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!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Creatively Crafty with Cindi McGee - Clay Octopus & Coral Pendant



In this episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi McGee I show you two ways of molding Makin's Clay® to create this unique "Beneath the Waves" pendant.  First, I make a custom mold with real coral and Amazing Mold Putty, then I use an amazing octopus silicone mold from CreateAlong.com.  

Materials: 

Makin's Clay® - Earth Tones, Vineyard Tones
Makin's® Cutting Mat
Alumilite Amazing Mold Putty 

Under the Sea Octopus Cabochon Mold Createalong.com 

JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™
Paintbrush, scissors, jewelry pliers, craft knife 
Jewelry chain, jump rings, closure 
Real coral 



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mosaic Star Patriotic Door Decoration


This week for my Cindi's Simple Solutions project on When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing this patriotic mosaic star. A few materials, and a bit of patience, were all it took to create this large star perfect for display on your front door as the 4th of July approaches.    

Materials:

16” Smoothfoam™ Star 
The Beadery® Value Pack Clearly Mosaics™ - Pearlized White 
DecoArt® Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels® - Blue, Red
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Red Hot
Beacon™ Mixed Media Glue™ 
Paint brush 
Red satin cording 
Pencil 


Instructions:


Beginning in the center of the Smoothfoam™ star, sketch or trace a smaller star shape in desired size.  Use Mixed Media Glue™ to mount pearlized white Clearly Mosaics™ to cover the star area.  Once star is filled in and defined, begin adding additional mosaic pieces and cover the entire surface of the star.


I wanted a glossy effect to the painted mosaic pieces, so Gloss Enamels® were the perfect choice.  Paint a row of mosaics with Red Crystal Gloss Enamels around entire star.  Let dry.  


Paint remaining mosaics around center star with Blue Crystal Gloss Enamels®.  Let dry.  


Paint the sides of the star with Red Hot Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ paint.  Let dry.


Use Mixed Media Glue™ to mount red satin cording around top edge of star.   Add loop on top point to hang star. 




Friday, June 10, 2016

Colored Zentangled Wall Hanging - Gel Press™ Blog Hop




Welcome to the Gel Press Blog Hop featuring Zentangle inspired projects by all of our great creative team. Hop through all of the posts then go back to the Gel Press® Blog and comment on how you were inspired. One person 18 or over will win a Petite Set! Go to the Gel Press Junkie page on Facebook page and share your Gel Press creations! "LIKE" our product page for the latest news on All Things Gel Press!

These days, both Zentangle and Adult Coloring Books are all the rage.   While I’ve spent a lifetime “doodling” designs on then back of envelopes, etc. while on the phone, I’ve yet to be able to truly master the art of Zentangle with results I am happy with.   So when this month’s Gel Press™ blog hop theme was Zentangle, I knew I had to come up with an alternative plan.   Google to the rescue!  I Googled “copyright free Zentangle printables” and found this “coloring book page”.  A cat, and flowers, two of my favorite things!  I had my answer.   The semi-translucent properties of Silks Acrylic Glaze meant I could create a beautiful mono printed background for the printed image in some of my favorite colors using my Gel Press™ plate.

Be sure to follow through and see what other Zentangle creations our designers are sharing.  

Cyndi
Elena
Kathy
Keri
Materials: 

Gel Press™ 8x10” Plate 
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glaze - Blue Bayou, Sea Spray, Meridian Blue, Olive Vine, Midori Melon, Kiwi
Paper 
Prismacolor® colored pencils
Smoothfoam™ sheet 
Beacon® Zip-Dry™, Fabri-Tac™
1” Light Blue grosgrain ribbon 
Scissors, palette knife, brayer 
Computer/Printer 
“CAT ABSTRACT DOODLE ZENTANGLE COLORING PAGES COLOURING ADULT DETAILED ADVANCED PRINTABLE KLEUREN VOOR” - Find it here 

http://www.catsfotos.com/i/cat-abstract-doodle-zentangle-coloring-pages-colouring-adult-detailed-advanced-printable-kleuren-voor.html

Instructions:

Use palette knife to apply a very light amount of Silk paints to the 8x10” Gel Press™ plate.  Begin on the bottom, starting with Olive Vine, then Midori Melon, then Kiwi, then Blue Bayou, Meridian Blue and Sea Spray at the top.  Lightly brayer.  It will appear almost as if there is nothing on your Gel Press™ plate, as you are using a very small amount of glaze and it has a semi-translucent quality. 
  

Place paper over plate and pull print.  Set aside to dry.  


Size Zentangle image you wish to print to desired size.  My image is 7 x 9”.  Print directly onto gel printed paper.  


Cut piece of Smoothfoam™ sheet to 7 x 9”.   

Wrap print around Smoothfoam™ sheet, glueing in place on sides/back with Beacon® Zip Dry™.    


Cut pieces of blue grosgrain ribbon to fit along each side.  Use Fabri-Tac™ to glue in place.  

Make loop for hanging, glue centered on back top.



Use colored pencils in shades of greens & blues to lightly accent some areas of flowers.  Use green pencil to color cat’s eyes.





Friday, June 3, 2016

Dimensional Tiger Lily with Gel Press™

The third of my series of dimensional flower canvases, Tiger Lily, made with Gel Press™ prints is live with full instructions on the Gel Press Blog.    Soon I'll be sharing what I created with this set of 3 canvases!  Sunflower, Geranium and Tiger Lily... oh my!






Materials: 
6 x 6” Gel Press™ 
8 x 10” Gel Press™
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Inheritance, Heritage, Rustic, Fortune, Enchanted, New Life, Everlasting, Serene, Escape
Brayer
Paper
Beacon™ 3-in-1 Adhesive 
6 x 6” canvas panel
JudiKins Islamic Rosette rubber stamp
JudiKins Florentine Background rubber stamp
Permanent ink pads – dark orange, dark green
Palette knife