I have a super amazing nanny, Beny, who is literally the French Mary Poppins (as seen here with a couple of fairy charges) and recently whipped up a fun business card for her French immersion camp. The art was pulled from our spiffy new Kids Love Candy valentines card that will be released next year – here’s a little sneak peek! One of many exciting new valentines we have up our sleeve. Can’t wait to reveal them all!
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We love celebrating all holidays around the studio, but Valentine’s Day is the one we get most excited about. This year we decided to do a ‘secret valentine’ exchange, we all drew names and brought in a sweet little something for the co-worker we picked. Of course the creative packaging, original presentations, and handmade gifts were so very Hello!Lucky. Did you see how all out we went for Christmas? Here are some scenes from Valentine’s Day around the studio. Enjoy!
Lia brought in chocolate covered strawberries for everyone.
Lillian gifted Holly with this amazing package of candy. Holly is the biggest candy lover among us and is the go to person when we need a little sugar fix, she’s always holding.
How adorable is this hand stitched bag Lia made Stewey and filled with a seed bomb?
Heather’s amazing package to Shayna. What was in there? Girl Scout cookies!!
Lyndsey gave Christina this sweet little rose bush in a heart container and some delicious chocolate.
The note from Heather’s package to Shayna. And Shayna looking adorable holding her cookie from Stewey – who, like the sweet little cupid he is, brought in his famous ‘Stewey’s Chewies’ for everyone in the studio.
We hope you had a sweet Valentine’s Day! xoxox
Our employees love to get together after hours for holiday craft nights, especially if they benefit a good cause. Meals on Wheels has been providing meals to seniors since 1940 and has evolved into an extraordinary foundation for fighting hunger. For holidays the good people like to deliver cards to the seniors as a gift of love, and this year we decided to join in. All of our cards were handmade with love for the people supported by Meals on Wheels, and to know they were going to a good home was a beautiful thought.
As stationers, paper is our primary medium, so coming up with materials was a cinch. We try to save as many scraps as we can, knowing that they could come in handy for a card-making craft night.
Our team is the best at coming up with witty one-liners. We loved this “I a door you” card.
To support the Meals on Wheels Association of America, visit their website!
Our next DIY doesn’t just have to make an appearance for Valentine’s Day. It’s a nice addition to any home decor and it’s sleek shape would look great year round! Geometric shapes are trending around the blogosphere lately, and we’re really into the look. This DIY Geo Heart Bulletin is fun and functional, and the perfect way to show your home some love. Instructions below!
12″ x 12″ cardboard* (recycle from an old box!), Pencil, Box cutter or sharp scissors, Ruler, 18″ x 18″ fabric, Spray adhesive, Hot Glue and gun, Foamfast hanger or command hook for hanging
*Make sure your cardboard is 1/4″ thick, so pins don’t poke through to the back
Step 1. Measure your heart shape. The two long sides are 9″, the rest are 4.25″. See below for reference.
Step 2. Use your box cutter or scissors to cut out your shape. Discard scraps. Be sure you use a scrap of cardboard or a magazine underneath to prevent cutting your work surface!
Step 3. Apply a thin, even layer of spray adhesive to one side of the heart and smooth on the fabric. Use your fingers to smooth any bubbles. Use scissors to make a slit directly above the point of the heart.
Step 4. Fold the edges of fabric over to the back side. Secure with hot glue, about 1/2″ from the edge. Snip any excess fabric off and discard.
Leave your loved ones a special note on Valentine’s Day or use it to pin up special photos. It’s lightweight and easy to make!
For more festive DIY ideas, visit our website!
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Are you feeling the love yet? Well you can start today because we’re offering 10% off all Valentine’s Day cards and gifts. From now until February 13 you can send your family and friends some love for less with tons of letterpress cards to choose from. If you can’t get your list together on time, be sure to get your hands on our free printable Valentine’s Day cards for a quick hello. Check out our newest love and friendship cards here, and enter the code SMITTEN2013 at checkout for your discount!
Valentine’s Day is definitely one of our favorite holidays to celebrate. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, they’re all a blast, but when we’re given the thumbs up to decorate with all the pinks, fuchsias and reds we wish, we’re overjoyed. Our Love/Valentine’s card collection is one of our strongest (especially with the latest additions by Lisa Congdon) and our Big Day Pinterest Inspiration Board is overflowing with hearts and love. But it’s really gearing up for the big 2/14 that get’s us in the mood. The beauty of this DIY (found and inspired by the ladies at Design Mom!) is that you can use any color of wax, and cut in any shape you want, but we’re going all out in hearts and XO’s.
Colored candles or wax, candle wick, toothpicks, double-boiler or two pots, wax paper, small cookie cutters or knife
Step 1. Using a double-boiler melt your wax. If you don’t have a double-boiler, just stack one pot on top of anther. Add a little water to the bottom pot and bring to a boil. Rest the other pot on top (without touching the water).
*Try recycling those used or unwanted holiday candles for this project. It’s a shame tossing out the bottom half of those delicious apple-pie scented wonders, so throw them in a pot and melt it down for a new facelift. Most wax will melt down well but we recommend you steer clear of beeswax.
