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!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Peace, Unity, Kindness" Cardinal Ornament


Create this rustic, no-sew ornament to decorate your holiday tree, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of those three very powerful words, not just in this time of horrific unrest here in the United States, but every day, and everywhere.  This project is also being featured this week on WhenCreativityKnocks.com 

Materials:

BurlapFabric.com Red Burlap 
Off white muslin fabric 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Black Tie
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - Oyster Beige
Red fabric marker 
Alphabet rolling rubber stamp 
Permanent black ink pad 
1/4” green satin ribbon 
Paint brush
Fiber fill
Scissors 
Printed cardinal pattern (optional)

Instructions:

I began by sketching the cardinal shape I wanted, and allowing a 1/4” edge around the desired finished size.   If you prefer, there are numerous free bird patterns online you can print in any size. 

Use pattern as a template and cut out two birds from red burlap fabric. 


Apply Fabri-Tac™ adhesive around edges, about 1/4” from edge, and leaving end of tail without adhesive. 

Add loop of green ribbon at top behind head, and then mount two birds together and let dry. 


Carefully remove some threads from around edge to create frayed effect. 


Spell out Peace, Unity, and Kindness with rolling alphabet stamp (I was able to spell out Peace and Unity and stamp at one time, then went back and stamped kindness).  Ink with permanent black ink and stamp onto muslin fabric. 


Cut out two wings for bird. 


Use red fabric marker to add faux stitching around wings. 


Apply Fabri-Tac to bakc of wings and mount on either side of cardinal. 


Use Black Multi-Surface Satin paint to paint face on both sides of cardinal.  Let dry. 


Use end of paintbrush handle to add a small dot of Oyster Beige paint for eye on each side of face. 


Gently stuff cardinal with fiber fill.  Use Fabri-Tac to seal end of tail when finished stuffing. 


Add green ribbon bow to base of hanging loop. 




Monday, November 28, 2016

Die Cutting Magic - E-Book Launch!


Eileen Hull's new E-Book - Die Cutting Magic - is now available!  This book is PACKED full of creative ideas featuring dies that Eileen Hull has designed for Sizzix®.   A huge variety of creative artists have come together to share their projects this book - and I'm honored to say that I have several projects included too! Regular price is $12.97 - but during the month of December you can purchase it at 50% OFF - $6.47!   Purchase your copy here!
 
 What’s inside…
   Delicious projects by Sizzix Designer, Eileen Hull.
   Stunning projects by top industry designers.
   Striking photography.
   Detailed, easy to understand instructions.
   Inspirational Gallery
   100% digital…view on any device!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving.  Let us all be thankful for what makes each of us unique, and special in our own way.  Let us be thankful that there are still people in this world who believe ALL people are equal.  Let us be thankful for friends and family.  Let us be thankful for good health.  Let us be thankful for hope when there is darkness.  Let us be thankful for second chances.    My Thanksgiving wish for the world is that there be more PEACE, UNITY, and KINDNESS.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gilded Pear Holiday Card DIY Video


The theme for this month's "Video Frenzy" for Gel Press® is holiday cards.  I used a 3 x 5" plate and DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics™paints for a few different techniques to create background papers for the card.   I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™ to mount the layers and ribbon.  Krylon® Gold Leafing Pen adds a final touch of "gilding". 

Be sure to check out the Gel Press® YouTube channel to see what other creative holiday cards the Design Team is sharing. 



Fat Cat Card


Today I have a simple hand-made card project featured on the Beacon Adhesives blog.  I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™ and Clearsnap® Colorbox® Color Pop Dye Inks by Susan K. Weckesser to create this card.  Find the full instructions and supply list here.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winter Wonderland Wreath DIY Video


This week's episode of the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers Holiday Series features a "Winter Wonderland" wreath I designed.   Featuring products from FloraCraft®, DecoArt®, Beacon Adhesives™, Etchall®,  & Sizzix®.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wooden Spool Turkeys

Wooden Spool Turkeys
Display your wooden spool turkeys for a fun seasonal decoration, or slip in small place cards and use on your Thanksgiving table.  This project is also featured this week as my Cindi's Creative Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks.

Materials: 

Wooden spools - assorted sizes 
DecoArt® Americana Decor® - Creme Wax - Deep Brown
Beacon Adhesives™ 3-in-1 Adhesive
CreateAlong.com Blowing in the Wind Feather Silicone Mold
Makin’s Clay® - Earth Tones, Merlot  
White acrylic paint
Toothpick 
Burlap - original, light brown, dark brown 
Paper Towels 

Instructions: 

Color woodens spools using deep brown creme wax.  

Wrap each spool in a strip of burlap, using 3-in-1 adhesive to attach. 

Using feather silicone mold and assorted shades from the Earth Tones pack of clay, make assorted 
feathers.

