Monster S'more DIY & Candy Aisle Crafts Giveaway!

Halloween is quickly approaching and with party planning to do we flipped through our favorite edible crafts book for inspiration. If there’s one crucial aspect to planning a great Halloween party it’s making sure there are enough spooky & fun treats to go around and Candy Aisle Crafts has you covered. This book provides step x step directions to create your own sweet perfection! 

Along with this DIY we will be giving away a Candy Aisle Crafts book to two winners! To enter, tell us your best Halloween costume or story in the comments field below. Be sure to include your email address so we can notify you when we pick the winners next Wednesday. Our favorite costume/ story takes the cake! 

Monster S’mores are the perfect Halloween treat or activity. Easy to make & fun to eat!

 Materials:

·       Parchment paper

·       Assorted flat cookies- graham crackers, tea biscuits etc.

·       Thin flat chocolate bars- Hershey’s works great!

·       Scissors

·       Regular & mini marshmallows

·       Toothpick

·       Regular and mini chocolate chips

 Steps:

1.     Preheat the broiler.

2.     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheet and put a piece of chocolate bar on top of each one.

3.     To make the eyes, cut mini or regular marshmallows in half horizontally. Arrange the halves on top of the chocolate, sticky side own. Poke holes in the marshmallows with the toothpick, and dig around to enlarge the holes. Push a mini or regular chip into each hole, pointy side down.

4.     To make the teeth, cut angles pieces off the remaining mini or regular marshmallows and press the cut sides into the chocolate.

5.     Put the baking sheet in the oven and watch carefully. Remove as soon as the s’mores turn golden, about 45 seconds! Let them cool until they’re just warm before handling or eating

Credits:

Instructions by Candy Aisle Craft | Giveaway provided by Potter Style Publishers | Photos by Hello!Lucky.

Banshee Fest

Banshee wine's first annual festival is taking place in Healdsburg November 15th. There you'll find a celebration of music, food, & wine- the perfect recipe for a good time if you ask us! Find tickets and more here!

Poster by yours truly!

Stationery Business 101

Hey aspiring stationers!

Want to get the inside scoop on the paper industry? Eva Jorgensen from Sycamore Street Press is teaching a Stationery Business 101 online course. Through this 6 week course you’ll hear her personal tricks of the trade & get the haps from other experienced stationers… Including yours truly!

Meet Eva:

Course objectives:

  • Hone your brand & learn how to stand out. 
  • Be guided through the planning of your product line.
  • Familiarize yourself with essentials like the different printing processes, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping.
  • Make a plan for how you can become a successful part of the stationery industry. 

Some of the class perks-

Get filled in on trade secrets and warned of common mistakes from Eva herself and also hear the trials and tribulations & of course rewards from other well known stationers- Anna Bond from Rifle Paper Co., Cat Seto from Ferme à Papier, Emily Blistein from Clementine Shop, Joan Schnee from On Paper & Green Paper Co., Megan Gonzalez from MaeMae Paperie, Carrie Gifford & Hal Mertz from Red Cap Cards, Erin Ozer from Knot & Bow, Suzie McKig from Twig & Fig, and us!

Here's a clip from our interview with Eva:

Read more about Stationery Business 101 and sign up here!

JULY GELLY ROLL WINNERS

The winners of the July Gelly Roll challenge have been chosen! Ten July prize pack winners and one monthly grand prize pack winner were chosen at random from a pool of all the #gellyroll30 submissions. If you missed out on last month's giveaway, not to worry we are doing it all over again this month with a different prize pack! 

Entering is simple, all you need is Gelly Roll pens and paper. Post your original drawing to Instagram or Facebook and tag #gellyroll30.

Check out a few examples from July’s participants! Below is the work of four winners! 

Gelly Roll Giveaway- August

Announcing the August prize pack for the Sakura giveaway! For those of you just stepping in here's the gist... We have teamed up with Sakura and Egg Press for a massive 6 month giveaway celebrating Gelly Roll's 30th Birthday! We will be giving away 10 prize packs every month until January, and in addition we will choose a grand prize winner each month to take home the motherload 74 pens and 12 letterpress cards. The August pack is sunny yellow!

