baby shower decor

Stacked Elephants

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Oh, Stacked Elephants. I still remember the day I found an image on Pinterest of a stack of three elephants. They were sewn, each with their own fun pattern and had a simple black bead for an eye. They were made from the Ellie and Ollie pattern by Heather Bailey.

That, my friends, was the inspiration behind the Stacked Elephant baby shower invite. An invite that really made my Etsy shop take off.  That was several years ago, and since then I have sold hundreds and hundreds of these adorable little cards. I initially had them offered in just 4 colors. Yesterday I released 3 more colors for a total of 16 variations. Also, for a very small edit fee my customers can create their own color combo – and I’ve done many! I have done so many custom elephant cards I have lost count. In addition, I offer matching thank you cards, cupcake toppers, favor tags, and many more different party decor pieces. It’s so amazing what a tiny piece of inspiration can do and how far it can take you.

Check out more Stacked Elephant creations in my shop.

As a side note – I just visited Heather Bailey’s blog for the first time. If you love sewing, quilting, fabrics or just beautiful things I highly recommend you check it out!

And now off to work on some Etsy order’s. Stacked Elephants, of course!


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DIY Pennant Banners, endless uses!

A client recently contacted me with pictures of her baby shower. She sent pictures of the Instant Download printable decor from my Etsy shop that she used at the shower. Then a few weeks later she sent me newborn photos of her new daughter, and indicated she had reused her pennant banner from the shower for the photos! Seriously, these are adorable pictures! I had honestly never even thought about using my banners for photographs (but it totally makes sense, right!?) She is also planning to reuse the banner as decor in her daughter’s nursery. Talk about a versitile (and affordable!) piece of decor.


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Photo of Purple and Gray Pennant Banner at baby shower (above). Photo of same banner reused in newborn photographs (below).

Have you purchased baby shower invites or decor from the LOlsonDesigns Etsy shop? Let us know and your photos could be featured on our blog!

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Year End Celebration Sale!

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Just a reminder that we’ll be closing up the Etsy shop during most if not all of January 2014 for a little family break!

In honor of the year-end, I’m hosting a fantastic sale: 25-40% on all invites, cards, announcements, nursery decor, wall art, and digital paper packages. Sale ends 12/31 at 11pm CST!

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Planning Your Event: Finding Inspiration, Selecting a Theme, and More!

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Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, baby shower, and other event for a guest of honor – there are so many places for inspiration. My favorite place for party and event inspiration is Pinterest. You can check out our Pinterest page to see the boards we’ve created that focus on various themes. This is exactly what you can do while planning an event. Create a board based on the theme of your choice and then find web images and other Pinterest pins to pin to that board. The overall effect (looking at the entire board as a whole) almost feels like an event in itself!

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Share and Win Giveaway!

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I love this new giveaway! You choose your prize: win either 25 printed, customized invitations with envelopes – or – 1 customized 8×10 piece of wall art printed on canvas. You choose the design from ANY of the already made designs in the L. Olson Designs Etsy shop.

Did I mention you get to choose the design?!

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Made-to-Match Party Decor and Items

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My clients love “made-to-match” party decor to match the invites they have purchased from my shop – specifically baby shower and birthday invites. Below, I’ve put together a master list of all the made-to-match items we can provide for your event. If there’s something missing, please leave a comment or shoot me a note! Chances are we can design any matching item you have in mind, to perfectly match your invites, cards, or announcements!

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DIY Printing: Cupcake Topper Tutorial

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LeAnn from The Modest Homestead recently used L. Olson Designs invites, cupcake toppers, and custom designed matching papers to create a fabulous Elephant-themed baby shower! We’ve asked her to do a tutorial on how she puts together DIY printable cupcake toppers from our Etsy shop.

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FREEBIE: printable cupcake flags

We were inspired by one of our recent baby shower invitation designs to create these adorable matching cupcake flags! Here is the original invite design of our Aqua Elephant Pair:

You can download the matching cupcake flags here, or if you need these customized with your mom-to-be or baby-of-honor’s name — just let me know and I can create a custom Etsy listing. Feel free to share these with friends or family, but please do not resell or redistribute them as your own. They are for personal use only.

And of course, please share any images you take of our items at your event and be entered into our monthly drawing for fun prizes! Take care!

– Lonni

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FREEBIE: printable pennant banner

As promised, we’ll be releasing fun free printable items several times per year. This adorable printable pennant banner would be the perfect addition to any baby shower!

Simply print the pennants and attach to a ribbon! If you use our pennant banner we’d love to see your final pictures once its up!

It is an adorable match to our Yellow Stacked Elephant Shower Invitation, shown below, available from our Etsy shop.

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– Lonni

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