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!

Friday, April 19, 2013

All Because of HGTV's Curb Appeal....

What happens when I have a lot of computer work to do, and I do it while HGTV is on and I see several episodes of Curb Appeal?   Well, I get into a frenzy and begin to work on the curb appeal of our house...... a week later, I'm *almost* there - a few more cushions to re-cover with fresh floral fabric, a few more plants to buy, power washing to do, finish repainting flower pots, and repainting of porch railings - but I got the wooden furniture repainted, painted the front door bright blue, did some container gardening, and I'm a roll!  Creativity comes in all forms - this is just another outlet of mine! - Cindi



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Slide Bracelets from Cousin®

My latest product review for When Creativity Knocks is a review of the new slide bracelet program from Cousin®.   

I also created a customized bracelet as part of my review, and the instructions are included.   For more inspiration from Designers featuring these slide bracelets - check out the Designer Craft Blog Connection link in the right column - last week many of the Designers shared fantastic ideas!

Here's the link - http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/articles/view/Slide-Bracelet-Program-by-Cousin

To create your own slide bracelet - check out the selection of options at a Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts near you - Cindi

Sunday, April 14, 2013

It's Spring! It's Spring! Bleeding Hearts Mixed-Media Canvas

This mixed-media canvas I created last year for Jacquard Products is one of my favorite pieces - the warm, sunny weather this weekend reminded me of how much I used to love it when the Bleeding Hearts popped out each spring when we lived in Maine.  I took this photo of my garden and used a variety of Jacquard Products to create the canvas.  A tutorial is available here on their site.

Happy Spring!  - Cindi

It's Spring! Bleeding Hearts Mixed-Media Canvas Featuring Jacquard Products

This mixed-media canvas I created last year for Jacquard Products is one of my favorite pieces - the warm, sunny weather this weekend reminded me of how much I used to love it when the Bleeding Hearts popped out each spring when we lived in Maine.  I took this photo of my garden and used a variety of Jacquard Products to create the canvas.  A tutorial is available here on their site.

Happy Spring!  - Cindi

Monday, April 8, 2013

Three New Papercrafting Tutorial Videos




I've got three new videos now posted on my YouTube channel - originally created for All But the Travel, these projects are now available for anyone to view and use for inspiration.    Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jkGLaLVAJM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB5Idyoymq0


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE7gs38fcuo


Monday, April 1, 2013

Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop - Flowers



It's April and time for the Designer Craft Blog Connection blog hop.  This month our theme was “flowers” - with the added challenge of creating our flowers from something we had around the house.  There are almost endless options if you really think about it - flowers made with newspaper, coffee filters, cupcake liners, paper towels, napkins, plastic grocery bags, paper bags, gift wrap, window screens, cardboard, chipboard from food boxes, even fabric from old clothes.   Be sure to hop through the links to see what the other participating designers are sharing by clicking on the on the DCC icon in the right column.   

This past week, I had a request to make some of those popular “high heel cupcakes” popping up these days.   Always eager to try something new in creative baking, I was happy to give it a whirl.   I changed my ideas for the decoration in my mind many times, eventually deciding I wanted flowers of some sort.  However, time was limited and I didn’t have enough time to make fondant flowers, and my hand decorating skills are lacking.   I scoured our pantry trying to spark an idea on what I could use to create colorful flowers, quickly, without heading off to the grocery store.  My answer?  Gummy worms.  Yes - gummy worms.   I discovered this little bag of sour worms matched the colors of the heels for the cupcakes (made with Airheads candy).  I cut 5 ends about 1/2” in each color, arranged them in a flower shape, and tinted some white chocolate chips purple to make centers.   Voila - sugary, colorful flowers without having to head to the grocery store or roll fondant.  

Why not look around your house to see what unexpected items you can use to create unique flowers for your creative projects?  - Cindi