Welcome to a fun blog hop! Have you seen the “You are Loved” release by SSS?!  Awesome products, perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Today we celebrate with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways and a free gift

To showcase products from this release I am sharing 3 cards with hearts! All of them feature hearts in various ways and the same color combination with a couple of distress oxide inks. They are perfect for Valentine’s day and any occasion really, depending on the sentiment you choose to go along with them.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

1. the window hearts card

For my first card I used the Windows to my heart die.  I just had to create a window card with that, with individual little pockets so you can see the confetti inside each and every heart. The background was created by combining two distress oxide inks picked raspberry and spiced marmalade. I used the same color combination on all my cards.

The sentiment is from the Love Messages stamp set.

2. the stenciled hearts card

For the next card I combined two of the stencils from the Heart Layers stencil set. There are so many ways you can combine those 3 stencils included to create lovely backgrounds. I also used a left over heart from the cutting I did for my first card. I used it to stamp my sentiment and popped it on top. Again the sentiment is from the Love Messages stamp set.

3. the ornate heart card

For my last card I used dies from the Ornate Love die set. This actually coordinates with a stamp set but I went with a super easy design for this one and kept everything simple.

Instead of using the O for the word LOVE, I used on of the hearts from the set. Again I did all the coloring with my distress oxide inks.


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You Are Loved
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Simon Says Stamp Stencils Set HEART…
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Simon Says Stamp ORNATE LOVE Wafer…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Therm O Web PURPLE TAPE Easy Release…
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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SimonSaysStamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from the blog comment section. So leave me a comment below! They will choose the winners over the weekend and post them on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday, the 16th of January.

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  1. Loved your video Vicky! Love, love how you overlapped on the first card with the heart stencil. You inspire me???

    ~Vanessa Wachlin

  2. Lovely cards, it’s hard to decide my favorite. I really love the shaker but the layered hearts is fabulous. TFS!

  3. I enjoy your tutorials on card making. You always inspire me.
    This latest release You are Loved has so many fun products. I love what you did with the colors and the hearts die and stencils.

  4. Hi Vicky
    Love your videos. Your cards are always beautiful. My favorite is the window card. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for sharing your bright and cheerful cards. You’ve given me inspiration and now I am looking forward to making my valentines cards.

  6. Three very fun, vibrant & pretty cards Vicky. Like those colour combinations you used. Thank you for inspiring me.

  7. LOVE(!) the design of card #2 and especially the idea of stamping the sentiment on the heart!! Thanks, Vicky.

  8. Very, very pretty cards today….this is such a fun blog hop….I am enjoying all of the talented designers so much…thank you for sharing your lovely work.

  9. Beautiful cards! This is such an interesting color combo and it works well for the Valentines. As always, your video is so informative.

  10. Fantastic cards and blending! The shaker is so fun. Love the big heart and the simple lines of your LOVE card! The overlapping hearts are lovely!

  11. Again Vicky, your cards are CAS, pretty and leaves a novice with the belief that they could attempt and come close to something that could be used!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Gorgeous! So many people have used these dies and all the cards are amazing. Love the bold colors in your cards (well, not too bold…just the right amount of boldness! 🙂

  13. Lovely cards Vicky! Thanks for the inspiration, I love the layered used of stencils that I have never tried! TFS

  14. Vicky, I so like each of your cards! The designs, the variety, the colours & especially the way you replaced the O with a heart.

  15. You are such an amazing designer. One of my favorites for Simon Says Stamp! Thank you for the 3 card inspiration. You chose beautiful colors of pink. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  16. Both of your cards are wonderful! But I really love the first one with the Windows to My Heart die! That die is really nice! Love the colors you used on both of your cards

  17. These are all so beautiful Vicky, the colours are great and who doesn’t love hearts? I am especially fond of the first one as I am a lover of shaker cards.

