Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

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 almost 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!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vintage Bottle Cap Cabinet Knobs

I found these vintage bottle caps at an antique shop in Virginia and knew just what I wanted to do
with them!  Find my full instructions on how to use Beacon Adhesives and ETI Envirotex resin to create your own bottle cap knobs here in my most recent Cindi's Simple Solutions article at When Creativity Knocks.

Whether you use vintage soda bottle caps, caps from your favorite soda, or caps from fun assorted beers collected on vacations, making custom bottle cap cabinet knobs is an easy and affordable option for a fun twist in your home-decor! 
Materials:
  • Bottle caps 
  • Jewelry pliers 
  • Small flat top cabinet knobs (small enough to fit beneath the caps when they are slightly flared)
  • ETI EnviroTex™ Jewelry Resin  (www.ETI-USA.com)
  • Beacon™ 527 Adhesives (www.BeaconAdhesives.com
Instructions: 
1. Use jewelry pliers to slightly bend/flare rim of bottle caps outward to fit over knob. 
2. Mix EnviroTex™ Jewelry Resin according to manufacturer instructions.
3. Apply a light coat to the face of each bottle cap.  Set aside to cure 24 hours.  
4. Fill inside of bottle cap completely with Beacon™ 527 adhesive.  
5.  Carefully insert bottle cap over adhesive. Carefully wipe any adhesive that may run out of cap (I used a cotton swab to do this). 


6.  Let dry 24-36 hours until adhesive is completely dry and cap is adhered to knob.  


Monday, April 27, 2015

Turtle Tac Toe

I designed this fun Turtle Tac Toe game set for Makin's Clay® several years ago.  It's still one of my favorite projects :0) The instructions are on the Makin's Clay® blog here.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Makin's Clay® Sunflower

I've been obsessed lately with polymer clay flowers and decided to give it a try for myself.  I created DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ and I'm pretty pleased with the result!  Find the full tutorial on the Makin's Clay® blog here. 
this Makin's Clay® sunflower with a touch of shimmer from

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Country Wedding Bouquet with Decorative Trimmings





 This month the Designer Craft Connection is hosting a blog hop featuring the fabulous product line from Decorative Trimmings.   They have colorful trims, sparkling trims, and great neutral trims.  Something for almost any project.   I ordered 3 different trims.  One I'm featuring today as part of this Wedding Themed hop, the others I'll be sharing soon in another post.   Be sure to follow the DCC link in the column on the right so you can see what other creative projects the participants are sharing!

This wedding bouquet is perfect for a simple country wedding.  It's mix of flowers, ferns, and twisting vines & twigs, combined with burlap ribbon wrapping, and a touch of pretty ivory trim with a crochet feel is casual, yet elegant at the same time.

Materials:

Decorative Trimmings 1 1/8" INCH COTTON DRAGONLOOP TRIM 
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Flowers of choice
Vintage Mason Jar - Optional 

Instructions: 

Arrange flowers as desired.  Cut all stems to uniform length.

Wrap stems of bouquet with burlap ribbon, pin in place to hold.

Cut 1 yard of burlap ribbon.  Use Fabri-Tac to mount ivory crochet "dragon loop" trim to center of
burlap ribbon.

Tie bow around base of flowers.   The addition of the ivory crochet trim adds a beautiful feminine touch to this country style bouquet and will coordinate with  the bride's crochet style wedding dress beautifully.

After the big day, the bouquet would be beautiful displayed in a vintage Mason jar.  Either leave the pretty burlap & crochet bow on the bouquet, or tie it to the jar itself.  This second option would also make lovely centerpieces for the reception tables.

Decorative Trimmings has a vast assortment of beautiful trims - perfect for any wedding accessory or decoration - whether your theme is bright and bold colors, subtle tones, or country style - they have something for almost everyone's style! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Felt Travel Jewelry Pouch

This colorful felt travel jewelry pouch is my most recent Cindi's Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks.  Featuring Kunin Felt, Loew-Cornell wooden flower tag, JudiKins products, Plaid Gallery Glass paints, and Beacon Adhesives.  You can find the full instructions and supply list  here. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Flower Balls with Smoothfoam™

Spring is springing up everywhere in NC these days!  Whether it's arrived in your home town or whether you are still patiently waiting, these colorful, whimsical Spring Flower Balls will bring a blast of spring to your home decor.   Find the instructions on how to make these for yourself with Smoothfoam™, Kunin Felt, Makin's Clay®, Sizzix® and Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Designs Iridesents here on the Smoothfoam Blog - http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/spring-flower-balls/

Monday, April 6, 2015

WCK DIY Video - Secret Garden Bracelet


In this episode of the WCK All-Star Designers 2015 Spring Series I am sharing how to create a fantastic mixed-media charm bracelet featuring product from series sponsors.  This is one of my favorite projects I have ever designed!  Makin's Clay®, Plaid®, JudiKins, etchall®, Clearsnap, Connie Crystal & more. 



Mixed-Media Bleeding Hearts Canvas - Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop


It's the first Monday of the month!  Which means it's time for the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop!  This month our theme was hand-made flowers.   I've been pretty busy the last few weeks with an HSN appearance on behalf of KellyCraft™, and all the preparation that went into it - but wanted to share something with you as part of this hop so I'm sharing a project I created in 2013 for Jacquard.

I love making hand-made flowers whether it be with paint, paper, metal, or clay - or a combination of all of them!  This mixed-media Bleeding Hearts canvas combines many of those components with a photo from my garden.  You can find the full instructions for this mixed-media canvas here on their website.

Take the time to click through the DCC blog connection link in the column on the right so you can see the other amazing projects our participating designers are sharing!