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 23, 2015

Fabric Pumpkins!


This week When Creativity Knocks is re-sharing one of my Behind These Eyes™ series episodes - I show you how easy it is to create custom fabric pumpkins for autumn decorating!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Halloween Candy Corn Bottle of "Boo-s"

This week in my Cindi's Simple Solutions project for WC, and on the Makin's Clay® blog, I'm sharing this fun Halloween project featuring etchall®, DecoArt®Sizzix® and Makin's Clay®

Want to try etchall® yourself?  Follow this link and enter the code CINDIBG at checkout and receive 10% off your order! 


Halloween is almost here!  The fun act of “Boo-ing” – leaving treats at a neighbors door anonymously – is becoming more and more popular. While normally a surprise for children, why not share some of the Halloween cheer with adults too?  This Candy Corn themed Bottle of “Boo-s” is a fun way to bring a smile to the face of a co-worker, friend, or family member young or old. And, the fact that it’s made with a up-cycled bottle that used to contain real “booze” makes the play on words even more fun…
Materials:

  • Clean, dry glass bottle
  • etchall® (www.etchall.com)
    • Etching Cream
    •  etchmask®
  • Sizzix® (www.sizzix.com)
    • Big Shot™ Machine
    • Tim Holtz™ Alterations Alphabet
  • DecoArt® (www.decoart.com)
    • Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels™
      • Yellow
      • Orange
    • Glass Paint Marker™
      • White
  • Loew-Cornell™ (www.loew-cornell.com)
    • Simply Art™ brush set
  • Makin’s Clay® (www.makins-usa.com)
    • White
    • Cutting Mat
    • Clay Roller & Cutter Set
    • Halloween Cutters Set
  • Beacon™ Tacky Glue
  • Black permanent marker
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
Instructions:
Use Sizzix Big Shot™ and Alterations Alphabet die to cut BOO-S from etchmask.  Note – place etchmask face down when cutting so letters are not backwards.

Place BOO-S onto bottle.

Apply etchall etching cream  Let set 15 minutes, return cream to bottle and rinse clean.

Remove etchmask letters. Let bottle dry thoroughly.




To mimic candy corn, paint bottom portion of bottle with yellow Crystal Gloss Enamels. Paint middle section with orange Crystal Gloss Enamels. The etched top portion of the bottle will be the “white” section of your candy corn. Apply 2-3 coats until paint has reached the opacity you desire. Let dry.


Use white Glass Paint Marker to outline lettering.  Let dry.  Follow manufacturer instructions to set paint on glass.

Roll white Makin’s Clay thin (about 1/8”).  Use ghost from Halloween cutters set to cut 4 ghosts.  (The ghosts are the perfect size to cover the little embossed glass “lemons” on this repurposed Mike’s® Hard Lemonade bottle!).

Apply small amount of Tacky Glue to back of ghosts and mount to bottle over embossed lemons.

Use black permanent marker to add eyes & mouths to ghosts.

Print verse in desired size (mine is about 2 1/2” across.)


Roll white clay approximately 1/8”.  Fold verse so it will fold out, but fit in the ghost shape you will cut.  Using the folded verse as a guide, use tool to cut out ghost shape from rolled clay.  Make small hole in one arm of ghost.  Let dry.

Use Tacky Glue to mount top edge of folded verse to ghost.

Use black permanent marker to add eyes and mouth to ghost.




Tie raffia round bottle top, and tie ghost with verse to raffia.

Using cutting mat as a guide, roll a ball of white clay about 3cm in diameter.

Roll into a tube shape, flatten the ends, and make one end slightly smaller than the other.

Place into top of bottle, extending out about 1/2” pressing down slightly to create ridge around top. Let dry. This will be an easily removable “stopper” for the bottle of treats.




Fill with candy corn, replace the stopper, and leave the surprise Bottle of “Boo-s” for someone to bring them some Halloween cheer!




Witch's Apothecary - Just in Time for Halloween!


I had a blast creating this Witch's Apothecary!  I love Halloween - and this set will be such fun displayed on my mantle!  Find the full instructions on how I used etchall®Makin's Clay® and DecoArt® products to create this set here on the Makin's Clay® blog.

Want to try etchall® yourself?   Follow this link and use the code CINDIBG at checkout, and you'll receive 10% off your order!




Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Etched Glass Rooster Salt & Pepper Shakers


Transform inexpensive glass salt & pepper shakers into cute coordinating kitchen decor with etchall® products & DecoArt® stencils!  

Want to try etchall® yourself?  Follow this link and enter the code CINDIBG at checkout to receive 10% off your order! 

Materials: 
  • Glass Salt & Pepper Shakers (these were less than $1 at a local big-box chain department store!)
  • etchall®(www.etchall.com)
    • Etching Cream
    • Resist Gel
  • DecoArt® (www.decoart.com)
    • Americana® Gloss Enamels® Stick-On Stencils™
      • Country
  • Loew-Cornell®(www.loewcornell.com)
    • Simply Art™ Brushes
  • Ribbon
Instructions:

Place rooster stencil onto center of one side of one shaker. Stencils will stick to the glass temporarily and can be removed for repeated use. Use paint brush to apply pply a layer of etchall® Resist Gel to in open area of stencil.

I wanted my second rooster to be facing the opposite direction, so for second shaker, flip stencil over. Reverse side will not adhere to glass, hold in place with fingers and carefully apply a layer of the etchall® Resist Gel.

Let dry until clear.
Use brush to apply a thick even coat of etchall® Etching Cream over remaining surface of each shaker. 

Let set 15 minutes. Return cream to bottle and carefully wash clean. If your resist gel did not come free when washing, it will easily scrape from the surface. Let dry.

Fill with salt & pepper, replace lids and tie ribbon around tops of shakers beneath lids.