Chevron Elephant Baby Shower

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Over the last month I’ve shared all of the handmade items for the chevron elephant baby shower and today I’d like to share the photos from the beautiful day.  I’m excited to finally find a moment to get this post out because I’ve wanted to write it for the last month.  We had the shower in early April and then there have been two birthdays (mine and my son’s fish birthday party) in my family since.  We still have one more coming up (Minnie Mouse party) in just another month so I am a busy as a little (crafter) bee these days to get ready for the next party.  Baby Hope will be arriving very soon and so it’s time to share these photos with the exited mommy, daddy & big brother.

Here’s the shower invitation in a frame sitting on the desert table.  Having the invitation on display is a new thing for me and it adds a nice touch to the décor to have it on display.  We hung the circle garland banner above the dessert table & also along the large windows that overlook the water.  We made them in three different heights to fit the various spaces.

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We served coffee & tea in the reusable Starbucks cups with the handmade felt sleeves.  Guests took their cup & felt sleeve home to use again.

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Here’s the table of sweet delights.  I am really happy with how it turned out, I’ve never had such a fancy table arrangement and had fun taking all the photos.  I used a plastic table cloth from the party store, love how easy it was to make the table look polished and also very inexpensive.  Picked up the wooden stamps (spelling out HOPE) at Michael’s Craft store and thought they’d be perfect to put on display at the shower to announce the baby’s name.  I made the blue stand that the elephant is sitting on by gluing a vase & plate together and then spray painting it.  I’ll share some photos from that project later.  Having one serving piece that’s not white on the table makes the table look much more interesting.

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The mother requested that we serve her favorite sweet delights.  The doughnuts are from old fashioned with pink frosting & sprinkles, from Top Pot.  They are the best ever old fashioned.  The cupcakes are raspberry macaroon & vanilla as I gave a sneak peek of the treats in the cupcake topper post.  You can see the food tent signs, cupcake toppers and water bottle labels that I shared earlier.  I am happy with how the toppers look in the cupcakes, my favorite part was making the blue chevron pattern as the third one in the set.

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We hung the pennant flag welcome baby hope banner in front of the large windows along with the circle garland banner.

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We planned a few light & fun games and so these three chevron plush elephants were perfect for the prizes!    I love how the two-toned red one matches the chevron pattern exactly from the invite.    I found these on Etsy from Kelsey Bang.  They are good sized plush (at 7×5) and perfect to sit on a bookshelf or bed.  I am thinking about getting for my little girl too.

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Here are the recipients of the cute elephants.    The third one is the momma-to-be who can give the pink & white chevron elephant to baby Hope.  This is a great way for her to always remember this special shower.

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Here are the two shower games we played.  The Animal one was from Bump Smitten and the other was a cute one with moments from Tara’s childhood.

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Here are Michelle’s sweet handmade felt elephants.  I hung them from some branches with little wooden clothes pins.  Got this idea from Shawna who hung Owls from trees at my baby shower.

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Guests left notes with tips, wishes & advice for the expectant mother.  These notes can be put into a book with all the photos from the shower or even in the baby book.   I got the Wishing Tree idea from Elizabeth’s elephant shower that was featured on Hostess with the Mostess Blog.   Her yellow mod elephant shower was so cute and I loved all the details.   The baby game was also from this shower, she offers all of the paper pieces from her shower as a printable so you can recreate very easily.    I planned to hang the wishes from the tree too but it didn’t work because the branches on the tree weren’t as spread out as they would have needed to be.  Since the elephants were hanging from the tree it didn’t matter though.

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It was a beautiful baby shower to welcome the new baby girl.  I had such a great time making all the preparations & hosting with Michelle.

Cute little baby bump!

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All the extra cupcakes went home with guests in to-go cupcake boxes.   Yummy!!

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If you’d like to see how I made the things seen at the shower you can see the rest of the posts here.    Welcome Baby Hope!!

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DIY Felt Elephants

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Today I’d like to share these soft felt elephants that were shower favors at the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower.    I started admiring cute mini-felt ornaments a few years ago when they were favors at my baby shower.  Last year, I ordered some from Etsy for Gwen’s first birthday party.   I planned to order a set on Etsy for this shower but the cost was proving to be too much for my budget.  This led me to think of alternative ideas and where Michelle’s super talented crafting skills come into play.    Michelle was excited to try and make the felt elephants.     Yay, I am so lucky!

