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, December 27, 2016

Chocolate Buttons & A Thread Spool Too!


Chocolate Buttons & Thread Spool

Even in this age of technology and using email or text for almost everything, an old fashioned THANK YOU for a gift, a good deed, or for being a friend never goes out of style.  These chocolate butons and wooden spool are a fun and unique way to say “thank you SEW much” in a way that shows you care enough to go beyond the electronic thank you! Or change your greeting and present them to someone who is “SEW Special” for a pick-me up any time of year.   Or say “We hope you feel SEW much better soon!”….There are “sew” many other fun verses you could use when these chocolate buttons would be perfect! 


Materials: 

Ad-Tech Hot Glue Gun, glue sticks 
Assorted buttons
Wooden spools
Paper cups 
Plate or ceramic tile 
Chocolate 
Paintbrushes or wooden skewers 
Plastic lunch or snack sized bags 
Fabric
Scissors, pinking shears 
Computer & printer
Gel pen
Round head pins 

Instructions:

Wash all buttons and wooden spools thoroughly before molding.  Let wooden spools dry overnight to ensure they are fully dry. 

Since I was molding buttons, and I wanted the finished chocolates to be less fragile, I hot glued two of each button back to back to create a deeper mold. 

Cut paper cups into rings to create forms for your molds. 

Hot glue the cup rings to a plate or ceramic tile. 

Hot glue the buttons to the plate/tile inside the form. 

Create two forms for the wooden spools, cut small notches in opposide sites.  Insert handle of paintbrush or wooden skewer and place in notches of forms. 

Heat Amazing Remelt, which is a food safe, re-usable  molding material, according to manufacturer instructions.  Pour into molds.  Let set according to manufacturer instructions. 

Remove forms and carefully remove mold. 


Melt chocolate slowly in a double boiler or in a microwave heating no more than 30 seconds at a time and stirring. (Tip:  I add a small touch of vegetable shortening while melting the chocolate to make it a bit smoother for pouring & molding).

Pour melted chocolate into the molds.  Let cool thoroughly.  When chocolates are set, carefully remove from molds.   If desired, repeat with assorted types of chocolate to add a variety of colors to your buttons (white chocolate, butterscotch chips….) 


When you are finished with your molds, simply remelt the Amazing Remelt material and use again for endless food-safe molding options! 

Place your chocolates into a plastic bag. 

Use pinking shears to cut a piece of fabric to fold over the top of the bag of chocolates. 

Print out “Thank you “SEW” much!” on paper.  Cut around text with pinking shears. 

Use gel pen to add faux stitching to the word SEW and around the borders.  

Use coordianting round head pins to attach the verse to the fabric and hold the fabric to the bag. 



These could even be mailed if wrapped in a small piece of bubble wrap or mailed in a padded envelope.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Polymer Cafe Covergirl! - Crackle Necklace


I am thrilled to share that I have another project featured as the inset photo on the cover of the January/February 2017 issue of Polymer Cafe Magazine!   There is a full tutorial for my Autumn Crackle Necklace made with Makin's Clay® inside.




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cinnamon Stick Santas



Ho Ho Ho!  Quick & cute holiday ornaments make great gift embellishments for everyone on your list.  These are very simple to make and their delicious cinnamon scent adds to the warm homey feel of the holiday! 
Materials: 

Whole cinnamon sticks
Acrylic paints - red, black, green, white, peach, dark blue
Assorted fine paint brushes
Jute
Hot glue gun
Wax paper 




Instructions:

Place a sheet of wax paper on your work surface (protects the work surface and keeps the ornaments clean while each side is drying - scrap paper can stick to the wet paint, newsprint can transfer and discolor the wet paint). 

Follow the steps shown below to paint your Santas.  Paint the back first and let dry.  then continue with the remaining steps 

Use a hot glue gun to add a loop of jute to the top of your cinnamon stick to hang. 





Friday, December 9, 2016

Easy Sparkling Clay Snowflakes DIY Video


These sparkling clay light enhancers and ornaments add shimmer and shine and, and even a bit of vintage feel with the chunky glass glitter, to your holiday tree.  Making them with Makin's Clay® makes them sturdy, and flexible, so they will last for years.   A Sizzix® snowflake die, JudiKins™ Roxs™ chunky glass glitter & Diamond Glaze™, and Flower Soft® Glitter Frosting are the other "main ingredients" for these wintery sparklers. 





Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Steampunk Collar Necklace

Steampunk Collar Necklace 
Today on the Makin's Clay® blog I am sharing the instructions on how to create this bold steampunk collar necklace.  DecoArt® Metallic Lustres™give the clay a great variety of metallic tones.  Beacon  527 Adhesive™ was used to hold the layers together.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Easy Monoprinting with Cookie Cutters



Cookie cutters are a simple way to create fun mrnoprinted background papers for your projects.  In this Gel Press® video I show you how to create this gingerbread boy paper, and a custom plaid background for the Makin's Clay® gingerbread boy accent.   Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™ holds all the elements together.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums Holiday Card - DIY Video


Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.....My latest video for Gel Press® is now live on their YouTube channel.   Featuring DecoArt® finishes and Makin's Clay®.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Peace, Unity, Kindness" Cardinal Ornament


