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Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 18 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!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Chalkboard Christmas Tree Ornaments

While out shopping recently I noticed that chalkboard ornaments were popping up everywhere in the craft stores, on store displays, and in Christmas shops.  I immediately thought of how easy it would be to recreate these ornaments with Smoothfoam™ and DecoArt® Chalkboard paint! 

These would also be great to feature at a holiday party - have each guest write something on a ball, spray to seal, and hang on your own tree for memories for years to come, or let them take their ball home with them as a party favor.   

If you want to be able to change your holiday message, simply omit the sealer and you can wipe your chalk free and change your message as often as you want! 


3” Smoothfoam™ ball
DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint 
Beacon® Zip Dry Adhesive 
Jute twine
Plaid ribbon 
Chalk, scissors, paintbrush, emery board or fine sandpaper 

Optional:  DecoArt® Americana® Spray Sealer 


Use emery board or fine sandpaper to sand seam in Smoothfoam™ ball until smooth. 

Paint ball in one direction DecoArt® chalkboard paint.  Let dry 1 hour.  Apply second coat in opposite direction of first.  Let dry 24 hours.  

Put a small amount of Zip Dry Adhesive into hole in top of ball, insert ends of jute twine. 
Let dry.

Color outside of ball with chalk.  Wipe off.  Write your holiday message on ball with chalk.    If you want your message to be permanent, instead of changeable, spray with spray sealant and let dry.  

Tie plaid ribbon into bow around jute at top of ornament. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Smoothfoam™ NOEL Vintage Santa Blocks

Smoothfoam™ blocks, DecoArt® finishes and Beacon™ Adhesives  are used to create these decorative blocks for Christmas.

These oversized Noel Vintage Santa Blocks are a great way to use Smoothfoam™ cubes that may be slightly damaged - the dents and damage just add to the vintage feel.  


4 - 4” x 4” Smoothfoam™ Cubes 
DecoArt® - Metallic Lustre™ - Gold Rush
        - Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Rouge, Enchanted, Timeless 
                - Americana Decor™ Creme Wax - Golden Brown 
Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive 
Pencil, paint brushes, paper towels, tape measure or other rectangular solid item to create indentation in blocks.  


Paint all sides of four 4”x4” Smoothfoam™ cubes with Timeless Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint.  Let dry. 

To create effect of wooden alphabet blocks, use bottom of tape measure, or other rectangular solid item, to press into all sides of cubes about 1/2” from each edge over entire middle area.

Apply Creme Wax with paper towel, remove while still wet to age cubes. 

Trace or draw letters with pencil on blocks to spell out NOEL.

Paint N and E with Rouge Chalky Finish paint.  Paint O and L with Enchanted Chalky Finish paint.  Let dry. 

Print 9 Vintage Santa images 3” x 3”.

Use Beacon™ 3 in 1 Adhesive to mount vintage Santa images to top, left and right sides of N block, and left and right sides of O E and L blocks. 

On blocks with red letters, paint fine line around each vintage Santa image with green paint.  On blocks with green letters, paint fine line around each vintage Santa image with red paint.  Let dry. 

Use fingertip to apply gold Metallic Lustre™ on all sides of each cube around raised edges. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rustic Memories Frame Lamp

Today I'm sharing a project I designed featuring a brand new product from etchall®!  Lighten Up kits!  You can turn anything you can imagine into a lamp with this great new kit.   I etched a photo frame, added some burlap and a bit of chicken wire to create this very rustic frame lamp - I can add photos, change them out, etc. as desired quickly and easily. 


4” x 6” wooden frame 
etchall® Etching Cream 
etchall® Lighten Up Kit 
etchall® etchmask™
etchall® Resist Gel 
Sizzix® Big Shot™
Sizzix® Thinlits Die Set - Alphanumeric
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Treasure 
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Creme Wax - Golden Brown 
MD® Hobby & Craft Chicken Wire 
BurlapFabric.com burlap 
Wooden dowel - cut to desired length - this will vary depending on dimensions of shade and space you wish to have between your base object and the shade 
Wooden disc small enough to fit inside round space on inside top of lamp shade 
Paper towels, tooth pick, paint brush, scissors, hot glue gun, glue sticks 

Paint frame, dowel, and wooden disc with “Treasure” Chalky Finish Paint.  Let dry.  

Use paper towel to apply Golden Brown Creme Wax to all painted pieces.  Wipe away while still wet - only allowing wax to stay in recessed areas and tint/age painted wood.   Let dry. 

Use Big Shot™ and Alphanumeric dies to cut out “MEMORIES” from etchmask™.    Place onto glass from frame centered on left side.  

Place a small amount of Resist Gel onto  a plate, use tooth pick to carefully write out “The best thing about”  above MEMORIES, and “is making them.” beneath.  The tip on the Resist Gel bottle allows you to write with the gel, but since I needed such small writing for this small frame, it was easier to apply the gel with a toothpick.   Allow to dry until clear (it begins to dry fast, which is why you can barely see the Resist Gel at the end of “them” in this photo!).  
When resist gel is completely clear, apply etchall® creme over writing on glass - I wanted a haphazard "dry brushed" effect so my edges are purposely uneven.   Let set 15 minutes.  Return creme to bottle, rinse glass to remove remaining cream, remove etchmask™ letters, and use fingers to gently scrub and release resist gel.  Let dry. 

Remove template from lamp shade in Lighten Up kit.  Cut out burlap using template for top and left to right dimensions, but allowing burlap to extend about 3" beneath the bottom of the template.  

Use wire cutters to cut piece of chicken wire the same size as the burlap. 

Insert batteries into lamp shade.  Cut burlap circle about 1" larger than top of shade.   Use double sided tape to mount burlap circle over top of shade (double sided tape makes it easier to remove fabric for replacement of batteries, etc.) 

