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!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cover Girl! Just Mixed Media!


I am stalking the mailman waiting for my copy to arrive, but I was super excited to spot one of my favorite mixed-media projects I've ever designed gracing the cover of the premiere edition of Just Mixed Media! magazine!  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Creatively Crafty DIY Video - Clay Faux Valentine Chocolates Magnets


In my most recent episode of Creatively Crafty, I am sharing how to make faux Valentine Chocolates Magnets using Makin's Clay® that look good enough to eat!

The supply list for this project is:

Makin’s Clay® - Brown, Natural, Black 
Makin’s® Ultimate Clay Extruder™ - Disc 8
Makin’s® Cutting Mat
Makin’s® Clay Cutters - Squares, Circles, Ovals 
Plastic Wrap
Deflecto® Magnetic Craft Sheets
Pencil
Scissors 
Beacon® 527 Adhesive 
Box of Valentine chocolates 



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Faux Weathered Driftwood Frame


It’s easy to create a faux weathered driftwood effect and turn a worn out thrift store frame into a beachy keen decorative frame for your home with just 3 colors of chalky finish paint and a few minutes.   

Materials: 

Frame 
DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Yesteryear, Relic, Everlasting 
Paintbrushes








Instructions:

Paint entire frame with Yesteryear (light grey) chalky finish paint. Let dry.  


Lightly dry brush painted frame with Relic (charcoal grey) chalky finish paint.  Let dry. 


Lightly dry brush over first two colors of paint with Everlasting (white) chalky finish paint.  Let dry. 


That’s it!  Quick & easy and it really mimics the look of worn, weathered beach wood or driftwood.   






  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fat Cat & His Feathered Friend Bottle of Hope



This month the Makin's Clay® Design Team was challenged to create their interpretation of a Bottle of Hope using Makin's Clay®.   My bottle has a bit of a story behind it...... about 15 years ago when I began my journey into the world of mixed-media art as a career, my original logo was a hand drawn fat cat modeled after my beloved cat Tigger, and my business name was Fat Cat Creations.   When I started this journey, I was full of hope of a bright future doing what I loved and sharing my love of creativity with others.  So, when the time came for me to create my first Bottle of Hope, I thought that the fat cat would be a perfect theme.   I am lucky to be still pursuing this creative dream, and my business has now morphed into Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™- but I will always remember my little fat cat and how much hope he gave me when I started off!   While the recipient of this Bottle of Hope might not know my story, I hope he brightens their day and brings them a smile.  

Bottles of Hope are small glass bottles covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients. They symbolize a wish and a hope for health.  This project was started in 1999 by a Rhode Island cancer survivor and has spread internationally. Bottles are made by artists, students, survivors, seniors and many more who volunteer their time and love.   Learn more about this worthwhile project, see a gallery of many creative bottles and more here on their website.

My fat cat was hand molded on a 2" glass bottle using Persimmon Makin's Clay®.   The bird in the nest is actually a removable stopper and is also made with Makin's Clay®.  I extruded Light Adobe and Brown clay blended together in the Makin's® Ultimate Clay Extruder™ with Disc #8 to create the nest, and then made the little bluebird out of Blue clay.  I used DecoArt® Americana Acrylic paints to add the details to the cat and bird.

 






Wednesday, January 13, 2016

At the Beach Mixed-Media Canvas - DIY Instructions


This past Sunday at CHA I taught this mixed-media canvas project on behalf of Makin's Clay®.  Candice Windham assisted me and we had a great time sharing the wide range applications of Makin's Clay® with attendees!   



