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, 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.















Materials:
  • 2 Gold fishhook earrings
  • 2 Gold headpins
  • Blumenthal Lansing Flower Garden buttons – Red Roses
  • 16 Connie Crystal white jasper beads – approximately 3 mm
  • 4 Connie Crystal turquoise crystal beads – approximately 4 mm
  • The Beadery Carnival Skull Beads – Turquoise
  • Jewelry Pliers
Instructions:
  1. Place one white jasper bead, followed by one turquoise crystal bead, one Carnival Skull Bead, and one turquoise crystal bead on each gold headpin.
  2. Place four white jasper beads on each headpin, followed by one rose button and three white jasper beads.
  3. Use jewelry pliers to create loop at end of headpins, attach to fishhook earrings.


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.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WCK DIY Video - Halloween Treat Cones & Spooky Chalkboard Vase


In this episode of the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers 2014 Holiday Series I share some ideas for adding a little spooky fun to your Halloween celebrations! 


Dyed Vellum Autumn Leaves


Creating beautiful shear vellum in a rainbow of custom colors is easy to do.   This card features leaves stamped onto autumn shades and is perfect for a birthday or Thanksgiving greeting card.

Materials for dyed vellum technique:
  • Rit Liquid Dye – Cocoa Brown, Taupe, Scarlet, Tangerine, Golden Yellow, Wine
  • Vellum 
  • Bowl/shallow baking dish, hot water, microwave, paper towels 
 
Additional materials used to create the card: 
  • Brown card stock 
  • Harmonie Baroque Blanc PA102 patterned kraft paper 
  • Gold organza ribbon 
  • Wooden leaf rubber stamp 
  • Burnt Umber Palette ink pad  
  • Beacon Tacky Glue
  • Westcott TrimAir Premium Titanium Paper Trimmer, Titanium Bonded Scissors
Instructions: 
 
  1. Prepare Rit Liquid Dye and water following manufacturer instructions for the shade you wish to achieve.  Only a small amount of prepared dye is needed if you place it into a shallow baking dish.
  2. Place sheer vellum into the prepared dye.  Allow to sit just long enough for color to seep into vellum, then remove and place on paper towels to dry.  If vellum curls, it can be placed between layers of towels and ironed on low heat to remove the curling.
  3. This is one of the ways I like to use any excess dye I may have when creating other projects.  It’s great to have a stash of colored vellums for future projects.
  4. To create the leaves for this card, I stamped the leaf image with a Palette ink pad onto the dry vellum, then cut around the stamped images.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sullivans USA Gothic Goes Girly Macrame Bracelet


What does a Halloween obsessed designer think of first when she receives with a package of two lovely shades of pink Hebe Cord from Sullivans USA?  Why, SKULLS of course!  The result is this Gothic Goes Girly Skull bracelet.   Thinking back over my crafty past, I don't ever remember attempting to macrame - but after searching the web for easy to follow instructions I found great site that was able to walk me through creating this piece.  I went back to school at www.MacrameSchool.com!    Here's the link to the video tutorial that will walk you through the easy to follow instructions for what they call a "cool wave" or "snake" style bracelet. This project is part of a special Designer Craft Connection blog hop - Be sure to click the Designer Craft Connection button in the right column to see what the other participating Designer Craft Connection designers have done with their Sullivans USA Hebe Cord!

http://www.macrameschool.com/resources/bracelets/222-easy-wave-snake

Materials: 

Sullivans USA Hebe Cord - Two shades of pink
The Beadery pink skull beads - 10
Westcott Craft Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors & Ruler
Needle
Duck Brand Tape (optional - but sure made it easier!)

I'm including a few photos to give you a close up of the steps in the video.  It took me a couple of tries, but once I got rolling, it was quite simple to do!









Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Smoothfoam™ Burlap Pumpkin Door Banner

Find the full instructions on how I combined Smoothfoam™, Rit Dye, BurlapFabric.com and Ad-Tech to create this dimensional pumpkin door banner here on the Smoothfoam blog! 

Soot Background Technique


Soot backgrounds are perfect for a dusky sky background on your Halloween cards or scrapbook layouts. They also make for an unusual backdrop for any stamped image.
Materials:
  • White glossy card stock
  • Candle
  • Rubber stamps
  • Dye based ink pad
  • Paper towels/tissues
Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of glossy white card stock to desired size.
  2. Light candle.
  3. Hold GLOSSY side of card stock over flame (keep it moving…), close enough so flame will create soot on card stock, but not close enough to burn through card stock (practice is the key…..).
  4. Gently wipe away soot with soft paper towel or tissue.
  5. Ink stamp (black is my preferred ink color for this technique) and stamp onto dusky background.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


