Holiday Wrap Ideas

One of our favorite parts about the holidays is decorations, the tree, the baked goods, and the presents. When it comes to gifts we like to make sure it's about the whole package. We have always found joy in the little things and believe a pretty package never fails to delight its recipient. Here's a few of our favorite Etsy sources for craft supplies. 

Plumule- for feathers

Midget Gems- Tassels and trims

Absolut Supplies- Tassels and beads

Yakutum- Jewelry findings

Harvard5f- Fabric

Ukrainian Woods- wood beads

Supply & Co- paper goods and party supplies

Check out our Wraptastic Pinterest board for more inspiration!

DIY: Peppermint Bark & Free Printable

Running out of ideas for holiday gifts? We have just the thing- Easy home recipe for delicious peppermint bark with printable packaging to top it off! 

SUPPLIES:

- 12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch piece

- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

- 1 pound good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

- 3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed

- Jars (we used Weck’s)

- Ribbon & bakers twine (optional: for packaging)


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DIRECTIONS:

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Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny-side up; smooth out any wrinkles. Heat 1 inch of water in a saucepan over low heat until steaming.

Put all but 3/4 cup of the semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan of steaming water (do not let the bowl touch the water) and stir until one-third of the chocolate is melted. Remove the bowl from the saucepan; keep the steaming water over low heat. Gradually stir the reserved 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate into the bowl, a few pieces at a time, until all of the chocolate is melted. Return the bowl to the saucepan, 5 to 10 seconds at a time, to help melt the chocolate, if needed. Do not rush this step: It may take up to 10 minutes to melt the chocolate.

Wipe off any moisture from the bottom of the bowl. Stir 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract into the chocolate, then quickly pour into the prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer. Firmly tap the dish against the counter to remove any air bubbles. Set aside at room temperature until almost set, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, put all but 1 cup of the white chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and repeat the melting process over the steaming water; dry off the bottom of the bowl. Stir in the remaining 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract; pour over the semisweet chocolate and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle immediately with the crushed candy canes, gently pressing them into the white chocolate. Set aside at room temperature until firm, about 1 hour. Lift the bark out of the pan using the foil and break it into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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New Holiday Cards

We are really excited about this round of holiday cards. We focused pretty heavily on hand-drawn designs finished in foil. Can't go wrong with that combination!

See the full collection here. Orders placed between 11/24/14- 11/28/14 will get free shipping with code HOLIDAY!

Permanent Press Editions

We are thrilled to announce this exciting project founded by Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill.

Permanent Press Editions is a print shop offering archival-quality prints at an affordable price. The prints featuring inanimate objects can be purchased inside or outside the frame in singles or groupings.

They have managed to make each subject thoughtful when it could otherwise be interpreted as mundane. It's a blend of simplicity and nostalgia, and as perfectly described by them- “Each image is a portrait, a memory, a sensation—the smell of salt air, the magic of a glitter-infused comb, the endless possibilities housed in a box of colored pencils. “.

We love this concept, and the execution is flawless. We are putting Permanent Press Editions on our Christmas list, that's for sure!

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Superhero Halloween

Halloween is one of our favorite Holidays at Hello!Lucky where we are all about embracing our inner-child. There’s really nothing better than getting to trot around the city dressed as a posse of Marvel characters and have it be 100% socially accepted.  Eunice and clan did just that in their costumes made custom for each family member by Eunice herself.

See the inspiration and the outcome below! 

Free Printable- Poison Wine Label

It's all about the details! Throw this free printable on a bottle of wine to impress (and maybe intimidate) guests. Free printable PDF below.

For application- we suggest printing on sticker paper or computer paper applied with Tombow double-sided adhesive.

Free poison label

*designed by Hello!Lucky

Free Printable Halloween Party Invite

Hosting a spookfest at your place this Halloween? We designed a few fill in invitations that you can print at home and send to your friends! 

* We recommend white cardstock and A6 envelopes (you can find them at Paper Source!). If you go for a black envelope try Gelly Roll's white ink pen for addressing.

Find our printable PDF's below!

