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!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sea Turtle Pendant with Connie Crystal & ICE Resin

Find out how I combined products from some of my favorite manufacturers to create the sea turtle pendant - the tutorial is here on the Connie Crystal blog! 

P.S.... Yes, I am dreaming of summer days already! - Cindi

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Birthday with Buttons Galore and More

This month Buttons Galore & More sponsored the Designer Craft Connection challenge.  I, along with many other of the designers in the group, received a fun assortment of buttons to design with.  I've got a few more projects waiting to be completed.  My project is a black, white & silver themed "elegant" birthday card.  Be sure to follow the DCC link to see all of the other Buttons Galore & More projects to inspire your creativity!  - Cindi

Materials:

Buttons Galore and More Haberdashery Black & White Mix, Black Pleated Ribbon
Score, Fold, Create! by Diana Crick, Penny Wessenauer and Friends
Scor-Pal® scoring tool
The Robin's Nest papers - "Classified," black cardstock, "Damask Black & White"
Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry™Paper Glue
Clearsnap® ColorBox® silver pigment brush pad
Elmer's Designer Masking Tape - Primary Designs
ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch
JudiKins Happy Birthday Copperplate stamp 
Black inkpad
Westcott® Titanium Trim Air Trimmer, Titanium Non-Stick Scissors
Paper Wishes Silver metallic foil tape by Amaco
Impress Art brass stamping hammer, steel stamping block, Flourish I and Flourish G stamps
Earth Safe Finishes Generation Green black acrylic paint

Instructions: 

Create focal button flower embellishment by arranging layers of buttons from the Buttons Galore and More Haberdashery Black & White Mix.  Begin on a black cardstock square base and build upward, using Beacon Zip Dry paper glue.








Cut black cardstock, Damask paper and Classified paper following measurements in instructions for Flexy Fold Card in Score, Fold, Create! book.  Score front pieces as indicated in instructions using Scor-Pal.








Ink edges of all white papers with silver ColorBox® inkpad.  Pat with Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry ink immediately.


Assemble card following instructions, add Elmer's damask masking tape as an accent along top edge of right front flap, and along bottom inside edge of all pieces of card as shown.










Stamp JudiKins Happy Birthday verse onto white paper with black inkpad.  Trim, ink edges with silver ink and pat dry with Perfect Crafting Pouch.









Use Impress Art stamps to stamp alternating pattern on silver foil tape.  Apply black paint to stamped areas, wipe to remove excess.  This will enhance your stamped areas.


Assemble card following instructions from book.  For front right folding panel, mount strip of Black Pleated ribbon beneath damask tape.  Mount button flower to left edge of right flap.
Mount stamped metal foil strip over center of ribbon.

Mount verse and accent papers on inside of card as shown, adding strip of stamped foil tape vertically on left edge of verse. 









Saturday, February 9, 2013

Love Notes Keepsake Treasure Box


Mixed-media galore are used on this treasure box for special keepsakes - and check out the cute little poem ICE Resin® wrote to go with it on their blog post today!    ICE Resin®, mica, Bella Dames papers, Spellbinders™Imperial Gold dies, Expo International trim, Earth Safe Finishes Shimmer Opaque and Connie Crystals - This box has it all!  - Cindi

Love Notes Keepsake Treasure Box


Mixed-media galore are used on this treasure box for special keepsakes - and check out the cute little poem ICE Resin® wrote to go with it on their blog post today!    ICE Resin®, mica, Bella Dames papers, Spellbinders™Imperial Gold dies, Expo International trim, Earth Safe Finishes Shimmer Opaque and Connie Crystals - This box has it all!  - Cindi


Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine Card with the Get-It-Straight Laser Square

Here's a new project on the KellyCraft blog!    Find out the many ways which I used the Get-It-Straight Laser Square for this "U" Make Me Happy Valentine card! - Cindi



Escape Lanyard Holder


“Escape” Lanyard Holder 

Designed for Connie Crystal 
by Cindi Bisson 
Behind These Eyes™
www.fatcatcreations.blogspot.com


Tropical colors, flowers, and a reminder to “Escape” adorn this sparkling mixed-media badge holder I wore at the recent CHA trade show in Anaheim. 

Supplies: 

Connie Crystal - 2.5” rectangle crystal, quartz rosebud beads, aquamarine rectangular seashell beads, 8mm red crystal beads,
ICE Resin Silk Ribbons
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Seaside Holiday paper
JudiKins Diamond Glaze
Jump rings, eye pins, alligator clasp for badge holder, jewelry pliers, brass leaf charms, brass chandelier charm, scissors, needle

Instructions: 

Measure and cut silk ribbons to desired length.

