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, 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


Gather up some fallen acorns and create a rustic candle stand to serve as a centerpiece for your autumn table with burlap and Smoothfoam discs.
Materials:
  • Smoothfoam™ 6” and 10” discs
  • Burlapfabric.com natural burlap
  • Acorns
  • Ad-Tech™ glue gun & hot glue for foam
  • Beacon® Adhesives Tacky Glue
  • Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors, Self-Healing Craft Mat
Instructions:
  1. Glue any loose acorn caps to tops of acorns with Tacky Glue.  Let dry.
  2. Cut two burlap squares about 8” and 12”.
  3. Place Smoothfoam disc in center of each square, wrap ends up onto back and hot glue in place.
  4. Hot glue small disc to center of larger disc.
  5. Hot glue acorns around outside edges of both discs, overlapping and layering until desired result is achieved.

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.