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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Simple Set Saturday: Keyed Up

Is your house like mine? Lots of sets of very similar looking keys lying around? I am forever picking up the wrong set and scrambling to get the proper one.

While I was in Christmas Tree Shop of all places, I saw these cute little Acrylic Photo Frame key chains and an idea popped into my mind - color-coded keys!

I started by measuring the frame and creating 3 separate rectangles of white cardstock. I then stamped my images onto the rectangles with StazOn ink.

I stamped each image again onto a post-it note to create a mask. I placed the mask over the image and sponged two colors of distress ink onto each rectangle using the lightest ink all over and the darker shade around the edges. Once I had finished sponging, I inked up a background stamp with the darker shade of distress ink and overstamped it onto the masked image.

Removing all the masks, I ran all 3 finished rectangles through my Xyron and attached each one to a scrap of designer paper for the backing. Voila! Color-coded key chains for everyone in the family.

Main image: Sitting Girl from Relish Reading
Background image: Almanac Page from Relish Reading
Distress Inks: Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade

Main image: Beach Boy from Beach Babes
Background image: Sandy Beach from Beach Babes
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans

Main image: Walking Girl from Relish Reading
Background image: Whimsical Snow from Candy Kisses
Distress Inks: Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet

Hope you liked this little set of key chains. Now, imagine what other things you can organize using some simple stamping!


  1. These are so fun! They'd be a great stocking stuffer next year.

  2. What a fantastic idea!! And they look great - love the images and backgrounds!

  3. I agree with Deb great stuffers, love the colors and backgrounds you used.

  4. very cute, will make any set of keys pretty :-) Debi x

  5. Love them, Shar! They are SUPER....

  6. What a great idea! Love these, Shar!

  7. these are beautiful and you've given me a great gift idea! thanks for the inspiration. xo from michele

  8. What a great idea! Love these, Shar.

  9. such a clever idea, they look great


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