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!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Leaf Textured Concrete Planter DIY Video


In this episode of my WCK seriesBehind These Eyes I am sharing how easy it is to create a custom concrete planter with Beacon Maker Mix™ and DecoArt® Americana Decor® Outdoor Living paint.





Monday, June 19, 2017

Haunted Mausoleum Birdhouse in Just Steampunk!




What fun it was to open the recent issue of Just Steampunk! Magazine and discover my Haunted Mausoleum Birdhouse was a full page!   I used a variety of products from Plaid®, Makin's Clay®, and Beacon Adhesives™ to create this spooky project.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wedding Window


Wedding Window

My brother in law recently got married and they had a casual, BBQ reception.  I created their  table centerpieces, made their cake & cupcakes, and wanted to create something unique for them to have as a momento of their special day. The answer was a vintage window repurposed into a unique wedding gift for the bride & groom with the help of etchall® Creme & DecoArt® Chalkboard Paint.   Etched with their names & wedding date, it’s a great momento of their special day, and by using the chalkboard paint on the bottom pane, it’s also a useful home-decor piece. 

Congratulations Rickey Ray & Kelly Jo - it was our a pleasure to be a part of your big day! :) 




Materials:

Vintage window 
Electronic die cutting machine
Sticky back vinyl
etchall® Creme 
etchall® Squeegee 
DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint (or Gloss Enamels® Glass Chalkboard Paint)
The Twinery® Baker’s Twine - “Denim” 
Blue flat backed glass marble 
Beacon 527 Adhesive™
Chalk 
Paint brush 

Instructions:

Use electronic die cutting machine to create stencil on sticky back vinyl of text you wish to etch.    Size of font, etc. will depend upon the size of the window you are working on.   

Clean glass. 

Use ruler and permanent marker to measure and align stencil before removing backing and placing onto glass.

I placed a piece of painter’s tape to adhere the left edge and hold the stencil in place BEFORE I began removing the backing. 

Once the backing is removed and the stencil is in place, cover the remaining glass with painter’s tape. 


Use squeegee to apply a thick coat of etchall® creme over all lettering.  Let set 15 minutes.  Return cream to bottle and use damp cloth to remove remaining cream from surface.  Remove stencil and clean window with window cleaner (this will also remove any marks made with the permanent marker).




Paint bottom pane of glass with DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint.  Let dry.  Repeat with second coat, painting in the opposite direction of the first coat.  Let dry 24 hours.   

Prepare chalkboard for use by covering surface with chalk, then wiping clean.  


Create decorative push pin by Beacon 527 Adhesive™ to mount a thumb tack to the back of a flat backed glass marble.  

Tie baker’s twine to piece of chalk, tie opposite end around push pin and insert into wood of window. 

Add your message and leave on gift table near the guest book for the guests to add their well wishes to the bride & groom.  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Get Connected to Creativity!

The Designer Crafts Connection website offers  many creative, inspiring projects - each month there is a new opportunity to find links to tons of themed projects!  This month the theme is Patriotic/4th of July and Father's Day.   Find the full link list here (and new links are being added daily so check back in for more ideas!)

Here's just a glimpse of a few projects shared so far this month:






Patriotic Star Earrings


This week on the Makin's Clay® blog I share how to create these easy Patriotic Star Earrings.  A little bit of shine from Krylon® silver leafing and shimmer from Clearsnap® Smooch Glitz are the perfect finishing touch! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Etched Garden Window DIY Window


I found this quote "The Garden is a Mirror of the Heart" and loved it - so in this When Creativity Knocks episode I show how to transform a vintage window with an etched mirror and etched glass panes into an eclectic accent for my flea market garden.    etchall® to the rescue!



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Welcome to the LAKE Sign


We just finished building an awesome screen porch on our lake cottage and I wanted to make something to hang over the door. Combining some of my favorite things - old wood from a tobacco barn, and awesome metal dimensional embellishments, this project was the perfect solution!

Materials:

Aged wooden plank - this was wood from an old tobacco barn - but aged pallet wood would also work!
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - White Wash
Paint brush
Computer & printer 
Metal dimensional fish from CreateNCraft.com 
Jax® Pewter Black
Beacon 527 Adhesive™ - BeaconAdhesives.com
Ruler, pencil, paper towel, scissors
Matte spray sealant 

Instructions:

Determine about how big you want your lettering to be on the wooden plank, then select fonts you like.  Type up what you want the sign to say and enlarge it enough to fit the pre-determined size.  For reference, the “capital” W on my sign is about 2” tall.  I chose Coolock Black and HarabaraHand for my lettering.

