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, December 30, 2015

Snowman Door Hanger DIY Video


The most recent episode of my DIY craft video series Behind These Eyes™ is now live on When Creativity Knocks.  Written instructions are included below. 


Snowman Door Hanger 
The weather may be warmer than normal in many places right now this year, but this frosty
fellow will be a friendly reminder of winter days to come.  Hang him on your front door to greet your visitors with a little frozen cheer.

Materials: 

Smoothfoam™ Disc (any size, I used a 16”) 
DecoArt® - Snow-Tex™ 
                 - Americana® Acrylic Paint - Blue Haven, Blue Harbor 
    - Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Paprika 
Makin’s Clay® - Black, White  
                        - Clay Tools 
Beacon™- Fabri-Tac 
                - 3-in-1 Adhesive 
JudiKins™ snowflake stamp 
Fiber fill 
Grey felt 
Yarn 
Scissors, paintbrush 


Instructions:


Apply Snow-Tex paste to front and sides of Smoothfoam disc.  Let dry.


Cut two half circles (I adjusted my circles slightly to be more of a hat shape) of grey felt the same width as the disc, and one strip of felt about 3” wide and the same width as the disc. 

Apply Blue Haven paint to snowflake stamp, stamp onto strip of felt.  Apply Blue Harbor paint and stamp snowflake next to first snowflake, continue across strip alternating colors. 


Apply Fabri-Tac around outer edge of one half circle of felt, stopping about 3” from each side of flat edge.   Mount second piece to first to create hat.  Add fiber fill to lightly stuff hat.  


Create pom pom by wrapping yarn multiple times around fingers.  The more yarn, the fuller the pom pom.  Carefully remove from fingers, tie yarn around center.  Cut loops and fluff.  Use scissors to trim to even up pom pom.  


Mount pom pom to top of hat using Fabri-Tac.  Mount hat to top of disc (glue top and bottom pieces of felt to top and bottom of disc).  Mount stamped strip to base of hat front. 


Mix white Makin’s Clay with Paprika paint and make carrot shape for nose.  Use clay tool to add lines and texture to the carrot.   Make irregular balls of black Makin’s Clay for eyes and mouth.  Flatten each ball slightly.   Let dry 24 hours.  


Use 3-in-1 Adhesive to mount clay face details to disc.  

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you a wonderful holiday of laughter and love!  Believe in the magic of the season! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gingerbread Men Garland



I’ve been seeing lots of Gingerbread Man garlands on Pinterest this year.   The first time I saw one I knew I wanted to create some to add to our holiday decorations.  Not just for the tree, but to add a touch of homespun old fashioned Christmas cheer in other spots around the house too.   But I wanted my garlands to last forever so I don’t have to remake them each year.  I did see some versions made with salt dough, but we have pets and salt dough ornaments are very dangerous to pets if they ingest them - which around here happens frequently!   The answer?  Makin’s Clay®!  Perfect, permanent Gingerbread Men ready to decorate our home for many years to come!   Since Makin's Clay® is fully dry in 24 hours, there is still time to create some adorable Gingerbread Men gift tags for your gifts too! 

Materials: 

Makin’s Clay® - Terra Cotta - 2 120g packages 
Makin’s® 4 piece Gingerbread Man Cutter Set 
Makin’s® Professional® Tool Set - blade 
Makin’s® Clay Tools 
Makin’s® Cutting Mat 
Toothbush 
Flannel 2" Christmas Ribbon

Instructions: 

Use clay roller to roll 2 packages of Terra Cotta Makin’s Clay® to about 1/8” thick.    This is thick enough to be sturdy and looks more like a real cookie than thinner rolled clay would look.  

Cut 5-6 men with 2nd largest clay cutter.  (I cut 5 because I wanted a shorter garland, and I used the smaller sized cutters to make an ornament, and two clay gift tags.  I had just a tiny bit of remaining clay afterwards.

Tip:  I wanted my gingerbread men to be a bit slimmer than the chubby size of the clay cutters, so I simply gently squeezed the cutter inwards a bit to create a slightly slimmer profile (too bad that won’t work on me!).  You can see the difference between the original shape and my slightly modified shape in this photo.  

