Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 17 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, December 22, 2017

Dragonfly Pendants



Another project created using  the awesome "background technique" I learned from Syndee Holt at the Polymer Clay Adventure in Paradise this October.   I had some leftover from the project, and decided I wanted to try it for creating "mosaic" style pieces, and I love these dragonflies that are the result!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dimensional Crackle Pendant


I learned an awesome "background technique" from Syndee Holt at the Polymer Clay Adventure in Paradise this October.   I had some leftover from the project, which I decided to do a little of my mad scientist experimenting with.  I "crackled" it and I love the dimensional effect!


Monday, December 18, 2017

Discounted Price on 2017 Polymer Clay Adventure!

A GREAT opportunity to take 24 amazing workshops from top clay professionals - at a discounted price for a limited time!


Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments - DIY Video


I'm rediscovering some of my favorite holiday projects and favorite episodes of my YouTube series this month!  This one is from 2014.  These ornaments have held up perfectly!  Smoothfoam balls were the perfect smooth surface for these ornaments! 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Black, White & Red - Learning New Techniques


The clock is ticking, but there is still time to learn new techniques and create 24 awesome projects! You'll have access to these tutorials forever so you can learn at YOUR pace! 

JOIN the 2017 POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE before it's too late!   http://bit.ly/CM2017PCA

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Clay Gingerbread House





This is a project from 2010 - but it is still one of my favorite holiday projects!  I love this little Gingerbread House made with products from Makin's Clay® and Sizzix®!   You can find the instructions here in the original post, but I thought I'd share it again this holiday season for any new followers I may have!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Etched Paw Print Pet Treat Jar - DIY Video



Need a Christmas gift for your favorite four legged friend?  There's still time to make them a customized treat jar - complete with their own paw print!  etchall® makes it easy!










Thursday, December 14, 2017

Easy Sparkling Clay Snowflakes - DIY Video


There's a chill in the air here in NC!  I'm one of those people who does NOT enjoy the real thing, but I find snowflakes fascinating - these easy clay sparkling snowflakes are a great way to add some sturdy sparkle to the Christmas tree - without the freezing cold toes and nose!  :)   I thought I would re-share this DIY project video from last year.   Made with Makin's Clay®, Sizzix® products, and JudiKins Diamond Glaze & Roxs!



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Needle Felted Reindeer Christmas Stocking DIY Video


In this week's episode of When Creativity Knocks I share how to transform a plain dollar store Christmas stocking into something really special with needle felting, tassels, and just the right amount of sparkle - using products from Clover, JudiKins & Beacon Adhesives!  



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Green & Gold Shimmer Pendant


Recently, I attended the Polymer Clay Adventure in Paradise Retreat and had the opportunity to take an amazing workshop with Lisa Renner.  Part of Lisa’s workshop included using two surface techniques to create background effects for the project.   Being the bit of mad scientist that I tend to be, I decided to try combining both techniques.  The result was a veneer that I used to create the centerpiece of this pendant.  You can use any color of clay or paint to create the first layer.  Roll the clay into a flat sheet on the thickest setting of your clay machine, apply a few drops of acrylic paint in complementary colors, and then use your fingers (or a brush if you must) to gently blend the tones to create variated color.   Let the paint dry thoroughly.  



Then roll the clay through a clay machine on a thinner setting to cause the paint to begin to crack and reveal the color beneath.  

For the metallic crackle, which can be done without doing the steps above first, but I chose to try afterwards, simply lay the leafing sheet/foil over the clay and burnish to transfer the leafing/foil.  Then roll through the machine, reducing settings, until the foil crackles as desired.

Thanks, Lisa, for sharing two awesome techniques that I am anxious to continue experimenting with!

For my base layer on the sample below which was used on the pendant, I used premo! Sculpey® Accents Yellow Gold Glitter clay.  I used a combination of teal/turquoise, and green shades to create the blended paint background.    The result was pretty, but not what I was envisioning in my mind, so I took it a step further and applied the gold leafing over the veneer and then rolled it again to crackle the foil. 

Since the veneer was quite thin, I created a base disc of scrap clay and wrapped it in the veneer to create the centerpiece for the bead.   I used premo! Sculpey® Accents Antique Gold and Bright Green Pearl to create the other elements for the pendant.  I love the slight shimmer they add to the finished piece.  I used my Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder® to extrude strands of the gold clay to twist and wrap around the focal element, and to create the bail.   The detailing around the discs of gold and green clay was created with the sphere tool from my Makin’s Professional® Professional Tool Kit. 

