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)



Scrapbooking – Love Blossom

Hello! I am back with a mini scrapbook layout to give my photo print a new home:

The photo was taken at Cameron Highlands where we went there to do strawberry picking during our Valentine date last year. I decided to put a garden theme which suit the photo perfectly!

I started out with a blank canvas paper, dabbing the paper with my flat brush and Faded Jeans distress ink. I use TCW mini stencil and gesso to create the texture of wordings on the background before adding the die cut of the clock (Tim Holtz), adding the pearl onto the hands’ center.

I primed the die cut (cardboard) with gesso before sponging it with Walnut Stain distress ink, and sprayed with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine to create a gold, shimmery effect. I softened the look by dabbing with a bit of gesso all around, including the hands. I also dabbed a bit of Green Patina Perfect Pearls onto the side of the clock inside.

I cut out the “LOVE” using CAMEO, and sponged it using Black Soot Distress ink before using foam dots to glue over the clock die cut and adding glitters using Sticklers Diamond. And the layering of the flowers, branches and stripes of paper start!

I tore My Mind’s Eye Designer Paper into strips and layered them first onto the card using cardboard as backing to create dimension. After which. the process of layering the flowers continued by layering inside the strips of paper as well as the top of the paper, using different colored Prima flowers and self-made roses. Tucked in between the flowers and underneath the strip of paper, I also included the Die-namites Knobby Branch die cut as well.  On top of that, punched out paper butterflies were also added.

Once I am satisfied with the whole thing, I dabbed abit of gesso to soften the whole look, before distressing the edges of the card and paste onto a bigger white cardstock as a backing. Finally. I layered my photo on top. Finally, my photo has a new home!

I love the whole look!<3

This scrapbooking card will go onto my mini easel stand where I will display it on my table’s platform!

Materials used:

  • Papers (System3, My Mind’s Eye)
  • Distressed Inks Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
  • Stencil Mini (The Crafter Workshop)
  • Weathered Clock Alterations Die (Tim Holtz)
  • Flowers (Spellbinders, Prima Marketing)
  • Knobby Branch (Die-namites)
  • Gold Color Shine Spray Mist (Heidi Swapp), Green Patina (Perfect Pearls)


Doing the things you love

 Adding rose to the butterfly create a lovely embellishment! 😉

Instagram: Love working with rose and butterfly diecuts. Not to forget…glitters ! #papercraft #sgcrafts #cardmaking #bellaelysiumcrafts #spellbinders


Guest Designer for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge: Layer it!

I am back for the second time as guest designer for Gloria’s challenge blog “Craft Hoarders Anonymous” , and the theme was Challenge #18 Layer it. And you guess it….this is my absolute favorite challenge of all times! Those who have been following my blog, you should know that I am a big crazed fan of layering. Layers of embellishments, layers of die cuts, you name it!

So, I have tools and leftover scraps and embellishments and I hoard them for this project!

For this challenge, I made a wedding card for a special friend who got married recently. I couldn’t make it for her wedding since I was overseas at that time, so I designed this card specially for her to congrats her marriage!


Shabby Chic Love Colour Inspiration


White, Turquoise, Coral, Purple, Brown

I was inspired by these colours after looking through pictures of interior home designs in one of my favorite interior design websites:

Image credited to Better Homes and Gardens


Here’s my take for the challenge:


Shabby Chic Love card

Shabby Chic Love Card

I love how much things have been added to this card to give this overall look. First, I used Kraisercraft (Fairytale) pattern paper as the outer layer for the card before layering acrylic paper over it. I have pre-primed the acrylic paper with gesso before spraying with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist (Teal) at mainly one side of the paper. Stencil (Stencil Girl) was used together with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist (Gold) to create a branch-like background.

Next, I used gesso as my texture paste (my own DIY texture paste got dried up and I didn’t have the time to re-make one) which works as fine for this project. I used Sweet Poppy Stencil to create the tree and branches texture before using Tattered Angel clear stamps to create some random stamping on some parts of the card using Silk Green Chalk ink (colorbox) and Jet black Chalk ink (VersaMagic). So many layers using inks, embossing, paper layering…and yet…I am still going to layer some more using embellishments!

Now is the fun part!

Closer look at the layerings

I add on guaze, and then positioned my vintage clay frame which I made it myself using mold. I added a bit of black ink to the edges of the frame to create a slightly “dirty” look, giving a shabby chic appearance. I layered Prima flowers, combining lovely colours together to bring out the brighter look for the card before adding the paper butterfly which was punched using shape punch. I included some scribbles image onto the butterfly using Tattered Angel stamp (Screen Print) before adding Sticklers (Baby Blue) for some glitter. The bird was from Maya Road which I added JoAnn Craft Essentials fine glitter to it to give the bird some glitter before adding rhinestone for its eye. And I layered the bird over the frame.

Closer look at other part of the card

I also added the wood embellishment (Prima Marketing Inc) which I distressed the edge of the wood using black chalk ink to further create the shabby chic look. I am so loving the embellishment! I always have a thing for wood and chipboard embellishments.

The overall look

That’s about it! Thanks for dropping by! ❤


Sneak Peek in the making: Shabby Chic Mixed Media Card

My favorite way of keeping my readers in suspense:

Sneak Peek In The Making!

I have been wanting to venture out and try a slightly different style by applying various techniques in the area of mixed media. Mixed media has been quite a trend in the craft community right now, and I have since developed a fondness for anything vintage and shabby chic! There are so many inspirations out there in Pinterest, Craft blogs, Facebook… I am so amazed by the growing number of talented crafters out there 🙂

Let’s say, I had fun playing with the mediums and the embellishments used in this card. I will explain more about this once I get to the posting of the finished card as this is a wedding gift for a special friend. So no posting up of this card until this card get delivered!