To give the gingerbread men a real cookie texture, I used a tip saved on the Makin’s Clay® Tutorials & Techniques Pinterest Board - I used an old toothbrush to pounce against the clay and add a fresh baked texture!


To create the ribbon slots, I used the blade from the Professional® Tool Kit to make two slices about 1/4” apart, then use the opposite end to cut between the two slices as shown. 

If you also make ornaments and/or tags like I did, make a hole in the top center of the head for the ribbon.   

Let the clay dry for 24 hours.  Add the flannel ribbon through 
the slots to create the garland, or tie the ribbon to the ornaments/tags.  


For another great tutorial featuring a similar technique, using oven bake clay - check out this pin on our Tutorial & Techniques blog. 






etchall® Countdown to New Years Flute DIY Video


Today I'm sharing the most recent episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks.  I share how easy it is to create customized count down to New Year's party flutes featuring products from etchall®, DecoArt®, Sizzix® and Makin's Clay®.    I'm also including instructions for the project here with a fully supply list. 

New Year’s Eve  
Count Down Party Flutes 

Count down to Year Year’s in style with these fun party flutes - custom numbered wine glass charms keep everyone’s glasses easily identified.  

Materials: 

Glass flutes 
etchall® - Etching Creme 
              - Etchmask® 
Sizzix® - Big Shot™ 
             - Thinlits Die Set - Alphanumeric 3/4”
DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ - Gold, Silver 
Makin’s Clay® - White
                        - Numbers Cutter Set 
                - Texture Sheet Set D - Stars 
                         - Clay Tools 
Goldtone hoop earrings  

Instructions:

Use Sizzix® Big Shot™ and Chip Block Alphabet die to die cut numbers 1-10 with Etchmask®. 

Place numbers onto glass flutes starting with 10 at top of glass, and moving downward and around glass as shown. 

Apply etchall® creme to entire outside of glass.  Let set 15 minutes.  Return creme to bottle.  Rinse clean.   

Remove Etchmask numbers.  


Use gold and silver DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ to add dots around the numbers.  Let dry. 


Use gold Glass Paint Marker to draw line around top rim of glass.  Let dry, then apply a second coat. 


Use gold Glass Paint Marker to draw line around base rim of glass.  Let dry, then apply a second coat

Use silver Glass Paint Marker to add dots around base.  


Set Glass Paint Marker by following manufacturer instructions. 

For wine glass charms, roll white Makin’s Clay® using clay roller to about 1/8”.  

Use Number clay cutters to cut out numbers - as many as you will need for your gathering.  

Make small hole in top of each number with needle.  Let dry 24 hours.  Apply Glass Paint Marker to color each clay number on both sides.  Let dry.  Add gold hoop earring for attaching to glass stems. 






Friday, December 18, 2015

Vintage Victorian Poinsettia Ornament


This “Vintage Victorian Poinsettia ornament” was inspired by a project I found here on Pinterest.  The original used lace and a foam ball, I opted to give it a try with Makin’s Clay® and a Smoothfoam™ ball.    They used stain to color their ornament, but I used DecoArt®’s Americana Decor Creme Wax for a similar effect. 

Materials: 

3” Smoothfoam™ ball 
Makin’s Clay® - white or natural 
Makin’s® Christmas Nature push mold 
Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive 
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Creme Wax - Golden Brown
ART Mechanique satin ribbon
scissors 




Instructions:

Use Christmas Nature push mold and white or natural Makin’s Clay® to make several poinsettias in both sizes. 


Mount poinsettias to Smoothfoam™ ball, with petals touching as closely as possible, with Beacon™ 3-in-1 adhesive.  Let dry 24 hours.  Leave hole in ball uncovered for ribbon.


Apply Golden Brown DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Creme Wax to entire ball.  While still wet, use damp paper towel to wipe away, leaving was only in recessed areas and slightly staining clay. 



Add green satin ribbon loop into hole on top of ornament.  Glue in place with 3-in-1.   Tie bow bow with same ribbon around loop. 



