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Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 18 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!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Gel Press® Monster Mash Paper with StencilGirl Video

This month for the Gel Press® monthly blog hop, they are having a "Gel Press® and StencilGirl Video Frenzy".  Each designer was asked to create a project using the stencils we were sent and post a video.  I love Halloween, and so does my very good friend Kristi Parker.  A few years ago we laughed when we discovered we both had changed our Facebook profile photos to a "monstrous" version of ourselves.   These were the photos I decided were perfect to use for this layout about our "monstrously good friendship".    The journaling, written as a "play on monster words associated with Frankenstein", reads as follows:

A full linked supply list for the materials I used is below.


Gel Press® 8 x 10 Plate 
StencilGirl Pam Carikker Stencils 
- Face Map Front
- Right Hand Journal 
- Journal Texture #2 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ Acrylics - Dolphin, Battleship, Pewter, Black Tie, Cotton Ball 
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylics - Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green 
Beacon® Zip-Dry Adhesive 
White paper 
12 x 12 Red card stock
Black patterned paper (mine has metallic effects...)
Green card stock
Black ink pad
Metal brad letters
Craft knife, brayer, paper trimmer 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Plate

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Treat Plate
A Dollar Store ceramic plate is easily transformed into a colorful Day of the Dead Sugar Skull treat plate with etchall® creme and DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ Acrylics.  


etchall® Creme
etchall® Squeegee
etchall® etchnet® Reusable Stencil - Sugar Skull 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ Acrylics - True Bue, Deep Turquoise, School Bus, Pumpkin Patch, Red Hot, Purple Iris, Turf Green
Fine paint brushes
Black ceramic plate 


Place stencil on center of plate. 

Center stencil on plate
Use squeegee to apply thick layer of etchall® creme.  Let set 15 minutes.  

Apply thick layer of etchall® creme
Return creme to bottle.  Wash and dry etched plate. 

Plate after etching
Use fine paint brushes and all shades of Multi-Surface Satin acrylics to embellish etched sugar skull.   Heat set according to manufacturer instructions. 

Add details with multi-surface paints

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Autumn Acorn Pendant

It's time for the Great Mold Putty Scavenger Hunt! The Designer Craft Connection is having a blog hop this month with Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite!   I am sharing this simple seasonal acorn pendant.  Be sure to hop along and see what the other designers are sharing.   Find the links of links here on the DCC blog!

There will also be a giveaway.  Enter to win by commenting on one or more of the blogs of participating designers, then enter to win via the Rafflecopter widget on the DCC blog. One entry per comment.  


Amazing Mold Putty
Amazing Mold Rubber
Amazing Casting Resin
Alumilite Dye - Brown 
Makin's Clay® - Persimmon 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Iced Expresso
Bronze eye pin, jump rings, chain, closure
Jewelry pliers
Real acorns


Mix enough Amazing Mold Putty, according to manufacturer instructions, to mold acorn and cap separately.   Divide into two pieces.  Push acorn cap into one piece, and acorn with cap into second, laying sideways, to create molds.  Let set about 15 minutes, remove cap and acorn from molds.

To make full acorn mold, use a small amount of hot glue to mount acorn top down in extra mixing cup.  Mix Amazing Mold Rubber, according to manufacturer instructions, and pour into cup covering acorn.   Let set and gently remove acorn from mold. 

Using the acorn as a guide, trim the eye pin to fit so the eye will be about 1/8" above the acorn

Mix enough Amazing Casting Resin to fill acorn mold according to manufacturer instructions.  Add a tiny bit of brown dye.  Pour into rubber acorn mold.  (I also molded an acorn in the sideways mold, and an extra cap with the "leftover resin" to use on future projects).  Insert the eye pin, and prop upright until resin cures.  Remove acorns from molds. 


Press Persimmon Makin's Clay® into cap mold.  Press acorn top into clay. Let set about 10 minutes, them remove from mold.   Let clay set 24 hours. 

Use fingertip to add a light touch of Ice Expresso DecoArt® Metallic Lustre to cap.

Add jump ring, chain and closure. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rustic Reclaimed Wood Wedding Guest Book Sign

A friend’s daughter found the clever idea of using a reclaimed wood sign as a guest book for her outdoor wedding on Pinterest.  Her father made the sign from old pallet boards, and they asked me to paint it for her.   We looked at several examples, and settled on this version.   I think it’s a unique idea and will make a fabulous rustic keepsake of their special day to display in their home.


Pallet wood sign 
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Lace, Carbon
Craft knife
Computer & printer (or stencils of your choice)  


Determine the size of the heart you want for the background image for your text.   Create a paper template.  Use a ruler to help center the template on your sign.  Trace around the heart. 

Paint the heart with two coats of Lace DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish paint.  Let dry. 

