Posts Tagged ‘stationery’

The Cutest Personalized Family Portrait Illustrations

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Personalized family portrait illustrations by Karen Thaco | Live Colorful

You might already know that I’m a huge fan of Instagram! My favorite part of the community is being able to connect with other creatives and color lovers from around the world. That’s where I met Karen Thaco, a graphic designer, mama, illustrator and chocolate lover. She has an adorable Etsy shop and Instagram account, and we were able to connect pretty easily because we are both from Mexico and love color, art, and design.

Recently she created the cutest illustration of my whole family! with Jax, my hubby and even our dog Kyra. It’s just too cute! I’m planning on framing it and hang it on the living room :)

Karen is offering a special discount on her Etsy shop for all Live Colorful readers, 20% off with the code: BEHAPPY.  A lot of her products are personalized illustrations, just like the family portrait she made for me.  I’m sure you will find something cute for you and your kids!

Personalized family portrait illustrations by Karen Thaco | Live Colorful

Personalized family portrait illustrations by Karen Thaco | Live Colorful

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags: Watercolor Hearts & Roses

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

February is already here. How crazy is that? It seems like just a few days ago we were getting excited about Christmas trees and holiday gifts, and now it’s all about hearts and flowers everywhere. I honestly love it, it’s kind of refreshing and a good reminder that spring is getting closer and closer.

I let myself get inspired by the theme of the season when I sat down to draw the other night. I sketched a simple heart and filled it with pink and red flowers. I honestly didn’t have any plans for the illustration, but then I saw it from far away and instantly realized that they would be awesome Valentine’s Day gift tags!

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

Follow my blogging behind the scenes through Instagram stories. Lots of sketching, doodling, taking pictures, editing and more.

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

The printable design is extra simple, which I love because you can use them in many different ways. Gift tags was my first idea, but you can also make cupcake toppers, use them in your next scrapbook project, or even glue them in a big paper clip and use them as bookmarks. Can you think of anything else? Please let us know! 😉

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

FREE PRINTABLE: Valentine’s Day Gift Tags Printable | Hearts and Roses

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

 

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

Please note that the printable is for personal use only and redistribution or reselling for commercial use is strictly prohibited. You can use one image on your blog or social media channels if you want to share and spread the love, but please link back to the post. Thank you so much for your support!

Who Makes Your Life Extraordinary?

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This post is sponsored by Hallmark Signature. All opinions, images and ideas are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors!

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

As I scroll down the pictures on my phone, I start to think of all the special moments I have lived over the past year. I remember my son’s first birthday party. My sister in law’s wedding in North Carolina. Visiting my parents in their new home in Mexico City. The reunion with my best friend from college. The day my grandparents hugged my son for the first time. I also think about the new people I met this year. I think of family picnic days and “girl nights” with virgin cocktails and deep conversations about our kids’ afternoon activities.

I remember all that, and I smile. I feel so lucky and loved this year. It’s an amazing feeling.

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

Hallmark Signature cards are beautifully made and feel special and unique, just like the people in my life. Each one of them reminds me of someone with whom I shared something important, silly or funny. They also have the perfect words and details to personalize that special message in an extraordinary way.

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

After my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, I felt the urge to let him know that I was going to be with him in that difficult moment even if we were living so far away from each other. I was moving away from Mexico just a few months after hearing the news too.

My heart felt broken just by knowing that I was leaving my home, my grandparents, my parents, my little brothers and sister.

I wanted to say something special to all of them, but words didn’t come out easily from my mouth. So I decided to write it.

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

A night before my flight, to my new home in the United States, I wrote a few cards for these extraordinary people in my life. I sneaked into their rooms, and left them on their bedside tables.

I packed the car that night and left the next day before dawn. It was one of the hardest thing I have done in my whole life and writing those letters was one of the best things I have done as well. I left my soul there, with them, on those pieces of paper.

From that day I learned how special and powerful physical cards can be.

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

For the last year, I’ve included my son in getting cards ready for family and friends. He loves that I ask him to help, and brings his stamps over as fast as he can.

I believe that cards carry a nostalgic value of something beautiful that a person you love touched it before giving it to you. That’s why I want him to feel excited about doodling something for grandma, grandpa and his tíos and tías. I want him to understand, that a simple detail, like receiving a card in the mail, is enough to let them know that we think about them and we miss them with all our heart.

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

I didn’t grow up with that tradition, but I believe it’s a great one to teach my kid about, embrace and keep for years to come.

Since Hallmark Signature cards are so lovely, I couldn’t give them all away. We are keeping one for our family that I’ll display on the Christmas tree the whole holiday season. When the holidays end, I’ll save it in our album of memories. It will be a great thing to see a few years from now, next to a picture of all of us.

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

Visit Hallmark Signature to find the perfect cards for your loved ones this holiday season.

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful

 

Celebrate the extraordinary people in your life in a special way this holiday season | Live Colorful