To enter post an original photo to instagram or facebook showcasing your skills. Be sure to turn your account to public and tag #gellyroll30 so we don't miss your submission!

Find full contest guidelines here

Iphone case giveaway!

We loved our Write On doodle card so much we decided to make it into a limited edition case for a giveaway! This is our first ever Iphone case so we are still testing the waters, and we want to know what you think! Write a quick blurb below and share this post with your friends on facebook or twitter to enter to win! We will pick 4 winners come Friday! Fit for a 5 or 5s!

Write_On Campaign

Today marks day 1 of our 30 letters in 30 days challenge celebrating National Letter Writing Month! We hope you will join us & Egg Press in this mission to bring back paper & ink! Order your free kit here & share your progress on instagram & twitter VIA #write_on. We will be sharing your photos here on the blog!

Write_on with Hello!lucky & Egg Press

 

This April we are spreading the word, quite literally. We have teamed up with our pals at Egg Press to encourage the art of writing (conveniently coinciding with National Letter Writing Month)! The goal is to write 30 letters in 30 days to 30 people who have in some way touched our lives. Here’s the best part, we will supply you and your friends with FREEWRITE_ON starter kits, equipped with 4 limited edition letterpress cards designed by Hello!Lucky & Egg Press. Each card sports a back-stamp to guide your recipient to THEIR free kit. Each of us will be sharing our experiences on Instagram & twitter, and we would love for you to join us. We will be hand selecting instagram posts throughout the month of April to be featured here on our blog (#WRITE_ON). Get your free kit here!

*see kit below- available while supplies last.

Thanks and #WRITE_ON!

DIY STAMP KIT + GIVEAWAY!

 

was kind enough to let us pick out a little somethin’ for a DIY project! Naturally we were drawn to SF local- Yellow Owl Workshop’s stamp-carving kit, though it was a tough call since they offer a ton of great DIY kits. We decided we wanted to do a bandana using a neon color palette, our most recent obsession. Follow the instructions below to create your own stamped bandana. In addition we will offer up $40 gift cards to UncommonGoods to TWO lucky winners. Find contest guidelines below!

Happy crafting!

 

created this genius Carve-A-Stamp Kit that contains everything you need to master the art of stamp carving.

The kit comes equipped with: • 2 rubber blocks mounted on wood for carving • 1 brilliant red ink pad • 1 pencil • 1 wood carving knife with five tips & a tip remover • 1 template featuring different designs • 1 piece of tracing vellum • 1 muslin bag

 

What you will need in addition for this project: • 1 yard of muslin • washable/ fabric friendly neon ink pads • scissors • neon thread (optional) • a sewing machine (optional) • one extra block of rubber (optional)

 

*All of these items can be found at Michaels, or the craft store of your choice. STEP ONE:

Carving the dot pattern stamp-

We used the semi circle tip in order to cut out our dots for our reversed dot stamp. First use your pencil to draw scattered dots. Then push the semi-circle into the rubber, rotate 360 degrees, and pop the rubber out. Repeat until your pattern is complete.

STEP TWO:

Carving the star pattern stamps-

Draw the star onto the rubber with your pencil. Then use the flat knife to trace the outline of your star. After, use that same tool to remove ¼ inch of the entire surrounding area. In order to achieve only the outline of the star, you will then use the wide “V” carving tool to remove the rubber from the inside of the star.

*note: If you wish to create another star stamp, repeat the steps listed above with your extra rubber pad.

 

STEP THREE:

Cutting out your bandana- Cut a 23 inch square out of your muslin. This allows for a ½ seam allowance on each side. Using your neon thread, iron, pin, & sew the edges in.

*note: if you would not like to sew the edges, cut out a 22 inch square & leave it raw!

STEP FOUR:

Stamping your bandana- Using the dot stamp you have created, line up the block along the edge and make a border all the way around. Then fill the center with your star stamps as seen above.

STEP FIVE:

Protect your fabric- Wait until the ink has dried (a few hours). Place a piece of muslin over your pattern and iron each side without water/steam. Allow for a week or so before washing, then hand wash or machine wash alone for first rinse.

 

STEP SIX:

Strut around in your new bandana.

