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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our winner's will be announced Friday the 21st!
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.
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)!
This weekend we will be participating in one of our all time favorite events! The SF Bazaar is a free entry craft festival showcasing local artists. It's the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shop on with so much crafty goodness to choose from, and multiple chances to win cool stuff! Read below for more info on entering to win!
Share This link on your facebook & automatically enter to win 2 boxed sets of Hello!Lucky holiday cards! Winners announced at the event! Are you that person that never wins anything? That's okay! show up early and get a gift baskets! The first 200 people in the door take home the basket. Double your chances by sharing AND showing up to the event early. And remember, you're always a winner to us!
Sabrina and her family had a great photo shoot with Sarah at Modern Kids Co last weekend -- now they need to pick their holiday card. Can you help? Tell us your favorite in a comment below and we'll pick one person at random to receive 50 FREE custom holiday cards (value of $96). We love working with Sarah because she's an amazing photographer and specializes in kids (she's a former nanny!) and puts everyone at ease. She's able to capture beautiful candid shots from the chaos of family life (she also shot our neon birthday party a couple years back!)
Option 1- Holiday Boughs Option 2- Mid-century Doves Option 3- Joyeaux Wreath Option 4- Merry Christmas Stripes Option 5- Confetti Option 6- Give Thanks Option 7- Confetti Snow Option 8- Papercut Option 9- Peace, Love Happiness
Which one is your favorite? All you have to do is post below to be in the running for 50 FREE personalized holiday cards!
You have no idea how much we enjoyed reading your comments and suggestions for this card. You all are a witty, clever group of people. Thank you SO much for your feedback, it really helps us in this process when we are stuck on a design. In the end we settled on Are You For Real? And the final version is above. But that doesn't mean we didn't mock up a bunch of versions with your genius ideas before we settled on the final. Below are versions of the card with your words. They are all great, but we liked the silliness of Are You For Real? And thought the message could be interpreted more broadly.
We promised one lucky commenter a years worth of cards (totaling 12 letterpress cards). The winner of our caption contest is..... Tracy! Thanks for so many great suggestions Tracy, look out for an email from us so we can get your address and ship those cards to you.
Thanks to everyone else as well -- that was fun!
Back in September we had a lot of fun running our first ever Pinterest contest for our new letterpress printables. Since the holiday season is fast approaching we thought it would be fun to host another Pinterest contest focusing on some of our custom holiday cards. This time one lucky winner will receive 50 free custom holiday photo cards of their choosing!
To play, just pin any card from this page of our website or an image from this blog post. Once you have pinned your image, leave a comment below this post with the URL to your pin so we can check it out. Just like last time we'll randomly pick one lucky person to win free holiday cards. We'll announce the winner on Friday, November 16th.
*Note that the winner will receive 50 flat custom photo holiday cards (this excludes folded or letterpress cards). Happy Pinning!
To shop our holiday collection, visit our website here!
Thanks for all of your comments and pins! Congratulations to our winner Amy Williams!