Supplies Needed:  I picked up the felt, stuffing, eyelets, ribbon, embroidery floss & batting at the craft store.  I ordered 1/2 yard of the blue & pink felt to use for the elephant body.  We made 25 owls and have tons of this lovely felt leftover.  They are about 3 inches wide.  Get floss to match all the colors of your felt that you have to sew together. 

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Here are the steps to follow to create your own felt elephant:

1.  Create Shape:  I found a few sample templates but none of them had the trunk curving up so Michelle made her own template.

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2. Trace & cut: body, ears and hearts out of the felt.  We tried a fabric pencil but it wasn’t showing up well so Michelle switched to a black pen.    I like to do all the cutting at once so that I can move onto the next step of the process.

3.  Stich the ears: combine the pink & white pieces together to create the ear.  I used the light pink floss so that it would blend in with the ear colors. 

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Here’s how the completed ears look. 

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4.  Stich ears & heart to body:  It’s important to add the ears & heart to the body before you sew it together.  This makes it easier and looks much nicer to have all the stitching hidden on the inside. 

To for the hearts we used white embroidery floss to add a visual touch to the heart. 

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Since the outer ear is white, we used white embroidery floss here too.  They already look so cute with these two touches added. 

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5.  Add Eyelet for eye:  remember to do this before sewing together.    We forgot and had to improvise to get them all added at the end before the last few stiches. 

6.  Stich & stuff elephant body:  take two elephant pieces and start stitching them together.  As you start to close it, add the batting to the inside trying to get as much inside the two pieces as possible. 

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7.  Attach tail:  add a tail made out of embroidery floss that goes right through the stich around the outside.  After adding the tail keep sewing up the back side and then we are complete. 

All done!!

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I’ve hung the elephants in the closet nobs in the bedrooms so that my kids can enjoy them.  They can also be hung on the Christmas Tree in December.  These are going to be fun to have as party favors.  Hoping all the guests will enjoy their elephant and to remember this special baby celebration. 

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All the Kudos go to Michelle for creating these adorable elephants!!  I was only the project manager and did a little of the cutting/stitching the ears together.    I  am so proud of Michelle and her elephant creations.  She’s so talented and I love seeing how much she enjoyed the process.  Here’s a quote from Michelle, “it really wasn’t that hard.”  She likes to do detailed projects and completing 25 of these owls took patience & time.  THANK YOU Michelle creating lovely gifts everyone will treasure! 

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Also, thank you for saving me $200 from not having to buy these via Etsy at the lovely felt shops.  All the supplies for these felt owls was only $40 and I have so much extra supplies.  In hindsight, I could have spent $20 on supplies and had more than enough.   I could probably make 150 more elephants with the felt if desired.    It’s always hard the first time to gauge how much supplies is needed.  Hopefully this write up will inspire you to create some felt animals to share with your little ones or at a party. 

Chevron Elephant Shower Decorations

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Day 4 of my spring break week from work…slept in and skipped boot camp so had to run on my own to make up for skipping class.  Went 1/2 mile longer on my run, it’s no substitute for the pushing that you get in class but I sure enjoyed getting to sleep till 7am. 

I’d like to share a few more of the decorations made for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower.  Most of these are small pieces but they are fun to make and give a little touch to personalize the shower. 

Welcome signs are a great way to set theme/tone as the guests arrive to the shower or party.  Here’s the welcome sign that I made for the front door door.  I used the silhouette to design the inner white circle and to cut out all of the three circles.  The outer teal blue circle is 8 1/4 inches.  Next time I am going to experiment going bigger, if the door is large 12 inches should work.   With the silhouette software you can easily make the text wrapped to the circle shape.   I’ve used the same teal blue banner flag that you saw on the invite but this time it’s not cut out.     

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I had no idea how popular door signs were until I saw how much activity my Mickey Mouse Door Sign seen here gets on Pinterest.   I’ve been surprised that the door sign gets (I lifted the design completely from Etsy) the most pins from that party.    I love the extra texture brought to the piece from the ribbon.  Here’s what it looks like inside with natural lighting (it was very hard to photograph on the black door).

