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!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mono Printed & Silkscreened Clay Disc Necklace - Creatively Crafty with Cindi McGee DIY Video


Welcome to the ETI/Gel Press® Blog Hop. The designers for both companies have been creating wonderful projects. 


Mono Printed & Silkscreened Clay Disc Necklace - Cindi McGee
For my project I'm sharing this mixed-media necklace packed with techniques - I used my Gel Press® to create the gorgeous colored background on discs made with Makin's Clay®, then silkscreened the details, and added dimensional shine by filling hand made bezels with EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin.  View the video above for full instructions.

The Prize!
Want a chance to WIN product from both
companies?  Please leave a comment on EACH blog. Tell us on the Gel Press® blog and on the Resin Crafts blog which projects you found most interesting or inspiring. One winner will be picked, at random, Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 10pm CST. The winner will get both Petite sets of Gel Press® plates and ETI Jewelry Resin! Hop now through Sunday! Winner must be 18 or over and live in the USA. Good Luck!




Hop along and visit all the participating Designer's blogs: 

ETI Blog
Kathy
Ann B
Cindi (you are here!)
Beth Cyndi
Donna
Lea
Karen
Keri
Larissa
Sandee
Paula
Ann
Tammy
Gel Press

Materials list: 

Gel Press® 6" Round Plate
Makin's Clay® - White, Black
Makin's Clay® Cutting Mat
Makin's Professional® - Ultimate Clay Extruder™, Ultimate Clay Machine™, Professional Clay Tools™
Makin's® Clay Round Clay Cutter Set
EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin
Beacon® Mixed-Media Glue™
DecoArt® Inc. - Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™Acrylic Paint - Shrimp, Chartreuse, Black, Champagne (metallic)
CreateAlong.com Circle Party Silkscreen
Rubber brayer, scissors, jewelry pliers, jewelry wire, closure, jump rings




Saturday, July 23, 2016

"Bird Song" Mixed-Media Birdhouse


My "Bird Song" Mixed-Media Birdhouse is featured on the Beacon Adhesives blog!   This piece was the result of a box of fabulous products sent to Beacon Makers which we were challenged to create something unique with.   I am pleased to say I used something from almost every manufacturer who contributed to the box!   

I have nicknamed  it the "Bird Song" birdhouse because the papers used for the roof  are from the DCWV® Scripts & Music Notes collection of patterned papers which were included in the box.  
I also used product from FloraCraft®, DecoArt® Inc., Clearsnap®, and of course, some of my favorite Beacon Adhesives!    Find the full stepped out instructions for this project, and for many other creative projects, here on the Beacon Adhesives Blog. 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Seahorses Beneath the Sea ATC's





I had a lot of fun creating these mixed-media ATC's and I am really pleased with the results!  

The complete instructions are here on the Gel Press® blog.

Materials:
  • Gel Press® Petites Set B 
  • DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ – Green Beret, Woodland Green, Blue Lagoon, Sky Blue, Deep turquoise, Coastal Waters
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic –  Light Green, Cool Neutral, Burlap
  • Makin’s Clay® – Olive, Grape Leaf
  • Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder™ – Discs 9 and 12 (multi-hole and flat)
  • Seahorse rubber stamps
  • Embossing ink pad
  • JudiKins copper embossing powder
  • Heat embossing tool
  • White paper
  • Blue card stock
  • Grass texture paper
  • Copper starfish and seashell charms
  • Palette knives
  • Paper trimmer, scissors, paper plate
  • Beacon Mixed-Media Glue™



Iridescent Garden Fairy Cameo Pendant


Materials:

Makin’s Clay® - Natural 60g
Makin's® Cutting Mat 
Silver Flower Bezel -  Rou Romantique by Kristen Robinson for ICE Resin®
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - Foliage Green
DecoArt® Media® - Fluid Acrylic - Interference Green
Beacon® Power Tac Adhesive
May Arts® Leaf Ribbon - Green 
Silver toggle jewelry closure
Jewelry pliers 
Fine paintbrush 

Instructions:


Use Natural Makin’s Clay® to make fairy using CreateAlong.com Fairy Cabochon Mold.  