We made two bandanas, one for our pen pal, and another tiny one for Imogen because we couldn’t resist, duh.

Jump the gun and make one for mom for Mothers day! Get your own kit here! Or check out more great mom day ideas here.

CONTEST GUIDELINES:

Enter to win a $40 gift card to UncommonGoods to snag your own stamp carving kit and then some!

All you gotta do is like UncommonGoods on facebook & comment on this post! Don’t have a facebook? Join their newsletter instead!

Our winner's will be announced Friday the 21st!

DIY Animal Envelope Valentine

We got super into this animal envelope DIY by Mer Mag Blog. Super easy, cheap, & adorable. Stuff them with candy for the kids, or fill it with a card for your sweetie! Head to Mer Mag for the full tutorial!animal envelope diy

Susan Connor

 

Newly launched handmade goodness from Susan Connor. This New York based designer creates her patterned textiles using hand-drawn carved blocks. She prints on linen to create one of a kind throws and pillows. Each print is a little bit different, much like letterpress! See her full collection here!

The Weekend Press

 

 

We pledged for The Weekend Press's Oakland Illustration Project on Kickstarter and received this awesome kit! A pocket notebook, letterpress coasters, one postcard, and 10 original prints! We are extra excited and a wee bit sentimental over this project because these prints were created with our very own Original Heidelberg Press that we sold to them when we closed up shop in SF. Not only that, but one of our lovely designers Anna Hurley moved on to collaborate with them! We are incredibly supportive of this project not only because of our connection, but because it's a community project that uses a traditional form of craftsmanship, letterpress- our one true love. Learn more about the project here! Here are a few of the prints we received. Styled and shot below by The Weekend Press.

Valentines Day Gift Guide: For Him

 

1. Iphone 5 USB cable, 2. Men's facial elixer, 3. Hair of the dog flask, 4. Wool felt necktie (15% off before 2/14/14 with code: luckyvalentines), 5. iphone 5 case, 6. you're a stud card See more ideas on our Valentines Day gifts for him board!

Hello!Lucky meets Hello Shiso!

 

Yesterday we met with our new favorite accessory designer Mimi Tsang of Hello Shiso. The company started in 2010 with Mimi assembling each product personally by hand & has since flourished! We are in love with Hello Shiso designs. These accessories serve as the perfect addition to the little ladies outfit! We couldn't resist and had to buy some for Eunice's baby Imogen who is modeling her new Hello Shiso clips below! Check out these sweet heart shaped bobby pins, just in time for Valentines Day! Visit Hello Shiso!

Hello!Lucky & Couple Giveaway!

Read below for instructions on how to enter to win two Couples tee's, a Hello!lucky card, & free app stickers! Valentines Day is one of our all time favorite Holidays because it instigates positive language & reassurance. What we love most about the app Couple is that it allows you to do this on a daily basis. Whether you’re in a long distance relationship, have conflicting schedules, or just enjoy having a common place to connect, this app makes sharing sweet nothing’s a piece of cake. It’s the ultimate share app with Couple, creating archived moments including videos, voice messages, photos with filters, and drawings. It offers facetime, shared to-do lists, an interactive calendar, and even the option to share locations. It’s all the apps you use with your honey rolled into one. Learn more about them here! We thought we would couple up with them this Valentines Day to offer their loyal customers a tangible way to say I love you, and share their approach with our fans! Contest guidelines below! 

Enter to win a Hello!lucky Valentine, two Couple tee’s, and a few Couple stickers to use on their FREE app by commenting on your favorite Hello!lucky card featured on their blog here. Then be sure to “like” Hello!lucky & Couple on facebook between February 3rd- 8th. The 5 winners will then be chosen at random. It’s easy to enter, just comment on the post found here stating your favorite featured card, and like Hello!lucky and Couple on Facebook.

*Additional contest information here.

