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!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Chocolate Buttons & A Thread Spool Too!


Chocolate Buttons & Thread Spool

Even in this age of technology and using email or text for almost everything, an old fashioned THANK YOU for a gift, a good deed, or for being a friend never goes out of style.  These chocolate butons and wooden spool are a fun and unique way to say “thank you SEW much” in a way that shows you care enough to go beyond the electronic thank you! Or change your greeting and present them to someone who is “SEW Special” for a pick-me up any time of year.   Or say “We hope you feel SEW much better soon!”….There are “sew” many other fun verses you could use when these chocolate buttons would be perfect! 


Materials: 

Ad-Tech Hot Glue Gun, glue sticks 
Assorted buttons
Wooden spools
Paper cups 
Plate or ceramic tile 
Chocolate 
Paintbrushes or wooden skewers 
Plastic lunch or snack sized bags 
Fabric
Scissors, pinking shears 
Computer & printer
Gel pen
Round head pins 

Instructions:

Wash all buttons and wooden spools thoroughly before molding.  Let wooden spools dry overnight to ensure they are fully dry. 

Since I was molding buttons, and I wanted the finished chocolates to be less fragile, I hot glued two of each button back to back to create a deeper mold. 

Cut paper cups into rings to create forms for your molds. 

Hot glue the cup rings to a plate or ceramic tile. 

Hot glue the buttons to the plate/tile inside the form. 

Create two forms for the wooden spools, cut small notches in opposide sites.  Insert handle of paintbrush or wooden skewer and place in notches of forms. 

Heat Amazing Remelt, which is a food safe, re-usable  molding material, according to manufacturer instructions.  Pour into molds.  Let set according to manufacturer instructions. 

Remove forms and carefully remove mold. 


Melt chocolate slowly in a double boiler or in a microwave heating no more than 30 seconds at a time and stirring. (Tip:  I add a small touch of vegetable shortening while melting the chocolate to make it a bit smoother for pouring & molding).

Pour melted chocolate into the molds.  Let cool thoroughly.  When chocolates are set, carefully remove from molds.   If desired, repeat with assorted types of chocolate to add a variety of colors to your buttons (white chocolate, butterscotch chips….) 


When you are finished with your molds, simply remelt the Amazing Remelt material and use again for endless food-safe molding options! 

Place your chocolates into a plastic bag. 

Use pinking shears to cut a piece of fabric to fold over the top of the bag of chocolates. 

Print out “Thank you “SEW” much!” on paper.  Cut around text with pinking shears. 

Use gel pen to add faux stitching to the word SEW and around the borders.  

Use coordianting round head pins to attach the verse to the fabric and hold the fabric to the bag. 



These could even be mailed if wrapped in a small piece of bubble wrap or mailed in a padded envelope.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Polymer Cafe Covergirl! - Crackle Necklace


I am thrilled to share that I have another project featured as the inset photo on the cover of the January/February 2017 issue of Polymer Cafe Magazine!   There is a full tutorial for my Autumn Crackle Necklace made with Makin's Clay® inside.




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cinnamon Stick Santas



Ho Ho Ho!  Quick & cute holiday ornaments make great gift embellishments for everyone on your list.  These are very simple to make and their delicious cinnamon scent adds to the warm homey feel of the holiday! 
Materials: 

Whole cinnamon sticks
Acrylic paints - red, black, green, white, peach, dark blue
Assorted fine paint brushes
Jute
Hot glue gun
Wax paper 




Instructions:

Place a sheet of wax paper on your work surface (protects the work surface and keeps the ornaments clean while each side is drying - scrap paper can stick to the wet paint, newsprint can transfer and discolor the wet paint). 

Follow the steps shown below to paint your Santas.  Paint the back first and let dry.  then continue with the remaining steps 

Use a hot glue gun to add a loop of jute to the top of your cinnamon stick to hang. 





Friday, December 9, 2016

Easy Sparkling Clay Snowflakes DIY Video


These sparkling clay light enhancers and ornaments add shimmer and shine and, and even a bit of vintage feel with the chunky glass glitter, to your holiday tree.  Making them with Makin's Clay® makes them sturdy, and flexible, so they will last for years.   A Sizzix® snowflake die, JudiKins™ Roxs™ chunky glass glitter & Diamond Glaze™, and Flower Soft® Glitter Frosting are the other "main ingredients" for these wintery sparklers. 





Thursday, December 8, 2016

Faux Pewter Dragonfly Pendant DIY Video



A quick & simple technique to make faux pewter elements for jewelry using Makin's Clay®, DecoArt® paints and rubber stamps.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Steampunk Collar Necklace

Steampunk Collar Necklace 
Today on the Makin's Clay® blog I am sharing the instructions on how to create this bold steampunk collar necklace.  DecoArt® Metallic Lustres™give the clay a great variety of metallic tones.  Beacon  527 Adhesive™ was used to hold the layers together.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Easy Monoprinting with Cookie Cutters



Cookie cutters are a simple way to create fun mrnoprinted background papers for your projects.  In this Gel Press® video I show you how to create this gingerbread boy paper, and a custom plaid background for the Makin's Clay® gingerbread boy accent.   Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™ holds all the elements together.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums Holiday Card - DIY Video


Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.....My latest video for Gel Press® is now live on their YouTube channel.   Featuring DecoArt® finishes and Makin's Clay®.