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In order to save the expectant mommy some time, I made her a set of coordinating thank you cards to use for all the gifts she’ll be receiving.  Used the chevron pattern as a backdrop and then the same artisan shape from the silhouette store (rotated 180 degrees) that was the main part of the invitation.  This time I just printed the design (without cutting) for the cards.

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Made some small note cards for people to write wishes for Tara and her new baby girl.  Got the wishing card idea from the Hostess with the Mostess Blog where they have an adorable yellow & gray elephant baby shower theme.  All the yellow & gray heart elephant shower elements shared from that shower can be downloaded & personalized to recreate your own shower.  If you are doing a gender neutral shower it’s a great find!   If I hadn’t been so set on using the chevron pattern I would have picked up the cute heart elephant pattern to use for this shower.    

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Used the same solid red chevron from the invite for all the signs & papers.   Also, leveraged the borders that you saw on the invite.  Once you create a pattern you can carry it through all the elements.   I didn’t use the pink/red/teal colored & white chevron patterns because I wanted these to stand out from the banner, water bottles & cupcake toppers.   These cards with wishes can be placed into an album or baby book to keep for baby to see one day. 

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Made food tent cards to put out in front of all the sweet treats & hot drinks.  Used the 4 scalloped circle design to create the white part of the card.  Print it and cut it out with the silhouette and then popped it up on the red chevron card to add dimension.  This is the same scalloped circle that I used here to make a birthday banner.    I love that it can be used to create an oval shape as well. 

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Got this baby animal game also from the baby shower on HWTM put together by Elizabeth at Bump Smitten.  I used her water bottle printable last year for Gavin’s 4th Birthday party.  Elizabeth has some great ideas & inspiration on her site.  

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Made one more personalized game that shared sweet memories from the expectant momma’s childhood.  

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Enlarged the note card to create a quick sheet to keep track of the baby shower gifts. 

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Hope you enjoyed seeing the rest of the handmade paper pieces.  Next I’ll share the felt party favors and then the final post will share the shower! 

Supplies: 

Chevron Elephant Cupcake Toppers and Labels

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Day three of my crafty spring break, I need to reserve some time tomorrow to clean up around the house but it’s so hard when there are creative projects on my mind.

Today I’d like to share more colorful decorations for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower.    At the shower we are going to serve delicious cupcakes from Trophy and what a great opportunity to make some cupcake toppers to decorate.  The pregnant momma loves Trophy cupcakes and has requested the Vanilla Vanilla and Raspberry Coconut Macaroons cupcakes for the shower.  Every week she goes to Trophy for a treat with her son and they enjoy a sweet treat.  She’s probably tried all of the flavors on their menu and these are some of her favorites.  It’s such a great idea to serve these beautiful cupcakes at the shower.    Here are photos of the cupcakes in case you don’t click through to Trophy, warning it’s very dangerous to go to their site if you have a sweet tooth.   

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We are also going to serve Top Pot sprinkle doughnuts it’s going to be a very sweet affair!    Thanks to Jim & Deanna for getting all the sweet bites for the shower, it’s so very thoughtful of you!   Tara, Michelle and I really appreciated all your help with the food.

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Cupcake toppers are fun & easy to create.  I love the added color & festiveness they give to the cupcakes.  For these toppers I wanted to use colors for the paper & designs to compliment the cupcakes Tara selected. 

With the colorful pink frosting above, I designed three versions (with the Silhouette software) and then cut them out with my circle punch.    I printed and then punched out all of the circles arranging all of the papers on the table. 

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I used three different sized punches for these toppers:  2 inches for the inner circle, 2.25 inches  for the red circle and 2.50 for the outer scalloped circle. 

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Grab your glue gun and add a dab to attach the little wooden dowel in between the outside layer and the red layer. 

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Here’s the finished products.  I am starting to grow quite fond of this trio of colors.  Teal blue looks so great with the pink & red. 

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I used these same designs for the water bottle labels.   I added the circles to the chevron paper and then printed out 8.5×11 sheets.  I was able to get 4 labels per sheet. 

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Peel off the labels that came on the water bottles and then tape the custom made label to the bottle. 

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I created one new design because I couldn’t use the blue chevron pattern from the cupcakes on top of the red chevron background.  Took the three little hearts from the momma elephants trunk and grouped 3 of them together. 

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Making labels is a quick project and adds a lot of fun personalization for a shower or party. 

