Video! Quick, easy and simple Valentine’s Day Cards + Blog Hop + (Now Closed) Giveaway

Hi everyone! I’m excited to join Simon Says Stamp for a Better Together Blog Hop today! We are all sharing projects using the wonderful Better Together release which includes stamps, dies and more!

Simon released a grouping of products called “Better Together”.  The release celebrates life, sharing hugs, sharing love, spending time together, giggling, laughing, expressing how much we care for each other are great ways to celebrate our lives.  Even though we are often physically far apart from our friends and family, we can connect through words and cards are such a delightful way for us to reach out to one another.

Video! Quick, easy and simple Valentines + Blog Hop + Giveaway

I’ve created several quick, easy and very simple to make Valentine’s Day cards using just one stamp set called Locking Hearts. I challenged myself to come up with more than just one card idea and I’m sharing my results in this post. I hope you like them!

Yana Smakula | Video! Quick, easy and simple Valentines + Blog Hop + Giveaway

All of these cards are simple one layer projects that involve a bit of stamping and heat embossing. I did die cut a window in one of the cards to create a fun locking mechanism using a die matching the stamp set I used.

Yana Smakula | Video! Quick, easy and simple Valentines + Blog Hop + Giveaway

For the color combo for these card I went with aqua, black, white and a hint of gold. For the gold I used cute little enamel glitter bows from My Mind’s Eye and for the white I used white pigment ink and also white embossing powder.

Yana Smakula | Video! Quick, easy and simple Valentines + Blog Hop + Giveaway


As always, I’m sharing a quick video tutorial showing how these were made. You can watch it here or on my Youtube channel. If you are new to my blog and my Youtube channel and you like my projects, please remember to subscribe!

Additional inspiration!

I really enjoyed working with the Better Together release from Simon and I’ve already shared several cards on my blog, I’d love for you to check them out. Just click on the image to go to a specific blog post:

Simon Says Stamp – Your Heart is My Home Simon Says Stamp – Sending You Love & Hugs


Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by Simon on January 23. Leave a comment on this post before January 23rd to be entered into this giveaway. Comment on other participating blogs to increase your chances to win!

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!

The winner of the giveaway is: Rachel. Congratulations!

Hop Along!

Simon Says Stamp Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Shari Carroll
Kristina Werner
Debby Hughes
Laura Bassen
Nichol Magouirk
Lucy Abrams
Kathy Racoosin
Yana Smakula – you are here!
Laurie Willison
Kelly Booth


Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day! I have a quick trip to another city today to pick up our lost luggage (from our trip to CHA) but I’ll be back by the end of the day to read your lovely comments. Have fun!



    1. A lovely assortment of cards! Unique color choice for “love” cards just makes them more special. TFS!!

    1. Thanks for sharing your ‘piece of art’. It looks gorgeous!

    1. these are beautiful! They are very different – especially in their colours – to the other cards in the blog and really stand out cause of it! Simple yet very beautiful!

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