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Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 18 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!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Customized Etched Glass Vintage Door


What’s a girl to do when she wants to help a friend etch a door for their bathroom, yet she don’t have a die cutter to cut lettering large enough from etchmask®?  Why use old fashioned stencils and resist gel, of course! 

Materials:

etchall® Etching Creme
etchall® Resist Gel 
Vintage door with glass panel(s)
Alphabet stencils in choice of font 
Large squeegee 
Fine paintbrush 

Instructions:

Photos of the process were taken with a telephone, and some were not clear enough to share - but it's pretty self-explanatory!  

Wash and dry both sides of glass panel(s) on door. 

Select stencil lettering to spell out desired word, using ruler to determine appropriate spacing of your lettering.







Turn over door.  Use etchall® Resist Gel to fill in each letter.  The bottle has a fine tip applicator, but I used a fine paintbrush to spread it out a bit within each letter after applying.  Let resist gel dry until completely clear.

Flip door over.  Use Resist Gel to trace over the unetched lettering.  Let resist gel dry until completely clear. 


Use a large squeegee to apply a thick, even coat of etchall® creme over the surface of the window over the lettering.   Let set 15 minutes.  Return creme to bottle and clean window. 

Remove the resist gel if it has not come free when you are washing the window after etching.




We wanted a very opaque etch as this was a bathroom door, so we also etched the opposite side of the glass. 

Use a large squeegee to apply a thick, even coat of etchall® creme over the surface of the window over the lettering.   Let set 15 minutes.  Return creme to bottle and clean window. 

Remove the resist gel if it has not come free when you are washing the window after etching.
If your door has additional panels, etch both sides of each additional panel.  

Paint the door your desired color. 

Voila!  Customized, frosted glass door! 



Sunday, March 25, 2018

Black & White Twisted Coil Polymer Clay Pendant



Today the instructions for this bold black & white twisted coil pendant are being shared on the Makin's Clay® blog.   If black & white is not your style, switch up your colors and customize this easy to recreate pendant.  Makin's Clay® is soft and pliable right from the package and easy to work with for all ages.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bohemian Paisley & Flower Polymer Clay Pendants


So it's happened once again..... I spotted these rubber rain boots on Zulilly and immediately thought - POLYMER CLAY!!!!    With the help of my Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®, Ultimate Clay Extruder® and Makin's® Water Drop Clay Cutters, along with a CreateAlong.com silkscreen, this veneer came to life! 



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Etched Dragonflies Mirror - etchall® & StencilGirl Blog Hop


etchall® etching creme and a great StencilGirl stencil help transform an ordinary mirror into something special!  I'm excited to be part of the etchall® and StencilGirl blog hop! With these two products, there are virtually ENDLESS possibilities! A complete supply list for this project is below and you can find the instructions for my project in this video.  


Materials:

etchall® Reposition/Re-use Stencil Spray
etchall® Squeegee 
StencilGirl Dragonflies Background Stencil by Margaret Peot 
DecoArt® Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint™ - Treasure, Lace 
DecoArt® Weathered Wood Crackling Medium
Framed mirror (I used a dollar store mirror and replaced the plastic frame with a wooden thrift store frame) 
GIVEAWAY!!

One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,
reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!


Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21st.

Blog Hop Order:


More designers will be sharing their creative projects on March 15th & March 16th! 


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Faux Vintage Crate Sign


I love vintage crates.  They are great to store things in, and fit in well with the overall casual, country feel of our decor.  Sometimes a crate is too damaged to be used for storing, etc., but still has a fabulous vintage label on it, so we will cut the side with the label off the crate and use it as a decorative sign.   In this case, I wanted something unique to display in our “bee themed” guest bathroom.  I had already made decorative bee and honeycomb soaps to display, embellished the shower curtain with bee and honeycomb printed burlap, and made a window valance with the same burlap.  But something was missing.  I saw this vintage reproduction image online and loved it, but wanted to see if I could do something unique with it.   After a bit of experimentation - this Faux Vintage Crate Sign was complete! 

Materials:

Digital image 
Computer & ink jet printer
Craft Attitude® Printable Craft Film 
DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Lace 
Large paintbrush 
Wooden “sign” in desired size made of aged pallet wood (or aged wooden fence boards - that’s what I used!) 
Jute 
Elmers® Craft Bond® Spray Adhesive 

Instructions:

My husband and I made a simple sign from old fence boards for the base of my project.  I wanted it to look like the side of a crate, with uneven edges, etc.  He simply cut three boards to length, and two more boards for the back.  The back boards were nailed vertically to the front horizontal boards to make the sign sturdy and so it would extend off the wall a bit more. 