Once the piece was baked, I added a thin layer of Sculpey® Clear Liquid Bakeable Clay and used a heat tool to quickly cure it and create the gloss sheen.   I had this unique ribbon in my stash and it seemed like the perfect choice to use to hang the pendant. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Clay Gift Tag Ornaments DIY Video


Did you know I had a YouTube Channel?  In this 2014 episode of my series, I share how to create gift tag ornaments using products from Makin's Clay®, Clearsnap®, Beacon Adhesives™, KellyCraft®, and Ann Butler Designs.  I still love these tags so I thought I would re-share :).


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Etched Glass Christmas Clock


This clear glass clock seemed like the perfect project to bring an unexpected touch of the most wonderful TIME of the year to our home. etchall® products made it easy to transform this plain clock into a special home decor piece. 

Materials:

etchall® Stencil ComboPak 
etchall® Squeegee 
Glass clock 
Electronic die cutter & computer 
Scissors

Instructions:

I began by searching the internet for silhouette nativity scenes and then selected elements to use for the scene on the clock.  Each image was arranged to form an arc to fit the bottom of the clock.

The text for the top was also arranged to form an arc for the top of the clock.  The font I chose is "Lobster Two".


Once these two elements were ready, I created .png images of each and removed the background area then imported them into my electronic die cutting machine software.    



Each was sized at approximately 8” across to fit on the desired area and cut from etchmask®.   


After weeding the excess etchmask®, the transfer paper was used to transfer the images ot the clock face.  




Create a circle from the etchmask® to cover the area where the face of the clock is.  I found a bowl that was the same size and traced it.  Place the center mask onto the clock. 
Unscrew the nuts holding the glass to the clock and remove the glass. 

Use the squeegee to apply a thick coat of etchall® Creme to the glass.  Let set 15 minutes.  


Use squeegee to return creme to the bottle.  etchall® Creme is reusable!  


Wash the glass thoroughly and remove the etchmask®.   Let dry. 

Re-attach glass to the clock. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Snowflake Frame Ornament - Polymer Clay Universe Magazine Project



I'm excited to have a project featured in the December issue of Polymer Clay Universe Magazine!  My "Feeling Frosty Frame Ornament" was created with the CreateAlongBox.com Winter Wonderland box and features my first attempt at the Mica Shift technique!   Find it along with 5 other amazing tutorials,an interview with Syndee Holt, Glitter Challenge entries, a new Q&A section featuring answers to the most-asked questions, and so much more! Check it out and join today- BACK ISSUES INCLUDED!   Find it here! 


Frosted Snowflakes Pendant


The chill is in the air!  Time to whip out the sweaters and cozy clothes.   This necklace will be the perfect accent to some of my comfy winter clothes.  The November Winter Wonderland CreateAlongBox.com kit had almost everything I needed to create this project!

I used premo! Sculpey® Accents Pearl and White Gold Glitter, and plain white.

I also tried something new and did some experimenting with the Mica Shift technique (which I loved!) to create the background for the piece.  

Check out the Polymer Clay TV & Polymer Clay Productions blog to see this project and many more!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Magic Reindeer Food


Christmas time is fast approaching!  This fun gift is sure to brigthen the season for a special little one in your life!  They will have their own bottle of “magic reindeer food” to help lead Santa’s reindeer to their yard!   

Materials: 

Glass salt/pepper shaker (Dollar Tree)
etchall® Creme
etchall® Squeegee
etchall® etchmask™ Stencil ComboPak 
Electronic die cutting machine or reindeer die & manual die cutting machine 
DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ - Red 
Candy sprinkles
Fine silver glitter 
Decorative ribbon
Computer & printer  

Instructions: 

I used the electronic die cutting machine to resize a reindeer image I found online and cut 4 about 1” in diameter from etchmask®.   


Weed area around reindeer and any un-needed inside sections.  Place piece of transfer sheet over the reindeer image and press to adhere.  


Wash and dry glass salt shaker.  Center reindeer on side of bottle and press to adhere, then remove transfer sheet backing sheet from etchmask image. 

Repeat on all 4 sides. 


Use squeegee to apply a thick coat of etchall® Creme to all sides of the bottle.  Let set 15 minutes.  


Return excess cream to bottle.  etchall® Creme is re-usable! 

Wash bottle and remove etchmask.   Let dry. 


Use red DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ to color the reindeer noses red.  Let dry. 

Design and the “instructions” as desired and print.  Make a small hole in one corner and tie to the bottle with the ribbon.   I found the verse I chose to use on my tag here on Pinterest. 

To add to the sparkling holiday fun, mix a small amount of fine silver glitter with candy sprinkles.  Fill shaker with mixture.  Caution:  if you choose to add the glitter, be sure your little one understands this is reindeer food and not people food…… if you want your little one to be able to enjoy a little reindeer food on their favorite reindeer Christmas cookies, then just omit the glitter!