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!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

She Makes Dirty Words Sound Pretty!

Another fun verse from one of KellyCraft's Jimbo Lojik™ stamp line - find the instructions on how to make this simple card at the KellyCraft blog here. 

WCK DIY Video - New Year's Eve Party Stars


In this episode of the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers Holiday 2014 Series Judi Watanabe and I share ideas for preparing for New Year's Eve!  I created "party stars" with products from a variety of series sponsors. 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Creatively Crafty with Cindi Bisson - Clay Gift Tag Ornaments

 

In this episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi Bisson I'm showing you how to make gift tags that double as ornaments with Makin's Clay®, stamps from KellyCraft Innovations, and and just a little bling from The Buckle Boutique!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Duck Commander® & Makin's Clay® Ornaments

Have friends or family that love to watch Duck Dynasty® or just love the Robertson family values? 
Make them a fun set of holiday ornaments to trim their tree with Makin's Clay® and Duck Commander® stamps from KellyCraft™.

Materials:

KellyCraft™
Duck Commander® Wood - Faith, Family, Ducks
Duck Commander® Wood - Duckaholics Anonymous        
Duck Commander® Clear Polymer Set 1
KellyCraft™- Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
                     - Multi-Mat™
Makin's Clay® - White
Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Gold
Black Staz-On Inkpad
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick scissors
Jute twine, ribbons or dyed fabric strips

Instructions:

1. Remove white clay from packaging and use Ultimate Clay Machine® to roll to approximately 1/8" thick.  Place on Multi-Mat™ (the non-stick, self-healing Multi-Mat™ is the perfect surface for working with the clay!).

2. Ink stamps with black Staz-On ink and stamp onto clay.

3. Use star cutters to cut around stamped images.

4. Use duck cutter to cut shape.

5. Ink "Faith Family Ducks" stamp with black ink.  Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align stamping and cover surface of duck shape.

6. Use straw to make holes for hanging ornaments.

7. Use fingertip to apply gold Metallic Lustre around outside edges of stars, allowing some to overlap onto ornament front, and apply sparingly over surface of duck ornament over stamped text.

8. Add jute twine, coordinating ribbons or dyed fabric strips (I dyed white cotton sheet fabric with Rit Dye to create these strips - I often use excess dye used for other projects to dye extra fabric to use for ribbon in future projects).





Monday, December 15, 2014

Cookies for Santa Etched Glass Plate


Surprise a special little one in your life with a gift before Christmas with this etched glass Cookies for Santa plate.   

Materials:

Glass plate
etchall® - Etching Cream
      - Designer Tip Kit
DecoArt® - Americana® Gloss            Enamels® Re-Usable Stick On Alphabet Stencils 
- Glass Paint Markers™ - Red, White,Gold, Silver, Citron 
Darice® Santa and trees brass stencils 
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors 
Duct tape, paper towels  




Instructions:

1. Trimming around letters as needed, on inside/front of plate spell out “COOKIES FOR SANTA” along top curved edge.  (As I only had 1 alphabet set, I had to etch the first set of letters, then go back and etch my “o” in FOR, etc….)

2. Use duct tape to hold brass Santa stencil in center of plate.  Fill designer tip kit bottle with etchall® creme, apply cream over letter stencils, then fill in brass stencil, lift and remove stencil, carefully removing any creme that may have bled beneath stencil.   Let set 15 minutes, then rinse to remove creme  (etchall® creme is re-usable, and can be returned to the jar for use another time - but for this small amount, I chose to just remove the cream while washing instead.)

3. Use tape to hold brass tree stencil in place next to Santa image, apply creme, lift to remove stencil, carefully removing any creme that may have bled beneath stencil.   Let set 15 minutes, then rinse to remove creme.  Repeat for additional trees.  Wash plate thoroughly and let dry.


4. Use DecoArt® paint markers to add dots around Santa, star, and trees to highlight etched areas.   Also add dot holly sprigs around words as desired.  


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Floral Impressions Pendant and Earrings

I'm excited to be a part of the ETI® and Ann Butler Designs™ blog hop today!   I created this "Floral Impressions" pendant and earring set with a variety of ETI products, and the impressionistic flowers were "painted" with Ann Butler's Iridiescents from Earth Safe Finishes.


Please visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered for the blog candy prize (US Residents only due to the liquids included in the prize package.) YES, a comment on EACH blog gets you an entry for the prize package shown below!  Share the fun with your friends!  We will pick a winner on Saturday the 20th and announced on the Ann Butler and ETI blogs.  Again, be sure to visit all the sites and leave a comment.  The prize package includes EasyCast, Jewelry Resin, Mold, Resin Spray, 2 Colors, and all 4 1" Faux Quilting Stamp Sets! 