We’re all guilty of it – collecting bits of this and that on our refrigerators!  Photos, school projects, newspaper articles, appointment reminders…Why not create some seasonal magnets to hold it all in place?
Materials:
  • Makin’s Clay® – White, Olive Green
  • Makin’s Clay® clay roller
  • Makin’s® Professional™ Ultimate Clay Extruder
  • Makin’s® Professional™ Clay Tools
  • Makin’s® New Halloween Cutter Set – 37052
  • DecoArt® Metallic Lustre – Gold
  • Acyrlic Paint – Pumpkin Orange
  • Westcott® Craft – Self-Healing Mat
  • 3/4” Round magnets
  • Beacon® Adhesives Tacky Glue
  • Zip-lock bag
Instructions:
Custom mixing shades of Makin’s Clay is easy – whether you use their Clay Mixing Ruler, or acrlyic paint – a rainbow of shades can be achieved.
  1. Add approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin orange acrylic paint to 60 grams of white clay.
  2. For easier, less messy, blending and mixing, place into zip lock bag. Massage to thoroughly mix paint into clay.
  3. Roll clay with hand roller to approximately 1/4” thick.
  4. Cut 6 pumpkins with pumpkin cutter.
  5. Roll olive green clay to approximately 1/4” thick. Using top of pumpkin cutter, cut 6 stem sections.
  6. Use blade to remove orange stem from each pumpkin. Use blade to cut green stem and mount to pumpkin.
  7. Use point tool on handle to draw “grooves” in each pumpkin. I allowed my grooves to be someone jagged and irregular rather than smooth lines.
  8. Fill Ultimate Clay Extruder with olive clay and very small hole disc. Extrude clay.
  9. Mount extruded clay to stem on each pumpkin, coiling some pieces to create vines.
  10. Use fingertip to apply Metallic Lustre to pumpkins. Let clay dry.
  11. Mount magnets to back of each pumpkin with Beacon Tacky Glue.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Beaded Spider - DCC October Blog Hop


It's time for the Halloween edition of the Designer Craft Connection blog hop!  Be sure to follow the link to the right to see what the other participating designers are sharing to add some BOO to your world! 

This beaded spider was a snap to create - I followed the directions in the most recent episode of When Creativity Knocks - We visited Crafted at the Port of LA and Mary Austin from Twisted Sisters showed us how easy it was to create these little bejeweled crawlers.  I couldn't resist whipping one up for myself!    Add a pin back, or make  a necklace for him to hang from as a pendant - or perch him on a pumpkin like I did for a little creepy fun.   

Materials: 

22/24 Gauge wire
Jewelry pliers
Black seed beads, black bugle beads, round glass bead for head
Connie Crystal blue bicone beads, large blue glass bead for body
Bead caps 

Follow the instructions in the episode below to create your own spider you don't want to squish! 










Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Craft Your Stash" Book Review & Blog Tour & Fish Wall Hanging


I'm excited to be a part of the "Craft Your Stash" Book Review & Blog Tour to premier Lisa Fulmer's new craft book! I wrote a review of the book for When Creativity Knocks and for Amazon.com. Lisa inspired me to *try* yet again to ORGANIZE some of my huge stash of crafting supplies - and then to USE them! I have been going through baskets and boxes and doing my best to organize, and purge. One of the biggest projects I tackled was my vintage trunk full of fabric (and the two big boxes that wouldn't fit in the trunk). Why so much fabric? Do I sew? Nope. But I'm a fabric hoarder along with a hoarder of anything else crafty. I emptied all 3, sorted and folded every single piece, organized by color, pattern, etc. and then put it all back into the single trunk - SUCCESS! Then it came time to create something with my fabric stash! I was inspired by the flower wall hanging Lisa created in her book with a foam sheet and fabric. Since I have a stash of Smoothfoam™ - I pulled out an extra piece I had saved from another project, grabbed some coordinating fabrics, my Beacon® adhesives and got busy. I also got a chance to use some of my huge stash of ribbons (which I am happy to say I actually organized years ago in mason jars by color family and have kept that system since - except for a stray tote bag full here and there waiting to be sorted…..).

Lisa is also giving someone a chance to WIN a great prize package - The prize will be a copy of the book, plus a nice big selection of crafty swag to add to their stash – and she is willing to ship internationally to the winner! Follow the link below to enter!

http://craftyourstash.blogspot.com/2014/09/craft-your-stash-book-tour-giveaway.html


Materials: 

Smoothfoam™ sheet 
Westcott® Craft Titanium Hobby Knife 
Westcott® Titanium Scissors 
Beacon® Fabri-Tac, Tacky Glue 
Ribbons
Button



Instructions: 

1 - Draw fish in desired size onto Smoothfoam™ sheet.  (Or print and trace.) 

2 - Use hobby knife to cut out fish. 

3 - Cut fabric to cover fish.  Wrap around to back of fish and adhere with Fabri-Tac. 

4 - Cut scales and use Fabri-Tac to glue over fish body. 

5 - Cut strips of ribbon, glue onto fins, with edges tucked beneath scales, and overlapping side of fish.  Glue ribbon around outside of fish to cover edges of small ribbon and cover edge of fish. 


To hang, I used one of those removable