Create this rustic, no-sew ornament to decorate your holiday tree, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of those three very powerful words, not just in this time of horrific unrest here in the United States, but every day, and everywhere.  This project is also being featured this week on WhenCreativityKnocks.com 

Materials:

BurlapFabric.com Red Burlap 
Off white muslin fabric 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Black Tie
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - Oyster Beige
Red fabric marker 
Alphabet rolling rubber stamp 
Permanent black ink pad 
1/4” green satin ribbon 
Paint brush
Fiber fill
Scissors 
Printed cardinal pattern (optional)

Instructions:

I began by sketching the cardinal shape I wanted, and allowing a 1/4” edge around the desired finished size.   If you prefer, there are numerous free bird patterns online you can print in any size. 

Use pattern as a template and cut out two birds from red burlap fabric. 


Apply Fabri-Tac™ adhesive around edges, about 1/4” from edge, and leaving end of tail without adhesive. 

Add loop of green ribbon at top behind head, and then mount two birds together and let dry. 


Carefully remove some threads from around edge to create frayed effect. 


Spell out Peace, Unity, and Kindness with rolling alphabet stamp (I was able to spell out Peace and Unity and stamp at one time, then went back and stamped kindness).  Ink with permanent black ink and stamp onto muslin fabric. 


Cut out two wings for bird. 


Use red fabric marker to add faux stitching around wings. 


Apply Fabri-Tac to bakc of wings and mount on either side of cardinal. 


Use Black Multi-Surface Satin paint to paint face on both sides of cardinal.  Let dry. 


Use end of paintbrush handle to add a small dot of Oyster Beige paint for eye on each side of face. 


Gently stuff cardinal with fiber fill.  Use Fabri-Tac to seal end of tail when finished stuffing. 


Add green ribbon bow to base of hanging loop. 




Monday, November 28, 2016

Die Cutting Magic - E-Book Launch!


Eileen Hull's new E-Book - Die Cutting Magic - is now available!  This book is PACKED full of creative ideas featuring dies that Eileen Hull has designed for Sizzix®.   A huge variety of creative artists have come together to share their projects this book - and I'm honored to say that I have several projects included too! Regular price is $12.97 - but during the month of December you can purchase it at 50% OFF - $6.47!   Purchase your copy here!
 
 What’s inside…
   Delicious projects by Sizzix Designer, Eileen Hull.
   Stunning projects by top industry designers.
   Striking photography.
   Detailed, easy to understand instructions.
   Inspirational Gallery
   100% digital…view on any device!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving.  Let us all be thankful for what makes each of us unique, and special in our own way.  Let us be thankful that there are still people in this world who believe ALL people are equal.  Let us be thankful for friends and family.  Let us be thankful for good health.  Let us be thankful for hope when there is darkness.  Let us be thankful for second chances.    My Thanksgiving wish for the world is that there be more PEACE, UNITY, and KINDNESS.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gilded Pear Holiday Card DIY Video


The theme for this month's "Video Frenzy" for Gel Press® is holiday cards.  I used a 3 x 5" plate and DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics™paints for a few different techniques to create background papers for the card.   I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™ to mount the layers and ribbon.  Krylon® Gold Leafing Pen adds a final touch of "gilding". 

Be sure to check out the Gel Press® YouTube channel to see what other creative holiday cards the Design Team is sharing. 



Fat Cat Card


Today I have a simple hand-made card project featured on the Beacon Adhesives blog.  I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™ and Clearsnap® Colorbox® Color Pop Dye Inks by Susan K. Weckesser to create this card.  Find the full instructions and supply list here.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winter Wonderland Wreath DIY Video


This week's episode of the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers Holiday Series features a "Winter Wonderland" wreath I designed.   Featuring products from FloraCraft®, DecoArt®, Beacon Adhesives™, Etchall®,  & Sizzix®.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wooden Spool Turkeys

Wooden Spool Turkeys
Display your wooden spool turkeys for a fun seasonal decoration, or slip in small place cards and use on your Thanksgiving table.  This project is also featured this week as my Cindi's Creative Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks.

Materials: 

Wooden spools - assorted sizes 
DecoArt® Americana Decor® - Creme Wax - Deep Brown
Beacon Adhesives™ 3-in-1 Adhesive
CreateAlong.com Blowing in the Wind Feather Silicone Mold
Makin’s Clay® - Earth Tones, Merlot  
White acrylic paint
Toothpick 
Burlap - original, light brown, dark brown 
Paper Towels 

Instructions: 

Color woodens spools using deep brown creme wax.  

Wrap each spool in a strip of burlap, using 3-in-1 adhesive to attach. 

Using feather silicone mold and assorted shades from the Earth Tones pack of clay, make assorted 
feathers.

Arrange feathers as desired for tail of each turkey. 
Mount feathers together to form tails.  Glue tails to top edge of each spool. 


Make heads of turkey with brown clay.  Mount to front top edge of each spool.

Use clay to make beaks & wattles.  Attach to heads. 

Use toothpick to make eyes with white paint.  

Let clay dry 24 hours. 


If desired, make place cards and insert into feathers.