We received a super sweet email from Italian couple Lorenzo and Camilla asking if they could come visit the Hello!Lucky studio and learn a bit about letterpress printing. Little did we know they were huge fans of ours and both graphic designers. They came to the US and San Francisco for their honeymoon and they couldn’t have been more gracious. We had a blast showing them around our space, and James provided an informative explanation of letterpress printing which they said is hard to come by in Italy. Thanks Camilla and Lorenzo for coming to see us! And congratulations on your new marriage!
Archive for September, 2012
With such an outpouring of Lucky Friday Love, we couldn’t choose just one winner! Instead we chose ONE LUCKY WINNER to receive the ten thank you cards— *PLUS* we’re going to give away one card to FIVE OTHER LUCKY WINNERS! Yay! We couldn’t help ourselves. It’s Friday!
So, without further ado (or adieu) here are the FIVE LUCKY WINNERS: Erica, Emily C, Tasha, Alisia and Richelle! We’ll contact you each to receive a surprise thank you design.
And… drumroll please… the Luckiest Lucky Friday winner of TEN THANK YOU CARDS IS:
We’ll contact all the winners early next week.
Thank you all so much for the Hello!Lucky love.
Stay in touch!
Are you getting in the Halloween spirit yet? We definitely are and can’t wait to break out our costumes and candy. This year we wanted to give our readers an extra spooky treat with this free printable Halloween party invitation. Even if you’re not the costume king or queen, throwing a party for Hallow’s Eve is a great way to get geared up for the holidays. Print this template at home on card stock paper and address it to your party people. Guests will be too scared to say no.
We’re also giving our fans the chance to win a set of 3 eerie Halloween greeting cards! Simply comment below telling us what you want to be for Halloween and we’ll pick two random winners. We’re still deciding on our Halloween costumes this year so we look forward to reading your ideas! Be sure to enter your comment before noon of next Thursday, October 4th and we’ll announce the winners on Friday! Good Luck!
Coming up with a unique gift can be a difficult task, especially if you’re on a budget. Almost anything customizable these days can cost up to an arm and a leg, but these new silhouette prints by Le Papier Studio are one-of-a-kind and they are affordable. This floral wreath silhouette print is the perfect gift for newlyweds and can be customized in just about every way possible. Vana Chupp, owner and designer of Le Papier, has mastered the art of the silhouette, and it’s clear because all of her products are fabulous. We asked Vana a few questions about her work:
The inspiration behind Le Papier Studio was my first born son, Nikolas. I started documenting his milestones by cleverly capturing his personality, emotion, playfulness and essence. I began using silhouettes to tell my own life story. Now that my second born, John is added to the equation, it’s a love story that continues to blossom with both of them as my muses.
Creating what I love, seeing it come to fruition and adorned by many.
Two words, “start now!”. Often people will ponder and wait for the ‘perfect’ moment to start their creative business, wasting invaluable time.
My friends, my family, my boys, are the reason I do what I do.
We’re loving this family dates print and how each event can be customized by color. This is such a fun way to display all the important dates in your life, or a great gift for new parents. It’s not just the prints that we love, Le Papier has endless goodies from personalized tote bags to dinner plates.
Know a pet lover? One of these personalized pet silhouette plates would certainly make it’s home on a mantle or in a frame. Fido will be feeling proud with his own homage.
Vana has customized just about everything, even monogram napkin rings. You can take your tabletop from plain to preppy with the bold color choices, too. What will she come up with next?!
This real wedding was introduced to us by our wholesale manager, Heather. She shared these images of her friends Haley and James’ California wedding and we were immediately overcome with giddy wedding bliss. From all the perfect DIY details to the pure beauty of the bride and groom, this wedding is simply magical.
We must start off with the colorful photography by multi-talented Kate Miss. Her blog is a great source of inspiration so we were excited to hear she was the photographer at this wedding. Next, how about these amazing life sized tissue flowers? It sets the perfect backdrop for an already beautiful venue (Northstar in Tahoe, CA). Full instructions can be found over at Design Sponge.
One of our favorite details has to be the yarn wrapped vases that the bride and her bridesmaids made from our Handmade Weddings book. Since Haley and James’ wedding day was all about color, they fit in nicely amongst the rest of the display.
Isn’t this a good looking group of women? All the bridesmaids dresses are vintage. Love how the colors of the dresses coordinate with the decor!
The brides beautiful dress was custom made by San Francisco based designer Kajan Padraig. We love the delicate lace sleeves!
This is what weddings are all about. Having fun with your loved ones.
Thanks to Heather for sharing these photos and thanks to the bride and groom for representing our yarn wrapped vases! We truly love to see our projects come to life. For more photos, head over to Kate Miss’ blog For Me, For You.
Photography by Kate Miss
Hello all you lucky folks out there! This is the Grand Finale for our Lucky Friday Giveaway! Each Friday we’ve featured one of our letterpress greeting cards. This week, to celebrate, we’re going to choose ONE SUPER-DUPER SPECIAL WINNER to receive a selection of ten beautiful thank you cards as our way of saying thanks for all your lovely comments over the years! Post a comment by 12 p.m. PST the following Thursday, and we’ll announce our extra lucky winner on the following Friday!
The winners from last week are (drum roll, please): Zoe, Brianna and Shay B! We’ll contact you soon to arrange sending your TYPE(FACE) SORRY card.
Design: We couldn’t decide on just one—with so many dear and delicious designs to choose from— so we settled on a tall, short stack of thank-yous.
