baby shower invite

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.


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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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SUPER SAVINGS: Winter Package Special

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Purchase this package special and get access to ANY 5 cards, invites, or announcements in the shop (valued at $16 or less) for an entire year! This package is valid for one year (12 months) from purchase date.

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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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New on Etsy: Lots of Fun Themes!

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We have a handful of new designs in our Etsy shop and new designs being added each week. If you see a design you’d like, it can be used for any occasion and the wording can be completely customized. Check out some of the newest stuff in the shop!

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We’ve Been Pinning!

Have you seen our Pinterest boards lately? We’ve been busy pinning some awesome party and shower inspiration! Follow us so you can get the latest updates on our boards.

Do you have a great party theme or color combo we should highlight?

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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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