Challenge: Love Notes

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I’ve got love letters on my mind. Will you make a card with heart? Create a journal entry about someone (or something) you love? Perhaps use vintage postage as your latest inspiration… whatever inspires you – we can’t wait to see your love notes!

Suzz saw letters and thought of children’s blocks with letters on the sides.

I saw love letters and thought how fun would it be to create a series of blocks with letters and valentine images to create love notes. I started with a series of blocks which were covered with the Authentique Smitten papers. I used the Kelly Purkey Plain Jane Alphabet stamps to create a series of blocks with letters to create my valentine messages. I added a series of images from the Smitten, Lovely, Memory Box Love & Hearts, and Hero Arts Watch Gears. The blocks will be a fun interactive Valentine’s decor.

Meihsia altered a burlap canvas with some sweet love notes on it.

This 6″ X 6″ burlap canvas wall decor was made for my husband for Valentine’s Day. I created the background with an embossed die cut heart, a pink ink pad and red shades of PITT Big Brush Artist Pens. All the sentiments on Simon Says Clear Stamps Chalkboard Love Set are sweet so I picked three of them to make my love notes. I had so much fun creating this piece and I hope he will like it.

Emma adores creating her own shadowboxes and used the letters L.O.V.E. as her inspiration to make this shadow box with a romantic theme.

I love to create my own shadowboxes from chipboard and then fill them with little trinkets full of memories and for this particular box, I used the Sizzix Alterations Postage Stamp Frame die by Tim Holtz. Once the box was constructed, I gave it a coat of Gesso before painting it with various colours of Distress Paints to give the effect of limed wood. To fill my box, I used die cut hearts, painted with Distress Paints and covered with Festive Berries Distress Glitter, added various Idea-Ology pieces including Corked Vials and stamped a “Love” ticket.

Michelle added a modern twist to a classic Valentines Day icon.

The symbolic folk art image of a heart in a hand has been around for centuries. I updated my version by adding the sweet letters found in the Simon Exclusive, Card Exchanging Friends stamp set. A heavily distressed Book Cover embossing folder kept the project true to it’s primitive origins, and the cheery Hemptique Candy Lane Twine was just too cute to pass up.

Sandra Mouwen went for the color of love with her card

I made this card for a dear friend of mine. She is such a sweetheart and wanted to share some love for her birthday. I started this card collageing pieces of the Printery Paper Pad with Multi Medium Matte. I’m really into the Gelatos at the moment and used the reds and the pinks from the Designing Kit. To add a little shading I used the Big Pitt Pens. In the background I used the She Art Print Texture stamp to create more dimension.

Anna-Karin played around with heart stencils, stamps and dies.

I really like the Simon Says Stamp exclusive Valentine 2014 collection and used different products from it to make two heart postcards and a journal page. The Mosaic Heart stencil is fabulous, and certainly not only for Valentine’s since hearts can be used all year around. The Heart Parade die cuts a row of intricate hearts, perfect for a border, and I also used a heart background stamp. The sentiment comes from the Beautiful Words set.

With love in his heart and postage in his mind Dan crafted this framed piece for a friend.

This piece marks my debut with Tim Holtz’s Postage Stamp Frame, so much fun to take something out of it’s wrapper and try it out for the first time. I used a whole heap of stamp sets on this one, including Floral Tattoo, Odds and Ends, Around the Edge, Valentine Blueprint and Calendar 1.

Being a self-proclaimed literary nerd, Andrea filled her mini love letter with a quote from Longfellow.

It’s that wonderful time of the year when I won’t look quite so cheesy for randomly quoting a Shakespeare sonnet! Or maybe I still will, but that’s okay because it is the season for poetry and sigh-worthy words of love. I made this love letter using the gorgeous Postcards from Paris mini craft bags, a flower made with a fun new Avery Elle die, and some delicious Maggie Holmes paper.

Mona was inspired to create a shabby chic Valentine’s Day:

I combined pretty Melissa Frances patterned paper with a sentiment from Tim Holtz’s Simple Sayings. My focal point is a beautiful die cut heart that I embellished with a Crinkle Ribbon bow and a Bitty Blossom.

Tracy stepped outside her comfort zone this week, getting in touch with her feminine side with tones of pink.

I love using hearts in my artwork and they seem to combine beautifully with Tim Holtz Wallpaper and Wood background stamp. Magenta Hue Archival Ink gives that wow pop of colour and Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste coupled with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint add the perfect touch of texture and dimension.

Ashli took this week’s challenge literally, comprising a home decor piece of her little girls’ initials…

With the arrival of our fourth girl in just a matter of weeks, we are getting things ready around here. And that includes her name too, of course. While it remains a secret until her arrival, it will start with an “O,” which combined with the initials of her sisters we have four little ladies that spell “LOVE.” Using some muslin, I used some Amy Tangerine Stamps, a Kelly Purkey stencil, a few of my favorite Color Shine Mists, and decorated with some fussy cut Dear Lizzy Project Life Cards to craft up these sweet little hearts to comprise this fun home decor piece.

I (May) am writing notes to myself this week.


With my trusty Dylusions art journal, some gelatos, and a few other supplies I write notes to myself, then do art! Gesso covers up my words so they can remain private – and I find this to be such a therapeutic and positive use of my creative time.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday February 9th Eastern time.

We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too!

For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. Super cool design team samples. I love the block collection! Thank you for the “hearts and love” challenge this week.

  2. I LOVE what the design team has done…I would love to own every one of these, can you just imagine having all of these beauties to decorate with…I know I would be in heaven!!

  3. I agree, the DT’s creations are simply stunning..everyone of them…this was a perfect challenge…

    Nancy T.

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