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!

Monday, July 27, 2015

WCK DIY Video - Escape to Paradise Pendant


In this episode of the WCK All-Star Designers Summer 2015 Series I show you how to create a fun mixed-media necklace with an "Escape to Paradise" theme.  With Makin's Clay, JudiKins, DecoArt, and Etchall.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gift of Snowflakes Photo Cube



This month some members of the Designer Craft Connection group are participating in a Christmas in July Blog Hop featuring projects made with Smoothfoam™ and The Robin's Nest™ products.   They are also offering a great giveaway prize - enter the giveaway by commenting on all of the designer blogs, including www.chatteringrobins.blogspot.comwww.designercraftsconnection.blogspot.com  and www.smoothfoam.com/blog.  Product valued at $35 will be sent from The Robin's Nest and $50 from Smoothfoam™!  Deadline to enter is midnight, July 28th. 


Be sure to follow through the link in the column on the right to see what the other participating designers are sharing! 

I created a mixed-media "Display Gift" which can also be used as a photo cube to display favorite holiday photos.  It's pretty on display without photos, but with them it will be even more special!



Materials:

Smoothfoam™ Cube - 5"x5"x5"
  • Winter Retreat Glitter Swirl Cardstock 
  • Iridescent Glitter Cardstock 
  • Brown card stock with copper glitter snowflakes 
  • Light blue paper with brown speckles 
  • Winter Snowflakes Glitter Chipboard
  • Diamond Dew Drops - Assorted colors 
  • Blue velvet fabric strip
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Vintage 
Loew-Cornell™ brushes 
Beacon™ Tacky Glue, 527 Adhesive 
Sizzix® - Big Shot™
        - Bigz™ Die - Bow - Create-A-Bow by Eileen Hull  
Clearsnap® - ColorBox® Cats Eye ink pad - Chestnut 
            - Copper Smooch®
Makin’s Clay® - Brown 
        - Christmas Nature  Push Mold 
JudiKins™ Islamic Rosette stamp 
Scissors, paper trimmer

Instructions:

Smoothfoam™ has a flat, smooth finish that is a perfect surface for painting, stamping and more!Paint top, one side, and bottom of cube with “Vintage” Chalky Finish Paint (this color is a perfect match for these papers from The Robin’s Nest!).  Let dry.   

Cut 6 strips of brown glitter snowflake card stock 1” x 5”.  Glue to left, right, and back side of cube on the top and bottom with Beacon Tacky Glue.  Let dry. 

Cut piece of Winter Retreat paper 5” x 3 1/4”.  Ink edges with Chestnut ColorBox® ink.  Mount to sides of box slightly overlapping brown papers.  Let dry. 

Trim around partial swirl pattern on Winter Retreat paper and use Tack Glue to mount to bottom left of front of cube (painted side).  

Cut 5” x 1 1/2” strip of brown glitter snowflake card stock and mount vertically on left side of front of cube. 

Make assorted large and small snowflakes with brown Makin’s Clay® and Makin’s® Christmas Nature push mold.  Paint each snowflake with Copper Smooch®.   (Clay will be fully dry in 24 hours but can be painted and glued to project before fully dry.) 



Embellish assorted Glitter Snowflakes as desired with Diamond Dew Drops using Beacon 527 to adhere. 

Adhere row of pearl Diamond Dew Drops along bottom of sides and back over brown card stock using 527 Adhesive.  Let dry.  

Add glitter snowflake accent and mount small brown Makin’s Clay® snowflake to center using Beacon 527.   

Embellish opposite side and back of cube with row of pearl Diamond Dew Drops and add snowflake accents as desired. 

Cut 5” x 1/2” strip of blue paper with brown speckles, ink edges with Chestnut ink.  Use 
Tacky Glue to mount centered on brown glitter snowflake strip on front of cube.  Mount blue velvet fabric strip centered over blue paper.  Add embellished Glitter Snowflakes and clay snowflake and pearl Diamond Dew Drop accents (use 527 to adhere Dew Drops). 

Ink JudiKin’s Islamic Rosette stamp with Chestnut ink and stamp onto 4 corners of top of cube, extending off cube. 

Follow manufacturer instructions to make bow from brown glitter snowflake card stock using Sizzix® Big Shot™ and bow die. 

Use Tacky Glue to mount centered on top of cube. 

\Your decorative gift cube is now ready for display!  Add a stamped Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas sentiment on the front if desired, or add favorite holiday photos and make it a photo cube!  





Smoothfoam™ and The Robin's Nest™ - Designer Craft Connection Christmas in July Blog Hop



This month some members of the Designer Craft Connection group are participating in a Christmas in July Blog Hop featuring projects made with Smoothfoam™ and The Robin's Nest™ products.   They are also offering a great giveaway prize - enter the giveaway by commenting on all of the designer blogs, including www.chatteringrobins.blogspot.comwww.designercraftsconnection.blogspot.com  and www.smoothfoam.com/blog.  Product valued at $35 will be sent from The Robin's Nest and $50 from Smoothfoam™!  Deadline to enter is midnight, July 28th. 


Be sure to follow through the link in the column on the right to see what the other participating designers are sharing!

I created a mixed-media "Display Gift" which can also be used as a photo cube to display favorite holiday photos.  It's pretty on display without photos, but with them it will be even more special!