Find your desired image online.  Size as desired.  MAKE A REVERSE/MIRROR IMAGE - otherwise your text will be backwards when you are finished.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to print onto Craft Attitude® Film. 

My first attempt was to simply follow the manufacturer instructions and apply glue from a glue stick and apply the printed image to the boards, but it just did not stand out - the text and colors of my image blended too much with the wood background.  

 

What happened next was a delightful surprise.  I peeled the image off before the glue dried.  I decided to try painting the back of the printed image to make it more visable.  I didn’t want a solid coat of paint, just a rough coat so it would be darker in some areas than others, and I wanted a very matte finish.  I used “Lace” Chalky Finish paint and lightly applied it with a large paintbrush (I applied it right over the glue from the glue stick).  Almost immediately I noticed a bit of magic happening - the paint was getting a fabulous crackle effect - PERFECT for this sign!


Let the paint dry completely.  Then spray with spray adhesive and apply to the sign. 




It still needed a bit of detail/texture, so I wrapped jute around the outer sides and tied it off on the back. 

I couldn't be happier with the finished sign. We hung it using an antique nail from an old tobacco barn. It's the perfect accent for the room! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Items in Etsy Store - Faux Batik & More


Something NEW! I just finished adding TEN more pendants to my Etsy store... A very wide variety of designs, shapes, and sizes. These colorful faux-batik pendants are just some of the new options!

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Song in My Heart Altered Tin


I had a blast with the most recent Create Along Box full of creative music themed goodies.  This altered tin was the result!  I've got lots more goodies from the box remaining so stay tuned for more projects....

Materials: 

premo! Sculpey® polymer clay - White 
CreateAlongBox.com - February 2018 Box - Music Soothes the Soul 
Flat rectanglar metal tin
Music pattern ribbon 
Music Soothes the Soul silkscreen 
Musical themed pre-printed Magic Transfer Paper 
Metallic multi-color musical note confetti 
DecoArt® Extreme Sheen metallic paint - Sapphire   
CreateAlong.com Heart cutter
Sculpey® Bake & Bond Adhesive
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™
Silver cording 
Squeegee 
JudiKins Diamond Glaze™
Clay machine
Clay roller
Clay blade 
Paintbrush 
Plastic adhesive lettering 

Instructions:
Condition clay until pliable.  Roll in clay machine starting with first setting and rolling through progressive settings until it is a sheet about 1/8” thick. 

Place the cover of the tin over the sheet and press gently.  Remove the cover and use the lines as a guide to cut a piece a little less than half the width of the cover.  

Place silkscreen over rolled clay sheet.  Use metallic blue paint to silscreen the musical note image onto the sheet.  Let the paint dry. 

Apply Bake & Bond Adhesive to cover and carefully apply sheet of silkscreened clay. 



Roll another sheet of white clay.  Cut out square of desired pattern from Magic Transfer Paper.  Place face down onto rolled sheet of clay and burnish gently with fingers. (If you rub too vigorously, you can rub the pattern right off - see the lower right corner of my transferred image....)  Let set about 15 minutes, then carefully rinse away the paper using warm water.  The pattern will transfer to the clay sheet.   Cut around the printed square.  

Use heart cutter to cut out center of printed square.

Add Bake & Bond to lower right side of cover. Carefully apply square with heart cut out.  Trim around edge of cover. 



Roll an additional sheet of clay.  Use cover as a guide and cut a piece large enough to fit the remaining top right area on the cover.  Add Bake & Bond and apply clay.  

Paint clay with two coats of metallic blue paint.  


Bake according to manufacturer instructions. 

Use 3-in-1 Adhesive to mount plastic lettering to spell out “a song in my” on blue painted clay. 

Use adhesive to mount music patterned ribbon over seam between the silkscreened clay and the opposite side. 

Use adhesive to mount silver cording around top edge of cover, add small piece between blue clay and clay with heart cut out. 

Fill heart cut out area with Diamond Glaze.  Carefully add random colors of the metallic musical note confetti.   Let dry. 

 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Coolest "School!" Polymer Clay Fish


Hop on in, the water's FINE! Join the coolest "SCHOOL!" The 2018 Polymer Clay Adventure is underway!  http://bit.ly/CM2018PCA

Student's created these amazing and unique articulated fish based on Suzanne Ivester's workshop.  You could too! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Popping with Creative Inspiration! March PCU Magazine


Popping with springtime COLOR!  Ready to learn and be inspired?  The March issue of Polylmer Clay Universe Magazine is now available and it is jam packed with colorful and creative tutorials and amazing galleries of projects to inspire you!  These are just a few of the things waiting for you in this month’s issue!  I'm thrilled to have a project featured too - I teach you how to build a dimensional crocus!  Find it, and so much MORE - here:  http://bit.ly/CM2018PCA