Monday, April 25, 2016

My Other Creations: Artsy Key Ring

"Show Us Your Metal" is this week's theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  It was the perfect excuse to play with paint and some old keys.  I envisioned the type of crazy key ring a muse or a modern-day fairy might carry around and this is the result:


To make the colorful keys, I started by sanding the surface of some old keys I had in my stash, then covered them in heavy white Gesso.


Once the Gesso dried, I smudged and smeared on various shades of Dina Wakley acrylic paint, which you know I'm highly addicted to!


To give them back their weathered look, I sponged on some StazOn Timber Brown ink.  When they were done, I adhered word strips to them.


Another favorite element is the colorful dangly flower-wad thing I created (for lack of a better term).  That started out as a Prima flower, which I colored with Distress Ink.


I folded up the colored flower, punched a hole in it, inserted an eyelet and had another fun element for my key ring.


The best part about this key ring is that it has absolutely nothing realistically useful on it for opening a door.  I would expect nothing less if it truly were owned by a mythical muse or modern-day fairy!  Here are some more detailed pics where I spread the charms out a bit.


I love using the letter B on my projects because it reminds me to "Be __________" (fill in the blank with some inspiring word).  In this context, letter B always seems like a strong action letter.  Be bold!  Be brave!  Be you!


And if you look really closely in the upper left corner of the picture, you can see a little scrap of floral fabric!  Ha!  Had to get my fabric fix in somehow!


I have to say that I thoroughly and totally enjoyed this project and had a hoot making it!  Here are the supplies I used from Simon Says Stamp (maybe I should've called it the Kitchen Sink key ring because I feel like I threw in everything but!):




How will you show us your metal this week?  Can't wait to see what you create!  Upload your metallic masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to inspire the rest of us AND be entered for the $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!
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22 comments:

  1. This just made me smile! Pure Andrea Style! I love that you painted and colored the keys and all the fabulous bits and bobs! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could keep on our key change bits and pieces of encouragement, hope, and joy to pull off the chain when needed? Whimsical and imaginative!

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  2. Absolutely all-in on this! This is so cool. The grommeted (umm, maybe not a word) flower is something that especially caught my eye. And those keys! Yep (nodding).

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  3. What a fun set of keys! I love your style :)


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  4. There are so many ideas in this project .... it's absolutely brilliant the way you have altered the keys and how you combined the flowers with an eyelet to hang them! totally amazing! I love this job! Barbara

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  5. I knew I was saving old keys for a reason! lol This is FANTASTIC! Love your colorful keys and how you added words here and there....CRAFTY!!!

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  6. Wow! I love this. Very creative! Where did you get the key ring?

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    1. Hi Sue! I had it in my stash, but I do believe it said, "Spare Parts" on the packaging, which is a Hobby Lobby brand. So good old Hob Lob is my best guess!

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  7. I can feel the magic! Lots of lovely sounds of magic that will move your muse when you play with this, I bet! Andrea, I love how you can take your signature colors to keys, and make them in your style! What a great way to use bits and baubles you have around and create something wonderful!

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  8. What a crazy and clever idea of altering keys and make this fabulous key ring. I love it. Hugs, Marzena

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  9. This is awesome and such a clever idea. I love, love your colored keys with the words. It's so artsy and fantastic and way beyond cool. Thanks for the inspiration. Cathie

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  10. This is such a fun and fabulous creation! Andrea. Always love your beautiful color scheme. :)

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  11. absolutely love your kitchen sink key ring Andrea guaranteed to open a magical door of fun creativity...hugs kath xxx

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  12. LOVE this key ring, Andrea...it's so much fun and the colour combinations are just stunning! A really cool piece of art and such a clever idea! :)

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  13. Such a fabulous key ring, Andrea! Love all the colors, and all the items you've put together on that ring are amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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  14. Love this, its stunning and I like the idea that a mythical fairy might carry this to open their doors..Cx

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  15. This is awesome! I love the look of the keys...and all of the details are just fabulous!!

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  16. This is amazing Andrea!! I love all the little details, and those wonderful colourful keys. The words, the letter B, and all the bits and pieces. Gorgeous project!! I wish I could see it in real life.

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  17. Andrea u are queen of transforming

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  18. Andrea u are queen of transforming

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