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.


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.

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.


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!

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.

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)!

Hello!Lucky and Ella Lou Giveaway!

We are super excited to announce our raffle giveaway with Ella Lou! Ella Lou is a San Francisco company designing artful playmats and toys for the kiddos! Check them out here!

The raffle winner gets THREE 6 card boxed sets of Hello!Lucky holiday cards and one new Ella Lou Wanderlust organic City Playmat featuring San Francisco!

It begins today, Saturday December 7th at 11am PST. Winner is then announced December 12th (only open to US residents).

Come visit us at the SF Bazaar today if you're around! There will be other opportunities to win Hello!Lucky cards!

Follow the guide below to enter to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winners for the Hello!Lucky & Egg Press Giveaway

letterpress mail love

To say we were blown away by the entries for our pen pal giveaway with Egg Press is an understatement! We absolutely loved reading your comments and seeing the #LetterPressMailLove photos you tagged us in. Here's a sampling of some of the great photos you shared on instagram.


The three winners for our giveaway were....

Grand Prize Winner Jaclyn: My dream pen pal would be my Great-Great-Grandmother Angelina who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. Never adopting the English language, I’d love to translate her italian handwriting to read her firsthand account of growing up in Italy in the late 1800s, moving her life to America, and raising 8 children in Delaware. I’ve heard only stories of the strong woman that she was, and her letters would be something I could pass on to keep those stories alive.

2nd Prize Winner Angela: Oh I love this! My dear friend and I have been consistent pen pals since 1997-ish. We even wrote letters when we lived in the same city (we haven't shared a zip code since 1999). The last two Decembers we have tried to make and mail a postcard a day to each other (Daily December). This year we are working on a postcard a week (52 for You).

3rd Prize Winner Samantha from Instagram: Sharing a photo of her correspondence-covered fridge said "Because I live far from friends and family sending letters is an important way for me to keep in touch. I post correspondence with pride."

fridge letterpress love

Thank you all for participating and making this such a fun giveaway. We will definitely be doing more of this in the future so stay tuned! And in the mean time happy letter writing.


Photos above from @apoth, @ImagineJoy, @sammade and @8mmideas.

Hello!Lucky & Egg Press Pen Pal Giveaway

Remember how good it feels to write and receive letters.To make new friends at summer camp and stay pen pals through out the year? Nothing beats the feeling of finding a handwritten letter in the mailbox. To celebrate our new partnership with Egg Press and remind everyone how awesome it is to send and receive mail we decided to throw a fun little giveaway that revolves around one of our favorite things ---  snail mail! We've been sending letters back and forth all summer with Egg Press and it has been such a treat to find sweet packages alongside our bills and junk mail.

Here's how it works! To enter to win simply comment on this blog post or Egg Press's blog post about this contest and tell us your dream pen pal. It can be anyone, living or dead. Jack Kérouac, your Grandma, a Buddhist monk. For an additional entry, post a mail-themed photo on Instagram tagging us at @helloluckycards and @eggpress and using hashtag #LetterpressMailLove.

We'll have three lucky winners for this giveaway, below is what they'll receive.

Grand Prize: Hello!Lucky and Egg Press will be your pen pal for a year. You'll receive fun mail every other month which might include things like cards (big surprise, right?), recipes, chocolates, pens, seeds and more! There’s no obligation to write back, but we would love to get to know you better.

Second Prize: A years worth of cards from Egg Press and Hello!Lucky, 24 cards total!

Third Prize: 4-5 of our founder's favorite pens. And believe me, these ladies know pens!

You have until August 29th to enter to win, we'll announce all the winners on our blog. Happy letter writing!

Unicorn Card Winner!

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!

Card Caption Help and a Giveaway

We need your help! We're in the process of designing some new cards and we can't settle on a caption for this one. We're planning to release it for Valentine's Day so we're looking for something with a sweet sentiment.

Ideas we had include: Are You for Real?You Amaze MeYou Dazzle MeWould you vote for one of those or do you have a brilliant suggestion that would pair perfectly with this design?

If we chose your words for the card we'll send you a years worth of cards (12 total). If we don't chose any new suggestions we'll pick one winner at random who will win 12 letterpress cards from us.

So have at it and tell us what you think! We'll pick a winner this Friday 7/19.

And the winner is....

You all are amazing! Thanks for all the comments and kind words about our newest vintage circus cards. It was so much fun reading through your comments and we love hearing which designs you like best. We can't wait to add these to the site and make them available to everyone.

The person who will be winning all five cards is.... Tasha!

We love doing giveaways so be sure to check here often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks again for playing everyone.