Materials:

EnviroTex® - Jewelry Resin
                   - Jewelry Clay®
                   - Castin Craft Mold Release Conditioner
                   - EasyCast Resin Jewelry Mold                 
Ann Butler Designs™ Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents - Skylar, Limelight, Lipgloss
DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ - Fuchsia, Citron 
JudiKins™ Floral Fabric Patterns Cube 
Silver jewelry findings 
Pink dyed silk ribbon 
Jewelry pliers, wax paper

Instructions:

1. Following manufacturer instructions, mix EnviroTex® Jewelry Clay®.  

2. Spray mold with release conditioner, place jewelry clay in large oval and 2 small ovals.  Press silver ring into top of each oval, with top extending over oval to act as hanging loop - clay will adhere and hold in place.  

3.  Before clay sets and hardens, carefully remove ovals from mold.  Paint with one coat of Skylar Iridescents.  

4. Apply Lipgloss and Limelight Iridescents directly to floral image on stamp.   Stamp into each oval, pressing lightly to transfer image and leave an impression of the image in the clay.  Let clay dry and cure. 

5. Use markers to add highlights to the stamped flowers and leaves.    

6. Mix approximately 5cc EnviroTex® jewelry resin according to manufacturer instructions.  Place pieces on wax paper, and coat with thin layer of resin.  Let dry. 

7. Add silk ribbon to pendant, and add jewelry closures.  Add jump rings and french wires to earrings.  


Friday, December 12, 2014

Customized Etched Hot Chocolate Mug

Materials:

  • Glass mug 
  • etchall® – Etching Cream 
    • Designer Tip Kit
    • Etchmask® sheets 
  • DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels alphabet stencils 
  • Spellbinders® 
    • Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
    •  Snowflake dies  
  • Chocolate chips, vegetable shortening, plastic spoon, mini marshmallows, plastic wrap, ribbon, blue sugar crystals, instant hot chocolate packet, microwave safe bowl, microwave, scissors, measuring spoons 
Instructions:
 
  1. Apply reusable alphabet stencils to mug to spell out name of child and “hot chocolate”. 
  2. Fill small bottle from Designer Tip Kit with etchall® creme and apply creme directly over opening in stencils.  Let set 15 minutes, then rinse to remove creme and remove stencils from mug. (Note:  etchall® creme is reusable, it can be returned to the bottle for use another time – due to the small amount used on this project, I didn’t return it to the bottle – but washed it away instead). 
  3. Use Artisan X-plorer™ and snowflake dies to cut several snowflakes from etchmask®.  
  4. Save your etchmask® snowflakes for another project.  Trim around negative space left from die cut snowflakes and place onto mug. 
  5. Use Designer Tip bottle to apply etching cream to open space on snowflakes.  Let set 15 minutes and rinse.  Remove snowflake stencils.  
  6. Wash etched mug thoroughly and let dry. 
  7. Melt approximately 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and 1/4 tsp vegetable shortening in a microwave safe bowl.
  8. Microwave approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt chips.  Stir melted chips and shortening until smooth. 
  9. Dip plastic spoon in melted chocolate to coat.  Sprinkle with blue sugar crystals.  Set onto wax paper to cool and harden. 
  10. Wrap about 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows in plastic wrap and tie with a decorative ribbon.  Cover chocolate spoon with plastic wrap and tie with ribbon.   Place marshmallows, spoon and package of instant hot chocolate mix into mug and give to your favorite little one to enjoy a warm chocolatey treat on a frosty winter day!  

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stained Glass Mosaic Smoothfoam™ Ornaments

It's time for the Smoothfoam™ Holiday Ball!   Follow through the links here on their site to see tons of creative holiday projects made with Smoothfoam™ balls!   For my project I made stained glass mosaic ornaments - you can view the full tutorial in my Creatively Crafty video linked below from my YouTube channel!  









Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Peace in the Evergreens Etched Glass Votive Holder

When you light a candle in this etched glass votive holder embellished with real evergreens you’ll bring a warm holiday glow to your mantle. I found the original idea of adding evergreens to a candle holder in a Facebook post and decided to give it a try. My version features an etched glass votive with PEACE stenciled in metallic paint to soften the glow of the candle. The original post was just photos – I’ve included stepped-out instructions and some tips on what worked, and what didn’t, to make the process a bit easier for you to recreate.  
 