Materials:

Smoothfoam™ Cube - 5"x5"x5"
  • Winter Retreat Glitter Swirl Cardstock 
  • Iridescent Glitter Cardstock 
  • Brown card stock with copper glitter snowflakes 
  • Light blue paper with brown speckles 
  • Winter Snowflakes Glitter Chipboard
  • Diamond Dew Drops - Assorted colors 
  • Blue velvet fabric strip
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Vintage 
Loew-Cornell™ brushes 
Beacon™ Tacky Glue, 527 Adhesive 
Sizzix® - Big Shot™
        - Bigz™ Die - Bow - Create-A-Bow by Eileen Hull  
Clearsnap® - ColorBox® Cats Eye ink pad - Chestnut 
            - Copper Smooch®
        - Christmas Nature  Push Mold 
JudiKins™ Islamic Rosette stamp 
Scissors, paper trimmer

Instructions:

Smoothfoam™ has a flat, smooth finish that is a perfect surface for painting, stamping and more!Paint top, one side, and bottom of cube with “Vintage” Chalky Finish Paint (this color is a perfect match for these papers from The Robin’s Nest!).  Let dry.   

Cut 6 strips of brown glitter snowflake card stock 1” x 5”.  Glue to left, right, and back side of cube on the top and bottom with Beacon Tacky Glue.  Let dry. 

Cut piece of Winter Retreat paper 5” x 3 1/4”.  Ink edges with Chestnut ColorBox® ink.  Mount to sides of box slightly overlapping brown papers.  Let dry. 

Trim around partial swirl pattern on Winter Retreat paper and use Tack Glue to mount to bottom left of front of cube (painted side).  

Cut 5” x 1 1/2” strip of brown glitter snowflake card stock and mount vertically on left side of front of cube. 


Make assorted large and small snowflakes with brown Makin’s Clay® and Makin’s® Christmas Nature push mold.  Paint each snowflake with Copper Smooch®.   (Clay will be fully dry in 24 hours but can be painted and glued to project before fully dry.) 


Embellish assorted Glitter Snowflakes as desired with Diamond Dew Drops using Beacon 527 to adhere. 

Adhere row of pearl Diamond Dew Drops along bottom of sides and back over brown card stock using 527 Adhesive.  Let dry.  

Add glitter snowflake accent and mount small brown Makin’s Clay® snowflake to center using Beacon 527.   

Embellish opposite side and back of cube with row of pearl Diamond Dew Drops and add snowflake accents as desired. 

Cut 5” x 1/2” strip of blue paper with brown speckles, ink edges with Chestnut ink.  Use
Tacky Glue to mount centered on brown glitter snowflake strip on front of cube.  Mount blue velvet fabric strip centered over blue paper.  Add embellished Glitter Snowflakes and clay snowflake and pearl Diamond Dew Drop accents (use 527 to adhere Dew Drops). 


Ink JudiKin’s Islamic Rosette stamp with Chestnut ink and stamp onto 4 corners of top of cube, extending off cube.  

Follow manufacturer instructions to make bow from brown glitter snowflake card stock using Sizzix® Big Shot™ and bow die. 

Use Tacky Glue to mount centered on top of cube. 




\Your decorative gift cube is now ready for display!  Add a stamped Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas sentiment on the front if desired, or add favorite holiday photos and make it a photo cube!  

















Tuesday, July 21, 2015

And We Lived Happily Ever After....


I married my best friend on Friday, July 17th! Since we met he has shown me unconditional love - through life’s ups and downs, no matter what. He stands by my side, and makes me laugh every single day. He loves me for who I am, extra pounds, grey hair, wrinkles and all. He loves my children and treats them as if they were his own. He is truly a very special person and I thank God every day for giving me a second chance at love with him. I love you Danny McGee - thank you for showing me there is MORE to life than I ever imagined.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Director of Marketing for Makin's USA®

I'm pleased to finally be able to announce that I've accepted the position of Director of Marketing for Makin's USA®! 

PRESS RELEASE:  31 MAY 2015

Makin’s USA® is a proud to announce the promotion of Cindi Bisson to the position of Director of Marketing. Cindi has been an integral part of the Makin’s Clay® design team since 2007. In her new capacity Cindi will be responsible for various key marketing campaigns, advertising and tradeshows. Cindi will also provide oversight of our social media program and work in collaboration with major accounts to develop advertising content and promotions for Makin’s Clay® products.

Cindi can be reached by email at; cindi@makins-usa.com or by calling or domestic office in Omaha Nebraska.  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Garden Mason Jar Luminary

This week in my Cindi's Simple Solutions article for When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing this Summer Garden Mason Jar Luminary project featuring etchall®DecoArt®JudiKins™ and Loew-Cornell™ products.  Find the full instructions here.

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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Smoothfoam™ Carved Starfish & Jute Seashell


Add a touch of the sea to your home decor with these Smoothfoam™ pieces I created for the Smoothfoam™ blog this month using Smoothfoam and DecoArt products..  Find the full instructions here.

Materials:

8" Smoothfoam™ Disc
Smoothfoam™ Shell
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Primitive
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Creme Wax - Golden Brown
Beacon™ 527 Adhesive
Jute twine
Scissors, craft knife, paper towel, paint brush, fine sand paper, pencil

DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish CONTEST!!!

DecoArt® is hosting an amazing contest with fabulous prizes!  Check out all the details at http://www.decoart.com/secondchances

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Garden Mason Jar Luminary

This week in my Cindi's Simple Solutions article for When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing this Summer Garden Mason Jar Luminary project featuring etchall®, DecoArt®, JudiKins™ and Loew-Cornell™ products.  Find the full instructions here.

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