Today I’m inspired by…candy. Haven’t picked any up for the trick-or-treaters (which are few and far between at my house for the last 5 years…) but I love eating all of the Halloween candy! Here are some inspiring candy items from the web.


Candy Wreath

Candy Wreath from Martha Stewart Inspiration point: These colors are a more mature version of the typical Halloween colors. Perhaps for a page about adults partaking in the fun of Halloween?

Candy-Wrapper Buckets

Candy-Wrapper Buckets from Martha Stewart Inspiration point: I’m always looking for cute decorating ideas- these would be so cute with candy corn or M&Ms in them! Or perhaps a trick-or-treat bucket?

Milk Chocolate Godiva Gems Inspiration point: I love this color combination- teal, gold, chocolate, white…mmm!

Candy Shop Dessert Table by Amy Atlas Inspiration point: How could you not be inspired by this tablescape? Yum! These are some of my favorite colors and the display is amazing! Check out Amy Atlas’s website to see more inspiring decor ideas.

Candy Wrapper Pouch

Candy Wrapper Pouch from MOMA Store Inspiration point: I have seen many versions of these types of purses but I just love how they have such bright colors woven together. Wouldn’t it be cool to do this for the front of a card with paper strips that say “Happy Birthday” or for a border on a page?


October 31, 2009. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Today I’m inspired by…monsters. ‘Tis the season, right? I picked up a cute t-shirt for T at Target yesterday- it reminded me of all the cute monster stuff that is out at this time of year. It seems that if you make monsters in bright colors they don’t seem as scary. Here are a few cute monster items I found online.

Product Image Just One Year- 3pk Bib - Red Monster

Just One Year Red Monster Bib Pack Inspiration point: Don’t these happy baby monsters put a smile on your face? The color combination is one of my favorites for baby.

Product Image Monster Melamine Kids Dining Set of 6

Monster Melamine Dining Set Inspiration point: I’ve always loved that green monster on the plate…he has appeared on my blog before. I love the bright blue, lime and teal combination- and the monsters are adorable!

Product Image Fingertip Towels 3-pk. - Monsters

Fingertip Towels from Target Inspiration point: When I saw these on the shelves in the bath department I thought it would be so cute to re-do T’s bathroom in monster stuff. Orange, blue, and green (in that order) are T’s favorite colors…these would be perfect! Perhaps a Halloween card with three bold stripes on the front with monster faces on the bottom- how cute!

Monster Swiper Single - Fuschia

Monster Swiper by FrankandMe on Etsy Inspiration point: How cute and easy would this be to use as a washcloth? Or an accent with some felt and two googlie eyes?

Uglydolls Inspiration point: These guys were also on my blog in an earlier post- so ugly and cute! All of these colors look great together.

15″ set of 4 Wild Things from Rock Candy Inspiration point: This story is one of my all-time favorite children’s books. Looking at these monsters with a different eye, aren’t the colors great? Most are neutral with a touch of yellow orange, and blue. I can’t wait to see the movie- but I think I will have to since T is too little to see this yet.

Where the Wild Things Are Pillows from Urban Outfitters Inspiration point: I love the simple doodle images on these pillows. They have many other WWTA items available at Urban as well.

October 18, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Today  I’m inspired by…cards. I went to Papyrus to look for a card for a wedding we are going to next weekend. I could have spent hours in there! I went online to their website at and found several inspiring cards to share.

Birthday In Colorful Blocks

Birthday in Colorful Blocks Inspiration point: I love the color blocks and the use of the white letters. I could definitely use up some old letter stickers to make a card like this.

Balloons and Gifts

Balloons and Gifts Inspiration point: These patterns don’t seem to go together but the card is so cohesive when they are used in repetition of presents and balloons. What a great way to use scraps!

Red Blue Yellow Green Circles

Red Blue Yellow Green Circles Inspiration point: In real life the blue and red middles in the circles are glittery- it is so simple and pretty! Think of all of the color combinations that would look great with this pattern.

Button Flowers

Button Flowers Inspiration point: These felt and button flowers are the sweetest (and look easy to re-create)!

Elegant Damask

Elegant Damask Inspiration point: Yet another great way to use patterned paper scraps! I am picturing using the damask pattern like this for a wedding card…or plaid for a more masculine birthday card…

Two Wire Flowers with Sequins

Two Wire Flowers with Sequins Inspiration point: This card is so simple but elegant at the same time. I love these flowers as a card or an accent on a layout.

Heart of Gems

Heart of Gems Inspiration point: I know I have some random gems like this around- love the idea of using them to create one big shape.

Flowers with Patterns

Flowers with Patterns Inspiration point: I have a lot of paper packs from different companies that combine fun patterns with solids that would be great for a card like this. I could also use this same idea on  layout…perhaps flowers like this or leaves for fall or snowflakes for winter…and I could use punches…

Bouquet of Flowers

Bouquet of Flowers Inspiration point: You have to click on this link and zoom in to appreciate the amazingness (is that a word??) of these handmade flowers. They are made of layers of pink tulle or mesh with a gem and some beads for the center. The stems are made of wire and they are beautiful!!

Oh Papyrus…how I love thee…

October 17, 2009. Tags: , , . Cards, Celebrations, Holidays. Leave a comment.


Fall has officially arrived…and only for a few weeks before it snowed here in MN yesterday. Crazy! I love looking outside and seeing the leaves change- I am lucky that my commute takes me past the Arboretum so I can see all of the fall colors. Here are more inspiring fall items from the web.

Marisol's Garden Bracelet

Marisol’s Garden Bracelet by Mayideas Inspiration point: I love the simplicity of this bracelet. Just a little skeleton leaf and some colored beads makes this a cute idea for an accent or card.

La Fleur de Boheme Bedding from Land of Nod Inspiration point: I like this color combination- sort of a “girlier” version of your typical fall colors. The flower prints work so well with the stripes.

Front Porch Tumbler by Urban Outfitters Inspiration point: I love the colors and “doodle” leaves on this tumbler. It would be easy to re-create with a pen and some markers.

Brown Plaid Button Trim Cap by Fred Flare Inspiration point: Another alternative to a fall combination- and I love the mismatched buttons!

Leaf Print Pillow from Honey Bunch Kids Inspiration point: First, these colors are fabulous. Second, this pattern is so simple- it would make a great border on a page (just a few thin strips of paper with some simple leaf shapes layered on each other) or a doodle on a card.

10 Piece Set

Leaf Print Set by Blick Art Inspiration point: This would be a super-simple way to jazz up some paper or home dec item- leaf stamps. I remember in grade school painting leaves we had found in our yards and trying to get the perfect print on our Thanksgiving cards but it never worked. Thank you, Dick Blick, for giving us an easy way to make beautiful art.

October 11, 2009. Tags: , . Fall. Leave a comment.