Materials: 

  • Glass votive holder 
  • etchall® Etching Cream 
  • DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics® paint – Shimmering Silver 
  • DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels® Reusable Stick-On Stencils™ – Inspiration 
  • Design Master® Tack 2000 Spray Adhesive 
  • Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors 
  • Tea light candle, or battery operated tea light candle 
  • Fresh evergreens
  • Foam brush, fine paint brush
  • Silver ribbon 
 
Instructions: 


  1. Coat outside of votive holder with etchall® etching cream. Let set 15 minutes.  
  2. Use brush to return most of etching cream to the bottle. Rinse to remove remaining cream. Dry votive holder. 
  3. Use stencil to paint “PEACE” with silver paint onto etched votive. Let dry. 
  4. Break evergreens into small pieces.  In a well ventilated area, spray with Tack 2000 spray.   
  5. Place evergreens around votive surrounding PEACE.  TIP – To help evergreens stick to the votive, I found it helpful to place a piece of parchment paper or a transparency over the evergreens and press with my hand until they stuck. Another word of advice – I thought I’d try using quick grab tacky glue to mount the evergreens – this did not work – the spray adhesive made it much easier. 
  6. Trim bottoms of evergreens at base of votive.  Insert candle and watch the peaceful glow among the evergreens. TIP – the fire danger is minimal since the evergreens are on the outside of the glass votive holder, however, if you want to be even safer, use a battery operated tea light candle instead of a real candle.  
  7. BUT WAIT…. THERE’S MORE….. SO NOW FOR THE CRAFT FAIL PART…… I lit my candle
    and set this pretty votive holder on the mantle.    When I came back half an hour later, the heat from the candle had caused the evergreens to pull away from the glass. Drat!  On to plan B – a pretty piece of silver ribbon wrapped and tied around the evergreens to hold  them in place.  You still get the effect of the evergreens, but no worries about them falling off lol! The moral of the story….. the spray adhesive still makes it easier to hold the evergreens in place while you tie the ribbon – so step 4 is still worthwhile – just add some ribbon as a back-up.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Decoupaged Ornaments Cluster Swag

The theme for this month's Designer Craft Connection blog hop is "last minute" holiday decorations.  This simple cluster swag is easy to make with just a few materials.  You can use patterned paper, fabric, or decorative holiday napkins like these I found in the $1
bin at the local craft chain store!   

Be sure to click through the Designer Craft Connection link in the right column to see what other projects participating designers are sharing! 

Materials:

Three 4" Smoothfoam™ balls
FloraCraft SimpleStyle™ Burlap Garland
Beacon Adhesives® Fast Finish Decoupage 
Aleene's® Fast Grab Tacky Glue 
Jute 
Foam brush





Instructions: 

1) Tear decorative napkins into assorted pieces about 2".   Pour Fast Finish Decoupage in bowl and use foam brush to apply to each Smoothfoam™ ball, then apply napkin pieces to ball, leaving hole in ball open, overlapping to cover the balls.  Coat surface each covered ball with Fast Finish Decoupage to seal.  Let dry. 

2) Cut 3 strands of jute 16", 3 strands 13" and 3 strands 10".  
Squeeze Fast Grab Tacky Glue into hole in ball, twist ends of each group of jute strands, insert into hole (use tip of scissor if needed to push strands into hole).  Let dry. 








3) Make large bow from burlap garland.   Insert piece of wire through back of bow loop and twist to create hanger loop.  Tie ends of jute together and tie to wire loop on back of bow.   











Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rustic Rudolph Burlap Wreath


In my Cindi's Simple Solutions article for When Creativity Knocks this week I'm sharing this Rustic Rudolph Burlap Wreath.  

I first saw a version of this adorable wreath on Pinterest - the one shown had red antlers made with those red glitter coated plastic "greens" you can get at the local chain craft stores now in any color of the rainbow.  Since I'm more of a "rustic" decorator - I went for the natural solution of tree branches for antlers!  But even I couldn't resist making a glittery red nose for him! 

Materials:

Instructions:



  1. Fold end of burlap garland in half.  Insert through inner ring of wire wreath frame.  Use wire to hold in place. 
  2. Push loop of burlap ribbon up through first inner ring space, then up through middle ring space, and the up through outer ring space.  Turn wreath over. 
  3. Push loops together.  Twist end of ribbon on outside ring, bring down and push back through bottom inner ring space, then up through middle and then up through outer, repeat until wreath is covered.
  4. Cut ribbon and use wire to tie in place on outer ring.
  5. Coat Smoothfoam™ ball with Diamond Glaze, pour red fine glitter to cover ball.  Let dry. 
  6. Coat glittered ball with second coat of Diamond Glaze.  
  7. Cut two branches for antlers. 
  8. Wire in place on back of wreath.  
  9. Use Tacky Glue to mount nose to bottom center of wreath. 
  10. Tie bow, wire to bottom center of wreath beneath nose. 
  11. Add wire loop at top center to hang wreath.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crafty Superstar at Cut Out and Keep!