Step 2. While your wax is melting, cover a flat work surface with wax paper, and snip your candle wick to about 1″ stems. The length will depend on the shape so check your cookie-cutters in advance. You want the wick to reach about 1/3 or half of the way down your shape.
Step 3. After your wax is completely melted, allow to cool. *If you’re using a recycled candle, remove any wick or wick stands.
Step 4. Once the wax starts to stick to the side of the pot, or a thin layer of skin forms at the top, you’re ready to pour.
Step 5. Carefully pour the wax onto your covered work surface. You want to aim for 1/8 “- 1/4″ thickness.
Step 6. Now you need to let the wax cool for about a minute before you start cutting your shapes. You can test the wax before cutting by pressing your finger into a corner. It should be firm but still hold the shape of your finger. You will need to pay close attention so that the wax does not get too firm before you cut.
Step 7. Cut your shapes out of the wax with your cookie cutter and remove excess wax.
Step 8. Carefully drive a toothpick up the center of the wax (about 1/2″ – 1″ depending).
Step 9. Finally, set your pre-cut wick into the top of the wax, leaving about 3/8″ – 1/2″ exposed.
Step 10. Allow to dry completely before use. You can reuse the excess wax again by simply melting in the same pot.
*Clean up tips: Allow the wax to completely dry in the pot and use a knife to gently pick it out. If you find there’s still residue, boil water in the pot and while still warm, wash with soap and water. If it still doesn’t come out, melt the dry wax and wipe with a paper towel, then wash with soap and water.
Happy crafting Valentine’s Day lovers! For more fun DIY ideas, head over to our website!
Last year we released our first free printable Valentine’s Day cards on the blog and they were a huge hit! Lots of readers downloaded the cards and we were really feeling the love. This year we’re vamping things up with our newer designs, just for you! Simply visit the free printable page on our website and click each product to download. There you will also have access to last year’s cards, so there are plenty to choose from.
Each download is formatted to fit four cards on an 8.5 x 11″ paper, so simply print on a home computer, cut, sign, and send! We recommend using a thicker card stock for a more durable card. They’re great for classrooms, coworkers, or even sending a little love to your honey.
When Valentine’s Day comes you’ll be well prepared to spread your love with these witty wonders. To download all cards, click here!
Valentine’s Day isn’t over yet! This wedding, featured on Green Wedding Shoes, is the ultimate heart inspired celebration. Tara and Ryker wed on a rainy day in Los Angeles, but the downpour definitely didn’t dampen their hearts. The couple chose to use our Big Day invitations, but swapped the bridge icon for a little heart, matching their wedding details perfectly. Along with some custom hand drawn save the dates by a friend, their stationery set a playful mood right from the beginning.
It’s always fun to see a bride and groom carry on their theme in creative ways. The bride said she looked to Pinterest for ideas and mixed various DIY projects with splurge items to pull off her look. We’d say she did a fantastic job!
Are you thinking what we’re thinking? That gold sequin table cloth by la tavola is aaaamazing!
Congratulations Tara and Ryker!
Photography by Michèle M. Waite
Event and Floral Design by Carter and Cook Event Co.
Hello all you lucky folks out there! This is the 51st edition of our Lucky Friday Giveaway. Each Friday we feature one of our letterpress greeting cards. We’ll choose THREE LUCKY WINNERS to get a free card. Post a comment by 12 p.m. PST the following Thursday, and we’ll announce the winners on the following Friday!
The three winners from last week are (drum roll, please): Katie, Samantha and Christina! We’ll contact you next week to arrange sending your Spring Chicken card.
Design: Nuts for You
Artist: Eunice Moyle
Inspiration: We all get a little nutty when it comes to Valentine design!
Who to send it to: Someone you makes you feel a little squirrely, or someone who’s cute and fuzzy and knows that squirrels just want to have fun.
Ideas we scrapped in favor of this one: The chipmunk version’s cheeks were a little unflattering, the mouse version was a little mousy, the vole was too vole-uptuous and the mole was, well, you know.
Favorite detail: Love the handmade heart turtleneck.
Why letterpress? How else could that sweater look so neatly pressed?
Don’t forget to post your comment and tune in next week, same time, different stationery, to see if you’ve won!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! In just a few days we will be showering our loved ones with handmade notes and heart-shaped treats. While brainstorming ideas for our valentines, we looked to our wedding stationery for inspiration. Lots of our invitations include hearts in the design, so we are excited to show them all together. We also figured now would be the perfect time to release our newest wedding invitation suites! Love Knot ties together perfectly (pun intended!) with the whimsical hand drawn details and bright fuchsia accents. These colors are customizable so you can match your wedding details!
Pixel Perfect brings out the gamer in all of us. Inspired by 8-bit design, this suite brings high score to a whole new level.
Sweetheart, inspired by 1950s retro paraphernalia, has lots of love to share. Not to mention, polka dots are very chic right now!
It’s Mother Theresa that said it best, “Love begins at home” so we couldn’t imagine a better invitation that says just that. Our Home Sweet Home invitation suite designed by the unstoppable Julia Rothman will have you cozying on up to your honey in no time.
Photos by Edyta Szyszlo