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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Brown-Eyed Susan Clay Pendant



Brown-eyed Susan! My project based on Brooke Bock's awesome PCA workshop! I love the rustic "earthy" feel of the finished piece! It's not too late to join the 2017 ADVENTURE and learn this technique, and 23 more! And at the end of the year you can download the tutorials and finish them at your own pace!  http://bit.ly/CM2017PCA 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Etched Slate House Coasters - DIY Video


This week When Creativity Knocks begins airing our Build a Village Series sponsored by StencilGirl Stencils and JudiKins!  This first episode features my etched slate house coasters.  A full supply list is also shared below. 



StencilGirl™ Stencils - Once Upon a Time & Houses 
JudiKins™ - Color Sponges 
etchall® - Etching Creme, Squeegee, Reposition/Reuse Stencil Spray
Kunin® Felt - EcoFi® ClassicFelt® - Ruby
Beacon Adhesives™ - Fabri-Tac, 527 Adhesive 
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ - Chalky Finish Paint - Relic, Color Stain - Brick 
Loew-Cornell® Woodsies 
Scissors, paintbrush 




Corpse Cola & Ghoul Aid - Halloween Decor


What do the creatures of the night choose for a beverage when they need a change from drinking blood?  Why Corpse Cola and Ghoul Aid of course!  

Materials: 

etchall® Dip n’ Etch 
etchall® Stencil ComboPak
etchall® Stencil Cut/Pic Knife
etchall® Light My Bottle™ 
Empty green glass and clear glass bottles 
Electronic die cutting machine & software
DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ - White, Green 
DecoArt® Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels® - Black
DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels® - Purple Cow 
Plastic container to hold dip n’ etch while etching
Spellbinders® Artisan X-Plorer™ 
Spellbinders®  Shapeabilities Collection - Halloween 

Instructions:

Working on software that works with your electronic die cutting machine, begin by selecting the font for the text on your bottles.   I chose “Exquisite Corpse” for the Corpse Cola, and “Green Fuz” for the Ghoul Aid.   Size your text to fit your bottle.  Cut from etchmask.   Size skull image to fit bottle as desired - cut from etchmask.  Use knife to weed excess etchmask from around lettering/skull.  (If you do not have an electronic die cutting machine that will allow you to make custom images - do not “fear”… simply print the text, cut out the letters leaving the border area in tact, and then trace onto etchmask.  Cut out letters with stencil cut knife to create masking letters for your bottles!)



Use transfer paper to transfer lettering to bottles.  



Use Spellbinders® Artisan X-Plorer® to cut graveyard from etchmask.  Apply graveyard to bottom of Corpse Cola bottle.



Cut ligthening bolts from etchmask.  

Mount skull and lightening bolts to top of Ghoul Aid bottle.   



We are etching the entire bottle, so it is not necessary to use water to pre-determine how much dip n’ etch to pour into the container. 

Place first bottle into container.  Carefully pour etchall® dip n’ etch to fill container.  Let set 15 minutes, remove bottle, turn over, and insert top portion to etch.  Let set 15 minutes then remove.  Repeat with second bottle.   Pour dip n’ etch back into bottle - it is reusable!   Wash bottles and remove etchmask.   



Pour a small amount of black DecoArt® Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels® paint into the green Corpse Cola bottle, let run to the bottom of the bottle.  Then  cover the top of the bottle, turn upside down, and rotate to cause the paint to unevenly run down the inside of the bottle.   Turn upright and let paint dry - some areas will have more paint than others - I liked the somewhat ghoulish effect of the blotchy paint inside the bottle.   

For the Ghoul Aid bottle, I added a small amount of purple cow DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels® paint to the bottle, and a few drops of water, then rotated the bottle to unevenly distribute the paint inside the bottle.  Let dry.  

Use white DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ to add dot outline around un-etched Corpse Cola and graveyard on green bottle, and green marker to outline the un-etched areas on the Ghoul Aid bottle. 

Insert “Light My Bottle” fairy lights into the Corpse Cola bottle to add a creepy glow! 





Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Etched Skull Cyrstal Pendant - DIY Video


In this week's When Creativity Knocks Halloween Happenings Series episode, I'm sharing a fun way to create an etched skull pendant - Creepy goes elegant with etchall®!   




"Land Shark" Glasses



My husband and I recently received a creative surprise made by my father and our son Thomas!  “Land Shark” beer is one of Ken and Danny’s favorites, so it seemed like the perfect choice for making a fun set of glasses!    I thought it would be interesting to share how they created the glasses.

