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Friday 26 June 2015

Our special invited guest for June is -

It is with great pleasure I introduce our special Guest Creative Guide today - this is one super talented lady whose love of Tim shines through everything she makes. I am sure you will have seen her work and will want to pop over to her blog to see more.


Hi everyone!  My name is Bobbi Smith. I am thrilled to be a guest today at A Vintage Journey!  I’ve been a crafter all my life, however I really found my niche in paper-crafting about 20 years ago, when my children were young and have never looked back.  I have worked, taught and designed in this wonderful paper crafting industry on and off for several years and love it!  I bought my first Distress Inks about 15 years ago and started my creative "Distress" journey.  I'm always excited when Tim comes out with new product lines, new stamps and new dies.  I love all forms of Art, but really gravitate towards vintage, distress and grunge styles. I live in central Illinois.  I'm a wife, mother to two adult children and 2 fur babies.

The theme this month is "Celebrate"!  I think what better way to celebrate, than with everyday moments!  I made a double layered flat panel canvas for today.  I love the dimension and can't wait to incorporate it in my decor.

 I started off with an 8 x 8 and a 6 x 6 flat panel canvas.  I gave them a quick wash of Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Then dried with my heat tool.
I added some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste through Tim's Flourish Layering Stencil.  I started at the top left and continued through the bottom right.  After the paste is completely dry and cracks have appeared,  I applied a wash of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to 6x6 & 8x8 canvas ( a little goes a long way).  I pushed color around on my canvas with a baby wipes and a little water if needed, then dried with heat tool.  I repeated step with Black Soot Distress Paint very sparingly.
I love the distress it creates!
 I painted a sheet of Grungeboard with a Silver Daubber, then let air dry.  I cut Tim's new Watering Can out of the painted Grunge.  Then I painted middle strip on watering can with Black Soot Distress Paint and Silver Daubber to create a Gunmetal look and let air dry.   I sanded some of the paint off of the watering can to expose some of the Grunge.  Then to really bring out the distress, I used some Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool over the surface of the watering can and wiped off any excess ink.  I added splatters to both canvas panels and the watering can, then dried with heat tool.

 Next I diecut several flowers from Tim's new Mini Tattered Floral dies, using Kraft Core cardstock.  Tim has a great how to video here!  The only thing different I did, was sand my Kraft Core cardstock and bend my petals with a bone folder before rolling them. ( tip- it is much easier to sand intricate pieces with cutout still in tact)

 I diecut the words "celebrate, everyday and moments" from the "handwritten journey" and "handwritten celebrate" die collections using black Kraft Core cardstock.  Then I sanded to expose the kraft ( tip- it is much easier to sand intricate pieces with cutout still in tact).  I stamped dots randomly using Watering Can Archival Ink on 8x8 panel.  Then I stamped mesh randomly on 6x6 canvas using Watering Can Archival Ink and dried with heat tool.
 I punched six butterflies out of Wallflower Vellum, using Tim's new large butterfly punch.  I applied a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink to butterflies and let dry.  After the butterflies were dry, I glued a double layer to appear 3-D.  I smeared a little Antique Linen Distress Paint  randomly on some mini fasteners, long fastener, memo pin and heart charm and dried with heat tool.  Then I applied a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink on all idea-ology pieces and let air dry.
 I cut the backs off of the mini fasteners and long fastener and gave them a little smash with my hammer .  Then I glued mini fasteners to watering can, they lay nice and flat.  I glued the heart charm to top of memo pin and long fastener to top of hart charm.
I glued the 6 x 6 panel to the center of the 8 x 8 panel.  I glued watering can, flowers, words and butterflies as seen in photo.  Then stuck memo pin in flowers and applied some Remnant Rubs to canvas panels.
 I would like to thank Brenda and the entire team of A Vintage Journey for inviting me to spend the day with them.  You all are such a inspiring and talented group of ladies!  I hope you enjoyed my project, you can visit me here at:

Vintage Muse Designs


What can I say other than I just love this project and post Bobbi and celebrating everyday moments is just the most perfect way to acknowledge the special little moments in our lives.

Thank you for being a Guest Creative Guide today and joining the team with your inspirational ideas and creative talent.

To all our readers and challenge contributors you have one more week to join in Sandy's fabulous challenge and join the wonderful entries we already have.

Have a great weekend and remember .....

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

hugs Brenda, Bobbi  and the Team xxx


  1. Beautiful creation Bobi, lovely background and cute butterflies!

  2. Oh Bobbi this is just stunning from beginning to end!! I adore the background to both your panels already just as they are, gorgeous mix of those colours. What you did with the watering can and the flowers is just brilliant too! The butterflies are the perfect finishing touch! Such a stunning home decor piece and thanks so much for sharing it with us at AVJ!!

  3. So thrilled to see my lovely teamie Bobbi here at AVJ! Bobbi's work is always so inspiring and I just love these gorgeous panels - the backgrounds alone are fabulous! I think I 'need' the watering can now.. and the butterfly punch.... Hugs, Anne xx

  4. This is fabulous, I am really trying to get into this sort of art work and you are just another inspiring lady to get me going....xx.
    xx {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  5. Simply WOW!!! SO many ideas that work brilliantly here (Walnut Stain and Black Soot never looked so pale and interesting!!!) Positively adore everything about this Bobbi. What an honour to have you join us and give your clever tips and tricks for achieving this look. Thank you so much. Jenny x

  6. How wonderful to have you here to inspire us with this lovely canvas Bobbi! The crackled and inked stencilings are beautiful - I love the cluster of colorful flowers around your watering can the the pretty layered vellum butterflies ! - thank you for sharing just how you created this beauty and for being our Guest Creative Guide today! Julia xx

  7. Stunning canvas from Bobbi. Thanks for inspiration. Nicola x

  8. Amazingly beautiful! I love the idea to make the stencilling with crackle paste! And here, in Luxembourg I still have to wait the watering can, the 3D flowers and... I feel that I live at the end of the world :-)

  9. Stunning project! So clever and beautiful! I love neutral tones and the crackle effect is outstanding! BArbarayaya

  10. This is a beautiful piece! Love the watering can. TFS Bobbi!

  11. what a delight to see my lovely and very talented IE team mate Bobbi featured today and no surprise that she came up with an absolutely stunning project as always xxx

  12. Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments, I really appreciate them! Hugs Bobbi

  13. Bobbi yhis doubble canvas is just awesome. I love all of it. Also enjoyed your tutorial so much. You truly achieved an amazing result. are so talented.
    Thank you for sharing this inspirational ideas.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  14. Such a beautiful color palette, Bobbi. Love the layers and the textures. The flowers look stunning.

  15. Hi Bobbi! So nice to meet you!! You've treated us to such a Beautiful Celebratory canvas--It's simply divine! And you did not just create several of those itty bitty Tiny Tattered Florals--you literally created a Bunch! I love every single detail you've included! Thank you for your steps and it is Fun isn't it, to give things a smash with a hammer now and then? LOL ;) :) Just a Wonderful Guest Creative Guide feature!! Enjoy!! XOXO-Shari

  16. What a wonderful step by step, the colour palette is so beautiful and love how you achieved it. The flourish, layering of canvas, such a delightful vintage result. Ruth x