While clay is still fresh, apply a layer of Beacon Power Tac over entire inner section of bezel, being sure to have adhesive at the outer edges of the oval.  Power Tac is very strong, has no odor, and works wonderfully with Makin's Clay® and a variety of other materials. Carefully insert the cabochon and gently press down to adhere, taking care to be sure the edges are pushed flush with the edge of the bezel.  Makin’s Clay® has a very minuscule amount of shrinkage as it dries. By following these steps, you will ensure that the clay stays securely in place as it dries and does not shrink away from the edges of the bezel.  



Create a wash with a small amount of Foliage Green DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic paint and water.   Use fine paint brush to paint clay area around fairy.



Let clay dry 24 hours.  Add leaf ribbon and closure to form necklace for pendant.  


Optional:  I decided after the piece was finished it needed just a touch of iridescence.  To achieve that effect, I used my fingertip and applied a very light coat of DecoArt® Media® - Fluid Acrylic - Interference Green over the fairy - the result is a very subtle luminescence - just what I wanted to finish the piece! 





Monday, July 18, 2016

Primitive Sculpted Concrete Garden Kitty - Creatively Crafty with Cindi McGee DIY Video


Today I'm sharing my first creative endeavor with Beacon Maker's Mix™ - a lightweight concrete medium which is perfect for molding in their concrete molds, can be tinted with colorants (which Beacon also carries) and also sculpted!  This episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi McGee guides you through the basics of mixing with Maker's Mix™ and sculpting this Primitive Sculpted Concrete Garden Kitty.

http://www.makers-mix.com


Friday, July 8, 2016

Makin's Clay® Stamped, Glazed Poppy Pendant


I am really pleased with how this piece came out and am anxious to try the technique on more pieces - so watch for new versions soon!  It reminds me of glazed ceramic.  The full instructions are here on the Makin's Clay® blog.   I used Makin's Clay®, Clearsnap® ink, and JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Patriotic Projects Galore! Designer Crafts Connection Linky Party Time!

I'm a few days late in sharing, but this month the Designer Craft Connection Linky Party theme was Red, White and Blue!  You can find links to lots of creative patriotic ideas here on the DCC blog.  I shared my Mosaic Patriotic Star  and my Denim & Burlap Tattered American Flag wreath - but there are so many other creative ideas to inspire you - I'm sharing just a glimpse at a few below.   The 4th of July may have passed for this year, but it's never too late to celebrate America - I love to display patriotic home decor pieces all year.  And many of these ideas would also be great for Labor Day events too (although I want to push away the thought of Labor Day coming - that means summer is ending!)


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Makin's Clay® Pink Octopus Pendant


It was love at first sight when I received this amazing Octopus silicone mold from CreateAlong.com - Octopus images are extremely popular right now - they are a major trend popping up everywhere in home decor, jewelry and other fashion pieces.   I've been having fun designing with the mold and just when I think I'm out of ideas, another pops in to my head! 

Materials: 

Makin’s Clay® - White 
CreateAlong.com Under the Sea Octopus Cabochon Mold
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™ 
Clearsnap® Smooch® - Taffy Pink, Frosted Aqua, Pool 
Fine paintbrush 
JudiKins™ Tidy Tray™
Small glass beads - white and pale blue 
Jewelry wire, closure, jump ring 
Jewelry pliers 

Instructions: 

Place white Makin’s Clay® in Octopus mold.  Use fingers to remove any excess clay and smooth clay into borders of mold.  Smooth back of clay.   Remove molded pendant and smooth side edges with fingers while clay is still fresh.   Let dry for about an hour.



Color octopus with Taffy pink Smooch® ink.  Color area around octopus and sides of oval with Pool and Frosted Aqua Smooch® ink.  Let ink dry.   Paint back with Pool and Frosted Aqua Smooch® ink.  Let dry.



Carefully make small hole with a needle at top of pendant for jump ring.  Let dry 24 hours. 










Apply layer of Diamond Glaze over entire pendant (front and sides.)  Let dry.   Apply Diamond Glaze to back of pendant.  Let dry. 









Cut jewelry wire to desired length for pendant.  Place glass beads in Tidy Tray, bead entire length of wire with clear and pale blue beads in a random pattern.  Add jewelry closure. 

Add jump ring to pendant.  Attach to center of beaded necklace.