Trace rectangle crystal over “Escape” on patterned paper.  Cut out and mount to flat back of crystal using JudiKins Diamond Glaze.  Seal outside of paper with glaze.  Let dry.

Use pin to push through holes in crystal and paper.

Add large jump ring to bottom of rectangle crystal, add alligator clasp.

String red crystal, aquamarine seashell bead, then quartz rosebud onto eye pin.   Repeat to create 2.

Place 4 small brass leaf charms onto 4 small jump rings, mount beneath rosebud.

Add jump ring to top of rectangle crystal, add brass chandelier charm. 

Mount two beaded pieces to chandelier charm. 

Add jump ring to end of each beaded piece, and add to silk ribbons.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sea Turtle Pendant


Find out how I combined products from some of my favorite manufacturers to create the sea turtle pendant - the tutorial is here on the Connie Crystal blog!  


P.S.... Yes, I am dreaming of summer days already! - Cindi

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Die Cut Mugs, Valentine Treasure Box & A Book Review


What do Die Cut Mugs, Valentine Treasure Box & a Book Review have in common?  They are all my current projects on the When Creativity Knocks site!

A mixed-media project featuring a heart shaped candy box decorated and repurposed into a keepsake Valentine treasure box. What better reason to stock up on chocolates this Valentine’s day – those boxes will come in handy afterwards!
Materials
 Instructions: 
Option A)  Eat chocolates from box.  Fill with another treasure before presenting to your Valentine. (Because, hey, why NOT?)
Option B)  Remove chocolates, decorate box, and return chocolates for gift giving.
1. Measure and cut patterned paper strips to wrap around outside of cover, and inside of sides of bottom of box.  Measurements will depend upon size of your original box.
2. Apply adhesive, mount paper strips to sides (inside and out).

3. Trace heart inside, cut patterned paper and mount to bottom of box.
4. Mount Dew Drops around inside bottom edge. (Tip:  the Embellie Gellie picks up small embellishments for easy placement where you want them.)

5. Use fingers or sponge to apply a light layer of tacky glue on outside edge of bottom of box, and inside cover.  Let dry until clear.
6. Randomly apply ClearSnap Designer Foil to glued areas to lightly transfer foil. (Tip:  to eliminate any sticky residue from areas not foiled, pat with Perfect Crafting Pouch – the tackiness disappears from the exposed adhesive.)

7. Trace lid on patterned paper, cut out TWO hearts from patterned paper.
8. On one heart, cut slits, in rows approximately 1/4” apart approximately every 1/2”.
9. Cut strips of coordinating paper and weave through slits.  Mount to cover.
10. Add Dew Drops embellishments around outer edge of cover, allowing them to extend off edge of the cover.   The Embellie Gellie from ScraPerfect makes picking up and placing small embellishments simpler.

11. Mount 2nd heart to bottom of box.
12. Replace chocolates, add a special note, a few home-made cookies, or some other special treat for your Valentine!








Die cut embellished mugs featuring Earth Safe Finishes & Spellbinders dies








New Book Review:  Modern Mod Podge® by Kimberly Mueller










Monday, February 4, 2013

DIY Video - Die Cut Mug


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes for When Creativity Knocks I shared a technique for creating customized mugs with die cuts and more.  

"Heart on Your Sleeve" Cuff Bracelet

Good bye January and hello February!  Another month closer to SPRING!  It's time for the monthly Designer Craft Blog Connection hop!  This month our theme is "Love".  Be sure to follow the link in the column on the right to see what other "lovely" projects the designers are sharing this month! Also, in celebration of March being National Craft Month, Julie McGuffee is going a giveaway of a selection of Fabscraps products featured on her show Scrapbook Soup!  And next Monday, be sure to pop in and see what the participating designers are sharing as part of the manufacturer challenge this month sponsored by Buttons Galore & More.  - Cindi

Materials:

Industrial Chic™ by Susan Lenart Kazmer™ changeable cuff bracelet
ICE Resin®, Jewelers Grade Molding Putty, Opaque Silk Ribbon
Earth Safe Finishes™ Gold Shimmer Opaque
ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever
Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment - Micropearl
Filigree heart charm
Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

ICE Resin’s® molding putty should come with a warning - it’s addictive!  One of my many molds was made by mixing two equal parts of the putty components and inserting a heart filigree charm.