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Charity Wings Live in 4-D From CHA Megashow


I'm excited to be doing a guest host spot along with Elena Lai Etcheverry during this fun live broadcast!    I'll be live with Charity Wings Saturday, January 9th, from 4-5 PM!  Tune in for a chance to WIN some great giveaways and get peak at the sites at the 2016 CHA Megashow! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

By the Sea Mini Album Make & Take at CHA

By the Sea Mini Album! I am super excited to be hosting a make & take project at Eileen Hull Designs Scotty during CHA! Stop by Booth #330 and visit Scotty and I and make this mixed-media album. Designers are hosting make & takes and demo'ing throughout the show, but I will be hosting this project on Tuesday, January 12th from 12-2 PM. Hope to see you there! Featuring product from  SizzixBeacon AdhesivesLittle B LLCDecoArt Inc., MD Hobby & Craft, Clearsnap Inc.JudiKinsGraphic 45, and Makin's Clay®.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Festive Holiday Wreaths - On a Budget!



Festive Holiday Wreaths - on a budget!

It's easy to create beautiful holiday wreaths for a fraction of the cost of upscale, more expensive, pre-made wreaths.  This project is also being shared today on When Creativity Knocks in my Cindi's Simple Solutions article. 

Materials: 

  • Artificial evergreen wreath - this one was $9.97 at the local big box store
  • Real branches and leaves from evergreen shrubs - harvested on the roadside and in our yard! (look for things like juniper, magnolia leaves, etc. - if it’s still green this time of year, chances are it will work fine for your wreath!) 
  • Artificial berries - from the local dollar store 
  • Red wired ribbon - from the local dollar store 
  • Florist’s wire  
  • Branch clippers, wire cutters 

Instructions:

This first wreath was inspired by a wreath seen in an upscale sales catalog which was priced at about $80! 

Arrange branches on wreath to “fluff”. 

Cut pieces of assorted greens about 6” long.  

Clip artificial berry stems to about 6”.  

Arrange leaves, greens, and berries into clusters and wire together with florist’s wire.  

Tuck clusters amongst the greens on the wreath, wire to the wire frame.  


Tie bow, wire to frame at base of wreath. 

I think this finished wreath is beautiful - it has a natural feel and looks very much like the original wreath that inspired it - but the total cost for my wreath was about $12. 

This second version was even less expensive, yet looks a lot like the expensive pre-made wreaths you can find at the arts and crafts chain stores.   This one started with a $3.97 pre-made wreath from the local big box store.   The recipient was looking for something with a bit more “glitz” so I use faux poinsettias with glittered petals, silver poinsettias, white berries, smaller glittered red berries with grasses, and sparkling white plastic snowflake ornaments - all of which came from the dollar store.  Each stem was trimmed to about 4” and wired to the base of the wreath itself.  The snowflake ornaments were also wired to the base.   The bow is made with snowman pattern ribbon which also came from the dollar store.   The total cost for this wreath was about $9.




Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter's Jewels Snowflake Box


I love these papers from The Robin's Nest!  I first used them on a Gift of Snowflakes Photo Cube project created for a Christmas in July blog hop this year, but couldn't resist creating another project.  This snowflake box would be beautiful display don a mantle, or would be a great way to present a special gift.  

Materials:

Round paper mache/chipboard box 
     Winter Retreat Glitter Swirl card stock 
     Brown card stock with copper glitter snowflakes 
     Winter Snowflakes Glitter Chipboard
     Iridescent Glitter Cardstock 
     Diamond Dew Drops - Assorted colors 
     Blue velvet fabric strips 
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Vintage 
Loew-Cornell™ brushes 
Beacon™ Tacky Glue, 521 Adhesive 
Sizzix® Big Shot™
      Bigz™ Die - Bow - Create-A-Bow by Eileen Hull  
Clearsnap® ColorBox® Cats Eye ink pad - Chestnut, White 
     Copper Smooch®
Makin’s Clay® - Brown 
     Christmas Nature  Push Mold 
JudiKins™ Islamic Rosette stamp, Snowflake stamp  
Scissors 
Paper trimmer 


Instructions:

Paint lid of box with “Vintage” Chalky Finish Paint (this color is a perfect match for these
papers from The Robin’s Nest!).  Let dry. 

