Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

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 almost 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, March 31, 2013

Elegant Evening Bag with Makin's Clay & Connie Crystal


Get ready for that special event by creating your own custom evening bag.   This bag combines Makin's Clay® and Connie Crystal for a touch of glamour.  There are some techniques used on this bag that might surprise you!  Find the instructions here on the Connie Crystal blog. 



Faith is the Bird Mixed Media Pendant



It is such an honor for me to be part of the ICE Resin® Special Projects Team.  I love creating with their resin and their other wonderful assortment of creative ephemera!   And I really enjoy how the resin works so well with some of other favorite products, like Makin's Clay which I used to create these tiny birds eggs for the nest. My latest project is a celebration of spring - it's a multi-dimensional, mixed-media pendant inspired by the quote from a Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text sticker verse - find the instructions here on the ICE Resin® blog.


Faith is a Bird Mixed-Media Pendant




It is such an honor for me to be part of the ICE Resin® Special Projects Team.  I love creating with their resin and their other wonderful assortment of creative ephemera!   And I really enjoy how the resin works so well with some of other favorite products, like Makin's Clay which I used to create these tiny birds eggs for the nest. My latest project is a celebration of spring - it's a multi-dimensional, mixed-media pendant inspired by the quote from a Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text sticker verse - find the instructions here on the ICE Resin® blog - http://iceresin.com/icequeen/2013/03/faith-is-the-bird-a-mixed-media-pendant-by-cindi-bisson/



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Captured Ocean Pendant

The latest episode of my series "Behind These Eyes" is now live on the When Creativity Knocks website - learn how I made this "Captured Ocean" pendant with ICE Resin®, Rit Liquid Dye and more - http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/videos/view/Behind-These-Eyes-Ocean-Pendant


Monday, March 25, 2013

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Ocean Pendant


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing my technique for creating this amazing captured ocean pendant!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ladybug Tic-Tac-Toe with Smoothfoam!

I'm having a blast crafting with Smoothfoam!  My latest project is featured on their blog - Ladybug tic-tac-toe!  You can find the instructions here - http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/national-craft-month-ladybug-tic-tac-toe-game/.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ice Cream Cone Garland with Smoothfoam!

 
I've been having a lot of fun designing with Smoothfoam lately - and my latest project is now on their blog -


 http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/national-craft-month-ice-cream-cone-party-garland/

It's an ice cream cone party garland - and these little buggers look good enough to eat :0).   Want to find out how to make one of your own?  Check out the Smoothfoam blog!

Also -

Want a chance to WIN $100 worth of Smoothfoam sheets and shapes? Just leave on comment on this project post (click the “replies” link) - http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/national-craft-month-ice-cream-cone-party-garland/ - and come back to the Smoothfoam blog to leave a comment on every post in March to enter! That’s up to 31 chances to win…good luck!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Faux Chocolates - New Episode of Behind These Eyes

My latest episode of Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks is now live - find out how I created these everlasting chocolate rabbits and create some of your own! 

http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/videos/view/Behind-These-Eyes-Faux-Chocolates

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tropical Topiary made with Smoothfoam!

I've got a new project posted on the Smoothfoam blog - find the instructions to make your own tropical hibiscus topiary at this link -

http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/national-craft-month-tropical-hibiscus-topiary/

Plus - Want a chance to WIN $100 worth of Smoothfoam sheets and shapes? Just leave on comment on the Smoothfoam blog on the linked post (click the “replies” link below) and come back to their blog and leave a comment on every post in March to enter! That’s up to 31 chances to win…good luck!

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Faux Chocolates


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing how to create fun faux chocolates with Makin's Clay® and ICE Resin® molding putty. 


Monday, March 4, 2013

A Favorite Technique - Floating Chalk Backgrounds




March is National Craft Month!!!  The Designer Craft Connection blog group  is celebrating by bringing you some of our favorite techniques this month.   I'm sharing what certainly isn't a new technique to many stampers, but it's one of my favorites and one I fall back to time and time again when I want pretty and unique background papers for my paper crafting projects.  Be sure to follow the DCC link in the column on the right to see what the other participating designers have shared this month!   




I think all colors are beautiful – my preferences change as often as my moods these days.  Sometimes I crave cobalt blue, rich browns and deep mossy greens.  Sometimes vibrant red, black & white.  This time of year as spring approaches I find myself reaching for sunshine yellow tones.  Every so often, pastels call out to me.  However; whether it’s my toenail polish, or my artwork, I always seem to gravitate back to shades of blue-greens:  teal, aquamarine, turquoise, sea glass blues & greens.  The colors of the Caribbean sea always brighten my day.  

Colorful floating chalk backgrounds are very easy to create!  While you may start with the same colors, no two pieces of this unique paper will ever be identical.  The way the colors blend and swirl is just beautiful.

Materials:

Decorator chalks
Craft blade
Shallow baking dish
Water
White cardstock cut to fit in baking dish

Instructions:

Place approximately ½” of water into the baking dish.  Set aside.
 
Choose 2-3 shades of complementary colored chalks.  Use craft knife blade to gently scrape first color of chalk onto the top of the water.  Be careful not to “chunk” it – as the larger pieces will simply sink.  You want a fine powder of chalk floating on the surface of the water.

Repeat with 2nd and 3rd colors.





Place cardstock face down onto water and press gently.  Do not push onto the bottom of the baking dish.  Just let the cardstock float on the surface.  Wait about 5 seconds - it will begin to curl back from the water.  Gently lift out of the water and set aside to dry.  

To speed up drying time, use a heat tool.  If cardstock is curled, iron on low setting to flatten.
No fixative is needed.

Repeat steps 2-3 to create additional pieces of background paper.

Add a bit of Pearl-Ex powders or use shimmering chalks for a sparkling effect.  Try interference shades of Pearl-Ex powders on dark cardstock for a “galaxy” background.  Layer with coordinating cardstocks, stamp directly over the background, let your creative muse guide you!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Emerald Accents Mixed Media Bracelet featuring Connie Crystal


A wide variety of elements were used to create this mixed-media bracelet with touches of Emerald - Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year!! You can find the full instructions here on the Connie Crystal blog.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Mixed Media Ring


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I share my technique for creating a unique mixed-media ring with ICE Resin®.