Mix ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions.  Add Micropearl Pearl Ex Powdered
The result is a pearlized finish in your molded piece (this is the back)
Pigment in small amounts until desired opacity is achieved.  Pour into mold Let cure.


Use finger tip to apply gold Earth Safe Finishes™ Shimmer Opaque to the raised filigree areas on the molded heart.












Unscrew and remove elements from top of changeable cuff bracelet.  Set aside for another project.

Use jewelry pliers to cut screw back to approximately 1/8” from bracelet.

Cut length of wide red opaque silk ribbon to fit cuff.

Apply Best Glue Ever to center of bracelet, horizontally across entire surface.  Let dry until clear, yet still tacky. 

Mount ribbon, pushing screw through center.

Apply Best Glue Ever to center of bracelet around screw.  Let dry until clear, but still tacky.

Press molded heart onto center of bracelet, using light force to push screw into back of resin, and adhering to glue.








Saturday, February 2, 2013

Connie Crystal Valentine Key Ring

Find out how I used Connie Crystal and ICE Resin products to create this Valentine key ring (or pendant!) at the Connie Crystal blog:  http://sparklebycc.com/be-mine-valentine-key-ring/

Song in my Heart Valentine Key Ring

Find out how I used Connie Crystal and ICE Resin products to create this Valentine key ring (or pendant!) at the Connie Crystal blog:  http://sparklebycc.com/be-mine-valentine-key-ring/


“Escape” Lanyard Holder


Designed for Connie Crystal 

by Cindi Bisson 
Behind These Eyes™
www.fatcatcreations.blogspot.com


Tropical colors, flowers, and a reminder to “Escape” adorn this sparkling mixed-media badge holder I wore at the recent CHA trade show in Anaheim. 

Supplies:

Connie Crystal - 2.5” rectangle crystal, quartz rosebud beads, aquamarine rectangular seashell beads, 8mm red crystal beads,
ICE Resin Silk Ribbons
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Seaside Holiday paper
JudiKins Diamond Glaze
Jump rings, eye pins, alligator clasp for badge holder, jewelry pliers, brass leaf charms, brass chandelier charm, scissors, needle

Instructions:

Measure and cut silk ribbons to desired length.

Trace rectangle crystal over “Escape” on patterned paper.  Cut out and mount to flat back of crystal using JudiKins Diamond Glaze.  Seal outside of paper with glaze.  Let dry.

Use pin to push through holes in crystal and paper.

Add large jump ring to bottom of rectangle crystal, add alligator clasp.

String red crystal, aquamarine seashell bead, then quartz rosebud onto eye pin.   Repeat to create 2.

Place 4 small brass leaf charms onto 4 small jump rings, mount beneath rosebud.

Add jump ring to top of rectangle crystal, add brass chandelier charm. 

Mount two beaded pieces to chandelier charm. 

Add jump ring to end of each beaded piece, and add to silk ribbons.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Quick & Easy Eyeglasses Case with Phoomph!


Coats & Clark® Phoomph and Shannon Fabrics® Cuddle fabric are paired for a simple, soft, funky eyeglasses case you can make in about a half hour. 

Materials:

• Coats & Clark® Phoomph (www.coatsandclark.com)
• Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Jaguar Brown & Tan fabric (www.shannonfabrics.com)
• Crop-A-Dile punch (www.wermemorykeepers.com)
• Beacon® Fabri-Tac Adhesive (www.beaconadhesives.com)
• Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors (www.westcottbrand.com)

Instructions: 

1. Measure and cut two 6” x 7” pieces of Jaquar Cuddle fabric.



2. Cut 6” x 6” square of Phoomph.

3. Remove backing from one side of Phoomph, place onto outer edge of one piece of fabric.


4. Repeat on reverse side, with extra 2” extending off opposite edge.

5. Fold one 1” edge over edge, applying glue ONLY to outer 1” on each side, use Fabri-Tac adhesive to mount to inside (scissors inserted to show non-glued area).

6. Fold second 1” edge over to inside and glue with Fabri-Tac.

7. Fold fabric covered Phoomph in half, punch small holes through two outer edges every 1” for lacing.

8. Insert 2’ piece of black leather cording through two holes on BOTTOM edge (edge with “pocket”).   Add Fabri-Tac adhesive to outer 1” on each side, fold inward to meet in center and glue in place.  The result is a fabric bottom for your glasses pouch.



9. Continue lacing cording through holes, knot at outside of last set of holes, tie bow.