 2016 CHA Workshop

At the Beach 
Mixed-Media Canvas 
Designed by Cindi McGee

Sponsored by:
Makin’s Clay® - Booth #1421

Instructors:



Materials:

Thanks to the following manufacturers who generously donated product for our workshop -

Booth #828  JudiKins™ - Diamond Glaze™, Clear Glass Micro Beads 
Booth #701  Beacon™ - 3-in-1 Adhesive 
Booth #1701 DecoArt® - Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints, Metallic Lustre™ 
Booth #2551  Loew-Cornell™ - Paint brushes 
Craft Attitude™ Printable Craft Film 

Additional Required Materials: 

Booth #1421  Makin’s Clay® - Earth Tones, Concord Blue, Olive, Grape Leaf, Natural -Makin’s® Seashell Push Mold 
Makin’s® Waves, Sand Texture Sheets 
Makin’s® Clay Tools 
Makin’s® Ultimate Clay Extruder™ - Discs #7, #12
Makin’s® Ultimate Clay Machine™
Burlap Canvas Panels 
Clear drying glue stick 
Scissors 
Booth #631   Sizzix® Big Shot™ Machine
Sizzix® Bigz Die - Sand & Sea 


Instructions:

Print verse onto Craft Attitude™ film.  Trim around verse.  *Note - when printing text on Craft Attitude, it is important to REVERSE the text before printing.   

Roll selected shade of clay from Earth Tones set to #5 on Ultimate Clay Machine™; if hand 
rolling, roll to about 1/16” thick.  Place sand texture sheet over clay and press gently to transfer texture to clay.  Let dry 24 hours.  

Use Sizzix® Big Shot™ and seahorse die to cut seahorse from textured, dry clay.  


Apply Chalky Finish Paints to burlap canvas panel as desired to create background.  Let dry. 

Apply glue stick to back of verse sheet, mount to canvas on  bottom half over painted area.  

For seashell embellishments, mix selected shades from Earth tones set with Natural clay to marbleize.  Create assorted shells using Seashell push mold.  Apply Metallic Lustre to 
seashells.  

Roll Concord Blue clay in Ultimate Clay Machine™ to setting #5.  Place waves texture sheet over clay and press gently to transfer texture to clay.  Use cutting tool to cut thin wavy pieces of clay for “water”.   Mount to bottom of canvas using 3-in-1 Adhesive.  
  
Arrange seashells as desired beneath verse, allowing some shells to overlap.  Mount with 3-in-1 Adhesive.  



Place Grape Leaf clay in Ultimate Clay Extruder™ with multi-hole disc (Disc #7).  Extrude. 

Place Olive clay in Ultimate Clay Extruder™ with flat rectangular disc (Disc #12).   Extrude.  Add Metallic Lustre to both styles of sea weed.  Arrange as desired on left side of verse, extending from bottom upward.  Glue in place.  



Apply Metallic Lustre to die cut clay seahorse, mount intertwined with sea weed. 



For the finishing touch we are using a technique created by Candice Windham -  Apply JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze around seashells in areas where they overlap, etc.  While still wet, sprinkle in clear glass beads.   The result is what looks a lot like seawater with a touch of sea foam. 



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

By the Sea Mini Album




I am so excited to have the opportunity to spend some time at Eileen Hull's "Scotty" booth at CHA!  Today I am hosting a make & take project from 12 - 2 PM.  We will be making this By the Sea Mini Album.  I thought I'd share the instructions here too! 

Materials: 


Graphic 45® By the Sea Collection 
Sizzix® Big Shot™
Sizzix® ScoreBoards XL Die - Album, Mini by Eileen Hull 
Sizzix®  Little Sizzles Mat Board
Little B™ LLC - Tropical Fish Mini Dimensional Sticker Embellishments 
Little B™ LLC - Anchors Mini Dimensional Sticker Embellishments 
Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive 
MD® Hobby & Craft Metal Mesh - Copper 
Clearsnap® Chalk Cat’s Eye® Inks - Butter, Pumpkin Spice, Chambray 
JudiKins™ Seahorse and Giant Clam stamp 
Makin’s Clay® - Earth Tones, Natural
Makin’s Clay® - Sea Shells Push Mold
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Champagne Ice, Copper Kettle, Rose Gold, Iced Expresso 
Paper trimmer, scissors 

Instructions:

Die cut mat board cover using Sizzix® Big Shot™ and Mini Album die.  

Die cut coordinating patterned papers of choice of outside front, outside back, inside front and inside back covers.  

Cut 4” x 5” strip of coordinating paper.  

Ink edges of all pieces with coordinating Cat’s Eye® chalk inks.  