I'm excited to announce that I'm featured this week on the Cut Out and Keep website as their "Crafty Superstar!"   Each day they are sharing a project with their viewers.  There will be projects using many of my favorite products so stay tuned!  Day 1 is my Bloom vase made with Etchall®!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Burlap & Acorn Candle Stand Centerpiece

I created this candle stand centerpiece with acorns gathered from our yard, Smoothfoam™ and Burlapfabric.com burlap!  Find the full instructions in this Cindi's Simple Solutions article at WCK - http://whencreativityknocks.net/projects/burlap-and-candle-stand-centerpiece/
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I Don't Have an Attitude Problem Card

Looking for stamps to make cards that are sure to make someone smile or give them a good laugh for the day?  Check out the Jimbo Lojik™ line from KellyCraft Innovations!   Find the how-to on how I created this card on their blog - http://www.kellycraftblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/i-dont-have-attitude-problem-diva-card.html

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lunchbox Lovenotes


Cards don't have to be just for special occasions.  Why not make someone special smile with a little extra addition to their lunchbox?  A simple handmade card with a fun message is sure to help brighten their day! 













Materials:

KellyCraft™ - Jimbo Lojik™ stamps - Set A 
            - Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
            - Multi-Mat™
Green, black card stock
Patterned paper 
Westcott® TrimAir Premium Titanium Paper Trimmer, Titanium Non-Stick Scissors 
Beacon® Tacky Glue 
Clearsnap® Color Box™ Archival Dye ink pad - Midnight
Blumenthal Lansing turquoise heart button 
Toner® CraftLace™ - Aqua, black 

Instructions:


This card is super simple to make - just a few supplies are needed. The KellyCraft™ Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square makes it easier than ever to quickly align all the elements on your projects, and the Jimbo Lojik™ stamps give you a great assortment of eclectic verses to bring a smile to someone’s face.   CraftLace™ is a great unexpected product to use for embellishing cards of any type. 

Cut green card stock to 4” x 8”.  Fold in half to make card. 

Cut black card stock to 3 3/4” x 3 3/4”.  Cut patterned paper to 3 1/2” x 3 1/2”.   Mount patterned paper to black mat with Tacky Glue.  

Ink “You’re the type of boy I’d make a sandwich for” stamp, use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to stamp straight onto green card stock.  Trim around verse.  Cut black mat to fit beneath verse. 

Cut 2 pieces of aqua and one piece of black CraftLace™ about 6” long.  String heart button onto black lace.  With button centered, tie 3 pieces of CraftLace™ together with a knot on each end, so you end up with an embellishment about 4” long for the side of the card.  

Align all the elements of the card with the Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square and mount to card front.  


Glue button and CraftLace™ embellishment to left side of card front as shown. 

Thank You to All Who Served!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Celebrate Every Day with Etched Glass Tumblers


Celebrate Every Day with Etched Glass Tumblers 

With etchall® etching cream and a DecoArt® stencil you can easily transform everyday drinking glasses into something special.   These would be a great housewarming gift or keep them to use yourself and remember to celebrate not just the holidays, but every day!

Materials:

etchall® etching cream (www.etchall.com)
DecoArt® Stencil Americana Glass 6"x 8" Inspiration
Glass tumblers 
Fine paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Apply stencil to tumbler.  
  2. Use paintbrush to apply etchall® cream to each letter.  You can simply apply the cream to the entire stencil surface, but I prefer the control of using a paintbrush to ensure an even application over each letter, and there is less chance of the cream sliding off the edge of the stencil onto the glass. 
  3. Let set 15 minutes.  Use paintbrush to remove cream and return to bottle.  
  4. Rinse glass, remove stencil and continue washing to remove all remaining cream residue.







Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cool2Cast by Tiffany Windsor eBook Review





This ebook published by Bella Crafts Publishing, LLC, is 104 pages of useful information and colorful inspiration for projects using Cool2Cast™.   Author Tiffany Windsor begins with basic information on how to use the product, then delves into some fun options for casting unique embellishments with a variety of other mediums.  Different coloring options are also explored.   All instructions are written in a clear, easy to follow format and include color step-out photos to guide the reader through recreating the techniques highlighted.  Links to how-to videos featured on YouTube are included for those who would like to see the product in action. Lots of colorful photos featuring project examples are shown in the book, some of which include clickable links to project instructions from the designers who created the pieces.  This Cool2Cast ebook definitely opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of Cool2Cast™ and grabbed the attention of my creative muse and I am anxious to try using the product to create something unique in my future projects.

