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!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ARTISCAPE 2017 Event


I am absolutely thrilled to share that I have been chosen as one of the artists to teach at the 2017 ARTISCAPE event in Dublin, Ohio, April 27-30, 2017.  The theme this year is "The Orient Express".

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Visit the CreateNCraft website here to find out more and register for this event!

This weekend retreat is going to be packed with so much creativity it's unbelievable.   

48 Workshops are being offered, taught by 22 instructors from as far away as Australia!   

The Marketplace is not to be missed!
There is a Marketplace where Artiscape vendors bring a wide array of alternative art materials including fine art rubber stamps and accessories, papers, inks, fibers, beads, books, and videos. The perfect place to pick up both basic materials and unusual supplies.  This is not a mega-show. The emphases is on quality, unusual offerings and niche companies.

The Outsider Art Fair at Artiscape is a boutique show of finished art—a big hit with attendees every year!
Beautiful creations in jewelry, paper, book arts, mixed media, fiber, and more will be on display to inspire and tempt you. Visit with the artists and purchase a handcrafted item as a memento of this special weekend.
I am teaching two workshops - A Lalique Inspired Polymer Clay Pendant, and a Life is a Journey Mixed-Media Journal Album.  Each project features a variety of techniques.  Find out more about my workshops in these YouTube videos: 


Here just a glimpse at a few of the other amazing workshops being taught at the event:




I hope you will join us at this amazing event!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Denim Discs Clay Necklace DIY Video


In this episode of Creatively Crafty I'm sharing a a quick & easy technique to achieve a faux denim effect to create a necklace using Makin's Clay®, DecoArt® paints and Beacon Adhesives™.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Faux Swedish Heart Polymer Clay Pendant


Faux Swedish Heart Polymer Clay Pendant

Social Media can be an amazing place to find creative inspiration!  Whether it’s a
manufacturer’s website, Facebook, YouTube, or Pinterest - there are seemingly endless ideas!  When I see something on one of these sites I’d like to try, my goal is not to just copy what the original artist has done - I always strive to give it a unique twist, do it a bit differently, etc.   When I saw this post on the Fairfield World Facebook page about a fabric Swedish Heart, my mind began imagining it in another material.  I went to Pinterest and searched Swedish Heart and up came a zillion ideas for creating paper hearts (like we used to make in grade school!), fabric hearts, etc., but nothing what I envisioned - a polymer clay “faux” Swedish Heart!


Materials: 

Makin’s Clay® - Red, White  
Makin’s® Crinkle Clay Cutter Set 
Makin’s® Clay Roller 
Makin’s® Professional® Cutting Mat 
CreateAlong.com Cherry Blossoms Silkscreen 
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - White 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Lipstick
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Scraper tool 
Craft knife 
Eye pin, jewelry closure
White organza ribbon 

Instructions:
Roll red clay to about 1/8”.   

Place silkscreen over rolled clay, add white acyrlic paint and gently scrape paint across screen to transfer image.   Lift silkscreen and let paint dry.  Clean silkscreen. 







Use crinkle heart cutter to cut out 2 hearts from red printed clay.  Set aside. 


Roll white clay to about 1/8”.

Place silkscreen over rolled clay, add red acrylic paint and gently scrape paint across screen to transfer image.   Lift silkscreen and let paint dry.   Clean silkscreen.  


Use crinkle heart cutter to cut out 1 heart from white printed clay. 

Use craft knife to cut 1 red heart and the white heart into two pieces as shown. 

Use craft knife to make slices in the remaining pieces of each heart as shown.


Use craft knife to cut the small sliced sections into small squares.  


Place second red heart with printed side down.  Use 3-in-1 Adhesive to mount eye pin in center with eye at top. 

Use adhesive to mount two top sides of hearts over base heart as shown. 



Apply adhesive to remaining area of heart and add the small squares, alternating colors to create the faux intertwined effect.   


Makin’s Clay® is a no-bake polymer clay, simply let it dry for 24 hours to fully cure.  

Trim any portion of eye pin extending beyond the heart.

Add white organza ribbon and a jewerly closure.