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, April 30, 2016

Makin's Clay® Cherry Blossom Barrettes


As those of you who follow my creative work know, I love designing with Makin’s Clay®.  Push molds are a great option to make creating amazing projects easier than ever.  While Makin’s® does carry a variety of push molds, I’ve also discovered the clay works wonderfully in any brand of mold - and I am totally enjoying experimenting with the molds from CreateAlong.com.  I used their feathers mold to create two projects earlier in April, and my new favorite is the Cherry Blossom mold I used for this project.  The branch in this mold would work with ANY flowers - as would the leaves.   The soft and pliable nature of Makin’s Clay® right out of the package makes it very easy to push into the molds and achieve great details in seconds.    A touch of Ann Butler Designers Iridescents from Earth Safe Finishes gave my flowers and leaves just the right amount of shimmer.  

Materials:

Makin’s Clay® - White, Olive, Brown 
Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Designs Iridescents - Limelight, Berry 
Beacon® 527 Adhesive 
Sakura® Pen-touch™ Paint Pen - Gold  
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Pink Tropic 
Paint brush, scissors, zipper bag 
Metal barrettes 

Instructions:

Creating custom colored Makin’s Clay® is easy to do with a bit of acrylic paint. 

Add a small amount (actual amount will depend on amount of clay you are trying to color, and how opaque you want the color) of Pink Tropic paint to White Makin’s Clay®.     Place into a zipper bag (this is optional, but I think it’s easier to start in the bag).  Seal the bag and begin mixing the clay with the paint.   Once it begins to mix, I remove it from the bag and finish mixing it in my hands.  As you mix, the paint will lift from your hands back into the clay and when it’s completely mixed, the paint will NOT come off/out of the clay.   This entire process took about a minute and a half.



Mold 6 large leaves and 6 small leaves with Olive clay in the CreateAlong.com Cherry Blossoms push mold.  










Push mold 6 flowers with the newly mixed pink clay in the CreateAlong.com Cherry Blossom mold.  They just pop right out of the mold easily, and they hold great detail from the mold. When use your fingers to lightly push the petals inward on some of the flowers.  I flipped mine over to keep them in shape while I went to the next step. 


Mold 4 branches with Brown clay.   

Apply a very light layer of Limelight Iridescents to the leaves. 

Apply a very light layer of Berry Iridescents to the inside of the flowers.   

Use gold Pen-touch™ paint pen to add accents over the raised centers of the flowers.      





You can let your pieces dry for 24 hours if desired, but I find it easier to mount them while they are still somewhat fresh and a bit easier to manipulate into the exact shape I want on each barrette.

I opened my barrettes and placed them between the two Iridescents containers to prop them up for mounting my pieces. 

Arrange three leaves in opposite directions on the top of each barrette, mount with Beacon™ 527 Adhesive.  

Mount two branches in opposite directions over each set of 3 leaves. 

Mount flowers and small accent leaves as desired.   





Let dry 24 hours before using barrettes to ensure clay is fully dry and adhesive is fully set. 



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gel Press™ Button Bezel Bracelet DIY Video with Cindi McGee


My first "official" Gel Press™ video is now live on their YouTube site.  I use large buttons as bezels for Gel Press™ prints for this easy bracelet project. 


Materials:

Gel Press™ 5 x 7"
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Gold, Deep Turquoise, Woodland Green
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - Ultramarine Blue
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™
Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive
Blumenthal Lansing™ 1" white buttons
Brayer, paper, scissors, paint brush, stretch cord, round craft punch same size as inside of buttons (mine is 3/4")





Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Time Birds Refrigerator Magnets - When Creativity Knocks DIY Video


In this episode of the 2016 When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers Spring Series, I share a fun and decorative project for your refrigerator.   

Both decorative and functional, these colorful springtime birds and nest add a bit of color to your refrigerator, and hold your notes, photos and more.  

Materials:

Magnum Magnetics - ProMag® Paint-A-MAG 12 x 24” Paintable White Magnetic Sheets
Magnum Magnetics - ProMag® Standard Energy Round Magnets with Foam Adhesive
Sizzix® Big Shot™ Machine
Sizzix Bigz Die - Birds
DecoArt® Americana® Decou-Page Paper™ - Paisley Punch
DecoArt® Specialty Decou-Page™ Outdoor (I used “Outdoor” so it would be bit more durable and the paper would be less effected by spray cleaners, etc. used to clean the refrigerator surface, etc.) 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ Acrylic - Battleship, Coffee Bean 
Makin’s Clay® - White, Concord Blue, Earth Tones - Light Adobe, Adobe Brown 
Makin’s® Ultimate Clay Extruder™ - Multi-Hole Disc 8 
Beacon® 527 Adhesive 
Paintbrush, scissors, pencil 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Land Among the Stars Night Light featuring Chibitronics®, etchall® & Makin's Clay®


Today the Designer Craft Connection group is having a Chibitronics® blog hop!   What fun it was to experiment with this kit and learn about the many ways you can add LIGHT to your projects! 