Materials:

Clean empty glass beverage bottles
Glass cutting tool
Wood
PVC pipe
Screws 
Rotary sander
Sandpaper 
Large pots for water 

Instructions:

First - some tips they have after creating several batches of these bottle glasses - always start with about double the amount of bottles that you expect finished glasses for.  There is a high chance of breakage in the various steps involved.    Also, because of the potential breakage issues, we would recommend you wear work gloves to help decrease the chance of being cut.  

The first step was to “empty” several glass beverage bottles, then wash them and let them dry. 

Next, he built a “jig”.  Two pieces of scrap wood were used as the base.  One on the bottom, and one on the left edge.   A piece of pvc piping was screwed to the outside edge of one of the boards to create a “stop” and help hold the bottle in place.   He used a bottle to determine where he wanted to make the cut in the bottles, then he cut a notch in the wood and mounted a glass cutting tool to the block in the right location.   The finished “jig” is held in place with a clamp. 
The bottles were then placed on the jig, and rotated to create an etching line.



A large pot of boiling water and a large pot of ice water are the next two things needed. 

Carefully submerge the top of the bottle just to the etched line in the boiling water.  Wait       15-20 seconds then remove and immediately place into ice water. 



The glass will break clean on the etched line.  Repeat until all bottles are cut. 

Sand the rough edge of the glass to smooth.  They began with 80 grit wet sanding and worked up to at least 320 grit until the rims were smooth enough for drinking.  If you have a rotary sander available, it can help speed up the process somewhat, but hand sanding will still be required to get a smooth finish. The sanding will take quite a bit of time - patience is a requirement! 



The glasses are now ready for use.  We recommend hand washing them as the labels are more likely to come off sooner in a dishwasher, etc.  If you are using bottles where the “label” is actually painted on the bottle, a dishwasher would probably be fine! 


The guys plan to do some experimenting with other colors of bottles and have been on the search for green, blue, and brown bottles - even without the labels they would make colorful additions to our glassware!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Etched Glass Finger Food Halloween Plate - DIY Video


It's time for more creepy fun!  In this week's When Creativity Knocks episode I'm sharing a spooky fun way to serve some ghoulish Halloween treats!  etchall® makes it easy!  I added just a touch of color with some DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Newsletter





My monthly newsletter -  Creative Crafting with Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™ - is now live!  Subscribe to receive future issues and view this current issue and all past issues.   A monthly snapshot of what I've created, where I'll be teaching, highlighting inspiration from a fellow artist and more. 

Have a creative day everyone!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Twisted "Metal" Pendant - Polymer Clay Universe Magazine




I'm excited to share that I have another project featured in the October 2018 issue of Polymer Clay Universe Magazine!  My "twisted metal" pendant tutorial made with Makin's Clay® and DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ is part of a great assortment of projects this month!  


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Flannel Blue Jays on The Good Life Blog


So excited to have one of my projects featured on The Good Life blog!   I love to repurpose clothes from the Goodwill into creative projects - it's my "go-to" fabric source!    Read the entire article and see more great ideas for repurposing flannel here on their blog -

http://blog.goodwillsc.org/repurposing-round-up-flannel-shirt-edition/




Monday, September 25, 2017

Etched Spiderweb Halloween Lantern - DIY Video




In this week's When Creativity Knocks episode I'm sharing a fun way to use etchall® to create a mini lantern with a spiderweb lantern!  Just in time for Halloween!   A complete, linked materials list is also shared below the video.   



Materials used in this project: 

etchall® Creme
etchall® Reposition/Re-Use Stencil Spray 
etchall® Squeegee
JudiKins™ KITE Stencil - Spiderweb 
4 - 2 x 3" frames (Dollar Tree)
Hot glue
Beacon 527 Adhesive™
Faux spiderwebs with plastic spiders 
Battery operated tea light (Dollar Tree) 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

2018 Polymer Clay Adventure! REGISTER NOW!




I'm thrilled to be an instructor for the 2018 Polymer Clay Adventure! Registration begins TODAY!  Register within the first 3 days and you could win a prize bag - and one of them also has a golden ticket worth $200!!!  It's just $99 - About $4.00 per class - for amazing workshops taught by leading polymer clay artists.  You have all year to learn at your own pace - and can download the classes at the end of the year too!  FIND OUT ALL THE INFORMATION AND REGISTER HERE!






Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumn Door Banner - Kunin Felt Blog Hop


The Designer Craft Connection group is having a blog hop featuring some amazingly creative projects made with Kunin® Felt!   Kunin® felt die cuts beautifully, you can emboss it, stamp on it, and it is fade proof and weather resistant.  And, it's made in the US from recycled water bottles! Find links to all of the projects here at the Designer Craft Connection blog.

I'm sharing how I created my Autumn Door Banner in the episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi McGee below.  A complete, linked supply list is also shared beneath the video. 


Materials:

Kunin® Premiumfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (8 oz. felt) - Orchid 12" x 18"
Kunin® Classicfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (5 oz. felt) - Pumpkin Spice 9" x 12" 
Kunin® Classicfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (5 oz. felt) - Prickly Purple 9" x 12" 
Kunin® Rainbow Classicfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (5 oz. felt) - Aqua 9" x 12" 
Kunin® Galleria Embossed Felt - Cashmere Tan 9" x 12" 
Expo International Pom Pom Trim - Turquoise 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Almond 
Judikins™ Swirly Feather Stamp
Sizzix® Big Shot Machine
Sizzix® Eileen Hull Flower Layers with Heart Petals Die  
Wooden skewer/dowel
Embroidery needle
Coordinating embroidery floss
Coordinating wide ribbon 
Scissors
Computer & printer, permanent marker (or large alphabet stencils) 






Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Halloween Black Cats Bracelet - Easy Clay Caning for Beginners



Polymer clay caning is a true artform.  The canes created by experienced polymer clay artists are absolutely unbelievable.   Kaliedoscopes, animals, butterfly wings, animal prints, etc.   They are miniature works of art. Since everyone has to start “somewhere” as they learn the art of caning, I thought it would be fun to share a very easy way to create a basic cane used for the charms on a bracelet.  It takes a bit of experimentation, and even my first attempt is not perfect by any means - but it was fun to see how the design reduced and I am happy overall with the sliced beads/charms used for this spooky fun bracelet.  By using this very basic technique, even kids could create canes.  It would be a fun “mom and me” project - the kid could create the cane, mom could use the clay blade to slice it up and bake it, then they work together to create the bracelet. 
Materials: 

premo! Sculpey® - Wasabi, Orange, Black 
  • Clay Cutter Set - Halloween
  • 4 Piece Circle Clay Cutter Set 
  • Clay Roller 
Clay blade 
Parchment paper 
DecoArt® Americana® Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
Paintbrush
Bronze or black jump rings, black chain, closure
Jewelry pliers 

Instructions:

Condition each color of clay.   Roll black clay to about 1/4” thick.  Use cat clay cutter to cut black cat.  Set aside.  

Roll wasabi clay to about 1/4” thick.  Use 60mm round clay cutter to cut circle. 


Use cat cutter to cut cat from center of wasabi circle. 

Insert black cat into wasabi circle. 


Roll orange clay into a “snake” about 1/4” in diameter.  Wrap around the wasabi circle. 


Begin gently compressing the circle inward and upward. 

Continue gently compressing and rolling clay to create a cylinder about 1/3” in diameter.   As I lengthened my cane, and decreased the diameter, the orange clay became distorted as you can see - but I ended up liking the effect that created on the finished slices.  Each one is a little different from the other.   Some distortion is to be expected depending on the brands of clay you use, and the complexity of the design.  I have found that firmer clays tend to work better for caning overall.  Softer clays lead to more distortion.


Caution:  Be sure you are holding the clay blade with the sharp edge downward - I learned this lesson the hard way….Use clay blade to cut slices about 1/4” from the “cane”.  The first 1-2 may be non-usable, set those aside. Continue slicing to create desired number of black cat beads. 


Take any remaning non-usable portion of the cane, and scrap clay and roll together to marbelize.  Roll into tube about 1/3” and slice into 1/4” slices. 

Make a small hole in the top of each slice and bake the charms according to manufacturer instructions.  


NOTE - Oven temperatures can vary - it is best to check your charms BEFORE the time indicated on the packaging, as I have learned the hard way.   This first batch was baked exactly the amount of time recommended.  Which was obviously too long!  Sometimes it takes less time than recommended based upon the thickness of the pieces you are baking, and variations in oven temperatures. 

Let cool. 

Coat top and sides of each charm with glaze.  Let dry thoroughly, then coat reverse side.  Let dry.

Add jump rings, then attach jump rings to the chain.  Add closure.