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!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Faux Cement Bowl with Smoothfoam

While spending some time on Pinterest searching garden decor ideas, I started to notice that I was really drawn to the cement bowls in all sizes.  Especially those with succulents displayed in them. I am part of the Smoothfoam™design team and we were recently challenged to create a spring/Easter project with one of their  hollow Smoothfoam™ spheres.  It was the perfect base for creating my own faux cement bowl!

Materials:

Hollow Smoothfoam™ sphere in size of choice
Smoothfoam™ disc for base of bowl
Westcott® craft knife
Emery board, marker, string/ribbon
Ad tech™ hot glue gun and foam glue sticks
Ad tech™ silicone finger guard
Plasti-Kote® Fleck Stone spray stone finish -  Manhattan Mist










Instructions:

Step 1:

Choose Smoothfoam™ hollow sphere and disc.

Step 2:

Use emery board (or sandpaper) to sand top rim of half of sphere.

Step 3:

Determine how high you want the sides of your bowl to be.  Measure from rim to base and place a mark where you will cut the sphere.  Using a piece of ribbon or string cut to the same length to place onto the curve of the sphere will simplify marking additional spots around the sphere.

Step 4:

Use craft knife to cut from mark to mark and remove the base of the sphere.

Step 5:

Use Ad tech low temp glue gun with foam glue sticks to glue disc to base of sphere.

Step 6:

Add hot glue around inside of sphere where disc connects.

Step 7:

Apply hot glue to outside of bowl where disc meets base,  while glue is still hot use silicone finger guard to smooth glue into crack and eliminate any excess glue.

Step 8:

Spray with Fleck Stone spray inside and outside of bowl.

Fill your finished bowl with Spanish moss and add faux succulents or special Easter eggs like these made from Smoothfoam™ (stay tuned to find out how these eggs were decorated!).

This is the bowl from Pinterest that inspired my faux version.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Garden Penny Ball with Smoothfoam


For my March Smoothfoam™ Design Team project I created my own penny ball for my garden!  Inspired from Pinterest!  Find full instructions on the Smoothfoam™ blog here.

 http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/put-a-penny-ball-in-your-garden/

Monday, March 17, 2014

Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Peeps Jewelry


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I am sharing how easy it is to create fun Peeps themed jewelry with Makin's Clay®.  


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Season of Green" Earrings



March is here and as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many, whether Irish or not, begin wearing green in celebration.  These “Season of Green” earrings which combine the sparkle of Connie Crystal with the texture of hand-made Makin’s Clay beads, along with a touch of the Leprechaun’s gold of course, are a great enhancement to any green ensemble whether formal or casual. 

Find the full instructions on how to create these earrings for yourself at the Connie Crystal blog and on the Makin's Clay blog.  

New Book Reviews

I've got two new book reviews on the When Creativity Knocks site - check them out here!




Season of Green Earrings

Find out how I combined Makin's Clay®, Connie Crystal & EarthSafe Finishes to create these Season of Green earrings today on the Makin's Clay® blog - http://makinsclayblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/season-of-green-earrings.html

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cupcake Mason Jar Treat Holder

Today I'm sharing the latest episode of When Creativity Knocks - I'm showing the attendees at the Smoothfoam booth at CHA how to create this adorable treat jar designed by Julie McGuffee!



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mini-Succulent Arrangement

My latest Cindi's Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks is this easy mini-succulent arrangement.

Season of Green Earrings




March is here and as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many, whether Irish or not, begin wearing green in celebration.  These “Season of Green” earrings which combine the sparkle of Connie Crystal with the texture of hand-made Makin’s Clay® beads, along with a touch of the Leprechaun’s gold of course, are a great enhancement to any green ensemble whether formal or casual.   These earrings are also featured here on the Connie Crystal blog - check their blog out for lots of creative projects with that special Connie Crystal sparkle! 
Materials: 
13mm Green Connie Crystals 
120g Green Makin’s Clay® 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder Deluxe Set 
Makin’s Professional® ClayCore® Extruder Adapters – Set A 
EarthSafe Finishes Iridescents by Ann Butler Designs – Green 
Scissors, jewelry pliers 
Goldtone jewelry head pins, French earring wires, goldtone bead findings
Instructions: 

Place each green Connie Crystal onto head pin.  Add gold finding bead.  Set aside. 

Place green Makin’s Clay® into Ultimate Clay Extruder, add ClayCore® adapter over clay,  place square extruding disc into cover and screw on to extruder.  The ClayCore® adapter lets you extrude beads with the holes already in them.  

Extrude square clay bead until all clay is used.  Remove from extruder. 

Use fingertip to apply even coat of green Iridescents to all sides of extruded bead.  Let dry approximately 24 hours.  

Use scissors to cut individual 3/4″ beads. 





Add clay beads above gold findings on pins.  Add small gold beads on top.  Use jewelry pliers to coil remaining ends on pins and add to French earring wires.