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. All the new products look gorgeous, but I am still addicted to stamps with matching dies!

    1. OMG OMG OMG!! TOTALLY LOVE your Cards and the Video!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

    1. BEAUTIFUL cards!!! I LOVE the colors you chose and the fact that you only used one stamp set for all three cards.

    1. Wonderful cards, love the colors and technique. TFs.

    1. :The blue is such a beautiful color for Valentine’s cards. Stunning!

    1. I’m so glad you are on this hop! I have been following you on Youtube for a while and didn’t know you have a blog till now! Where have I been lol. Also love the cute and simple card. Love the fact that is my favorite color Blue. And not my least favorite color Pink. Lol:)

    1. Love the color choices! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. I love the colors that you had used! It is so pretty, and definitely one of my favorites!

    1. I love the use of turquoise for Valentine’s Day!

    1. Such a pretty color. I like how clean & simple they are.

    1. These are so cute. They would make a lovely gift for a teacher! ; )

    1. Beautiful cards! Love the heart beat one the best, though!

    1. Great colors! I like to see Valentine’s Day cards that aren’t the normal pink and red colors!

    1. Love the cardstock color and the simplicity of the design is striking!

    1. As a cardiac RN, I am impartial to the heartbeat card! You really did a fantastic job on all of them! TFS! Xo

    1. Pretty color, esp. for those who don’t like red or pink! 🙂 I really like the heartbeat card.

    1. It’s very different to see Valentine cards that are blue, but I just LOVE them! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    1. These cards are great! I really enjoy doing a challenging card, i.e., something different. Thank you.

    1. I love that these cards aren’t pink! The light blue is so beautiful and my fave one is the Love with the heartbeat line 🙂

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