Free printable PDF's:

Free printable Ghosties invite

Free printable Monsters invite

*Designed by Hello!Lucky

Luci Soli Creations

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Luci Soli is a French label, handcrafting goods to delicately & purposefully adorn a kids space. We are unsure of whether the crescent moon wall hanging was a gift for Eunice's little lady or for herself. Either way we don’t blame her, it’s adorable and we will all enjoy its presence on the door handle to the world’s cutest nursery.

To purchase one of the treasures featured below visit the Luci Soli etsy shop and get your baby a bear even you will drool over!

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Red, White, & Indigo

Independence Day is the perfect day for BBQ, sparklers, and a side of DIY. This workshop hosted by Joya of Joya Rose Designs and Katherine of The Habitat Factory is the exact kind of summer soiree we spend our days swooning over.  This step by step tutorial will guide you into creating your own beautiful indigo dyed linen napkins. See full DIY here.

We can't wait to throw an indigo dip dye party of our own! Happy 4th of July!

Credits: handmade napkins by Gitana of Daiktuteka, spread by Sweet Lady Cook, photos by Heather Hackney, home goods and aprons from The Habitat Factory, and styling and lettering by Joya Rosa.

Les Petits Carreaux

Les Petits Carreaux is a new children's clothing label which is perfectly adorable. It was created by mom duo Stéphanie Ross & Alice Shamreiz who design and produce the line between France & California. They draw their inspiration from classic French couture, it's overwhelmingly chic and sans bubblegum pink/ruffle overload - a breath of fresh air! They strive for simple lines, plaids & patterns, and ultimately comfort. Our one complaint is that they don't design for grown ups...

See the full collection on their online store and get 20% off your order with code LPCHELLO- valid the month of June. 

Alameda Flea Market

We are flea fanatics so finding our way to Alameda the first Sunday of the month is a must. Amongst this outdoor treasure trove is everything from antique furniture to clothing and accessories. It's the perfect pastime for vintage seekers and it's family friendly. The market is spread out on the Alameda waterfront overlooking San Francisco. There's a lot to see so make it a day trip and bring an appetite, it's chock-full of gourmet food trucks offering up every cuisine imaginable & kettle corn carts you can't avoid because it's aroma is undeniable. The next one falls on July 6th so be sure to mark your calendars!

Here are a few of our favorite finds from yesterday's excursion. 

Louie Award Winners!

The Louie Awards is an annual ceremony put on by the Greeting Card Association in honor of our fellow card producers. We have been lucky enough to be included in this fancy affair alongside our favorite designers.  Last year we were grateful to win an award in the Thanks category. This year we were claimed best in two categories, thanks & congrats, and received a final win for Card of The Year! It was a huge honor to be involved and an even bigger one to take home several awards! This left us with the obvious feeling of self-gratification and it’s all due to you guys, so thanks so much for all your support. You truly did make our day!

See all the winners here.

Tiny Dictator was named best of in the Congrats category for $3.50+

Sunny Day was named best of in the Thanks and Card of The Year categories for $3.50+

Sunny Day was named best of in the Thanks and Card of The Year categories for $3.50+

National Stationery Show!

We just got back from the National Stationery Show in New York & what a wonderful experience it was! Each year we are so impressed & inspired by all the wonderful new card designs. It truly is a smorgasbord of eye candy & we couldn't be happier to be a part of it. We attended a few lovely & carefully crafted soirees with our industry pals & the Louie Awards Gala where we brought in three awards with one Card of The Year Award for our Sunny Day card! It was a huge honor, especially when  surrounded by such talented people! 

Overall a complete success! Thanks to all you guys for all the support!

20 Reasons to Write a letter

We teamed up with Egg Press beginning April 1st for a 30 day challenge in honor of National Letter Writing Month. Everyone at Hello!Lucky and Egg Press vouched to take part in the challenge to write 30 letters in 30 days, as well as anyone else who wanted to join. We offered free starter kits containing 4 limited edition letterpress cards to anyone who signed up here. We are so amazed and thrilled by the outcome of this campaign. We have seen an overwhelming amount of participants and love the live updates on instagram and twitter. The letter writing movement is WRITE_ON target! 

Egg Press has been offering up some great ideas for who and what to write about. Here’s the first twenty tips, visit their instagram @eggpress for the next ten! 

It’s not too late to hop on board! Join us in this endeavor and share your experience at #write_on. Don't forget to tag us @helloluckycards- We will pick a few of our favorite posts to blog about!