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Next up I am excited to share a few handmade felt decorations for the shower.    I hope that you’ll like them as much as I do!    Any guesses at what the felt creations might be?  Let me know…..

Supplies: 

  • Circle Punches –  2 inches, 2.25 inches, 2.50 inches (scalloped punch)
  • Wooden Dowels and Hot Glue Gun
  • Paper-White cardstock, red & pink Bazzill cardstock
  • Digital Art –Chevron & Elephant Art (Erin Bradley Designs)
  • Font- Plain (David), Script – Corenia Script Demo

Chevron Striped Baby Shower Banner

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Today is the 2nd day of my spring break……Had a lovely morning run with friends at boot camp down to the shores of Lake Sammamish, the water was so still and peaceful.   Then a quick stop at Ben Franklin to get some cardstock for Gavin’s birthday party invites that I am working on finishing up.   I am really enjoying having some time off from the busy work days, many meetings and too much email.

I am excited to share a banner that I made to welcome my girlfriends new baby girl.  The banner is two pieces and reads “Welcome Baby Hope.”  It was one of the decorations for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower and the expectant momma was thrilled to receive the sweet banner. 

I used the silhouette to cut out the banner flags and letters.  It’s really easy when you have such a great tool to do all the hard work. 

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To create the rectangle flags, I used the “build a banner set” file by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette store.  I was excited to make a banner with this traditional banner flag shape.  My favorite part about making banners is that the shapes are endless and you can try a new style each time.   In the past I’ve made circle, triangle, rectangle, and heart shaped banners. 

Here’s a view of the banner flags in the Silhouette Studio software, this size flag is just right to get two per 12×12 sheet.   The banners flags are 5×7 and the white pieces of cardstock are 5 x 2.75.

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I printed the letters with black ink via my printer, cut the letters out with the Silhouette and then popped them up with foam to create dimension.  Lori Whitlock really thought about the purpose when creating the silhouette banner file, she made holes at the top so that it’s ready to be strung.  I love finding added shortcuts.   The font is 260pt and I kept enlarging it until it filled up the white strip as much as it could.    This might be my first time cutting out letters via the Silhouette and I am pleased with the result.  I love being able to use all the fonts on my computer, I have Over 1000 of them (I can hear Nicole saying “of course you do Laurel.”   Fonts are free & fun so it’s great to have options!   :)   

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The beautiful teal ribbon is my favorite part of the banner.  I got it at the local Ben Franklin (in Redmond) where they have a lovely supply of ribbons that can be cut to order.  I like the thickness (it’s larger than what I typically use), the two white stiches through the organza and the beautiful teal blue color. 

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The pink & red elephants look really great with these three chevron striped patterns.    I love the three hearts that are coming out of the mommas trunk. 

The banner will be used to decorate the baby shower but then can also be hung in the baby’s room.   Banners are great gifts that can be used for room decorations for years to come.  I received two owl banners from at my baby shower and have have them hanging in Gwenyth’s room.  Now that she’s 1 1/2 she’s even noticing them and talking about them.    The first one says “Baby Gwen” and was ordered from Etsy for the shower, hung it above her crib but had to take it down when she turned one because she was trying to pull it off the wall.  The second one is a triangle shaped “Gwenyth” banner that’s up high above the closet doors so it’s safe from little hands. 

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I am in love with the pink, red, blue color combo.  The digital paper pack comes with two-toned chevron combos like I used on the invite and then these version with the color/white combo. 

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It was raining the day I finished the “welcome” portion of the banner so I was only able to get a full view of it all together here on the table.  Thank god that that Saturday was dry so that I could get the photos of the “baby hope” portion (seen above).   I like to get photos outside whenever possible to get the best light and it’s tough to do that in spring in Seattle. 

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Welcome to sweet Baby Hope!  We “hope” your arrival into the world is a memorable one.  I can’t wait to meet you!! 

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Links to the other shower decorations:  invite, circle garland. 

Stay tuned there’s still more elephant baby shower decorations to share in upcoming posts! 

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock (80lb) – print chevron pattern on 12×12
  • Silhouette Banner Flag – Design ID #25735 (Lori Whitlock)
  • Digital Art –Chevron & Elephant Art (Erin Bradley Designs)
  • Ribbon – Teal Blue with a double white stich
  • Font – Doctor Soos Bold (260pt)
  • Pop Dots – all night media

Chevron Circle Garland Banner

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Hello, I am happy to be posting today…..I am enjoying my first day of spring break week as I create a long list of “to-do’s” for the week. 

