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!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

MMM...Pie! etchall® Etched Glass Pie Plate


Apple, Pumpkin, Cherry, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cream, Sweet Potato, Coconut Cream, Blueberry……. Pie, so many choices - all delicious!  This fun etched glass pie plate would make a fun gift for a new bride, or even as a house warming gift for someone.    Include a few of your favorite pie recipes or a recipe for a special pie crust.  

Creating customized glassware like this is easy with etchall® Creme! 

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


Materials: 

Glass pie plate
etchall® Creme 
etchall® Designer Tip Kit
DecoArt® - Americana® Re-usable Stick-On Stencils - Knock Out Alphabet
DecoArt® - Americana® Gloss Enamels Stick-On Stencils - Curly Alphabet, Fleur de lis
DecoArt® - Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels® - Red, Orange, Yellow
DecoArt® - Americana® Gloss Enamels® - Hauser Medium Green 
Measuring tape, permanent marker, fine paintbrush 

Instructions: 

On back of plate, find center and draw crossing lines to divide plate into quarters. 

On inside of plate, arrange stencils to spell out types of pie in each quarter.  Place decorative stencil in center of plate.   

Place etchall® Creme into Designer Tip Kit, apply creme to each stencil.  Let set 15 minutes.  Wash to clean.  (*Note - etchall® Creme is re-usable, it can be returned to the bottle and used repeatedly; however, since I used such a small amount of creme on these stencils, I simply washed to remove it). 

Use capital M stencil to etch MMM… on inside sides of plate were each line ends.  


Paint fruit with fine paint brush and Gloss Enamels® paints on outside sides of plate above each type of pie.  Add decorative dots of paint around center etched image on back of plate.  Cure paint by following manufacturer instructions.

Use damp cloth to buff marker off back of plate. 







Thursday, February 25, 2016

Something to "Gel-ibrate" - New Gel Press® Creative Team Member!



I am excited and honored to share that I have been selected as a Creative Team member for Gel Press®!  You can find out more about the diversely creative team I'll be working with here on the Gel Press® blog.  The world of Gel Printing intrigues me and I cannot wait to begin experimenting with Gel Printing on Smoothfoam™, Makin's Clay®, canvas and more!

More about Gel Press® - Gel Press® is the new brand name of gel printing plates manufactured by POLYGEL- the company that developed the original formula and fabrication process for a permanent gel mono printing plate and they hold the patent.
At one time- this formula was private labeled with another company. That company is now sourcing the gel elsewhere. Polygel believes strongly in the high quality of its product and launched GEL PRESS® - to ensure when you purchase Gel Press® - you are purchasing the quality gel plate that is known to perform. Any other gel plate is NOT the original gel. 
As the manufacturer of GEL PRESS® - Polygel can offer significant price advantages to retailers and therefore the consumer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Faux Weathered Paint - Without the Paint!


Get the look of weathered paint without the paint - with just clear embossing powder and 3 shades of pigment ink you can create this really unique effect!   This is also my featured project in Cindi's Simple Solutions on When Creativity Knocks this week! 

Materials:

Wooden frame with mat 
JudiKins™ - Clear Embossing Powder
                  - Tidy Tray 
Clearsnap® ColorBox® Donna Salazar Designs™ Mixed Media Inx™ - Leather, Honey, Adobe
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Rustic (Brown)  
Heat embossing tool
Rubber stamp 

Instructions:

Lightly rub photo mat with Adobe ink - you don’t want to cover the entire surface, rather apply touches of color.  

Place mat over Tidy Tray, apply clear embossing powder over wet ink.   Return unused powder to jar. 

Use heat tool to emboss. 


Repeat with Leather ink, allowing some ink to go over already embossed areas, and some to color other areas of the paper. 

Emboss. 

Repeat with Honey ink, allowing some ink to go over already embossed areas, and some to color other areas of the paper. 

Emboss. 


When you are finished, the result is similar to aged, weathered painted wood.  I love how some of the ink & powder almost “crackled” when I kept reheating to apply the next layer.



To decorate the frame, I tinted then wood to a darker shade to better match my mat by applying Rustic Chalky Finish paint and then wiping it off before it was dry.   

Next I stamped the wood with a stamp inked with the Leather ink.  


  



Monday, February 15, 2016

Just Mixed Media! 11 Projects Published

I am so honored to be among the many artists chosen to have projects featured in the premiere edition Just Mixed Media! Magazine from Scott Publications.   I have 11 projects in this issue - and one is shown on the cover, on the contents page, and on the intro page for the Canvas section!    Very exciting to see so much of my work in print and to be among fellow Makin's Clay® Design Team Members Patricia Krauchune & Steph Ackerman, and so many other fabulously creative people!









Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Oversized Tag Door Decor


Today on the Smoothfoam™ blog they are sharing this Valentine's Day Oversized Tag Door Decor project.

It’s time to decorate our front door again for Valentine’s Day!  This year’s project was inspired by the great dimensional letters made by Smoothfoam™ and this oversized wooden tag from The Unfinished Wood Co.   Together they make for a fun and unique way to decorate our front door and share the love! 