Artist: From the Moyle with the Mostest, to Rockin’ Rothman, our selection will be a short list of the finest designs.
Inspiration: We’ve been so inspired by all our gracious, gorgeous, globe-trotting, card-craving clientele— we wish we could thank you all!
Who to send them to: If it’s ten friends you want to high-five, or one friend who deserves ten times the love, you can savor choosing the lucky one or two or three or…
Favorite detail: We could get lost in all the sweet details; it’s nice knowing there’s a thank you for everybody.
Why letterpress? Our love of letterpress is what started the whole shebang, and for that we give thanks!
Don’t forget to post your comment, and tune in next week to see our last, luckiest winner!
It’s that time again! The holidays are right around the corner and that means we’re gearing up for a season of DIY decor. Halloween is the one holiday in which you can get away with practically anything. And although we love faux spider webs and painted pumpkins, we’re more attracted to unique, original designs. Our DIY Sidewalk Skulls are a great way to add spook to your home without too much black and orange. Where’s the wow factor? It’s a glow in the dark graveyard so each piece glows in the gloomy night of Hallow’s Eve.
White poster board or card stock, Scissors or craft knife, pencil, glow in the dark acrylic paint (available at craft stores), paintbrush, skewer sticks, masking tape
1. Print this skull template on your home printer. Cut out with scissors and a craft knife (for the eyes and nose) and trace onto your poster board or card stock. *Tip: for extra strength or to keep your skulls from warping over time, glue two pieces of card stock together before tracing and cutting.
2. Cut out the skull from the poster board or card stock using scissors and a craft knife.
3. Apply three generous layers of glow in the dark paint.
4. After the paint is dry, place the skewer stick on the back (pointed side down) and secure with a piece of masking tape.
*Tip: We recommend keeping the skulls under a lamp or bright light before displaying for best results. If rain is in the forecast, remove the skulls from the yard to preserve the strength of the paper.
Place skulls along your sidewalk or pathway to light the way for trick-or-treaters! We added bats and bones to the mix, but you can make anything from witch hats to pumpkin heads!
For more crafty DIY ideas, visit our website today!
Never thought you’d have a sweet tooth for art, would you? Modern pastry chefs are breaking ground with painterly wedding cakes. We can’t think of a better way to express yourself on your big day than with a work of art on your dessert table. It’s amazing what food coloring can accomplish these days, and with stunners like this rosy wonder (shown above, by Amelie’s House), it’s clear these chefs can do anything.
This dramatic ombre style by Charm City Cakes (found via Design Sponge) tops the charts. Duff and Co. certainly know how to have fun with their tasty treats, but this four-tiered beauty is – in all seriousness – beautiful.
It’s true we may favorite the soft florals and vintage style, but this graphic silhouette cake by My Sweet and Saucy would be perfect for a bold and whimsical wedding.
Of course the team at Martha Stewart Weddings has a spot on our list, impressing us again with this french silk ribbon cake. It is retro and modern, with a subtle ikat texture, and would dazzle the dessert table at any occasion. All of these cakes are found in our Wedding Cake board on Pinterest. Check it out here for more cake love!
There is a good reason why the word ‘Chic’ cannot be adequately translated into English; we simply just don’t do it as well as the French! Virgine and Antoine both live in London and wanted to take some of the elements of their life here to their May wedding in Paris, mainly in the form of a black London taxi! We just love the way the photographer has managed to capture the mix of the formal and informal in these stunning photos of the happy couple who seem to have the whole city to themselves!
The reception was a little out of the city at the Manoir de Gressy where the more rural setting provided a beautiful contrast to the city and where Virginie chose an elegant restricted palette of cool greys and silver with just white flowers and green foliage in simple domed bunches. For their stationery they chose to have a customized version of our London Skyline, which we adapted to have the Paris skyline alongside.
We produced the table signs showing either London Tube stations or Paris Metro stops and Virginie also designed a wonderful 32 page booklet herself with graphic images of the two different cultures – The Gherkin vs. Tour Eiffel, Pimms vs. Ricard, Macaron vs. Cupcake etc.!
A customized photo booth with the somewhat Banksy-esque gun-toting Queen along with a host of props allowed the guests to create some memorable photographs of the big day.
Nous remercions Virginie et Antoine d’avoir partage ses photo avec nous. Nous tenons a leur souhaiter beaucoupde bohneur pour leur futur.
Last month we celebrated the grand opening of Good Company, a brand new wedding studio we’re thrilled to be a part of. Our co-partners in the studio include photographer Lisa Lefkowitz, the dynamic wedding planners at Downey Street Events, florist Sharla Flock Designs, and hair/makeup artist Meaganne McCandess. Meg Messina photographed the opening and did a great job at capturing the space and the crowd that night!
For the opening event, Eunice created these modern window garlands out of cut paper and sewed them together on her sewing machine. We love the way the light hit each shade of peach/pink.
We have a small retail space within the studio, so if you’re on Sacramento street pop in and say hello.
It’s clear Sharla Flock is an insanely talented because her floral arrangements blew us away.
Guests went home with perfectly wrapped cupcakes by Kara’s Cupcakes. The wrapping coordinated quite nicely with the window display, don’t you think?
Hello!Lucky staff enjoying the evening and some champagne.
Lisa Lefkowitz and a friend.
Thanks to everyone who attended the event. We’re truly thrilled to be part of such an inspirational group of women. Stay tuned for more Good Company news!
Good Company is located on 3366 Sacramento street in San Francisco.