I’d like to share a chevron striped circle garland that I made for an elephant baby shower.  This was my first time making a simple circle garland banner and it was so much fun!   My wonderful crafty partner, Michelle, helped me create these garlands for Tara’s baby shower. 

Three Quick Steps to make a garland: 

1.  Select your sizes for the circles.  Michelle choose three sizes of circles from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches.

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2.  Next punch out all the circles.  Vary the sizes between the chevron pattern & solid colors.  I love these circle punches and have gotten so much use out of them.  They are so quick and easy.

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3.  Sew circles on the string.  Arrange the circles in piles and then get out your sewing machine.  This is the fun part!  I love sewing through paper and this goes very fast.    It helps to have all of the circles arranged in the order & quantity you want for each strand.   I used pink thread for all the garlands. 

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There’s about 1/2 inch in between the circles.   We made three different sizes of the garlands: small, medium & large.  At the shower, the garlands are going to hang in front of really large windows that overlook the Puget Sound.  With all the light coming into the room they will look really lovely dressing up the room for the shower.    

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Here are the finished circle garlands on a white backdrop.      

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I used Erin Bradley’s Chevron stripes digital files to print the chevron patterns onto white cardstock.  Digital files are perfect for basic patterns because you can print as much as you need.  As I share the rest of the party creations you’ll see the chevrons across all the party decorations.  I did a mix of the solid chevron red/pink pattern and the white/color striped version.  I was fun to have various options with the patterns.  

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Michelle thank you for helping me create these garlands for the shower!!  I am looking forward to making another circle garland banner for my upcoming son’s fish birthday party (blue & orange). 

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You can see the chevron elephant baby shower invite here (and the rest of the shower creations when posted). 

Supplies:    Digital Papers from Etsy (Erin Bradley Designs).  Printed on 80lb cardstock. 

  • Chevrons-I am using the pink, red & blue across all the decorations. 
  • Solid Cardstock-  aqua cardstock, red cardstock, pink cardstock (Bazzil)

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Elephant Baby Shower Invite

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Today I’d like to share a handmade invitation that I made for an upcoming baby shower.   The theme for the baby shower is elephants with chevron patterns.  The momma & baby girl elephant clip art files are so sweet, I am so glad that they are being used for this celebration!   As you all know, chevron patterns are on trend right now (in scrapbooking, fashion, & décor) and I love being able to incorporate them into the handmade decorations.  The three colors we are using for all the party are light pink, teal blue and red (see the digital papers below).  

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I got the idea to use this beautiful shape for the main portion of the invitation from a great post on the Silhouette blog.  I had been playing around with the design, wanting to use the red chevron background but it’s a lot on it’s own.   I hadn’t figured out how to pull it all together until I saw this idea.   With the label shape on top of the pattern it peeks out but also lets the invitation body stand out.   Thank you Jeana for the idea & inspiration!  

I printed the background chevron paper from digital files, designed the invite with the silhouette and popped up the blue banner baby shower flag (with pop dots).   Digital paper is fun for making party stuff because you can print as much as you need. 

The momma elephant has three hearts coming out of her trunk, where I’ve added glitter glue for a little sparkle.  Thank you Michelle & Christine for helping me assemble the invites! 

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If you are looking to make these yourself, here’s all the elements I used for this invite. 

Supplies:

Digital Papers from Etsy (Erin Bradley Designs).  Printed on 80lb cardstock. 

  • Chevrons-I am using the pink, red & blue across all the decorations. 
  • Elephants-Founds a cute momma & little baby girl to decorate everything.

Digital Paper Pack Personal and Commercial Use Colorful Chevron Stripes  Pink Valentines Day Elephants Clipart Commercial Use Animal Clip Art Graphics

Silhouette Shapes-

Fonts-  Plain (David), Script – Corenia Script Demo

We’ve been busy creating a bunch of other cute & fun things for the baby shower.  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.  Or even tell you the things we are making, but I can’t say that either!  It won’t be for another month though because I want to surprise the expectant momma.  It’s hard for me to keep surprises though so this will be fun to see if I can actually do it.  Since she’s a fellow crafter it’s all that much harder to keep it quiet but surprising her on the big day will be worth it!