Monthly Card Subscription Winners!

We are overwhelmed at the amount of responses to our Monthly Card Subscription giveaway. Never have we seen so many people participate in a giveaway and it gives us hope that more and more people appreciate the power of a hand written note. Our fans mean the world to us and we couldn't be more excited that you want to try out a new product. Though we wish we could offer each of you your own subscription, we had to pick a winner. We mentioned that liking us on Facebook would provide an extra bonus, and for that we're giving one lucky Facebook liker a two-month subscription. Congratulations to......drum roll......

Tree! Winner of a one-year subscription!

and Miranda Bialk! Winner of a two-month subscription!

We'll be in touch with you both soon. Thanks again to everyone who participated! Stay tuned on our blog for more awesome giveaways.

Love, the H!L team


Monthly Card Subscription GIVEAWAY!

Attention all card lovers! You have a chance to win the letterpress lottery. We're giving one lucky reader a monthly card subscription for one whole year! Yes that's right. Three letterpress cards, every month, for a year. You can send them as a gift or keep them for yourself. Make a new year's resolution to send more cards to your loved ones. The best part? All the cards are pre-stamped, so you can just sign, seal, and deliver. To enter to win, simply comment below telling us who would receive the first card and why. You can get bonus points by liking us on Facebook, too!

We're choosing a winner next Wednesday, January 30th, so leave your comments soon and like us on Facebook to double your chances.

Entries are no longer being accepted and a winner has been chosen. Thanks for participating!!

Creative Bug "I made this" Contest

Our friends over at Creativebug have come up with a genius I Made This! Contest that we're certain our Hello!Lucky readers will enjoy. If you like crafting, and if you like Pinterest, then this contest is definitely up your alley. Creativebug is giving away an incredible list of prizes, from memberships to their online workshops, to complete kits of all your favorite projects. Our team is just one of many participants, so there are tons of ways you can get involved. Below is a full list of instructions and just a glimpse of what you can win, but head over to the Creativebug website for more info and terms. Be sure to share your ideas/comments on our blog or on Twitter and Facebook along the way.

To participate in this contest, you must first be following Creativebug on Pinterest, then create a Pinterest board that includes at least 5 projects you have made, or projects on Creativebug that you would like to make, plus an official contest pin from the Creativebug I made this! Contest Board at Call your Pinterest board "I made this!" and then go to Creativebug's blog at enter the link to your Pinterest board and your email address so they can contact you and tell you when you WIN!

To increase your chances of winning, after you build your Pinterest board you can leave a comment on the Creativebug Blog with just your name and email address. You can also visit the blogs of all the Creativebug instructors, and leave a comment on their Creativebug contest posts. Each comment counts as one more entry! (Limit one comment per blog though.) Here's the list of my participating Creativebug pals:

Improv Sewing

Rebecca Ringquist:

Jody Alexander:

Liesl Gibson:

Jill Draper:

Cal Patch:

Rad Megan:

Natalie Chanin:

Courtney Cerruti:

Megumi Inouye:

Heather Ross:

To read the full page o' rules, click here, but in the meantime, start pinning!

Good luck everyone!

And the Last Lucky Friday Winner Is... Oh my!

With such an outpouring of Lucky Friday Love, we couldn't choose just one winner! Instead we chose ONE LUCKY WINNER to receive the ten thank you cards— *PLUS* we're going to give away one card to FIVE OTHER LUCKY WINNERS!  Yay! We couldn't help ourselves. It's Friday!

So, without further ado (or adieu) here are the FIVE LUCKY WINNERS: Erica, Emily C, Tasha, Alisia and Richelle! We'll contact you each to receive a surprise thank you design.

And... drumroll please... the Luckiest Lucky Friday winner of TEN THANK YOU CARDS IS:


We'll contact all the winners early next week.

Thank you all so much for the Hello!Lucky love.

Stay in touch!




Free Printable Halloween Party Invite + Giveaway!

Are you getting in the Halloween spirit yet? We definitely are and can't wait to break out our costumes and candy. This year we wanted to give our readers an extra spooky treat with this free printable Halloween party invitation. Even if you're not the costume king or queen, throwing a party for Hallow's Eve is a great way to get geared up for the holidays. Print this template at home on card stock paper and address it to your party people. Guests will be too scared to say no.

We're also giving our fans the chance to win a set of 3 eerie Halloween greeting cards! Simply comment below telling us what you want to be for Halloween and we'll pick two random winners. We're still deciding on our Halloween costumes this year so we look forward to reading your ideas! Be sure to enter your comment before noon of next Thursday, October 4th and we'll announce the winners on Friday! Good Luck!

