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All You Need is Love

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I love the Beatles, but more than just the Fab Four, I love Lennon/McCartney lyrics. That’s why the first thing that came to mind when I set out to create a project using the Duetica Lettering Arts software, was All you need is love. This Valentine says that in an odd way. We usually don’t think of brown and beige as Valentine colors, but then again, love is all you need, no matter what color it is.
Duetica makes it easy to get the letters to behave just the way you want. I used one Mandolyn option for the L and set the additional letters (OVE) in Piperl, but with different letter options. I also moved the L closer to the o using the letter spacing button in the software.
This makes the perfect wall hanging because it weighs very little. That wood-look base is really Smoothfoam®. Any weight comes from the hardware.
Note: This is actually a recycled piece of Smoothfoam. I made several clocks for the Craft and Hobby Tradeshow and Convention. One was a fatality in the shipment home, so I…

Steampunk, Southern Style

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Welcome to the February edition of the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC) Blog Hop. This month's theme is Handmade With Love/My Favorite Technique. I decided to combine the two and show one of the projects I made for the Designer Display window Beth Watson and I created at the Craft and Hobby(CHA) Convention last month. The window theme was It's About Time, referring to the new push to carve out time for the things we love, and we created 10 clocks using a variety of materials. The clock is not handmade, but the box that holds it certainly is. My favorite technique? Painting chipboard with Viva Décor's new 3D Stamping Paint. If you pounce it on, it has the feel of rusty metal. Love it, love it, love it!

This is my version of Steampunk, Southern Style. The copper base paint gives a little bit of an  industrial looks, but the blue, green, rose and lavender colors make it soft like an early June morning when you can smell honeysuckle and hear birds chirping. Oh, I do love the …