A variety of creative products including etchall®, Chibitronics, and Makin’s Clay® come together in this “twinkling” light which would make a great little light for child’s room.   I was right in my favorite creative zone with this project - I felt like a mad crafting scientist! 

This is a LONG post as there are a LOT of techniques on this project - but hopefully you’ll find even just one idea you’d like to try for a future project yourself! 

Materials:

Glass star bottle with cork stopper 
Chibitronics® Chibi Lights LED Circuit Stickers STEM Starter Kit 
etchall® Lighten Up Kit, etchall® Creme 
Makin's Clay® - Glow in the Dark, 3 piece Star Clay Cutter set, 3 piece Circle Clay Cutter Set, Clay Tool Kit, Non-Stick Cutting Mat
DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers - Silver & Gold
Beacon® 3-in-1 Adhesive 
Loew-Cornell™ Simply Art™ paint brushes
Smoothfoam™ 1 1/2" balls - 2
The Angel Company™ “Reach for the moon.  Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars” rubber stamp
Black solvent based ink pad 
Double sided tape 
Blue ribbon 
Scissors, sharp knife or blade to cut Smoothfoam™ balls 
Metal pot scrubber 
White 12 x 12" card stock
Blue crayons 
Iron
Paper towels, newspaper 
Marker 


Instructions:

Mad Crafting Scientist STEP 1 - Preparing the glass star base 
This little glass star bottle with a cork stopper came from our local Goodwill store (one of my FAVORITE places to find glassware to etch - great prices and you help out those in need too!).   It was blue - but, it was just a coating on the glass and as you can see, it was flaking off.   That was fine with me - I planned to remove it anyway to etch the glass! 

A simple metal pot scrubber and some water is all it took to remove the rest of the blue coating. 

Once the glass is clean and fully dry, it’s time to stamp. 

Ink “Reach for the moon.  Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars” stamp with permanent solvent based black ink pad.   Let dry. 

Use paintbrush to apply a good thick coat of etchall® creme just on the flat front of the star, over the stamped verse.   DO NOT follow the manufacturer instructions for the etchall® creme - if you allow the creme to set the recommended 15 minutes, it will begin to dissolve the solvent ink.     Let the etchall® creme set about 10 minutes, then carefully return creme to bottle for re-use.     

Wash bottle again, rubbing to remove solvent ink.   Let dry. 

 


Add decorative dot accents with gold and silver DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ around the  outer edge of the etched area.  
Slice opposite sides off two 1 1/2" Smoothfoam™ balls and use 3-in-1 Adhesive to glue to the top of the cork stopper on the bottle, stacking balls.   This is where your etchall® Lighten Up shade will set - the pressure plate needs a surface to rest against in order for the light to come on. 


Mad Crafting Scientist STEP 2 - Preparing the base for lamp shade 

Unfortunately, the photos I took of this process seem to have been eaten by the camera  gremlin.  

You could simply use patterned paper or solid dark blue card stock for the shade, but of course, I had to take it to the next level lol……..  I love encaustic wax, and I love creating “faux” encaustic wax with broken crayons!    I made this paper by placing scrap paper (newspaper works fine) on an ironing board.  Then I placed a 12 x12” piece of white card stock.  I used a  cheese grater to great up dark blue and bright blue crayons over the card stock.  Then I placed a second sheet of card stock on top.   Place a paper towel over the card stock.  With an iron on a LOW setting, begin ironing over the paper to melt the crayon, moving the card stock slightly to swirl the melted crayons.   That’s it!  You can peel them back and check to be sure the area is all covered, add more, etc. as needed.    

Once your paper is ready, trace the shade template that comes with the etchall® Lighten Up kit onto the back of the paper with a marker.  Cut out.   








Mad Crafting Scientist STEP 3 - Cue the Frankenstein movie music…. It has “LIGHT’’’’ It has “LIGHT”!   Adding the Chibitronics® Circuit Stickers 

I will admit, this next part worried me.  But, the instructions provided with the Chibitronics® Chibi Lights LED Circuit Stickers STEM Starter Kit made it easy to achieve good results!   

First, measure enough of the copper conductive tape to fit around the bottom part of your lamp shade.  To save on tape, they recommend cutting the piece in half - and it worked great!  