To create the stencils for your lettering, find a font you like.  I chose “Return to Sender”.   
Type your text and resize as appropriate to fit inside your heart   Print out lettering. 

Carefully cut around each letter with a craft knife to create a stencil/template for your lettering. 

Use the ruler to center the lettering and trace onto the heart.  

Paint the text with two coats of Carbon Chalky Finish paint.  Let dry completely then erase any pencil lines that may remain after painting. 

Display the finished guest book sign at the wedding along with permanent markers for the guest to sign it.   After the wedding, spray the entire surface with DecoArt® Americana Spray Sealer - Matte.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bras for A Cause - The Eye of a Tiger

My husband is brave.  Not just because he's a fireman, but because he's a fireman who cares enough about the health of women to wear a bra in public.  Yep, a bra.   A bra and his turnout gear & helmet.  But not just because he wants to......... he's part of the local Bras for A Cause Charity Auction this Thursday, October 20th.   Each participant was asked to bring a "decorated" bra......and choose a song they wanted to walk the runway to.   After much thought, it was decided that Danny would do his strut to the song ROAR by Katie Perry.  This part of the lyrics just seemed appropriate for the fight against breast cancer:

You held me down, but I got up (hey)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready 'cause I've had enough
I see it all, I see it now
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
'Cause I am the champion, and you're gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar
And of course, since we decided on that song, his bra had to be the EYES OF THE TIGER.  
So the task of transforming this $3.00 clearance rack bra into a "roaring work of art" began.... 
I used DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ acrylics to hand paint the decorative eyes & stripes.   A mixture of Muted Gold and Paprika was perfect for creating just the right tone for his bold "orange" coloring.   Black Tie & Cotton Ball were used for the stripes. 

A "Twist" on the HeART in Hand

HeART in Hand Card by Cindi McGee
Today on the Gel Press® blog they are sharing a created I created with a StencilGirl stencil and DecoArt® paints.  A Makin's Clay® heart adds dimension, and Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive holds it all together.  Find the full instructions here. A complete, linked supply list is below.

  • Gel Press® 6 x 6” Plate
  • DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic – Turf Green, True Blue, Red Hot, School Bus, Pumkin Patch
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic – Grape Juice, Oyster Beige, Peaches & Cream
  • StencilGirl Products – Journaling Right Hand 6 x 6” Stencil
  • Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive
  • Makin's Clay® - Red
  • White paper
  • Black card stock
  • ART rubber stamp
  • Clearsnap® ColorBox® Susan K. Weckesser, Inc., Color Pop Mini ink pad - Black
  • Rubber brayer
  • Color sponge
  • Scissors

Saturday, October 8, 2016

NCAEA Conference

I represented Makin's Clay® at the NCAEA Conference in Winston-Salem, NC, this week.  It was great to meet so many creative art teachers and share the many options of adding Makin's Clay® to their curriculums.  Thanks to Nasco Arts & Crafts for allowing me to be a part of their booth!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Polymer Cafe Cover Girl - Faux Succulents!

I am SO EXCITED to share that I am a cover girl once again on the November/December 2016 issue of Polymer Cafe Magazine!  My Makin's Clay® faux succulents & faux concrete planter are featured on the cover and inside with a full tutorial.   DecoArt® paints are also key parts to both parts of this project.

Like these succulents?   You can learn how to make them in this issue, and learn how to make more varieties in my 2017 Polymer Clay Adventure workshop!  Click HERE to register and take 24 amazing polymer classes by some of the top clay artists!  It comes out to $4.16 per class - which is an amazing and affordable opportunity!  

Time for a Creepy Cocktail!

Creepy Cocktail Glass - For a "bloody good time!" 
I had a little spooky fun this week with etchall® Creme & DecoArt® glass paints!   Add your favorite blood red martini and a chocolate eyeball accent and you're ready to enjoy your creepy evening!


etchall® Creme
etchall® Designer Tip Kit
DecoArt® Crystal Gloss Enamels™ - Black, Red
Martini glass
Chocolate eyeball
Fine paintbrush


Fill Designer Tip Kit bottle with etchall® Creme.   Add detailing tip and draw spiderweb on outside of glass.  Let set 15 minutes, then wash to clean (etchall® is re-usable, however, when I work with this small amount I simply wash it clean).

Use fine paintbrush to paint spider in bottom of glass with black Crystal Gloss Enamels™ paint.  

Hold the glass on it's side.  Add a few drops of red Crystal Gloss Enamels paint  to outside top edge.  Stand glass up and let the red enamel drip down the glass like blood.   If your "blood" does not "drip" on to the base of the glass, add a few drops of  red enamel there also.

Heat set the glass paint by following the manufacturer instructions.

For your chocolate eyeball embellishment, carefully cut a slit into the base of a chocolate eyeball candy and gently press onto edge of glass.