DIY: I Lava you pop-up card

 

 

We wanted to create a simple & fun (and gender neutral) Valentines Day card the kids would be excited about! Using few materials, our free printables, and following the steps below, you can create an I lava You Pop-up Card of your own! Mess around with different color card stock & glitter to make it unique! Happy crafting! MATERIALS

  • 8.5 x 11 sheet of blue or green card stock
  • 8.5 x 11 sheet brown card stock
  • 8.5 x 11 sheet white card stock
  • Printer
  • Scissors, or a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat
  • Gluestick
  • Liquid glue & brush
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Pink and orange glitter (optional)

 

HOW TO

1. Print the background template on the green cardstock, the volcano on brown cardstock, and the cloud template on white cardstock.

Note: you only need one volcano, & one cloud per card. We included multiples in case you would like to make more than one, in which case you will need to print additional background templates

2. Cut out and fold the blue cardstock: cut off 1/2 inch along the solid grey line; cut out the circle and around the palm trees. Fold along the light grey lines (use a bone folder if desired) to form a diamond shape with a glue tab. Glue & add glitter to the asteroid (we used orange).

3. Cut out the volcano, crossbar, and the cloud. Fold the glue tabs as indicated by the light grey lines and cut small slits in the volcano and cross bar along the solid black lines. Glue & add glitter to the top of the volcano to represent lava (we used pink). 4. Glue the cloud to the back of volcano. 5. Slot the cross tab into the volcano and glue the tabs to the background. 6. Glue the volcanos tabs matching the letters as shown in the diagram.

 

Note: line cut out card with diagram from original print-out. 7. Glue the tab of the background template to complete the diamond shape. 8. Flatten & press down firmly until glue dries. And there you have it!

Looking for more DIY projects and free downloads? Head over to our site here.

Valentines Day

Check out our new Valentines Day collection in the shop! We are strong believers in the art of hand-written notes, and Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity! So don't forget to tell those special people in your life how much they mean to you this Valentines Day! We are offering 20% off our entire love & friendship collection until Monday the 20th with code SWEETNOTHINGS. We will also be doing a Valentines Day DIY next week so you can make your own! Check back with the blog soon! Which card below is your favorite?spread-the-love

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Contest: giving thanks in 2014

 

 

ENTER TO WIN TWO PACKS OF LETTERPRESS THANK YOU CARDS BY JANUARY 16th!!! There’s plenty of research showing that gratitude promotes happiness -- expressing thanks helps you hone in on what’s positive in your life, and everyone loves to be thanked and appreciated! So this year we are promising to say thanks!

Here are perfect occasions for writing a thank you note:

  • A gift
  • A dinner or date
  • A handwritten card
  • A great conversation
  • A thoughtful action, like helping you with a project or chore
  • A long-term friendship or partnership

You can write thank you notes to family, friends, work associates, teachers, or those who provide a helpful hand day by day like your mail man or garbage collector.

Great thank you notes are brief and heartfelt. Here are some samples:

Thank you for the wonderful birthday card. I am so grateful that you thought of me.

Thank you for your the great conversation we had yesterday. I appreciate your support, and I am so glad we’re friends!

Here are some tactics we’ll be trying out in 2014:

  • Keep a stash of thank you notes, stamps, and a pen by your bedside. Write a note at the end of the day. (Think of it as a twist on writing “gratitude journal,” which some researchers advocate -- one that has a positive impact on other people’s lives as well as your own)
  • Write thank you notes right away -- the feelings will be more authentic and meaningful.

What are some of the ways you like to say thank you? Post a comment and we’ll pick a winner next Thursday the 16th to receive your very own stash of 12 letterpress thank you cards (featured above)!

Farewell to custom!

 

 

To our amazing customers & fans, T H A N K Y O U ! We have made the incredibly tough call to throw in the towel for all custom invitations. Our intentions are to expand on our letterpress greeting card collection, and eventually branch out into more gifts & products. We are forever grateful for all of your kind words and support. That being said, our wedding invitations will be available for a limited time through Soiree San Francisco, so please don't hesitate to contact them for all your dreamy wedding desires. Wishing you a very H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !

Shine On This New Years Eve

 

 

We recently collaborated with West Elm and Style Me Pretty to create a NYE party tablescape. Naturally we were thrilled to partake in this project. This resulted in DIY projects galore! We created coasters, fringe numbers, and a table runner all dipped in gold! Head to Style Me Pretty for our full DIY break down.

Happy New Years Eve!

Photos by Blake Bronstad