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

Mission Main Street Grant

Chase bank is dishing out 20 grants for $150k to small businesses. Help us get the 250 votes we need in order to qualify! All you need is a facebook account in order to vote (your vote will not be posted on your facebook page unless you want it to). It only takes a second, but we will be forever grateful! Visit the link here to vote for us for the $150k Mission Main St. Grant. Thanks for all your support!

Find out more about the grants here.

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.

Playful- Fun projects for kids!

We just got our copy of Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids in the mail and we couldn't be more excited! Playful features fun & easy craft projects with step x step directions & templates (and not to mention beautiful imagery to go by!). 

The book was just released on Amazon and we were thrilled to contribute a little something to the launch party grab bags! The party is next Tuesday the 23rd in Provo, UT if you can make it! We love the industry we are in so supporting our fellow paper & craft enthusiasts is something we hold dear to our hearts!

If you are looking for new ways to be creative at home then Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag's new book is a must have! Find it on Amazon here.

Be sure to check out the beautiful trailer she created with Jenner Brown below to get a feel for the book!

photo by Hello!Lucky

photo by Hello!Lucky

Film Trailer by Jenner Brown.

Fall Wallpaper Downloads!

We scoured the Internet for a pretty desktop and iPhone download but couldn't quite find what we were looking for- so we set out to create our own. With fall in mind we immediately thought of seasonal veggies to adorn our laptop & iPhone screens! Find the free downloads below.

Hello!Lucky desktop download

Hello!Lucky iphone lock screen download

Hello!Lucky iphone home screen download

*Made by Hello!Lucky for personal use only.

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