Valentine's Cards for Hallmark

I have LOVED seeing all the Valentine's Day cards I designed last year on shelves! Here are a few of my favorites, to take a peek at them all head over to my portfolio. You can find them in person at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens just to name a few. While I am no longer on the Valentine's Day team at work, I hope that someday I will have another chance to design for this holiday, it truly is one of my favorites. Enjoy!

Letters Are Lovely | Valentines' Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentines' Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark

Valparaíso, Chile

And just like that it's February! This last recap from Chile may have been my favorite to put together. I had so many photos to choose from — Valparaíso was unlike any city I have been to. If you plan on visiting, anticipate the hills! The city is filled with funicular lifts to take tourists and locals alike up particularly steep hills. 

Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile

We stayed in Cerro Alegre at Hotel Casa Higueras which had a wonderful view of the bay as well as a restaurant where we ate both evenings of our stay. My absolute favorite part of our time here was all the art. Valparaíso is filled with art galleries and shops and we came home with lots of souvenirs. 

Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile

Our last full day was spent relaxing by the pool in denial that we would be heading back to Winter weather in KC. After one last delicious dinner it was time to pack up before our long day of traveling home. I think two weeks in Chile was the perfect amount to time to see a huge variety of things, but also short enough that I hope we will be able to go back someday! We didn't get a chance to visit the desert in the North, and I know my Dad would love a chance to visit with his host family again. And I hope you've found some travel inspiration of your own, too! 

Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Valparaiso, Chile

January Around The Web

Happy Monday, friends! This month has been tough. After returning from Chile I spent several weeks dealing with health issues and a chaotic time of year at work — alongside the general chaotic nature of current political events. That said, I'm very grateful to be feeling much better now. This month has given me a renewed sense of energy to take care of myself. A January highlight has been seeing many of the Valentine's Day cards I created for Hallmark in stores. Work chaos sometimes leads to wonderful opportunities and I think that this is definitely one of those times. I'm really excited to see how the work I am creating now develops. It's always motivating to see cards come to life on shelf. Now for a few favorites around the web: 

Here's to a healthier February hopefully filled with some winter sunshine! 

Santa Cruz, Chile

Our second to last stop in Chile was a day in Santa Cruz! Deep in wine country, we fittingly spent most of our day at the the beautiful Vina Santa Cruz. We hadn't made any reservations in advance and luckily were able to immediately get a table in the restaurant. After eating we rode their gondola up the top of a hill where they have a self-guided tour. My absolute favorite moment was stumbling across two llamas trying to escape the heat—llamas are one of my favorite animals! 

Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile
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Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile
Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile

After our time at the vineyard we headed into Santa Cruz to check into our hotel. Along the way we stopped so my dad could buy a traditional Chilean hat, and the woman was gracious enough to let us take her picture with her sewing machine. The rest of our evening was spent wandering around the town and relaxing by the hotel pool. The next morning we visited the Colchagua Museum which is on the same property as the Hotel Santa Cruz. If you find yourself in the area it is a must see, the museum covers our history from 400 million years ago up until the twentieth century. While it is an unexpected location it was one of the best history museums I have ever visited! The last few days of our trip flew by and I just have one more place to recap. Be on the lookout for a few photos from Valparaíso next week! 

Letters Are Lovely | Santa Cruz, Chile