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!

Monday, April 24, 2017

ARTISCAPE - It's almost time!


Classes are filling fast - but there are still some spaces left in some workshops!   Join us April 27-30th for a weekend of fun and and learn something new, shop in the marketplace and outside vendor fair!   Find out more here - http://www.createncraft.com/artiscape/

Here are the direct link to my two workshops sponsored by Makin's Clay®, Beacon Adhesives™, Plaid® and JudiKins™







Monday, April 17, 2017

By the Sea Artist Trading Cards


Artiscape is coming up quickly and part of the fun is swapping ATC's with other attendees!  I've been busy creating my swap cards and as usual, I couldn't settle for "flat" - I had to bring on the lumpy & bumpy!   It's not too late to join us in Dublin, Ohio, April 27-30th and have some creative fun!

Materials:

Graphic 45® By the Sea Collection of patterned papers
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™
Makin's Clay® - Peach, Persimmon, Light Adobe
Makin's® Sea Shells push mold, Sand Texture Sheet - Set A
Makin's® Professional® - Ultimate Clay Machine™
CreateAlong.com Octopus Silicone Mold
Blue grass fiber paper
Little B™ Dimensional Stickers - Mini - Anchors & Tropical Fish
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Copper Kettle
Sizzix® Big Shot™ Machine
Sizzix® Bigz Die - Sand & Sea
String
Sea glass
Scissors, paper trimmer
Slate blue ink pad


All of the ATC elements were cut from assorted papers from the By the Sea collection.  I inked the edges of each paper piece with a slate blue ink pad.  Then came the fun - creating the "lumpy" & "bumpy" textural elements.

Persimmon & Light Adobe Makin's Clay® were rolled to setting #3 on the and Ultimate Clay Machine™ and textured with the Sand texture sheet.  Once dry, die cut the seahorses.


The starfish were made with the push mold and Persimmon & Light Adobe clay and allowed to dry for 24 hours.   The octopus "ovals" were made with Peach clay and the silicone mold from CreateAlong.com



All of the elements were mounted with 3-in-1 Adhesive. 


Then I decided they needed a bit of shine - so I used Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre™ on all of the clay pieces to make the details stand out more.









Etched Monogram Vintage Window Mirror

Etched Monogram Vintage Window Mirror 

A friend of ours repurposed a vintage window frame from his family home and created this fantastic large mirror.  Etchall® was the perfect way to create a decorative monogram!  This project is also featured this week in my Cindi's Creative Solutions article on When Creativity Knocks.

Materials:

Vintage window frame with mirror cut to fit the frame 
  • Or purchase a mirror in the desired size….
etchall® Creme 
etchall® Squeegee
etchall® etchmask™ Stencil ComboPack 
Computer & printer 
Plaid® Martha Stewart Crafts® Laser-Cut Stencils, Nautical Study - Rope 
Ruler
Scissors 
Painter’s tape 
Permanent marker 
Window cleaner & paper towels 

Instructions:

Determine the preferred size for your finished monogram.  Choose a font that you like and enlarge the letter to the appropriate size.    For this mirror, we wanted a large monogram - so the size of the lettering was set to 650 pt.  The font selected was “handwriting-draft_free-version” which was downloaded from the internet.  

Print the letter and cut out the letter itself. 

Use a permanent marker to trace the letter onto etchmask™.  

To create the stencil, cut out the “inside” portion of the letter. 



Place transfer sheet from ComboPack onto the stencil.  

Clean the mirror.

Place transfer sheet with stencil onto mirror, using a ruler to ensure your letter is straight and centered.  The sheet allows you to reposition the stencil as needed before adhering for etching. 

Begin lifting away transfer sheet and peeling back and removing sections of the etchmask® backing.  I worked from the top to about half way down, then from the bottom up to the center again, smoothing the etchmask™ stencil in place on the mirror. 



Use squeegee to apply a thick coat of etchall® Creme over the monogram.  Let set 15 minutes.  Use squeegee to carefully scrape and remove creme and return to the bottle for re-use.   Remove stencil and clean mirror ot remove remaining etching creme residue.


For the decorative rope border stencil, I chose a premade stencil.  Use the ruler to determine straight placement along the outside of your monogram.  Tape in place with painter’s tape.  Carefully apply a thick coat of etchall® Creme.   Let set 15 minutes.  Use squeegee to carefully scrape and remove creme and return to the bottle for re-use.   Carefully lift the stencil from the mirror, and then clean remaining creme from the mirror.  Let mirror dry, then re-align border stencil and continue etching around the letter. 





Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Etched Mirror Side Table


In this week's episode of When Creativity Knocks, I'm sharing a vintage candle table redesigned with DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint™ and etchall® Creme.  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter "Candy" Wreath


Who doesn’t love chocolate rabbits and jelly beans?   This little wreath celebrates the fun of an Easter basket and would make a cute accent to your springtime decor.  Makin's Clay® makes your "candy" last forever!  I'm also sharing this project this week on WhenCreativityKnocks.com 

Materials: 

8” Grapevine wreath (this one came from the Dollar Tree)
Celophane Easter grass 
Makin’s Clay® - Terra Cotta, White 
DecoArt® Americana® Frost Gloss Enamels® - Pink 
DecoArt® Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels® - Yellow, Orange, Purple
Chocolate rabbit 
Wooden craft stick 
Wide pink satin ribbon
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™ 
Paint brush
Scissors

Instructions:

To create your jelly beans, form white Makin’s Clay® into jelly bean shapes.  Paint the top of bean with a thick coat of Gloss Enamels® paint.  Let dry thoroughly, then paint the oppostie side. 


To create your chocolate rabbit, follow manufacturer instructions and use Amazing Mold Putty™ and a real chocolate rabbit to create a mold.  View this episode of Behind These Eyes to see the process:


Use Terra Cotta Makin’s Clay® to create a faux chocolate rabbit (you can use any shade of brown for this - create “white” chocolate with Natural clay, “dark” chocolate with a darker brown shade, etc.  You can even add the colored “chocolate” accents that some real chocolate rabbits by using colored clay).   

Let your jelly beans and rabbit dry for 24 hours. 

Attach a handful of celophane Easter grass to the bottom of the wreath with 3-in-1 Adhesive.  

Use 3-in-1 to glue a wooden craft stick to the back of your rabbit to help hold it upright on the wreath. Let dry.  Trim the stick as needed and then push stick into wreath and mount rabbit in center of grass. 



Use 3-in-1 to mount your jelly beans around the rabbit.  

Tie a bow with wide pink satin ribbon and glue to wreath beneath the grass and candies. 



Monday, April 3, 2017

Sherbert Circles Clay Necklace


This lightweight clay necklace has a burst of colors - they reminded me of brightly colored sherbert.  I think this piece would be a fun accent to a spring or summer outfit  It's made with Makin's Clay®, DecoArt® glass paints, and Beacon Adhesives.  Find the full instructions here on the Makin's Clay® blog. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fresh Foliage Clay Collar Necklace


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I'm thrilled to have a project tutorial featured in the April issue of the Polymer Clay Universe E-Zine!  This "Fresh Foliage" collar necklace is an awesome pop of Pantone's Color of the Year - and it's made with Makin's Clay® so it is lightweight and flexible!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Ocean Calms My Soul Mirror - DIY Video


This week's When Creativity Knocks episode features my The Ocean Calms My Soul decorative mirror made with a variety of etchall® products and Beacon 527Adhesive™.   


Monday, March 20, 2017

Floral Disc Clay Earrings


Be ready for spring & summer with these colorful floral disc earirngs.  Change the shape or flower color to match any outfit you’d like.  The Metallic Lustre gives a bit of shimmer beneath the Diamond Glaze finish.   I'm also sharing these this week in my Cindi's Creative Solutions article for When Creativity Knocks. 

Materials:

Makin’s Clay® - White 60g 
Makin’s® Round Clay Cutter Set, Clay Roller
JudiKins™ Tropical Stained Glass rubber stamp 
JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™
Permanent black ink pad 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Elegant Emerald, Cosmic Blue, Polished Coral 
Cotton swabs, water 
Silver earring wires, jump rings in 2 sizes 
Jewelry pliers

Instructions:

Roll white clay to about 1/8” thick.  

Ink stamp with permanent black ink and stamp onto rolled clay - press gently to create impression with image in clay. 

Use largest round cutter from 3 piece set to cut 2 discs from image. 



Use cotton swabs, with a touch of water, to paint the areas of the image with the Metallic Lustres. I also brought the color down to the sides of each disc. Let dry. 



Make small hole at top of each disc for jump rings. 

On reverse side of discs, apply Metallic Lustre as desired.  Let dry. 

Let clay dry 24 hours.  

Apply Diamond Glaze to front of earrings.  Let dry.  Apply Diamond Glaze to back of earrings.  Let dry. 



Add jump rings and earring wires.