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, September 24, 2014

Graveyard Bones with Smoothfoam™ and DecoArt®


It's easy to create spooky graveyard bones for Halloween
using Smoothfoam and DecoArt products.

Materials: 
  • Smoothfoam™ sheets
  • Westcott® Craft Titanium Hobby Knife
  • Westcott® Craft Self-Healing Mat
  • DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Paint – Everlasting
  • DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Creme Wax – Deep Brown
  • Paintbrush, rag, sandpaper
Instructions: 
  1. Use hobby knife to cut block of Smoothfoam approximately 2” wide and desired length.
  2. Use hobby knife to shape ends.
  3. Use hobby knife to cut corner/edge on all sides, front and back.
  4. Sand all edges to until round and smooth.
  5. Wipe any excess foam dust with a rag.
  6. Paint all sides with Everlasting paint.  Let dry.
  7. Use rag to apply small amount of Deep Brown wax to age bones.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Burlap & Smoothfoam™ Pinecones & Acorns


Materials:

  • Instructions: 

    For Pinecones – 
    1. Paint egg with Burnt Umber paint.  I only applied a single coat – paint does not have to be opaque, it just reduces the chance of white space showing through your pine cone “petals”.  Let dry.
    2. Use scissors to cut multiple “petals” – rounded on one end, approximately 1” x 1/2” wide, from brown burlap.
    3. Use hot glue to begin mounting “petals” at bottom point of painted egg, overlapping petals alternately.
    4. Continue mounting petals, overlapping each row, to top of egg.  Mount 3 petals at top of egg with approximately 1/2” extending upward from egg.  Add small amount of hot glue and twist ends together to form “stem”.
  • For Acorns – 
    1. Cut 2” x 2” square of natural burlap. Place small egg in center of square and hot glue point of egg to center of square. Bring edges of burlap up around egg and glue around top edge of egg. Trim any excess burlap.
    2. Cut 1/2” x 3” strip of brown burlap.
    3. Hot glue bottom edge of strip around top of natural burlap on egg, leaving opening at top.
    4. Apply hot glue to top of egg.  Fold upper edge of brown burlap inward and twist together to form “cap” on acorn. When glue cools, remove any excess hot glue threads.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fright Night Halloween Photo Book


This spooky little project, a “Fright Night” Halloween Photo Book, is something I whipped up a while ago, but I thought it would be fun to share it with our WCK viewers.
Fright Night is a book box featuring Halloween photos of our boys as they’ve grown. The photos are mounted on a metal ring to make it simple to add photos in the coming years. The boys just love taking out their Fright Night book and laughing at their costumes throughout the years!
Supplies: 
  • Chipboard book box (The Craft Pedlar)
  • Halloween patterned papers (Reminisce used on this project)
  • Metal key ring
  • Assorted fringe, ribbon and twills
  • “Jiggle eye” embellishments
  • Assorted Halloween foam stamps
  • Jolee’s Boutique Halloween themed embellishments
  • Plaid Industries white and black acrylic paints
  • Dymo label maker & black label tape
  • Clearsnap Ancient Page Earthworks PetalPoint inkpad
  • Ranger Inkssentials Crackle Accents
  • Craft Bond Adhesive (Elmer’s)
  • Westcott Trim Air Paper trimmer
  • Westcott scissors
  • Crop-A-Dile punch (We R Memory Keepers)
Instructions:
  1. Measure front and back covers of chipboard book box. I chose patterned paper with text – and cut my cover paper so the title “fright night” was positioned as desired.  A title could also be stamped, die cut, etc.  Cut paper for back cover.  Mount to front and back covers of box.
  2. Apply white acrylic paint to skull stamp, stamp into lower left corner of front cover.
  3. Mount Jolee’s witch’s broom embellishment at an angle over stamped skull.
  4. Paint all uncovered sides and inside of box with black acrylic paint.  Dry brush small amount along front and back cover edges. Let dry.
  5. Measure and cut pieces of decorative trims for left edge of cover.  Mount as desired.  (For this project I layered black ric-rac over black & orange fringe.)
  6. Apply Ranger Crackle Accents over title lettering.  Let dry.
  7. Spell out remaining text using Dymo label maker and black label tape.  Apply to cover as desired.
  8. Print photos to fit on 3 ½ x 5” pieces of paper/cardstock.  (Multiple smaller photos can be arranged on one piece, or a single 3 ½ x 5” photo could be used as the page itself.)
  9. Measure and cut 3 ¾ x 5 ¼” mats from assorted coordinating cardstocks and patterned papers.
  10. Ink edges of all photos and mats using Chocolate Ancient Page ink.
  11. Arrange photos on mats as desired and mount.
  12. Use assorted foam stamps and white acrylic paint and assorted Jolee’s embellishments to accent photo pages
  13. Print text as desired using Dymo label maker, add to photo pages.
  14. Select patterned paper for cover of flip book.  Cut to 3 ¾” x 5 ¼”.  As in the cover of the book, I chose a piece which said “boo” and cut it accordingly.
  15. Measure and cut trims for top and bottom of cover page. Mount.
  16. Add “jiggle eyes,” Jolee’s embellishment and Dymo label text as shown.
  17. Apply Ranger Crackle Accents over “boo” on paper – let dry.
  18. Use Crop-A-Dile punch (or small hole punch) to punch hole in desired corner of all pages of mini flip book.
  19. Use metal key ring to bind pages.  Add assorted ribbons/twills to key ring.
  20. Finished book can be stored inside your Fright Night chipboard box for years of spooky memories!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Autumn Acorn Dyed Button Wall Art