Download your copy of Cool2Cast™ here.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WCK DIY Video - Peacocks & Pinecones Thanksgiving Place Setting


In this week's episode of the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers 2014 Holiday Series, I share a unique place setting for your Thanksgiving table. 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Say THANKS to a Friend with a Laugh

This month's Designer Craft Connection blog hop theme is Thank You cards & Gifts.   This card, created with Graphic 45 papers, The Buckle Boutique bling, and a humorous saying stamp from KellyCraft's® Jimbo Lojik™ stamp line is a fun way to say thanks to a friend for having your back during tough times!

Be sure to click on the the Designer Craft Connection icon in the column on the right to see what other creative ways the Designers have found to say THANKS!



Materials: 

KellyCraft™ Innovations Jimbo Lojik Stamps - Set A
KellyCraft™ Innovations Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square & Multi-Mat™
Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess collection
Clearsnap® Crafter's Ink - Stone
The Buckle Boutique Gold Rectangle Dazzling Diamond self-adhesive rhinestone sheet
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors & Self-Healing Mat
AdTech dot runner
Black, rust card stock
Gold photo corners

Instructions: 

1. Cut black yardstick to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" and fold in half to form card.

2. Cut piece of rust patterned paper approximately 4 x 5 1/4".   Use Get-it-Straight™ laser square to mount centered on front of card.


3. Cut woman dressing image from paper, ink edges with Stone ink pad.  Add gold photo corners.

4. Cut mat from rust card stock slightly larger than image. Use Get-it-Straight™ laser square to mount image centered on mat.

5. Cut strip of Dazzling Diamonds about 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".  Use  Get-it-Straight™ laser square to align and then mount onto front of card.

6. Use Get-it-Straight™ laser square to align and mount woman image on left front of card as shown.


7. Ink "Put your BIG Girl Panties on and DEAL with it!" stamp with Stone ink.  Stamp onto tan parchment card stock.  Trim around verse.  Ink edges of verse.   

8.  Cut mat for verse from rust card stock.  Mont verse to mat, use  Get-it-Straight™ laser square to mount verse  onto center of card slightly overlapping woman image.  









Friday, October 31, 2014

Day of the Dead Earrings

Projects celebrating the Day of the Dead are growing in popularity!  Wear these bright and colorful skull & rose earrings and you’ll be right in style. I made these Day of the Dead Earrings for my most recent Cindi's Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks.  You can find the full instructions here.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Graveyard Cupcake Stand


Create a ghoulish display for your Halloween cupcakes with this Graveyard Cupcake Stand!   Rowlux Illusion Film is the perfect "pool of blood" to highlight your baked goodies.  This faux stone stand can also be customized easily for any occasion by changing the ribbon around the top.  

Materials: 

Smoothfoam™ - 10” Disc, 6” disc, 3” cube 
AdTech™ hot glue gun & glue sticks for foam 
Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine & Graveyard Scenes and Shapes www.spellbinderspaperarts.com 
Rowlux® Illusion Film - Red Serpentine
PlastiKote Fleckstone Spray Paint - Manhatten Mist  
1” black ribbon 
Dark grey card stock
Clearsnap® Colorbox Crafter’s® Ink - Night 
Westcott® TrimAir Premium Titanium Paper Trimmer,  Titanium Non-Stick Scissors 
2 straight pins, pencil 



Instructions: 

Step 1:  Paint Smoothfoam™ discs and cube with texture spray paint.  Let dry. 

Step 2:  Follow manufacturer instructions to use Spellbinders® Artisan Explorer and Graveyard die set to cut 6 of the graveyard strips and desired number of headstones and skull and crossbones from dark grey card stock. 

Step 3:  Lightly ink die cut pieces with black ink to shade embossed areas. 

Step 4:  Use hot glue to mount cube to 6” disc base and 10” disc top.  Add ribbon around outer edge using straight pins at each end  so ribbon is removable.  This allows for versatility with your faux stone cake stand - change the ribbon and change the theme easily. 

Step 5:  Hot glue graveyard strips onto ribbon around rim of top of stand. 

Step 6:  Trace 8” circle onto red Rowlux® Illusion Film and cut out. 

Step 7:  Hot glue toothpicks to back of each gravestone and skull and crossbones.   Insert into the tops of frosted cupcakes. 

Step 8:  Place Rowlux® circle onto top of stand - do not glue in place - this way it can be removed for washing or changing for other occasions.   Add your cupcakes to your stand.