Use double sided tape to mount burlap around shade - I used the tape holding on the top piece of burlap to hold the top of the burlap for the shade, and added a piece of double sided tape vertically where the two edges of the burlap met. I also used double sided tape to hold the two ends of the burlap together.  

Wrap chicken wire around shade.  Use pliers to bend sharp points around to avoid injury.  If needed, trim chicken wire around bottom of burlap with wire cutters, then use pliers to bend sharp points around to avoid injury.   Wrap ends of wire around opposed side where two sides meet to hold in place.  

Determine number of photos you wish to add, size appropriately and print.  Insert into chicken wire on shade.  

Also print photo for right side of frame.  

Cut piece of burlap 4" x 6" for inside of frame.   Dry brush on Treasure Chalky Finish paint in area where etched writing will be.  Let dry.  Apply light touch of Golden Brown Creme Wax.  Let dry.  
Assemble frame with photo on right side of burlap and etched writing over painted area on left. 

Hot glue disc to top of dowel.  Extend back of frame so frame is standing.  Hot glue dowel with disc on top to back center of frame with stand in place.  

Press button inside shade top to activate.  Place shade on top of flat disc.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

Makin's Clay® Faux Jade Pendant

It's easy to create faux jade with Makin's Clay®, JudiKins™ Clay Squishers, and DecoArt® paints.

Faux Jade Pendant  


Makin’s Clay® (www.makins-usa.com)
    - White 60g
            - Round Clay Cutters 
            - Clay Tools 
            - Cutting Mat
           - Americana® Acrylic - Hauser Green Light, Plantation Pine
           - Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™-    Turf Green
JudiKins™ (www.judikins.com
    - Clay Squisher - “Japan”
            - Diamond Glaze™
Straw, red satin cording 


Begin mixing white Makin’s Clay® with DecoArt® Turf Green and Hauser Green Light
acrylic paint (about a nickel sized amount of each color).   Do not mix entirely - you want there to be slight marbling of the colors.  Add a small drop of DecoArt® Plantation Pine paint and mix in lightly, again marbling the darker green paint.   

Use Clay Roller to roll clay to about 1/4”.  Place onto JudiKins™ Clay Squisher over desired pattern and roll again lightly to impress pattern onto clay.  

Use largest circle cutter from 3 piece set and cut circle from impressed clay.  

Smooth edges of circle with fingers.  Use straw to cut hole in center of clay circle.   

Apply JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™ to front and sides.  Let dry, apply to back.  Let dry and add red satin cording. 

60g of Makin's Clay® will give you enough faux jade to make many pendants - each one will be unique and have it's own color variations.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Memorial Poppy Votive

Remember all those who have served our country with this memorial poppy votive.  The candle that was originally in this glass votive was burned away, but the glass is given new life thanks to etchall® and transformed into a perfect holder for a tea light.  A realistic poppy hand-made with Makin's Clay®  is a beautiful dimensional accent and adds to the "memorial" feel of the finished votive.

Add a tea light to illuminate your votive to honor and remember those who have served this Veterans Day, on Memorial Day, or any day of the year.


Makin's Clay® - Red, Green, Black 

                         - Ultimate Clay Extruder™
                         - Ultimate Clay Machine™
                         - Professionnal® Clay Tools
                         - Circle Cutters - 4 Piece Set 
                         - Cutting Mat 
Glass votive 
Etchall® -  Etching Cream 
               - Resist Gel 
DecoArt® Americana® Stick On Stencil & Mask - Knock Out Alpha 
Palette Inkpad - Moss Green 


Roll ball of black clay about 1.5cm and a ball of green clay about 1cm.   Blend two shades 
together to create a slightly variated back ball (some green with show for a very subtle shading).  

Use point tool to draw lines from outside edges to almost center of ball (leave small area in very center unlined). 

Use Ultimate Clay Extruder™ and multi-hole disc #7 to extrude black clay.  Cut into pieces about 1/2” long and mount in clusters around outside of detailed ball.   

Roll red Makin’s Clay® in Ultimate Clay Machine™ to setting #8 (begin at setting #1 and increase one setting at a time until desired thinness is achieved). 

Place onto cutting mat.  Use 60mm (smallest) circle cutter in 4 piece cutter set to cut 4 circles from red clay.

Press large sphere tip around entire outside edge of each circle to create petal effect.  

Use lined shading tip to create very light lines in each petal. 

Use cutting wheel tip to cut each petal into shape shown in diagram (cut to a point on one side of circle). 

Lay two petals point to point and use Beacon® 3-in-1 Adhesive to mount black center of flower in middle.  

Mount remaining two petals beneath first two, on opposite sides.  

Place flower into a small bowl, cup or muffin tin to dry.  This will help form the flower into the desire shape.   Let dry 24 hours.  

Roll green clay in Ultimate Clay Machine™ to setting #6.   Use fine tip tool to cut out 4 leaf shapes (I referred to a photo of a poppy leaf to create my shapes).    

Use shading tip on all edges of leaves, and to create lines in leaves.  Place over clay tools, or a pencil, etc. to dry (this will give some dimension and shape).  Let dry 24 hours.  

Use fingertip to add a bit of dark green ink over surface of each leaf to highlight the texture. 

Clean glass votive.  Spell out REMEMBER on glass votive with DecoArt® stencils.

Use etchall® resist gel to fill in each letter.  Important:  Remove each stencil while gel is still wet or gel will come off when you remove the stencils to etch.   

Let resist gel dry until clear.  

Apply etchall® cream to entire surface of votive.  Let set 15 minutes.  Return cream to bottle.  Rinse to remove remaining cream.  Let dry. 

Use 3-in-1 Adhesive to mount leaves and poppy to bottom of votive beneath REMEMBER.