Materials:
  • Smoothfoam Sheet Crafts Foam for Modeling, 0.5 by 12 by 36-Inch, White
  • Natural Burlap Fabric Sheet Size: 22″ X 35″
  • Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce
  • Beacon Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce
  • Brown 1/2” gross grain ribbon
  • Blumenthal Lansing – Favorite Findings Buttons Assorted 130/Pkg
  • Rit Dye Liquid (8 Ounces) – in your choice of color (Cocoa Brown and Dark Brown)
  • Westcott Titanium Bonded Non Stick Scissors, 8″ Straight
  • Westcott Hobby Knife with 5 Assorted Titanium Blades
  • Paper cups or plastic bowls, spoon, craft gloves, microwave, paper towels
Instructions:
1) Wearing craft gloves, in paper cup, mix 1 tbsp. Cocoa Brown Rit Dye and 1/3 cup water. Add assortment of white buttons. Cover with paper towel, place in microwave and heat for approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave, use spoon to remove buttons. If buttons are not dark enough, let soak until desired color is reached.
2) In separate paper cup, mix 1/2 tbsp. Dark Brown Rit Dye and 1/4 cup water. Add assortment of white buttons.  Cover with paper towel, place in microwave and heat for approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave, use spoon to remove buttons.  If buttons are not dark enough, let soak until desired color is reached.
3) Cut Smoothfoam™ sheet to approximately 7” x 7” with craft knife.
4) Cut piece of burlap approximately 7 1/2” x 7 1/2”, mount to top of foam square.  Let dry.  Remove strings from burlap and trim to approximately 1/8” – 1/4” around edge of square.

5) Arrange buttons on burlap to form acorn shape, using darker buttons for cap on acorn.  Mount with Gem Tac glue.

6) Use Fabri-Tac to mount 1/2” brown ribbon around outside edge of foam square beneath extended burlap edge. Mount strips of brown ribbon around inside edge of top, allowing  burlap ‘fringe’ to extend beyond as shown.
7) Add ribbon loop to center of top of back of foam to hang.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Cow Country" Table Runner with Kunin® Group, Buttons Galore & More & Beacon Adhesives


I was happy to have the chance to be a part of the Kunin™ Group, Buttons Galore & More and Beacon® Adhesives Designer Craft Connection blog hop!   My felt package arrived and I couldn’t have been happier - our kitchen & dining room has a “farm animal” theme with cows, chickens and more as accents.  The cow patterned felt was a perfect fit!  Paired with BurlapFabric.com fabric, I was able to create a table runner for our table that fits right in with our country decor.  Be sure to follow the DCC link in the right column to see what other creative projects our designers are sharing.  

Don't forget to enter here for a chance at a great give-a-way package too!


Materials: 

Kunin™ Group:  Fancifelt™ - Cowpoke, Embossed Felt - Black Alligator, Creatology™ felt - Antique White  
Buttons Galore & More - assorted blue buttons 
Beacon® Fabri-Tac Adhesive 
KellyCraft™ Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
Westcott® Handheld Titanium Bonded Paper Cutter with Safety Shield 
Westcott® Stainless Steel Ruler 
Westcott® Craft Self-Healing Cutting Mat 
Blue embroidery floss, needle


Instructions: 

Step 1:  Use Westcott® self-healing mat, ruler and handheld cutter to measure and cut six 4” x 4” squares from Cowpoke, Black  Alligator and Antique White Kunin™ felt. 

Step 2:  Cut BurlapFabric.com burlap to 18” x 30”.   Remove some threads from all edges to create frayed edge. 

Step 3:  Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align felt squares, centered on burlap, and adhere with Beacon® Fabri-Tac adhesive.  


Step 4:  Stitch blue Buttons Galore & More buttons to all corners of squares with embroidery floss.  


Monday, September 1, 2014

"A View of London" Vintage Window Photo Frame


This month's Designer Craft Connection blog hop theme is "Vacation Memories" - making this a perfect time to share my latest  project - "A View of London" Vintage Window Photo Frame with lettering etched with etchall® etching cream.   Be sure to follow the DCC Blog Connection link in the column on the right to see what other vacation memory projects our designers are sharing!

Materials:

Repurposed window - with loose paint removed and windows cleaned
Photos
Scrapbook paper
Westcott®  TrimAir Premium Titanium Paper Trimmer, 12" wide
etchall® Etching Cream and Designer Tip Kit
DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ - white
AdTech® hot glue gun & glue sticks
Paper towels

Instructions:

Step 1:  Measure the panes of your vintage/repurposed window.  Print photos for each pane of the window.   Trim with Westcott® TrimAir Trimmer.

Step 2:  My printer would not allow for printing the photos as large as the window panes, so I layered my photos onto scrapbook paper cut to the exact window size.

Step 3:  Select font for window writing and print in desired size.  Tape to back of window.  Apply etchall® etching cream using etchall® Designer Tip Kit over the letters.

Step 4:  Allow etchall® cream to set 15 minutes, then return cream to jar for later use and clean window.

Step 5:  On back of window, add small lines and dots with white DecoArt® paint pen to highlight each etched letter and number.

Step 6:  Mount photos to back of glass in each pane using AdTech® hot glue to hold in place.

Now every night at dinner we can enjoy our "View of London" and remember the fun we had exploring all it had to offer!