Use 3-in-1 Adhesive to mount papers to covers inside and out.  Fold 4” x 5” strip in half, and mount over spine of album. 

Ink seahorse stamp with Pumpkin Spice ink, stamps onto patterned paper.  Cut rectangle from stamped paper height of sea horse x about 3 3/4”.    Ink edges with Butter Cat’s Eye® ink.  Mount onto top section of cover overlapping paper on spine as shown.  

Cut “By the Sea” strip from patterned paper.  Ink with Pumpkin Spice ink.  Mount over seahorse paper as shown.   


Ink Giant Clam stamp with Chambray Cat’s Eye® ink and stamp onto inside bottom of back cover.  


Cut decorative strips from patterned paper and mount onto inside cover front and back as shown. 

Combine assorted colors from Earth Tones Makin’s Clay® set with Natural clay and create sea shells with push mold.  

Add DecoArt® Metallic Lustre® in assorted shades to clay seashells.   


Cut 2” x 2” piece of copper metal mesh.  Add a Little B™ LLC Tropical Fish and Anchor sticker.  Mount to cover of album adjacent to stamped seahorse.  

Mount clay seashells onto mesh.  Gently bend corners of mesh upward for dimension. 
  

Cut  7 sheets of coordinating papers 4” x 10”.  Fold in half.  Ink edges with coordinating Chalk inks.  Add small amount of 3-in-1 Adhesive to each fold and glue pages together.   Mount to inside center of book.

Wrap jute twine around center of pages, and tie at outside top.  


Ink edges of album with Chambray ink. 









Monday, January 11, 2016

Mardi Gras Monogram Key Chain CHA Make & Take


Today in the Makin's Clay® Booth #1421 at the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show in Anaheim, CA, Design Team members Candice Windham, Lisa Haney, Steph Ackerman, Irit Shalom and I will be showing attendees how to create their own Mardi Gras Mask & Monogram Key Chains with Makin's Clay® and Makin's Brand® tools.  If you are at the show, stop by and see their great new products, and make your own Mardi Gras Mask 
& Monogram Key Chain with their Designers! 

Project Supplies:

Makin’s Clay® - Multi-Pack 120g 
Makin’s® Mask Push Mold #39010 
Makin’s® Square 3 Piece Cutter Set #36002
Makin’s® Texture Sheets – Any Patterns  
Makin’s® Alphabet Cutter Set #37001  
Makin’s® Clay Roller 
Makin’s Professional® Tool Kit OR Clay Tool Set 
Makin’s® Cutting Mat 
Key Chain or Key Ring 
Mica Powder

Project Instructions:

Step #1  Roll black clay on cutting mat with roller to approximately 1/8” thick.   

Step #2  Use selected texture sheet to apply texture to rolled clay.


Step #3  Use largest square cutter to cut square from textured clay.  

Step #4  Use clay tool to make hole in one corner of square for key ring or key chain. 


Step #5  Use Mask push mold to mold face from any shade of clay. 

Step #6  Apply light coat of Mica Powder to mask. 


Step #7  Roll complementary shade of clay to approximately 1/8” and apply texture.  Use Alphabet clay cutter to cut monogram.  

Step #8  Mount monogram letter and mask to key chain as desired.  Fresh clay adheres to fresh clay without any additional adhesive.  If needed, moisten with a small amount of water for quick adhesion.  Let dry 24 hours before adding key ring or key chain. 


HINTS:  If clay starts to dry during project, just spritz with water and kneed in fingers until soft again.
             Set aside the ornament to dry overnight or until clay is completely dry.



Sunday, January 10, 2016

Faux Jade Pendants - CHA Make & Take Project


Today in the Makin's Clay® Booth #1421 at the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show in Anaheim, CA, Design Team members Candice Windham, Lisa Haney, Steph Ackerman, Irit Shalom and I will be showing attendees how to create their own Faux Jade pendants with Makin's Clay® and Makin's Brand® tools.  I recently shared instructions for creating this pendant with a JudiKins Clay Squisher, today I am sharing another version made with two Makin's® Texture Sheets - so you finished pendant is double sided!  If you are at the show, stop by and see their great new products, and make your own Faux Jade pendant with their Designers! 