Lucky Friday Finale!

Hello all you lucky folks out there! This is the Grand Finale for our Lucky Friday Giveaway!  Each Friday we've featured one of our letterpress greeting cards. This week, to celebrate, we're going to choose ONE SUPER-DUPER SPECIAL WINNER to receive a selection of ten beautiful thank you cards as our way of saying thanks for all your lovely comments over the years! Post a comment by 12 p.m. PST the following Thursday, and we’ll announce our extra lucky winner on the following Friday!

The winners from last week are (drum roll, please): Zoe, Brianna and Shay B! We’ll contact you soon to arrange sending your TYPE(FACE) SORRY card.

Design: We couldn't decide on just one—with so many dear and delicious designs to choose from— so we settled on a tall, short stack of thank-yous. Artist: From the Moyle with the Mostest, to Rockin' Rothman, our selection will be a short list of the finest designs. Inspiration:  We've been so inspired by all our gracious, gorgeous, globe-trotting, card-craving clientele— we wish we could thank you all! Who to send them to: If it's ten friends you want to high-five, or one friend who deserves ten times the love, you can savor choosing the lucky one or two or three or... Favorite detail: We could get lost in all the sweet details; it's nice knowing there's a thank you for everybody. Why letterpress? Our love of letterpress is what started the whole shebang, and for that we give thanks!

Don't forget to post your comment, and tune in next week to see our last, luckiest winner!




Shabby Apple Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Shabby Apple Giveaway! We had over 50 fabulous responses and it was a tough decision but our winner of the $50 gift certificate is...


Be sure to visit Shabby Apple online and like them on Facebook for more updates and insider deals! And Julienne you'll be receiving an email from us shortly! Thanks for playing everyone.


Shabby Apple Discount and Giveaway!

It's not very often that we host giveaways on our blog, but when we do we know it's something good. Something so good in fact that we wish we could participate! Shabby Apple, a new found favorite women's apparel and accessories outfit, is offering one lucky Hello!Lucky reader a $50 gift certificate to their online shop! As you can see from their website, Shabby Apple has something for everyone, from vintage inspired skirts to form fitting gowns. Only one participant will receive the $50 gift certificate, but don't be too upset. Shabby Apple is offering a 10% discount on all product online. We chose a few of our favorites (shown above and below) but trust us, it was hard to choose! To enter to win $50 to Shabby Apple, comment below telling us what you would order if you won. The winner will be announced next Wednesday, August 15th. Be sure to head over to the Shabby Apple facebook page for info and updates!


And for 10% off your order at Shabby Apple, enter the code hellolucky10off at checkout! Thanks for participating!

Betabrand Giveaway!

Are you feeling lucky today? We hope so! We teamed up with San Francisco based clothing company Betabrand for the ultimate summer giveaway. In celebration of their new Elope Dress, we're choosing the best elopement fantasy story and giving away a set of our personal stationery and the perfect new dress. All you have to do is visit the Betabrand Elope Dress webpage, describe your dreamiest elopement fantasy and we'll pick a winner by August 7th. Whether you imagine a small beach celebration or a glittery Las Vegas party, the more extravagant the story the better. And trust us, we've heard some pretty sensational stories!

We can't wait to hear what you come up with. Head over to Betabrand here to tell us your elopement fantasy. We'll announce the winner here and on Betabrand on August 7th.  Good luck!

One more day for the Lab Giveaway!


Don't forget! You have one more day to participate in our giveaway for the Lab Event! We're offering 2 FREE tickets to the best wedding event of the new year! All you have to do is comment below telling us why you would like, love, or absolutely NEED to be there! It's taking place at Cline Cellars, this Saturday, January 14th from 5-9pm. We'll choose a winner tomorrow at 3:00 (PST)! Good luck!


Studio Snapshot: The Lab Event + Giveaway!

photo(1)-2We've been having so much fun designing new stationery as part of The Lab Event and with the festivities approaching this weekend, we're finally able to see our handiwork come to life on press!


We've been lucky enough to collaborate with a few of Northern California's most fabulous event companies, A Savvy Event and Bustle Events to create wedding vignettes based on various themes.  These mini wedding mock ups will showcase gorgeous linens, china, florals, desserts and of course - stationery.

This is just a sneak peek, to see more grab some tickets and hop up to Sonoma on Saturday, January 14th for an event that's sure to inspire!  We'd love to see you there, so we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader.  Leave a comment telling us why you would like, love, or absolutely NEED to be in attendance and we'll pick a winner on Thursday!