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, December 20, 2013

EZ-De's Blog Hop - Quilted Tree Ornament


EZ- De’s made creating this faux quilted tree ornament quick & simple to achieve. 

Be sure to follow through and visit the other participating designers to see what creative projects they have to share.
Materials: 

Ann Butler Designs EZ-De’s stamp sets- 1x3 Rails Set A #EZRA, Star Set A #EZSSA
ColorBox Crafter’s™ ink pads - Jungle, Bark
Linen fabric
Gold floss, needle, scissors
Blumenthal Lansing star buttons


Instructions: 

Ink 2 triangle stamps from star set with Limelight ink and stamp twice onto linen. 
Ink 3rd triangle stamp from star set with Jungle ink and stamp twice onto linen. 

Ink checkerboard rail stamp with Bark ink and stamp once onto linen. 

Heat set ink. 

Cut each stamped image from linen, leaving approximately 1/4” on all sides.

Gently fray edges around each image. 

Place two matching Limelight triangles back to back. 

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together, leaving an opening in the bottom edge for the trunk (rail image). 

Place two Jungle triangles back to back.  Insert top of first set of triangle between bottom of Jungle stamped triangle approximately 1/2” as shown.  

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together. 

Place second set of Limelight stamped triangles back to back.  Insert top of middle set of triangles between bottom approximately 1/2” as shown.  

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together. 

Fold Bark stamped rail in half to create truck.  Insert into opening on bottom of bottom triangle, leaving approximately 1” extending.  

Straight stitch around stamped image with gold floss, stitching two pieces together. 


Use gold floss to stitch star buttons on front and back top of tree, add floss loop for hanging. 












Friday, December 13, 2013

Flannel Blue Jay Ornament


Featured this week in Cindi's Simple Solutions at WCK.

Upcycled plaid flannel from an old shirt gets a new life as a primitive style bluejay ornament for your holiday tree. 


Materials: 
Plaid flannel material
Twine
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
Blumenthal Lansing   small white buttons
Blue embroidery floss & embroidery needle 
Fiberfill stuffing
Scissors 

Instructions: 

Print bluejay pattern found on the internet (or freeform cut your birds as I did).  Cut two birds from plaid
flannel fabric (my fabric is from flannel shirt purchased at the local Goodwill store - one of my favorite
sources for fabric!). 
Stitch two birds together using embroidery floss, leaving an opening to stuff.  I wanted my stitching to 
show to add to the primitive feel, so I did not turn my stitched bird inside out to hide stitches before 
stuffing.  
Stuff bird and stitch closed. 
Cut piece of twine to hang bird, hot glue to top center of bird. 
Cut two pieces of twine and glue to sides of bird to create wings as shown. 

Glue button to each side of head for eyes. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last Minute Gifts

In the final episode of the first WCK All-Stars Designers' Holiday Series we bring you four unique ideas for last minute gifts.  Tune in and see what Ana Araujo, Judi Watanabe, Jonathan Fong and I whip up with our supplies from Makin's Clay®, Blumenthal Lansing, Rit, Beacon Adhesives, Spellbinders, JudiKins, Etchall, Smoothfoam, and Clearsnap.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Burlap & Wooden Snowflake Ornament

I love burlap!  The rustic, country feeling it brings, the texture, and the neutral color that goes with any color scheme.   I've been having fun creating holiday ornaments this year with burlap and Smoothfoam™ - here's my latest creation!


Rustic Burlap Snowflake Ornaments 

Add these rustic burlap ornaments to your country Christmas tree for a homespun holiday feel. 

Materials: 

Smoothfoam™ ball 
Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings™ - Wooden Snowflakes 
Burlap
1” brown grossgrain ribbon
Jute ric-rac trim 
Twine
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
Scissors 

Instructions: 

Cut burlap square approximately 8” x 8”.  

Place Smoothfoam™ ball in center of square with hole on top.  Add hot glue around hole, fold four corners of burlap upward and mount to ball.  Fold remaining burlap over and glue to side of ball.  

Cut piece of twine for hanging ornament, hot glue ends into hole in top of ball. 

Gather edges of burlap, tie together tightly around twine loop with additional piece of twine. 

Mount brown ribbon around center of ball.  

Mount jute ric-rac centered on brown ribbon. 

Mount wooden Blumenthal Lansing snowflake in center over ric-rac. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Flannel Yo-Yo Heart Ornament

Here's another quick holiday tree decoration I created for Cindi's Simple Solutions at
When Creativity Knocks!  Clover's heart yo-yo maker, and Blumenthal Lansing buttons made it easy! Find the instructions here.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Trim the Tree with WCK's All-Star Designers' Holiday Series

Another episode of the WCK All-Star Designers' Holiday Series is now live and you'll discover 5 fun ways to add a hand-made touch to your holiday tree!  We start with Jonathan Fong and a clever garland, then Mark Montano shares his "armored" holiday ball, Judi Watanabe brings us a beautiful golden ornament, Ana Araujo makes a fun snow globe, and I create a stuffed cardinal ornament.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdLiCy2R0s&feature=c4-overview&list=UU43BR4nhkkM43cM73d_X19w


Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Tablescape Ideas

The WCK All-Stars' Designer Holiday series continues with an episode full of ideas for using a wide variety of products to create a great holiday tables cape.  We've got a fun centerpiece created by Jonathan Fong, fabulous etched glassware by Mark Montano, beautiful place designed by Judi Watanabe, a tablecloth and matching napkins designed by Ana Araujo, and whimsical star party favor boxes I created for the table.   Products from our sponsors - Spellbinders, Rit Dye, Blumenthal Lansing, Etchall, Makin's Clay, Beacon Adhesives, JudiKins, Smoothfoam and Clearsnap are featured in this video and you are sure to find an idea to inspire you!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bella Crafts Quarterly Winter Issue - I'm a "Blog Star"

I'm excited to be featured as one of the Blog Stars in the winter 2013 issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly
magazine!  Check out this free magazine full of creative projects here -


http://bellacraftsquarterly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/BCQ-Winter-2013-Simple-Pleasures-Issue-website.pdf

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Feeling Frosty Winter Home Decor

The When Creativity Knocks All-Stars' Designer Holiday series is rolling along and in this episode I show you how to combine Etchall, Rit Dye, Spellbinders, Makin's Clay, Beacon Adhesives, JudiKins Roxs, and Smoothfoam, Clearsnap Smooch Glitz and more create two home decor pieces for the holidays, and all winter long.   Here's the YouTube link, or follow the direct link to view the episode on WCK's site below.





Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Burlap & Twine Holiday Tree Decorations


This week I'm sharing two ornaments with a rustic, country Christmas feel.  You can find instructions for this first one on the Smoothfoam blog.     Instructions for the smaller twine ornament with the cute Blumenthal Lansing snowflake button can be found in Cindi's Simple Solutions at When Creativity Knocks.