Wedding Inspiration: Rustic Gold Cotton Theme

I love weddings. It is always an happy occasion where the bride and groom share their love and joy with everybody, saying their vows together and celebrate together. The painstaking effort that they put in to ensure their wedding is a success! While celebrating their joy, one will not help noticing the beautiful decor surroundings, filled with flowers and vivid colors that heightened excitement and joy in the atmosphere. And I just love looking at those decorations, taking note of how beautifully it was arranged.

So when my fiance’s sister,SH, asked for our help in decorating her album table and ang pow box for her December wedding last year, we immediately agreed and keeping to her low budget, the boy and I spent the time sourcing for items and coordinating with the florist for her table bouquet. As she loves cotton flowers, I immediately imagine a rustic gold cotton theme which suits her perfectly. As she prefers simplicity, we did not over decorate the table and keeping it simple, needlessly to say, both the bride and the groom were satisfied with the results we put in!

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We actually DIY the Ang Pow Box as SH wanted the box which she saw at IKEA and asked me for help in decorating the box. Since I decided to go for rustic theme, I designed their names and the layout of the box before enlisting my fiance’s help in looking for the suitable items that I have in mind.

Thanks so much to the boy who exercised so much patience when I dragged him everywhere to look for the stuffs!

DIY Ang Pow Box

Up close of the ang pow box

So this is how the Ang Pow box turned out!

Going for the simplicity, I decided to tie the purple ribbon around the box before adding the cotton flowers to give a rustic look. And then, I just add the sweet smelling dried flowers into the box to give a nice rustic effect. The boy helped with the cotton flower arrangement for the box and it turned out beautifully!

Now come to the best part which is the arrangement of the flower bouquet as well as DIY-ing decorations!

I liaised with the florist, telling him the arrangement of the flowers that I preferred and he was so nice to even bundle the flowers using silver satin! He was also extremely helpful in giving me suggestions when the flowers I wanted was out of stock! I got a fake branches from him as well, and brought home to DIY the potted tree after coming to the agreement for the table bouquet arrangement. And luckily, since it was near Christmas, IKEA has many beautiful decorations which we bought for SH’s wedding!

So this is how the whole table layout turns out:

The table bouquet that we spend so much effort in designing the arrangement! The bride loves it to bits that she kept it as dried bouquet for her house.

I actually DIY the twine vase and bottle by wrapping around the vase and bottle using twine. Can you believe that the bottle was actually a recycled make-up bottle? 🙂

The cotton flowers were used as leftovers after most flowers were used for the table bouquet. The small little fluffy leaves you saw, we got it from Taobao. The gold beads used were bought from IKEA. We bought the pebbles from the florist to add them into the vase on top of the sponge (where we poke the fake branches in to make it looked like a tree) to give a nice pebbled look for the tree. We just love how it turned out! The fairy lights was provided by SH’s husband 🙂

Wine glasses with gold beads

This is one of our favorites! We borrowed the wine glasses from the hotel, and put the gold beads in, arranged with fairylights.

After which, we arranged the photo frames of the sweet couple!

And there it is, ready for the admiration of the guests as they flipped through the album!

Photos credited to Teo Sze Lee from A Little Moment Photography who took such awesome photos!

Much Thanks for the couple’s permission to use their photos for my blog 🙂

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We managed to keep everything within the budget, which cost us less than $200 for both the decorations and the box!

So I hope this will serves as an inspiration to brides and grooms-to-be, who are on a budget.

So how we do it?

Try to source for good and affordable materials and think of ways to DIY instead of getting firsthand!

I was actually looking around for the bare tree with vase and it was insanely expensive at the minimum price of $100! And it only costs me less than $20 to make everything from getting a vase to making it into a bare tree vase decoration.

As for flower arrangement, if you have an eye for colors, do your own arrangement instead of getting the florist to do everything for you. In that way, you can decide on the flowers to go with it while watching your budget and still getting the desirable results. Visit your neighboring florists instead of going to expensive florists at mall if you have a specific flower arrangement in mind. The florist will be be able to advise you on the costs since he has contact from many suppliers. I visited my florist which is just few minutes away from my house!

First it is convenient to settle many things as you will have things to carry back and forth and you can easily get the flowers a day before the wedding. I have listed down his shop address, so whoever stays in Tampines, you can look for him there 🙂 He and his wife are really helpful and friendly! He doesn’t have a shop name sign board but you can just google for the picture.

The cotton flowers that we used to decorate the table and ang pow box were actually leftovers from the making of the table bouquet arrangement so we actually save up as cotton flowers are not cheap in the first place.

 And the whole DIY process can be tiring but fulfilling 🙂

And a special thanks to the couple for letting me to be part of their wedding preparations as I enjoyed the whole process with the fiance as well as with the couple! ❤


Supplies we obtained from:

  • Cotton flower bouquet, sponge and fake tree branches from:
    Wee Lee Nursery & Florist
    826 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 520826
    6786 3201
  • Vases, gold beads, dried flowers and ang pow box from: IKEA
  • Ribbons and Gold cloth (for the bare tree vase) from Joo Chiat plaza
  • Fairylights : Borrowed from SH’s husband
  • Other small fake flowers: Taobao
  • Dried flowers: Daiso
  • Wine glasses and table cloth: provided by Hotel (Ritz Carlton)



Illustration: Dreamy Blue Wedding Dress

Did a small illustration of my dream wedding dress:

Sketch – using acrylic paints

Final Art piece for printing:

Art Print

Sadly, with tight budget, I will not be able to do a custom-made dress so I paint myself one instead!

