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!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Vintage Mason Jar Lid Coasters


While browsing antique shops during recent trip to the Amish Country in Pennsylvania I found a bucket full of vintage Mason jar lids turned into coasters. I thought it was a very clever option for coasters for those of us who enjoy adding vintage pieces of the past to our country decor. Luckily, I had found some vintage zinc lids at a flea market for just $1 each, so I had a stash to work with. If you don’t have access to vintage lids, you can achieve a similar patina on new galvanized lids (or any galvanized metal!) by soaking them in toilet bowl cleaner (yes…. it’s true!) I found these coasters online in a variety of places but the prices were actually quite high in my opinion – I like having the option to make them myself for about $1 each! 

Materials: 
Instructions: 

Trace top of mason jar onto cork sheet (if you don’t have a mason jar, then print a template to trace to fit the inner dimension of the lid). 

Cut out cork circle.

Ink KellyCraft EZ-De’s monogram stamp with Clearsnap Deep Woods Crafter’s Ink and stamp onto center of cork circle.


Apply Beacon 527 to back of cork circle, place in bottom of lid and let dry. Your coasters are now ready to use!  

To bundle sets of 4 for gift giving, tie with jute twine. Another fun option is to fill a vintage mason jar with drink mixes (or home-made ice tea mix), and give it along with the coasters.  A bit of jute twine wrapped around the top of the
jar holds a Loew-Cornell TransformMason wooden house shaped tag with a fun message written with a colored pencil.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Liquified Makins Clay® Sunflower Painting

This is one of the favorite projects I have ever designed - this piece is painted entirely in liquefied Makin's Clay® - find the full instructions here on their blog.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Life is Better In Flip Flops Key Chain

Add a little summertime to your keys with this fun flip flop keychain made with Makin's Clay®,  Jimbo Lojik™ stamps, bling from The Buckle Boutique and Blumenthal Lansing buttons.  Find the instructions here
KellyCraft™

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Smoothfoam™ Fishing Bobber Sign

I had fun creating this faux fishing bobber sign for our lake cottage!  Smoothfoam™ was the perfect medium since it's perfect for carving and painting.  DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paints gave it an aged feel, and Craft Attitude™ was perfect for adding the text!   Find the full instructions on the Smoothfoam blog here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Charity Wings - Dragonfly Wings!

So exciting to see my dragonfly wings on display at the Charity Wings Art Center! It was an honor to make wings for Elena Lai Etcheverry and these were hand made from my grandmother's curtains - I think she'd be pleased!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Faux Agate Makin's Clay® Bracelet

I've been experimenting with techniques using Makin's Clay® again - this week I created this faux agate bracelet - find the full instructions here on the Makin's Clay® blog.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Easy No Sew Valences

I love to create custom curtains and valances for our home. We have been renovating our camper/cottage and wanted something new for the windows there – we already had great plantation style blinds, yet wanted to add a unique pop of color with something that wouldn’t obstruct the lake view. I have a wonderful sewing machine, however, I always seem to end up with a birds nest of thread, run out of thread on the bobbin, or break the thread (yes, I know it’s a “tension” thing – trust me – it’s a tension thing on the sewing machine and in my head….and same thing happens with the fishing line when I go fishing!). My go-to solution for creating curtains, pillows, etc. is Beacon® Adhesive’s Fabri-Tac™!  It makes crafting with fabric easier than ever, and I can do it anywhere without having to bring my sewing machine.  I’ve got curtains I created for the house using it and they’ve been up for over a year in the bright hot sun, etc. and still look as good as the day I made them – not coming apart at the seams, etc.   
 
For these valences I was lucky enough to find enough fabric in the local discount fabric source to make them all at very little cost – this green nubby upholstery style fabric was only $1 a yard!   I love the combination of textures in the finished valances!    
 
Materials: 
 
Instructions: 

I began by measuring and cutting 5 pieces of fabric 46” x 18”.   I folded over a half inch seam on each edge, and used the Fabri-Tac to glue them in place.   Then I folded one long edge down 2”. Before glueing in place, I folded it back upward, and added a line of Fabri-Tac approximately 1/2” down from the fold line. I then added a line of Fabric-Tac along the top edge of the piece to be folded down, and folded it down to glue it in place. This created a 1/2” “topper” along the valance, and then created the pocket for the curtain rod.   

Because I am a burlap addict, I had to have a touch on these valances too. I cut 5 pieces of BurlapFabric.com burlap to 45” x 2”, added a line of Fabri-Tac, then used my KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square to quickly be sure I was mounting the burlap straight on the edge of each valance.  Because the laser line extends beyond the square itself, I was able to place it on the table and then lay out my valance and be sure the burlap was straight the entire length. 



The finishing touch was this fabulous trim from Decorative Trimmings!  They have an amazing assortment of trims, from sparkly and colorful to fabulous naturals like this trim.  Again, I used my Get-it-Straight Laser Square to align the trim between the burlap edge and the green fabric and mounted it with Fabri-Tac.  


These valances came together in almost no time at all  and we really like how they add a bit of color, yet still have a rustic, casual feel.

We also needed curtains for the camper windows.  The sizes were all different – but I followed the same basic steps with this colorful “Sunbrella” fabric (which was also $1 a yard!) and created two full curtains for each window so I could push them to the sides when we are there, yet close them when we are not. I used my Fabri-Tac, Get-it-Straight Laser Square, and this white decorative trim from Decorative Trimmings to finish off these curtains. I also made matching decorative pillows for the beds in the camper.   

 
 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WCK Summer All-Star Designer Series is Coming!

Super excited that it is almost time to tape the WCK All-Star Designer Summer Series with Mark Montano, Jonathan Fong, Judi Watanabe, Ana Araujo and I!   Thanks to Makin's Clay®, Beacon Adhesives, DecoArt®, JudiKins, Etchall®, and Sizzix® for sponsoring!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mosaic Garden Balls DIY Video - Behind These Eyes on WCK

My latest episode of Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks is now live!  Find out how my
furry friend Ruby and I made these awesome mosaic garden balls in this video -






Monday, June 1, 2015

"PARTINI" Etched Martini Glass


The season of summer fun has arrived!  Backyard BBQ’s, picnics, pool parties, beach parties….. This month the Designer Craft Connection's theme is PARTIES!  Serve your summer martini’s in style with these fun etched “Partini” glasses!   Be sure to follow the link in the column on the right to see what other creative party ideas our designers are sharing!   

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

Materials:

Martini glasses
etchall® Etching Cream 
etchmask® 
DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers 
Decorative Edge Scissors 
Sizzix® Big Shot™
Tim Holtz™ Alterations Alphabet - Word Play


Instructions:

Use Big Shot™ and alphabet die to cut letters from etchmask®. NOTE - Be sure to flip  etch mask® over so yellow part is facing die or your letters will be backwards.... Spell out “PARTINI” around outside of glass.  

Use decorative edge scissors to cut strips of etchmask®.   

Mount one around top edge of glass, and one around base. 

Apply etchall® cream with foam brush.  Wait 15 minutes, return cream to bottle and wash glass clean.

Remove etchmask®.  

Use orange, bright pink and purple DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ to add dot border around all decorative edges at top and bottom of glass. 

Fill with your favorite martini recipe and ENJOY!!! 


Behind These Eyes DIY Video - Mosaic Garden Balls


In this episode of my series Behind These Eyes on When Creativity Knocks I show you how to use repurposed pottery plates, Smoothfoam™ and Beacon Adhesives™ to create colorful mosaic garden balls.