Materials: 

Smoothfoam™ Letters - 2 X, 2 O
Unfinished Wood Co. large wooden tag
DecoArt® - Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Romance, Innocence 
                 - Americana® Acrylics - White Wash 
Clearsnap® Colorbox® Crafter’s Ink - Fire
Momenta® - ART-C™ Groove Tool 
                   - ART-C™ Adhesive Alphabet Stencils 
Beacon™ Adhesives - 3-in-1 Adhesive
JudiKins™Floral Wave stamp 
Paint brushes, pencil, scissors 
Valentine patterned fabric  

Instructions:

1. Paint oversized wooden tag with "Romance" red Chalky Finish paint.  Let dry. 


2. Use ART-C self-adhesive stencils to spell out “love rules” and “without rules”.  If you prefer, use White Wash acrylic paint to stencil on your lettering - I am stencil challenged, so I prefer to use them as a template with a pencil, and then hand paint).     


3. Smoothfoam letters have small raised areas on them from the molding process, and sometimes the back edges of the lettering are a bit rigid.   I like to smooth all those areas before I paint.  An easy way to do this is with the ART-C Groove Tool and the sanding disc.   You can see the difference in these two “O” letters. 

  


4.  Paint letters with "Innocence" pink Chalky Finish paint.  Let dry.   


5.  Ink stamp with "Fire" red Crafter’s ink, stamp surface of painted letters and let dry. 


6. Cut strip of fabric, tie through hole in tag.  Dovetail cut ends of fabric strip.  


7. Use 3-in-1 adhesive to mount letters to tag.  



Some Bunny Special Baby Announcement & Frame - DIY WCK Video

In this week's WCK All-Star Designer Series episode I show you how to use products from Deflecto, Momenta, etchall, DecoArt, JudiKins, Sizzix, Makin's Clay, and Beacon Adhesives to create two cute projects with a bunny theme - a magnetic birth announcement and a decorative frame.    You can also find the full tutorial for this project, including how I transformed the word "baby" into "bunny" using die-cuts, on the When Creativity Knocks site.   Special thanks to Debra Quartermain for allowing me to use photos of her her beautiful granddaughter for my projects. 


Materials: 

Frame with glass (mine was 8 x 10” to accommodate the bunny size) 
DecoArt® - Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Delicate (pale yellow), 
Refreshing (light green)
                 - Americana Decor™ Creme Wax - Clear 
        - Americana Decor™ - Crackle Medium 
                 - Glass Paint Marker™ - Gold 
etchall® Creme, Etchmask 
Sizzix® - Big Shot™ Machine 
             - Bigz L Bunny Die
             - Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die - Skittle Dee Do
             - Thinlits Die Set 5pk Bundle of Joy, Girl
Makin’s Clay® - White 120g 
                        - Borders Push Mold 
                        - Ultimate Clay Machine™ 
                - Texture Sheets Set B - Dots 
                - Professional™ Tool Kit - straight wheel, wavy wheel cutter 
Momenta® - ART-C™ Groove Tool 
                   - ART-C™ Metallic Paint - Gold 
JudiKins™ KITE™ Stencil 
Beacon® Tacky Glue 
Deflecto® Craft Magnetic Sheet
Light green,  yellow card stock
Yellow decorator chalk 
Gold ink pad 
Yellow & white baker’s twine 
Scissors, paintbrushes 

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

Your refrigerator will never have a cuter magnet! 









Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Face of Cupid Heart Pendant


This rubber stamp seemed to be calling out to be made into a piece of wearable art.  By impressing it into Makin’s Clay® and adding some Clearsnap® metallic foiling, it is transformed into a totally unique pendant to accent your outfit not just for Valentine’s Day, but any day of the year.   Make your clay a little thicker and make a hole instead of adding a bail, and it would make a great keychain too! 

It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop time!  So be sure to check out the Linky Party on the DCC Blog to see what the other creative designers are sharing this month!  

Materials:

Makin’s Clay® - Red (approximately 30g) 
Makin’s® Cutting Mat 
Makin’s® Clay Roller 
Makin’s® Clay Cutters - Hearts 
Heart with face rubber stamp 
Beacon® Tacky Glue 
Clearsnap® Designer Foil - Gold 
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™
Paper towel

Instructions:

Working on cutting mat, roll red clay to approximately 1/8” thick.  

Place a small amount of Tacky Glue onto a paper towel.  Use fingertip to gently dab glue directly onto raised areas of rubber stamp. 

Stamp into clay, impressing image.  


Use largest heart cutter from 3 piece set to cut out face and partial decorative detail from glue stamped image.  

From leftover clay, cut a strip about 1” x 1/4”.  Fold in half, press ends to top back of heart to make a bail to hang your heart.  Use fingertip to apply small touches of glue to bail.    Place any unused clay in zipper bag with damp paper towel or moist towelette to maintain freshness for later use.  

When your glue is starting to dry a bit, but is still tacky (about 1-2 minutes), place gold Designer Foil over clay and press gently to adhere foil to tacky glued areas of stamped area and bail.   Let set a few minutes, then lift to remove foil.  If desired, you can add additional touches of glue and repeat to add more foiling. 

Repeat above step by dabbing touches of Tacky Glue on back of pendant, and applying tacky glue to outer edge.  Let dry slightly until tacky, then add foil.    Let dry 24 hours. 

Apply a layer of Diamond Glaze™ over surface of heart, front and back, and on bail.  Let dry.   Add a second, thicker layer, over first on front of heart.   Let dry.
  
Add decorative ribbon, chain, etc.