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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
What a truly amazing experience! I would like to thank KellyCraft™ for allowing me to represent the company at HSN last Tuesday at HSN as part of the 24 Hour Craft Event! It was fun, exhausting, informative, interesting, and amazing. I also got to see and spend time with some familiar craft industry faces amongst my fellow guests - Pattie Wilkinson, Julie Fei-Fen Balzer, Lisa Bearnson, and Andrew Hiller. And drumroll please... I am thrilled to announce that we doubled our projected sales at the 3:20 AM airing, and then SOLD OUT following our 5:50 PM airing. Feedback from HSN Sales Managers was that they couldn't believe I hadn't done TV sales before and I did a great job. I guess I did okay for my first time despite the jitters! Woooohooo!!! Here's a few pictures of the "behind the scenes" experience.
I'm excited to be a part of the Designer Craft Connection Connie Crystal Blog Hop! We each received a great package of sparkly goodness from Connie Crystal - fantastic crystal sheet in black and white, as well as assorted sun catchers with gorgeous pearls & unique glass beads. Today I'm sharing a pair of His & Hers faux leather luggage tags I created with Makin's Clay® - one masculine and plain "leather", the second got the major bling treatment with black crystal sheet! Be sure to follow the Designer Craft Connection link in the right column so you can see what other fun creations the designers are sharing!
1. Open black Makin's Clay® and roll to #3 on Ultimate Clay Machine® (or hand roll to approximately 1/8".)
2. Crumple tin foil. Unfold and place onto black rolled clay. Press with fingers to transfer crinkle to clay, giving the effect of black leather.
3. Place credit card onto clay and use clay cutter to cut clay rectangle. Cut 4 (depending on # of tags you are making... 2 per tag).
4. On 2 of the rectangles, use spice tin to cut opening for address window - offset slightly as shown (or hand cut lol - but the spice tin works perfectly and rounds the corners in a nifty way!)
5. Use business card as template and cut 2 rectangles from transparency sheet.
6. Place transparency sheets over window opening on tags, with edge extending out over small edge.
7. Add small piece of parchment paper over transparency. (This keeps the back piece of clay from sticking to the transparency.) Add small amount of Beacon 521 Adhesive around top, bottom and left (wider) edge of tag. Place second solid rectangle of clay over first to create back of tag. (Note - Wet clay will stick to wet clay without any additional adhesive; however, since these will likely get a lot of rough treatment in baggage handling at the airport - I wanted to be double sure they would stay together so I used the 521...) Repeat to make 2nd tag.
8. Crumple small piece of foil and press into all outer edges of each tag. This further gives the look of faux leather.
9. Cut sheet of Connie Crystal black crystal to fit back of one tag. Cut second strip about 1" wide (5 crystals across).
(Don't you just LOVE how the camera picked up the sparkle & shine on this first photo in this group!?! Love my Connie Crystal!)
10. Use 521 to mount crystal sheet to back of tag.
11. Add small piece of crystal sheet centered on small edge of address window. From 4 crystal by 5 crystal piece, cut two center crystals, then use 521 to mount to wider edge of address label.
12 Let clay dry 24 hours, the use Crop-A-Dile punch to punch hole in wide edge of solid clay tag, and in center of crystal piece where crystals were removed.
13. Add 4 strands of black Toner Craft Lace to each tag. Remove parchment paper, trim edge of transparency. Print address and insert beneath window.
14. Tie to suitcase handles using multiple tight knots.
That's it! His & Hers Faux Leather Tags with a touch of BLING!
I've got an Easter project on the Smoothfoam™ blog this week - complete with pretty pastel "Easter egg" DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paint and complete with a Makin's Clay® chocolate bunny that looks good enough to eat - find the instructions here.
It's the first Monday in March, which means it's time for the Designer Craft Connection blog hop! This month we were challenged to create a project inspired by something we had seen in a retail store or online, etc. My Glittered Easter Egg Wreath was inspired by the wreath below I saw at Pier I. Mine is much simpler, by design, but still combines the elements of a grapevine wreath, spring flowers, and shimmering glittered Easter eggs. I prefer chunky glitter, and JudiKins Roxs™ are my favorite.
Be sure to follow the Designer Craft Connection link in the column on the right to see what the other participating designers are sharing.
3 Smoothfoam™ eggs JudiKins - Diamond Glaze™
- Roxs™ - pink, green, light blue
- Snappy Tray™ AdTech Hot Glue Gun
Artificial spring flowers
Coat each Smoothfoam™ egg with Diamond Glaze™ - while still wet, cover one egg with each color of Roxs™. Let dry. Optional - you can paint your eggs first if
desired - Smoothfoam's smooth texture is perfect for painting - I wanted the white to show through a bit on my egg to highlight the chunky aspect of the glitter clearly so I left mine white.
Determine desired arrangement of flowers, trim stems and hot glue in place on grapevine wreath.