Arrange feathers as desired for tail of each turkey. 
Mount feathers together to form tails.  Glue tails to top edge of each spool. 


Make heads of turkey with brown clay.  Mount to front top edge of each spool.

Use clay to make beaks & wattles.  Attach to heads. 

Use toothpick to make eyes with white paint.  

Let clay dry 24 hours. 


If desired, make place cards and insert into feathers.




Monday, November 14, 2016

Masculine Autumn Birthday Card


Masculine Autumn Birthday Card

I currently have a project on the Gel Press® blog.  It is a Thanksgiving card featuring a number of techniques using the Gel Press® plate.  You can find the full instructions here.

I wanted to share the second version of this card here on my blog.  Finding the right cards for men can sometimes be tricky.  The techniques used on this card can easily work for creating a wide assortment of background papers with a masculine feel.  Add some stamped details highlighting what the recipient likes to do to customize your card.  In this case, it’s for someone who is an avid deer hunter, and as it is the season for this popular sport, it was a perfect time for the selected colors.  If your hunter prefers other game, simply change your stamped image for a bear, duck, etc.  Change up your paint colors and you can whip up similar cards for fishermen, etc.   The techniques used are quick and easy for even beginners to achieve.

Materials used for this version of the project are as follows:

Gel Press® 6” x 6” plate
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints - Restore, Cameo, Inheritence, Rustic, Timeless
Burlap fabric
Large unleafed tree rubber stamp
Deer rubber stamp
Brown ink pad
White, dark brown, light brown, rust card stock
Paper trimmer
Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™
Brayer
Paint brushes

This is the card featured on the Gel Press® blog - 


Thanksgiving Card 



Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Lady Dances: Art Deco Sculpture

The Lady Dances:  Art Deco Sculpture
Australian Artist Lex Sorrentino creates absolutely amazing sculptural works of art with Makin's Clay®!   Lex recently shared basic instructions, tips & techniques for recreating her elegant "lady" sculptures with Makin's Clay®.  I have been experimenting with Lex's techniques to develop a sculpture class to bring  Lex's creative vision here to the United States.   The photo below shows the first, smaller version I created a couple of weeks ago, along with the second attempt....This type of sculpture is definitely out of my comfort zone, but I've learned the key, as to anything, is practice, practice, practice! 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Autumn Door Monogram


In this week's episode of When Creativity Knocks I'm sharing how to create this autumn door monogram.  Featuring products from FloraCraft, Sizzix, DecoArt, Inc., JudiKins, Beacon Adhesives & Gel Press.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Repurposed Vintage Linens Pillow



Vintage Linen Bureau Scarf Repurposed into Decorative Pillow 
Vintage linens are truly lovely.  Their delicate details make them textile works of art.   However, they are often stained from years of use, making it a challenge to use them for their intended purposes.   This is a simple way to use a repurpose those vintage pieces, whether stained or not, into unique, shabby chic home decor accents.   The tea dying process helps disguise any stains because the process itself leads to a bit of an “uneven” dyed end result!   This project is also being shared this week on When Creativity Knocks.

Materials: 

Vintage linens - I used an antique bureau scarf
Tea bags 
Iron 
Scissors 
Beacon® Fabri-Tac™ Adhesive 
Pillow form 

Instructions: 

To tea-dye vintage linens to help disguise stains, boil enough hot water with multiple tea bags to submerge your fabric.  

Submerge fabric and let set about 30 minutes.  

The vintage linen bureau scarf is stained
Tea dying helps disguise stains
Remove and lay flat to dry. 

When fully dry, iron lightly. 

Use pillow form as a guide to determine where to cut your fabric. 

Cut about 2" beneath bottom edge of pillow
I wanted the embroidered sides of my piece ot show on the finished pillow, so I applied Beacon® Fabri-Tac™ along the edge of the floral border and pressed to seal the sides.  When the adhesive was dry, I inserted the pillow form.   If your fabric does not have a decorative edge, turn inside out, glue side seams together, then return to right side and insert pillow form before proceeding to next step. 

Decorative edges are glued together on sides
Again, because I wanted the embroidered edge to show, I folded the cut side up onto the pillow and glued in place, then folded the detailed side down over that and adhered in place.   If your fabric is cut so there is not a decorative edge, glue one edge in place and then fold over to form a hem and glue second edge in place.  


Fold straight edge in and glue in place, glue outer decorative edge in place

Monday, November 7, 2016

12 Artful Ornaments - Learn How Here!


Polymer Clay Adventure is offering a fun Holiday Edition this year - learn how to make these 12 artful ornaments from some amazing polymer clay artists - including Makin's Clay® Design Team Member Patricia Krauchune - Find out more and sign up today here:  http://bit.ly/2eeYV7z


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Bracelet

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Bracelet
Today on the Makin's Clay® blog I am sharing the instructions for this colorful Day of the Dead Sugar Skull bracelet.  DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers were used to add the colorful accents.