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!

DIY Inspiration: Jess Brown Rag Dolls & Flea Market Sourcing

We just got our mitts on Jess Brown's lovely new book The Making of a Rag Doll and are completely obsessed!

The book is a guide to making your very own Jess Brown rag doll, including wardrobe elements (tiny tote bag, anyone?) and everything from insight into how she works with textiles to tea dying fabrics.  The possibilities are endless!

One of the most inspiring chapters in the book talks about using fabrics cut from vintage clothing found at places like the flea market (or from sweaters that accidentally got tossed in the dryer and ruined - genius!), so we immediately high-tailed it to the Alameda Flea Market with an eye towards materials for making our very own heirloom dolls...loving this Indian block print; and what doll couldn't benefit from a little sequins?

Cotton threads for detailing tiny quilts and pretty flannels waiting to be turned into miniature coats...

Rolls of sackcloth- A great foundation for your doll...

Pretty vintage florals and stripes and a bright array of Indian textiles...

And, of course, the flea is always great for any number of perfectly worn bits and bobs for which there surely must serve a purpose...

Doll suitcases? Or possibly a cross body purse?

Lovely millinery sugared fruit...

And a great resource for other project ideas - Jess Brown based a lot of her doll clothing patterns on old doll clothes she found at flea markets - how fun would it be to whip up some animal puppets?  We'd love to hear your thoughts & ideas!

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

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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Gelly Roll Giveaway

Gelly Roll pens have held the key to our hearts since scribbling unicorns in Lisa Frank journals. Little has changed since then except now Gelly Roll offers a plethora of pens in all of the colors of the sparkly rainbow. They are now celebrating their 30th Birthday, and during this exciting time of Gelly technology we, alongside our pals at Egg Press, have been invited to join them for a giveaway!

July’s prize-  P I N K

July’s prize- P I N K

The giveaway will take place from now until 2015. Each month 10 winners will be chosen to collect the prize package of the month (In this case pink) which includes 6 letterpress cards by Hello!Lucky & Egg Press, and 6 Gelly Roll pens. A grand prize winner will also be chosen each month to collect the ultimate package including 74 Gelly Roll pens and 12 letterpress cards. That’s 66 chances to win!

In order to enter all you must do is post an original photo on instagram or facebook including gelly roll pens & your own artwork/ hand lettering and tag #gellyroll30. Winners will be announced at the end of each month. Find out more here.

*Please be sure to turn your privacy settings off so we can see your posts!

Happy Birthday Sakura! Let’s get the ball rolling!

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.

Free Father's Day Printables

Father's Day is coming up this weekend and we have the perfect printables to customize your gift! Get him a pack of socks, a 6 pack of his favorite beer, or a nice bottle of wine and throw on our free printable to make it extra special- PDF's linked below. We suggest white cardstock for the sock printables and white sticker paper for the labels.

*quick tip: you can always use double stick tape in place of sticker paper!

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. 

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!

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!

Postable introduces Hello!Lucky wedding stationery!

We are thrilled to announce that our wedding suites will soon be available through Postable! They have such a wonderful collection of cards to choose from, and they even offer customization all the way to stamping and sending your cards out for you! This is what you've always been waiting for. Writing thank you cards has never been so easy! Check them out!

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!