Project Supplies:

Makin’s Clay® - White 60g
Makin’s® 3 Piece Circle Cutter Set Makin’s® Clay Tools
Makin’s® Cutting Mat
Makin’s® Texture Sheets – Any style 

Hauser Green Acrylic Paint

Kelly Green Acrylic Paint 
Hunter Green Acrylic Paint J
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze
Large straw
Red satin cording 
Cornstarch 

Project Instructions:

Step #1 Add about a nickel sized amount of Hauser Green and Kelly Green acrylic paints to white Makin’s Clay®.

Step #2 Mix paint into clay to create a marbled effect. 



Step #3 Add about a pea sized amount of Hunter green
acrylic paint.

Step #4 Mix paint into clay to create a marbled effect.


 

Step #5 Apply a small amount of corn starch to each side of the two texture sheets which will touch the clay.

Step #6 Place ball of marbled clay between the two texture sheets and gently apply pressure to transfer the texture to the clay, flattening the clay to desired thickness.



Step #7 Remove top texture sheet, use circle cutter to cut circle from textured clay. 

Step #8 Use a large straw to make a hole in center of clay.



Step #9 Use your finger to smooth any rough edges of hole and outside of the clay edges.

Step #10 Apply Diamond Glaze, let dry. 

Step #11 Add red satin cording.

HINTS: If clay starts to dry during project, just spritz with water and kneed in fingers until soft again. Set aside the pendant to dry overnight or until clay is completely dry.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Faux Concrete Succulent Planter

Today on the Smoothfoam™ blog I am sharing this faux concrete succulent planter featuring a Smoothfoam cube and Makin's Clay®.

Christmas is over and now my mind is officially in THINK SPRING mode!! I am not a winter girl. I despise cold weather, snow, dark days…all of it. Even with the recent warmer-than-normal weather here in North Carolina, I’m already ready for some HOT sunshine and time on our porch and in my gardens. I decided to make myself a little faux concrete planter with a succulent in it to get me through until I can get into my real garden. Once spring finally arrives, it will move to my porch for display.
Materials:
4″ Smoothfoam cubeMakin’s Clay – White
Makin’s Ultimate Clay Machine, Cutting Mat and Clay Tools
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint – Relic
Beacon™ Tacky Glue
Pepper, spanish moss, jute twine
Craft knife, scissors
Faux succulent

Instructions:
Carefully use a craft knife to hollow out one side of the Smoothfoam cube, leaving about 1/2” on all sides.

Thanks to Lisa Haney for planting the original seeds for this clay technique. She created faux stone with Makin’s Clay and pepper, and I took it a step further to create faux concrete!
Mix 120g of White Makin’s Clay with Relic Chalky Finish Paint until thoroughly mixed. The chalky finish paint has a drier overall feel and texture, so when mixed with the clay, the result really does feel a bit like concrete or terra cotta.
Add about 1 tbsp. of pepper. Mix thoroughly.

Roll in Ultimate Clay Machine, starting at setting #1 and stopping at setting #3 (or hand roll to about 1/8″ thick).
Use the Smoothfoam cube as a template and cut out squares of clay to cover cube.
Working on one side at a time, apply tacky glue over the entire surface of each side and place a clay square on top. Press gently to adhere. Move to next side, using fingers to join the sides at each corner, allowing the seams to be imperfect for a more “true concrete” effect.

For the top, hollowed-out area, apply tacky glue around edges, then place clay square over, and use your fingers to gently press down in center and adhere the clay around the edge, with remaining clay down in hollowed out area. It does not matter if the clay doesn’t completely covered the hollowed-out area, as it will be covered by spanish moss and the succulent.

While the clay is still fresh, sprinkle pepper across each side and press in with your fingers to add texture. Gently brush away excess and repeat on all sides. Let dry for 24 hours.

Tie jute twine around the cube.  Add the spanish moss and faux succulent.  Place on your desk or windowsill and begin daydreaming about truly warmer days to come!