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!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Faux Succulent Wreath with Smoothfoam™


I have been pinning succulent wreaths on my Pinterest gardening board for months and when I found these great faux succulents on clearance at a chain craft store last fall, I knew I had to buy all they had and make myself one of these faux succulent wreaths! Real succulents are amazing, but this wreath can also be taken inside and used through the winter without worrying about wilting, etc. Right now the chain craft stores have awesome faux succulents available, so make your wreath now, or watch for those clearance sales at the end of the season and make yourself one for next spring!

Materials:
Instructions:

Remove succulents from wire stems.

Cut piece of wire about 6” long, wrap around inside stem of bottom 2 sets of leaves succulent.







Wrap around Smoothfoam™ wreath, twisting ends of wire on back to hold in place.  Smoothfoam™ has a solid, smooth surface so there is not a problem with the foam crumbling or the wire slicing into it when mounting the succulents.




Alternating shades of succulents, repeat around front, inside, and outside of wreath, ensuring succulents are layered tightly and overlapping in some places to eliminate white space between them.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pin and DO! Garden Projects from Pinterest!

This spring I vowed to actually DO some of the many projects I've been pinning on Pinterest and dreaming about for months.   And I'm happy to say our garden & yard is absolutely beautiful because of it - I challenge everyone to actually put down the computer and DO some of those awesome things you've been pinning!

We built a fence around our air handler unit with reclaimed wood, made an old barbed wire wreath, continue collecting eclectic things for our flea-market garden, aged new galvanized tin buckets to make planters that look like vintage tin, and I love these vintage tin fertilizer hopper and fruit/corn baskets I used as planters.

The whisky barrel side table is another Pinterest idea.



AND, we built a chicken coop and I painted this custom sign for it!

Four chickens so far…… and more coming soon!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bluebird of Happiness Baby Shower Video

In this episode of the WCK All-Star Designers Spring Series, I share an idea for combining products from Makin's Clay®, Rit Dye®,  Smoothfoam™, Halcraft®, DecoArt®, JudiKins, Westcott® and AdTech to create a baby room banner - view the episode here:

http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/videos/view/All-Star-Designers-Spring-Series-Bluebird-of-Happiness-Baby-Shower

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sunflower Topped Mason Jar


Find full instructions on how to create this sunflower topped mason jar with Makin's Clay® on their blog here - http://www.makinsclayblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/sunflower-topped-mason-jar.html

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vintage Key with Smoothfoam

This month our Smoothfoam™ Design Team challenge was to create something with a steampunk feel - my project was this jumbo sized, faux rusted key!  Find out how I created it on the Smoothfoam blog.

Monday, May 19, 2014

WCK DIY Video - Bluebird of Happiness Baby Shower - Baby Banner


In this week's When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers 2014 Spring Series we share ideas for a Bluebird of Happiness baby shower.  I created a decorative BABY banner with a variety of products from our series sponsors. 




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Frosted Cherry Blossom Vase with etchall®

Materials: 
  • Square glass vase (Dollar Tree) 
  • etchall® Etching Cream
  • DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ - Brown, Fuchsia 
  • DecoArt® Americana® Frost Gloss Enamels® - Pink 
  • Foam brush, small flat paintbrush
Instructions: 
  1. Use foam brush to apply thick coat of etchall® cream over all sides of vase and let set 15 minutes.  Remove etchall® cream and return to bottle for re-use.  Rinse vase and let dry.
  2. Use brown Glass Paint Marker® to draw branch on vase, beginning at bottom right of front and extending upward and around sides.
  3. Use small flat paintbrush to make cherry blossoms on each branch tip by painting 5 round petals with pink Frosted Gloss Enamel® paint.  Let dry.
  4. Add 5-6 fushcia dots to center of each painted flower using Glass Paint Marker®.  
Per manufacturer instructions, let cure 4 days then bake in 275 degree oven for 30 minutes and let cool in oven.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shades of Orchid Bangle Bracelet


Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 and this piece melds together shades of pink and amethyst to create a bangle to perfectly accent your Radiant Orchid fashions.

Materials:
Instructions: 

Step 1: Paint domed DIY bangle with Iridescents paint.  I applied 4 coats for a good opaque finish.

Step 2: Use Quick Dry adhesive to mount Amethyst Crystal Floral Sliders evenly spaced around bangle.

Step 3: Use Quick Dry adhesive to add 5 clear glass seed beads in space between decorative  floral sliders and bracelet on top and bottom of each slider.