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!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop - Spring Bloom Topiary

I am excited to be a part of the Ann Butler Designs blog hop!  In the midst of all this snow and ice in North Carolina, I felt like I needed a little touch of spring so I designed this cheerful flower topiary!  Be sure to check out the other participating designers to see what they've created too!


Cheryl Boglioli http://wp.me/p2zUiu-1cE


Materials: 

Ann Butler Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company - 1” Leaves All Over
Clearsnap® ColorBox Crafter’s® by Ann Butler - Lilac
White cotton fabric 
Lavender embroidery floss, needle 
1 1/4” Smoothfoam ball 
Yellow Blumenthal Lansing button 
Wooden skewer 
Darice tin watering can 
May Arts ribbon - yellow print, green print 
Beacon Adhesives Tacky Glue 
Iron 


Instructions: 

Ink 1” leaves stamp with Lilac ink, stamp 8 times on white cotton fabric.  Ink stripe stamp with Lilac ink, stamp 8 times on white cotton fabric.  Heat set with iron. 


Cut out each stamped square, leaving approximately 1/8” on all sides. 

Place 2 leave images back to back, straight stitch embroider around image.  Repeat with remaining stamped leave images and striped images. 

Use fingers to gently remove threads around stitching to create frayed edge. 

Thread each square, through one corner, onto needle, overlapping.   Fan out to create flower. 



Place small amount of tacky glue on yellow button.  Place in center of flower.   Embroider through flower ot hold in place. 

Place Smoothfoam ball into bottom of watering can with hole facing upward. 

Place small dab of glue on top of skewer, wrap with green ribbon.   Place strip of ribbon around stem, tie, then tie ends in knot to create leaf.  Repeat on other side. 

Insert skewer into ball. 

Glue flower to top of skewer.  

Tie strip of yellow ribbon around watering can ending with a bow. 

Add Spanish moss to top of watering can opening to cover ball. 





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lost in the Moment Valentine Spinner Card


The recipient will melt in your arms receiving this “Lost In The Moment” Valentine Card

Materials: 
  • TaDa Creative Studios patterned papers
  • Sage green bakers twine
  • KellyCraft™Jimbo Lojik Stamps – Set B
  • Blumenthal Lansing heart buttons
  • Beacon Adhesives® Tacky Glue
  • Clearsnap® ColorBox® Cat’s Eye® Chesnut ink
  • Westcott® paper trimmer & scissors
Instructions: 
1. Cut harlequin patterned paper to 5 1/2” x 11”.  Fold in half to form card.
2. Trace 4 1/2” circle on front of card, 1/4” from top edge.  Cut out.
3. Cut piece of plaid paper (to match inside of card) 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”.  Place on inside of card, trace cut out circle, and cut out.
4. Cut out three 2 3/4” hearts from heart paper.

5. Cut 5” piece of bakers twine, mount to center of circle, glueing inside card front.  Mount second piece with circle cut out over twine.
6. Fold each heart in half.  Placing twine in center of first heart, mount back to back, creating 3 sided heart.  The heart will now “spin” inside the circle opening.

7. Mount bakers twine around circle opening on outside of card.
8. Ink “Lost in this moment with you!” stamp with Chestnut ink. Stamp onto pink striped paper.  Trim around verse.  Ink edges with Chestnut ink.

9. Mount to bottom of card, with one edge extending into circle on top.
10. Add bakers twine to two small heart buttons, mount on either side of verse.