Print the lettering/words.   Cut out around the words/lettering.

Use ruler to draw a straignt line with a pencil where you want the base of your lettering to be on the sign.   Draw another reference line above that line, placed at whatever vertical measurement your first letter is - mine was about 2” so my top line is about 2” from the bottom line.  This will help align your lettering as you begin to paint. 


Use the printed words/lettering to determine placement for the painted text, and as a reference as you begin to hand paint your lettering (Note:  you can also use a craft knife to cut out the printed letters and make stencils if you prefer - or use pre-printed stencils - I just wanted different fonts than were available….).   I chose to make the final word, LAKE, much larger than the “Welcome to the” text - so drew additional reference lines before painting that lettering. 

Paint your lettering and let dry. 


Mount fish where desired.  (Note:  the metal dimensional fish had a “shiny” metal finish - I wanted them to look aged and more “shabby” so I applied Jax Pewter Black with a paper towel and voila - instant aged metal….) 

My sign is going to be mounted on an outdoor screen porch, so I applied a matte sealant to help protect the painted lettering.  






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Centerpieces" on a Budget!



"Centerpieces" for about $6! Putting together some wedding decorations for a post wedding BBQ - store didn't have enough light blue flowers for bouquets in vases, so I went an entirely different route!  Sometimes it's great to be FORCED to think outside of the box - (although I must admit I had a mental meltdown in the store when they had NO flowers lol!) The battery box for the LED lights is hidden beneath the white metal candle holder....

Summer Fabric Flower Topiary


In this week's episode of When Creativity Knocks, I'm creating this bright & summery flower topiary using Clover's Flower Frill templates, DecoArt® paints, and Beacon Adhesives™.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Easy Faux Chryosocolla Pendant


Chrysocolla is a beautiful mineral - the variations on patterns and shades of color are almost endless - but most are within the turquoise blues and lush green spectrum, with touches of deep navy and sometimes the tiniest hint of metallic shades of copper, or even some with a metallic a bronze like tone.  When I discovered this stone on Pinterest I absolutely loved it and could not wait to try to recreate it in clay!  This is a very simple way to achieve a similar effect.  



Materials:

Makin’s Clay® - Concord Blue 60g 
Makin's® Clay Roller
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ Acrylics - Night Sky, Black Tie, Coastal Waters, Woodland Green, Deep Turquoise, Turf Green 
Bronze bezel, chain, jump rings, closure
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™ 
Beacon Adhesives - Mixed-Media Glue™ 
Jewelry pliers
Sea sponge
Scissors

Instructions:

Roll 60g of Concord Blue Makin’s Clay® using clay roller to about 1/4” thick. 

Using sea sponge, randomly sponge a light amount of Woodland Green, Deep Turquoise, and Coastal Waters paint onto rolled clay.  Let paint dry.  

To apply second layer of color, using sea sponge, randomly sponge a light amount of Turf Green, and Night Sky mixed with a tiny amount of Black Tie paint onto rolled clay.  Let paint dry. 




Place bezel face down onto colored clay.  Impress to mark shape.  

Use scissors to cut bezel shape from colored clay. 

Apply Beacon Mixed-Media Glue to bottom of bezel.  Be sure glue covers the bottom completely to the sides to minimize gaps when the clay dries.  Place colored clay into bezel and press gently to adhere.  Let dry 24 hours. 



Apply a thin layer of JudiKins Diamond Glaze over surface of faux stone.  Let dry. 

Add bronze jump ring to bezel - I used 3 jump rings to match the connectors on the chain I selected. 

Add bronze chain and closure.  



I plan to tap my inner "mad scientist" and see what other techniques I can use to  recreate this stone with clay... so stay tuned! 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fabric Flower Lampshade DIY Video





In this episode of the When Creativity Knocks Fun with Fabric Series I share this "cozy" little lampshade with a homespun feel.  Featuring Clover®, JudiKins™,  Beacon Adhesive™ and etchall® products.