Till then ❤


Colour Inspiration: Capturing Joyful Memories

Colour Inspiration


Back with another colour palette comprising 5 lovely colours! The colours comprise of Teal green, Orange, Grey, Blue, White.

Teal green, Orange, Grey, Blue, White


And here is my handmade card using these colour combination, as well as applying the layer technique which I mentioned in my previous tutorial. And I just like how this card turned out!

Capturing Joyful Memories

Capturing Joyful Memories

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Instagram your memories!

Hang up your memories

Nowadays, the trend here is to take photo and instagram our memories, or capturing precious moments using Polaroids. So I thought that coming up with this idea of Instagram combining with Polaroid make a great card for someone special to “capture” the special occasion like birthdays, weddings and even displaying as a beautiful display in your glass cabinet or desk! Then  the cloth pin were used to “hang up” the instagram polaroid as a gesture that it stay as memories forever. That’s how I depict my card and hence, the layout of it.

Find joy everyday

The phrase “Find Joy Everyday” is one of my favorite phrases, to remind ourselves that we should always keep a positive mind and look at the bright side of life. “FInd joy everyday” phrase (Hero Arts Stamp) was stamped using black chalk ink onto the chipboard (Maya Road). The chipboard was initially grey in colour, where I use gesso to prime the whole thing before adding versamark ink to ink the outer frame so that I can add Perfect Pearls (Green Patina) to create a green shimmering look.

Bird die cut, glittered with Diamond Sticklers

Layering with flowers help to brighten up the card

I use Die-namite die cut for this bird before glittering it with sticklers which add some lovely shine to it. Flowers always never fail to brighten up one’s day, hence the use of bright orange flower, layered with another smaller flower before adding rhinestone in the center.


That’s about it! I hope you love the colour combination as much as I do, and I do hope that this give you some inspirations to start cracking 🙂



BECME Tutorial: Using Floral Pattern and Layering Technique for your handmade card

BECME Tutorial (Bellaelysium Crafts Made Easy)

Floral pattern is usually one of the good choices to choose when making crafts. It give a lively and vibrant colors, creating a very pleasing color composition. This can help to brighten up your own home, or bringing a smile to anyone who receive the special handmade craft! Floral designs work well with all occasions, so it is really very easy to make do with floral designs with almost anything.

Images taken from Google Images


Today, I’ll be putting a really quick and simple tutorial, great for beginners, using a layering technique which is a very popular technique used among all cardmakers. A card which can be made in 20 minutes, using just a printer and basic materials.

Paper layering allows you to easily add fantastic texture and dimension to your card making, scrapbooking, and other paper craft projects.


What you need:

  • Printer (Optional)
  • Scissors/penknife
  • Patterned paper
  • A stripe of white paper (about 2cm wide and 9cm long)
  • fabric flowers / paper flowers
  • foam tape
  • white cardstock
  • black cardstock
  • glue
  • stamp (optional)


White cardstock, black cardstock and pattern paper

Get a white cardstock and fold it according to your desired size and put it aside. Print out floral pattern paper which you can find floral patterns from Google. I get this lovely floral pattern from Cardmaking and Papercraft which has many beautiful pattern free to download. I printed out using Canon Pixma printer.

Cut the black cardstock slightly smaller than the folded white cardstock

Cut the patterned paper slightly smaller than the black cardstock

Next, cut the black cardstock into half diagonally. After which, cut the patterned paper diagonally as well before cutting the base of the patterned triangles to make it slightly smaller than the black triangle.

Patterned paper triangles layered onto the black triangles

So this is when paper layering start. Put the patterned triangle over the black triangle and glue it down using sticky tape or glue. Next, add foam tape to the back of the triangle and layered onto the white cardstock to create a dimension so that the triangles will be slightly “pop” out.

Paper flowers and sentiment on paper

Next, grab your favorite sentiment stamp (or print out sentiment if you do not have any stamp), before cutting it to strip (shown above). For this, I stamped “Hello” using Colorbox maroon chalk ink. Ink the edge of the paper to create a nice border. Layer your paper flowers using glue. I bought these flowers from local store, which is easily available at any craft stores 🙂 Alternately, you can create your own flowers using shape punches and layer them if you like too!

Use foam tape to create a dimensional look

Add foam tape to create a dimensional look for your card 🙂 That’s the reason why I just love using foam tape! The reason why I leave a big space beside “Hello” image is because I want to paste my flowers onto the white blank side so that it can be layered onto the white strip of paper.

Add rhinetsone to create a finishing touch!

Next, add rhinestone for a finishing touch! If you do not have rhinestone, you can complete the look using button as well 😉 You may see one of the examples below which use button as the center of the flower which is also as pretty! ❤


The finished look:

Front view

Side view

Notice how the floral pattern can actually made such a simple card look so beautiful and lively? You can always never go wrong with floral patterns whenever you are out of ideas of making a card. Play around with the geometrical patterns like how I did for the triangles, and use layering technique to add some dimension so that the card will not look so flat and boring.


Here are some past designs (taken from my Facebook page) I have done using floral pattern with layering techniques to give you some inspirations!

Mother’s Day card for my mother, using paper layering.

Using phrase as flower stem, and layer paper stamped flowers over

Using rectangles and square shapes for layering, before layering fabric flowers with button in center

Using unique geometrical shapes for layering work perfectly great for a card too!


Hope you get some inspirations from this. If you ever lack any ideas, simply use beautiful floral designs as part of your craftworks to create a stunning and classic craft piece which can give a fresh look to your personal space 🙂