One of the perks of being an artist 😉

Over the weekend: Illustrating Singapore

Did an illustration of Singapore for a greeting card over the weekend:

Illustration of Singapore in micron 0.05 pen and copic sketch markers

The picture that I am holding is the print of my Singapore illustration, which is ready to be put into greeting card. The original drawing is in the background 😉

Thanks for looking!


Card Inspiration: Baby on the way! Shaker card

It has been a while since I have last updated this blog.

Been recuperating at home after having dental surgery under general anesthesia to pull out 4 of my wisdom teeth! My family and friends think I am nuts to pull all 4 at once, but I have such a fear of needles and dentists that I decided to make do with the pain once and that’s it! It helped a lot not knowing how the surgery will be done, avoid forums at all costs! The girl after me had second thoughts and wanting to pull less teeth last minutes…can you imagine been in a waiting room with a couple of patients also waiting to have their teeth being cut out?

I think I will never regret my decision even though it is such a pain in the ass to eat even when I am on soft diet. Eating strong painkillers help, with lots and lots of sleeping time to speed up the recovery. So right now, my mouth is still sore after a week, and will be getting stitches removed tomorrow. Boy….I hate dentists!

Putting that aside, I am back with another card! It was made quite sometime back when I sneak in a closeup shot of it on my Instagram 🙂

Close up shot

So here’s it is!

It was specially customized for a client who want to give it to her colleague who will be going on maternity leave, so I thought that it will be good to add stock carrying a bundle to show that the baby is on her way! I used a yellow base card stock before layering it with a shaker, which was filled with beads and glitters. The name, the baby clothes and the stock were cut out using Silhouette CAMEO.

The background of the name was from My Mind Eye, while the baby clothes border was distressed using chalk ink to create a lovey gradient look, and then adding rhinestones as buttons. I colored the cap of stock and bundle using copic markers before adding some Diamond Sticklers to create a nice glittered look. Finally, tying the card using purple twine.


That’s about it!




Card INspiration: Daisy Chain Paper Cut

Back with a new card, this time playing around using my Silhouette Cameo!

Live Laugh Love

I just thought that it will be great to have a framed paper cut card, layered behind with a lovely patterned paper. Here, I layered using tracing paper followed by My mind’s Eye patterned paper. I used tracing paper to actually soften the background so that when I added the quote, it will allow people to focus more on the quote instead.

I cut out the quote as well using Silhouette Cameo with canvas paper before spraying with Black Heidi Swapp colorshine spray mist and there you have it!

Close up

Thanks for looking!


Shaker Card Inspiration: Royal Princess Shaker Card

Gosh! It has been like weeks before I updated this post, which should have been done long ago. I have been quite sick, down with a bad flu and fever for past 2 weeks that I have not been able to do much things. Right now, I am still coughing like no tomorrow, but hopefully this will go away real real soon!

Thankfully, I managed to make a card while trying to stop myself from sneezing because the card was requested quite some time back. And for my frequent readers, you must have find the design quite familiar 🙂

Back with another shaker card! Seems like shaker cards have been quite a favorite among my friends and clients, as I have been getting shaker cards orders. For this card, someone requested this design based on my previous work but wanting to go for a more princessy fantasy touch to it. So Cinderella actually comes to my mind!

Royal Princess Shaker Card

You can’t really see from here, but the navy blue card base (WorldWin Papers) was embossed with lovely glittered embossing powder (Rangers). Next, I cut out the name on mixed media paper and do some castle masking using the castle template (Sweet Poppy) and seafoam glimmery color mist (Heidi Swapp) before adding shakers of beads, glitters and diamond dust (Floracraft).

I cut out the silhouette of horse and carriage using my trusty SIlhouette Cameo before spraying with Heidi Swapp ColorShine mist of Gold and Black, and then embossed using clear glittered powder to give a glittery finish. And layering of strip paper was done before tying with twine and layered with the horse and carriage silhouette.

Royal Princess Shaker Card

That’s about it! ❤

And for those who find this design familiar, I actually made a similar design and blogged about it, which is in mermaid theme: Card Inspiration: Mermaid in the sea Shaker Card

Do hop there to take a look of the design too! ❤

I promise I will come back again with a longer post once I recovered!


Layered Card Inspiration: The Secret To a Rich Life

Hello! I am back with a layered card – Secret to a rich life card which I have a sweet floral theme in mind, perfectly described the recipient of this card 🙂

I always love this quote: “The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.” -Dave Weinbaum

For this card, I prepared a cut out acrylic paper and embossed it using Tim Holtz Textured Fades Honeycomb folder, before spritzing the paper with Heidi Swapp Colorshine Seafoam Mist to give a shimmery effect. I also distressed the edges of the paper to give a nice weathered look to present a vintage look. Layered on top of the paper is another cutout of My Mind’s Eye cardstock (Be Happy theme) and distressed the edges of the paper before using Burnt Sienna Colorbox chalk ink to create a lovely faded shade in the background to give a soft look. The remaining scrap of the cardstock was trimmed into the shape of the ribbon and layered over the card. I always love Spellbinders dies because the templates gave suck an elegant and intricate details! I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two butterfly die to cut and embossed the shape of butterfly. To add more details, I smudged the top part of the butterfly with blue chalk ink before giving a lovely glittered effect at the edges using Diamond Sticklers.

Close up look of the details

Next I cut of the frame using Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Labels Eight, soften the edges using blue chalk ink and adding the glitter using Diamond Sticklers at the corners of the frame. Quote was stamped using Cloud9 Design (Simple thoughts) clear stamp with black veramagic chalk ink.

The final outcome:

Layered Card Inspiration

I thought it will be easier for you readers if I type down bold and italic the brands of the supplies I used for easy reference. Well, I hope it helps if you want to look for those supplies to follow my design!

Thanks for looking! ❤