  18. Hearts are so versatile as shown by your fabulous examples! Love the shaker and the layered heart stencils.

  19. Your colors for these cards are across the board, wonderful! Love the shaker card and sentiment! The black cardstock really makes the sequins shine in the shaker!

  20. I love the two distress oxide colors together. I love playing with them, they are so smooth and easy to work with. I love your cards. The windows card is so pretty. The others are spectacular as well. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Hi Vicky – you are a real inspiration. I love the Simon Says Stamps designs, and I like your take on creating the heart cut outs and blending the oxides. Always enjoy what you create! Happy Valentines, soon! Best, Lee

  22. All your cards are beautiful! I particularly like the heart shaker card and the mix of orange into the pink. Ooh, aah!

  23. I love your designs and your beautiful colors. All of your cards are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Wow! I love these gorgeous designs for all these hearts! each one is colorful and unique and they are all beautiful!

  25. Three fun cards. After seeing your stencil cards, I thought of so many uses for that stencil! The real value of great designers is to inspire and you are GREAT! Of course the stores think the real value is that you make us want to buy so much! LOL

  26. I love the “smooshing technique” with the oxide inks – the colours you used are so pretty for Valentine’s Day. I think I need these lovely, smoosh inks after all! ?

  27. I always love your quick and simple ideas! Your cards are so sweet and you’ve totally inspired me with new ideas! I really like the card with the big heart in LOVE and the shaker card!

  28. Wow! Love those colors together. I especially like the first card because I’m trying to learn shaker cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Omg your ink blending is AMAZING. I need practice! ? I think the shaker is my favorite. Love all the separate panels.

  30. Great color combination and shading. Reminds me of my garden flowers that I can’t wait to see you again come Spring.

  31. I love all your cards!!! And ginger lol… I can’t wait to use the techniques with the distress oxide ink

  32. Great cards. This release has so many fun things. Lots of new ideas now. Love how you used the stencils . Thanks for sharing your art.?

  33. You made such pretty cards using those beautiful Distress Oxide Inks! One can never go wrong using hearts on a card! Beautiful as always, Vicky.

  34. What beautiful and heart felt cards you have made using these great new products. Love the shaker card, it’s awesome!

  35. Funtastic cards.
    Love the stacking of the hearts.
    Using one of the die cut hearts
    was a great idea.
    thanks for sharing

  36. Great Cards. Love the different looks you got with the same colors throughout. Wonderful ideas to make a set of cards as a gift even is one was so inclined. Great job Vickie.

  37. Love the color combo, it makes me think of summer and of course I love the CAS designs, these will be great for the kids to get involved , thanks for the inspiration Vicky!

  38. Lovely color combination and nice designs for these cards. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration!

  39. Pretty color combination on your heart cards! Love the CAS styling of the last card with heart in the sentiment.

  40. variety of heart designs! I loved the fact that you incorporated three different techniques of distress inks. sometimes we tend to forget the ways to have multiple designs from the same supplies. this post is useful for such mind block.

  41. As always I am in love with all 3 of your cards! They’re all so simple and beautiful! I love the addition of orange with the pink – very pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

  42. I just love coming to your blog and seeing all your cards and watching your video’s. It is a treat every time.

  43. I love watching your videos. Your cards are always just gorgeous and the tutorials are so easy to follow. I really love your shaker card.

  44. So pretty how you used windows of my heart for your card. And the combo of stencils on your second card is amazing. And the Love card (Ornate heart ) so pretty as well !

  45. Really appreciate the use o the raspberry and spiced marmalade colors..subtle and different. Really liked each of the cards…you are inspiring!!

  46. Thanks for sharing your cards not only on the blog but also in your videos. I know they must be a lot of work to make and edit, but seeing the process is so much fun and I always learn a new tip or technique.
    The cards for the hop are fantastic. I am glad you used the stencils as they are one of my favorite things in the release.

  47. Amazing cards!!! My most favorite one is the window hearts card! I just love shacker cards with hearts! 🙂

  48. I love the effects you got with the distress oxide inks! I’m inspired to give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

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