I wanted to add multiple Chibi Lights to my shade, so I followed the instructions and placed two pieces of the copper tape as shown, just far enough apart so both sides of the circuit sticker would be touching the tape. 


I then placed the self-adhesive Chibi Lights evenly spaced around the shade over the tape as instructed. 

I added a paper “pocket” to the back of my shade, again following the manufacturer instructions, to hold the battery.   

Place the paper shade onto the base shade.

Let their be LIGHT! 

Mad Crafting Scientist STEP 4 - Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow!  Adding more embellishments…

Next, cut enough blue ribbon to fit over the copper tape.  Cut into pieces to fit between your Chibi Lights and use double sided tape to adhere. 

Trace the removable cover for the battery compartment of the shade onto the same faux encaustic paper and cut out.   Mount to cover.  

Cut piece of ribbon and mount around side of removable cover.   

For the final touch, I thought it would be fun to add some glow in the dark elements so your little light will have a soft glow even after your light is off for the njght.  Makins Clay® in Glow in the Dark was the answer!  

Roll the clay thin (about 1/8”) with the clay roller.  Place plastic wrap over the rolled clay and use smallest star cutter from 3 piece Star clay cutter set to cut stars to cover each Chibi Light.  (Plastic wrap makes it easy to lift cutter from clay without clay sticking inside cutter!)  Make a hole just large enough for the light to shine through in the center of each star with the clay tool.   Mount clay stars over Chibi Lights with Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive.       





For moon, roll clay to about 1/2” thick.  Place plastic wrap over rolled clay,  use largest circle cutter from 3 piece Circle clay cutter set to cut circle, then use circle cut again making crescent moon shape.  
Glue moon to top center of shade. 



Place shade over Smoothfoam™ balls on star base.   

Chubby Lights Activated!
When the etchall® Ligthen Up light is activated, it will give off a great LED glow.  You can use your Chibi Lights along with the shade’s LED light, or just activate your Chibi Lights when the shade is off for a twinkling effect without as much light.   Either way, when you shut off your Lighten Up shade and your Chibi Lights for the night, your glow in the dark stars and moon will still give off a soft glow for a while.   



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gel Press™ Earth without Art is just "eh" Wall Hanging - Gel Press™ Blog Hop Time!


Thank you for joining our Earth Day Gel Press™ Blog Hop!  We will have a challenge every month!  This gives you the opportunity to play along AND win a Gel Press™ for yourself!  You could win a Gel Press™ Plate!!  

We want to encourage you to reuse and recycle with Gel Press™.  Have you though of making Gel Press™ prints on old maps? What about old Christmas cards or even magazines?  Hop around and see what our Designers have come up with for this hop.  Gel Press™ will be giving away a prize again this month.  Comment on the Gel Press™ blog what your favorite project was and why.  We will accept comments from April 20-24.  The winner will be announced on the  FB Page  and on Gel Press™ Junkies FB page!   Good luck!

Hop along by following these links: 
Materials: 

Gel Press™ - 8” Round
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - New Life, Everlasting, Legacy 
Brayer 
Palette knife 
Paper 
Glass beads 
JudiKins™ Snappy Tray 
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze 
ART, compass, globe rubber stamp 
Black permanent ink pad 
Rolling letter/number stamp 
Assorted acrylic letters, black lettering stickers
Black permanent marker 
8” Smoothfoam™ Disc 
Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive 
Blue 1” ribbon 

Instructions:

For this project, less paint leads to better results.  Use palette knife to apply small amounts of each shade of Chalky Finish Paint to 8” Round Gel Press™.  Brayer to blend colors.   


Stamp UNINKED “Art” rubber stamp into paint.    Repeat with compass stamp and globe stamp, cleaning off paint between each impression.   I find that by working with a thin layer of the chalky finish paint you get better results with lifting the paint with the  rubber stamps. 

Place paper over plate and press to transfer print.  



Cut out. 

Apply a “strip” of Everlasting paint next to the “ART” stamped area. Let dry. 

Ink ART Stamp with permanent black ink, stamp over the lifted ART stamped area.   

Spell out WITHOUT on rolling letter stamp, stamp with black ink onto painted white strip next to ART. 

Add “is just” lettering with black acrylic letters.  Ad - eh- beneath “is just” and add “ “ with permanent marker.

Mount “earth” acrylic letters.  



Use Diamond Glaze™ to mount coordinating colors of glass beads around outside of print. 



Paint outside edges of 8” Smoothfoam™ disc with New Life Chalky Finish Paint.  Let dry.  

Use Beacon™ 3-in-1 to mount blue ribbon loop to back of disc to hang finished piece. 

Use 3-in-1 to mount print to top of disc. 




So many options.....so little time!