baby shower ideas

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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Shabby Chic Baby Shower Invites

Two new designs added to my Etsy shop!

This shabby chic invites features roses and flower buds in a mason jar, complete with a wire handle. The soft striped background is the perfect accompaniment to the design. Available in two color schemes, or (with custom editing fee)  you can choose your own colors.

I couldn’t find a font I liked for the calligraphy “baby shower” so I decided to hand letter it. I then scanned the final drawing and then I used the “live trace” feature to convert to a vector with Illustrator. You can see a photo from my hand lettering process below. The flowers and mason jar were drawn as vectors using Photoshop and Illustrator.

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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.


Purple Stacked Elephant banner copy

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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The Ultimate List of Baby Shower Themes

This list is our collection of Baby Shower Theme idea. If you think of a great theme that we’re missing please comment below! For this list in a downloadable format, click here.

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