These lenses create a pattern of light reflection and refraction resulting in stunningly brilliant optical effects.

To instantly add "POP" and "WOW" to your projects, just add Rowlux®!

For special promotions, giveaways and to keep up to date on the exciting Rowlux® Illusion Film craft revolution, be sure to:

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I have designed multiple projects in the week since receiving my box, and will be sharing more of them in the coming weeks.  Today, I’m sharing this liquid gold gift box, perfect for presenting a set of handmade jewelry (find out how I created this set here) to a special friend. 

Materials:

Rowlux® Illusion Film Gold Moire
Sizzix® Big Shot™
Sizzix® Eileen Hull Die - Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Box, Triangle
JudiKins 3487 F • Happy Birthday Copperplate Rubber Stamp
Stewart Superior Palette Inkpad - Noir Black
Black & gold 7/8* ribbon
Glue Dots® Continuous Glue Lines® Roll
Continuous Glue Lines® Roll




Rowlux® Illusion Film can be purchased on Amazon at the following link:    http://www.amazon.com/Rowlux-Illusion-Film-Polycarbonate-12-Inch/dp/B00CW7940Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1372292244&sr=1-1&keywords=rowlux


I die cut the box from the Gold Moire Rowlux® Illusion Film with the Sizzix® Big Shot™ and Eileen Hull's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Box, Triangle.  The earrings and pendant were wrapped in gold tissue paper, and then inserted into the box.  "Happy Birthday" was stamped onto a piece of the gold Rowlux® with the Palette inkpad, then mounted to the bottom front
of the box using Glue Dots® Glue Line® on the left and right edges.  A strip of he black & gold ribbon was added as an accent piece above the Happy Birthday, and was used to tie the box shut at the top/opening.

Check out the complete list of participants in the Rowlux® Illusion Film Designer Blog Hop HERE!

AND.... THEY ARE HOSTING a Rafflecopter giveaway WHERE YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN THE 6 PACK OF ROWLUX ILLUSION FILM OF YOUR CHOICE! *winner must provide a valid US or Canadian street shipping address

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tie Dye Your Summer with Tulip® at Hobby Lobby - THIS SATURDAY!

I am excited to be hosting a tie dye demo at Hobby Lobby this Saturday, July 13th, in Wilson, NC from 11 AM - 1 PM, and in Rocky Mount, NC, from 2 - 4 PM.  Stop by and see how easy it is to use the Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit to create fun & funky summer fashion!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Designer Craft Blog Connection Hop - Celebrations!


It's July 1st!  Time for the Designer Craft Blog Connection Hop!  This month our theme was Celebrations - and although I originally shared these projects several days ago - they just fit so perfectly with this theme I just had to share them again here for new readers to discover!    Be sure to click the Designer Craft Connection blog hop button in the column on the right to see what the other talented participating designers are sharing with you this month!   Take time to CELEBRATE life! - Cindi


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
www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/
http://candiecooper.typepad.com

June 13: Terri Sproul
http://terrisproul.blogspot.com

June 17: Eileen Hull
http://eileenhull.blogspot.com

June 20: Cindi Bisson
http://fatcatcreations.blogspot.com

June 24: Jen Goode
http://www.jgoode.com

June 27: Aunt Peaches
http://www.auntpeaches.com

July 1: Lorine Mason
http://lorinemason.com/blog/
Follow the Craft Attitude link in the right column of my blog to purchase Craft Attitude™
 products and get free shipping!

Materials:

Decor Attitude™!
Quilt Attitude™!
Scrapbooking Attitude™!
Inkjet printer
Basket
Plate
Muslin
Burlap
Jute
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.