You Hold the Key to my Heart Valentines Art

Oh, and quick side note, {create this} is posting early because the poor, poor Saint fractured/dislocated some bones in his foot and we are heading for surgery sometime today (Thursday).  Any positive thoughts, prayers or well wishes are SUPER appreciated!!

And where was I?  Oh!  I think I have decided that Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday … the color red everywhere (my fave!), an excuse to say all the cheesy lovey-dovey stuff that sounds a little dorky any other time of the year, themed treats for classmates … I am sold!

Taking a cue from the love my Lovebirds Specimen Art got last week, I figured I would use the matching thrifted frame to whip up this … key to my heart valentines art!!

Here is one picture I snapped of most of the supplies you’ll need (not pictured:  thread or bakers twine, ink, ink pad & stamps).  I was a little lax in taking pictures of the steps, but I listed them below…

  1. Insert a cute valentines paper behind the glass in a fun, funky picture frame.
  2. Using a cool chipboard piece from a 7 Gypsies LOVE board kit (here are a few places to buy it), I cut out the heart from this notebook paper-like scrapbook paper, inked the edges – surprise, surprise – and adhered it to the chipboard.
  3. Then, using variegated pink embroidery thread, I tied on an antique key.
  4. Stamp your phrase on the notebook paper around the key.
  5. Use glue dots to adhere the chipboard shape directly to the outside of the glass.

If I left anything out, or if you have questions about any of the steps above, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them!

And now, how about a few more photos of this lovely little beauty?!


Love the two of these Valentines art pieces together – I can’t wait until Valentine’s Day next year!!  You could definitely slip a photo into the heart shaped opening in the chipboard or another piece of coordinating paper, but I sort of liked the simplicity of the pink stripes.  I’d love to see your version if you were inspired to {create this}!! 

More crafty Valentine ideas coming right up!

Valentines Wreath with Pipe Cleaner Rosettes

Conversation Heart Paper Plate Baskets

Lovebird Specimen Art


  1. Really like this! Great job!

  2. LOVE your new header and blog look. You are clever to use picnik now. I should make some spare things too :)

    And yes, please pop in for a virtual cup of tea!

  3. This is very pretty! Love the key theme stuff out right now!

    Sending good thoughts for the surgery : )

  4. Very cute idea!

  5. This is just BEAUTIFUL! Love it! Would you consider sharing here?

  6. How cute is this!?!? I saw keys similar to this at Hobby Lobby the other day and thought they were so cute, but wasn’t sure how to use them. This would be perfect!

    I would love it if you joined my weekly Friday link party if you are interested:

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Simply Designing

  7. This is perfect!!!! I am sad about picnik. I am thinking we will see it somewhere in google though. Thanks for sharing!

  8. How adorable!!! Very cute design! I love the little key!

  9. I am blog surfing, and not sure if you linked this up for a chance to win yet at Bacon Time’s Valentine contest, but I hope you will. This is some of the cutest art I have seen in a long time. Love it.

  10. Love this! I’ve pinned it and shared it on my blogs Facebook page!

  11. I began beading when I was about 8. I was illustrating since I could choose up a pad and my experience the disciplines always provided an chance to try whatever was placed before side of me.

    scrapbook paper

  12. This is really cute! Just popping over from TidyMom to check it out!

  13. What a great idea and a such a sweet gift! Thanks for sharing!

  14. This is so sweet, I am cardmaker and this would look awesome on a handmade card. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Oh, very lovely!!!
    SUPER cute project!

  16. So cute! Really good gift too. I hope you will link this up to I Heart Projects Linky Party.

  17. This is adorable! I will definitely make this.

  18. So perfect for Valentine’s day. Love it!

  19. This is so SWEET!!! Would really love it if you could share this here

    Thanks so much,

  20. SO SWEET! I’m going to have to go back to the thrift store for yet MORE frames now!

  21. This is lovely. I have an old key which would be perfect for something similar, thanks for sharing

  22. This is adorable! I would love for you to share this at my Valentines Party @!

  23. I;m loving this project, especially the way you tied the key on instead of gluing it. It adds such dimension.
    Jenn from, hopping from Lamb Petite Hermine

  24. LOVE IT!! Simply gorgeous! And I do hope the surgery went well too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  25. What a fun little project! I love the key to my heart!!
    A few blog friends and I are hosting our first link party tomorrow to finish off the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, we go live at 7amET. Today I revealed my project for the challenge, a gallery wall with only one screw in the wall. It would be great if you have a chance to check it out and link up!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

  26. This is so sweet, you did a great job! Visiting via More the Merrier Monday

  27. This is an adorable project.

  28. thanks for linking up to Make it monday! I’ve shared your project with the Brassy Apple FB followers :)

  29. These are beautiful! I would love it if you would share at my party:

  30. Beautiful! I love the simplicity of it all, but it makes such a huge impact!! great job!

  31. This is ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing your idea!

  32. What a cute idea!! I hope you husband is doing ok with surgery over!!!

  33. That is so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  34. These are so cute. It turned out really great.
    I am hosting a Valentine’s project link party until 2/14. I would love it if you came and linked these up!

  35. Fantastic idea Keri. I think I’m going to make this for my room. :)
    Thanks for linking up at friday fun party

  36. Adorable. All the things I love hearts, red and keys! Really sweet. I saw your link over at Homemaker on a Dime.

  37. Awww so sweet….what a great idea to add the key…I hope you will link up with me here:

  38. These are adorable. Red is my favorite color and I now have the desire to spray all my frames. Would love for you to share this at my new linky party:

  39. I LOVE this idea! And I have the perfect little key to use too! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  40. This is so adorable! I love the bright red frame and that antique key is perfect for this! I found you via The Gunny Sack’s Link Up. I’m your newest follower- I’d love for you to stop by my blog and follow me back if you’d like! I’m off to like your FB page now too :)
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  41. That is so stinkin CUTE!!! I love it!! Perfect for Valentine’s Decor!
    I currently have a link party going and would love for you to share this and anything else you would like!

  42. I am featuring this idea tonight.. :) be sure to check out other features, link up and grab your button..
    Have a great day!

  43. This is so cute! Perfect for Valentine’s day! I may steal the idea and make this into a card for my hubby! ;)
    Thanks so much for sharing and linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow!

  44. This is so cute! I love it. I am your newest follower. If you would like to follow me back check out my stuff at

    Thanks for sharing!

  45. I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine’s Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit.

  46. This is wonderful- simple and elegant- just my style! Thanks for sharing!

    I’ll be featuring this on my blog today for Feature Friday- hope you’ll stop by and check it out!


  47. This is awesome! Love the vintage key and of course the sentiment! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!

  48. Congrats you’ve been featured at The Kurtz Corner Tuesday Tutorials Link Party! AND you’ve been pinned on my personal pin board! :) Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

  49. I know I have commented on this before, but I just wanted to let you know I am featuring it on my blog today at the Link Party!!


  50. Just stopping by again to let you know I have also featured this on my favourite Valentines Day Crafts post. It’s so cute I just had to share.

  51. How do you ink the edges of the paper??

    • Hi Nickay – I take a small ink pad and basically run it along the edge of the paper. It darkens the edge and occasionally adds some smudge of ink around the paper. It is totally optional but I just really like the charm and vintage quality of inked paper :) Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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