Stamp on one side of painted lid with JudiKins Islamic Rosette and Snowflake stamp with Chestnut and White Cat’s Eye ink.  

Cut a couple of pieces of the Winter Retreat snowflake paper, rounded on one side and fussy cut around the pattern on the other, and mount with Tacky Glue to same side as stamping, overlapping some

Mount some of the glitter snowflake embellishments  over the
stamped area and the paper.

Embellish some of the  glitter snowflakes (already on the lid, and two more) with Diamond Dew Drops, using 527 Adhesive to hold.  I also embellished my stamped white snowflake with clear Diamond Dew Drops. 





Mount strip of blue velvet vertically over collaged snowflakes. 


Create dimensional snowflakes with Brown Makin’s Clay® using Makin’s Christmas Nature push mold.  (I made the brown to match the patterned paper)

Paint the brown clay snowflakes with Copper Smooch®.  Let dry.  (Clay will be fully dry in 24 hours, but can be painted while still fresh.) 

Glue some of the clay snowflakes to the lid with the other snowflakes. 




Cut 2 strips of white card stock about 2 1/2” wide and the height of the box, 2 strips light blue patterned paper same height x 2”, and a strip of the brown glitter snowflake card stock the same height x 1 3/4”.   Ink edges with brown ink.   

Layer and mount on side of box, one set on opposite sides of the box.  Add glitter snowflake centered on each set. 

Use 521 Adhesive to mount light blue and white Diamond Dew Drops as shown on edges of lid.  Add small strip of velvet fabric on side extending down from strip on top. 








Thursday, December 10, 2015

Etched Glass Captured Snowman Ornament

Frosty is tucked safe inside his glass globe ready to weather the next storm!   The flexibility of Makin's Clay® after drying makes it the perfect medium for creating objects that need to fit inside a small space like the opening on these glass ornaments!  

Materials:

Glass ball ornament 
                        - Snowman Clay Cutter Set 
                        - Texture Sheet Set 
                        - Ultimate Clay Machine™
                        - Cutting Mat 
etchall® - etching creme 
              - Etchmask®
Spellbinders™ - Artisan X-Plorer™
                        - Snowflake Dies 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Paprika, Dark Scarlet, Black 
Fine paintbrushes 
Beacon® 3-in-1 Adhesive 
JudiKins™- Diamond Glaze™
                 - Clear/white Roxs™
                                                                               - Snappy Tray™
Ribbons - white, light blue, silver
Tweezers, scissors

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Instructions:

Roll white Makin’s Clay® in Ultimate Clay Machine™ starting on setting #1, then #2,
finishing on #3.  
Place on cutting mat.  Apply texture with snowflake texture sheet. 

Use largest size snowman cutter to cut snowman from textured clay.

Use DecoArt® Americana®
Multi-Surface Satin™ paints to add hat scarf, buttons, eyes, nose and mouth to snowman.  Let dry 24 hours.

Makin’s Clay® remains lightweight and flexible after drying so it’s easy to bend your snowman to make him fit inside the ornament.   The slightly curved shape after he is set in place adds to the dimensional feel of the finished ornament.   

Add a small amount of Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive to the bottom of the inside or the ornament.  

Use tweezers to insert snowman into glass ball into adhesive.  Leave tweezers in place to hold snowman up while the glue dries.  

Use Spellbinders™ Artisan X-Plorer™ and snowflake dies to
cut snowflakes from Etchmask®.  Set snowflakes aside for another project - you are using the negative space as a stencil for your etching. 
Place snowflake “stencils” onto glass ball. 

Apply etchall® creme to snowflakes with small brush.  Let set 15 minutes.  Return creme to bottle and carefully wash ornament to remove remaining creme.  Remove Etchmask.  

Pour Roxs™ into Snappy Tray™,  Pour about 1/4” inside ornament so snowman is sitting in a snow pile.  

Apply Diamond Glaze™ to bottom of ornament, dip into clear glass Roxs.  Let dry. 

Add ribbon hanger and bow to top of ornament.