Craft of the day: Explosion Box in yellow and pink theme

Hello! I made an explosion box few weeks back and have even sneak in a peek in my previous post. I was asked whether it is possible to do up a yellow and pink theme since it was the recipient’s favorite colours and I was thinking…why not?


And here it is!

Overview of the box (Cover and bottom layer)

The exterior of the box when close

I used Pinkpaislee Core Impression yellow cardstock (Modern Prints Collection) as the surface because it gave a lovely view of the embossed hexagon, giving an overall classy look. As my usual style, I distressed the edges of the paper as well.

Close up look

On the cover, i did layering of the prima flowers, gauze and paper cutout of the tree branches before layering with a big white flower. The white flower was actually sprayed on using Heidi Swapp Gold Spray Mist to give it a shimmery gold-like effect and I just like how it turned out! “Piggy” was printed out and the border was die cut using Spellbinders die cut, before distressing the edge of the frame using pink chalk ink and adding glitter using Diamond Sticklers. And of course….you will never go wrong with the beautiful pearl embellishments as well!

The interior of the box

It was also requested for a cute theme because the recipient loves Pom om Purin character.  I though of the idea of coming up with a colourful, cute and yet chic look. The patterned papers was printed using Canon PIXMA printer, and I decided to come up with two layers so that Polaroids can be put in as well (top layer). I cut and score the top layer after making measurements to ensure that Polaroids can be put in before gluing up and adding a ribbon, prima flowers and metal embellishment as finishing touch.

I added paper dolly and curled the corner of the dolly before adding on the holder. The holder for the Pom Pom Purin key chain was cut out after I make measurement on the paper, layered with the pattern paper before adding the shimmering gold – white flower (sprayed on using Heidi Swapp Gold Colorshine Spray Mist).

Bottom Layer

The bottom layer is meant to be just embellishments with a single mini card on one square for personal note. All paper embellishments were cut using my trusty Silhouette CAMEO 🙂

A mini card for a little personal note

Birthday cake cut out

The black background was sprayed using Heidi Swapp Black Colorshine spray mist before adding and blending white gesso to create a “faded” look. I blinked the icing of the cake using Diamond Sticklers as well.

Birthday tag cut out

Camera cut out

Notice the camera’s heartshape? I actually add crackle accent on it and it gave the crackled look! One of my favorite embellishments so far!

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This got to be a perfect birthday gift and I was so glad after getting feedback that the recipient loves it too! It always warm my heart whenever my crafts bring smile to someone’s face! ❤


Sneak Peek: Explosion Box in the making

Sneak peek of upcoming explosion box which I have done for the past days:

Explosion Box in the making

Couldn’t reveal much right now since it has not been delivered to the lucky recipient 🙂

Stay tuned! ❤

Explosion Box as a wedding gift: Totoro-Themed

Whenever someone requested me to handcraft a wedding gift, I am always excited. That’s means looking through Pinterest for wedding inspirations, deciding the colors to match and putting everything together to bring bright smile to lucky couple who receive it. I love weddings and always do, spending my time sourcing out color inspirations and wedding decor and pinning them onto my board (Bellaelysium Crafts). My wedding is still far ahead, but le bf and I have started discussing what kind of wedding we want, so for now, slowly slowly plan!

Handcrafted gifts always make a wonderful gift and keepsakes as well as a beautiful display to pretty up your own home!

Putting that aside, a friend requested for an explosion box as wedding gift, with Totoro themed in mind. I think he was rather impressed with the Cinderella explosion box I made (which is quite a big hit!), because he requested for the pumpkin cage as well! After which, the colors and layout is all up to me to design. That’s when the planning and brainstorming start! ❤

 How can you combined a pumpkin cage with Totoro-themed?

I have been cracking my head for days, doodling on my idea book before finally coming up with this idea of making pumpkin cage as a “wedding cage” where Totoro and his other “half” get married inside. Not a good way for me to phrase it but I couldn’t come up with a better way of describing. I know for sure that I wouldn’t be able to find miniature Totoro, so I decided to attempt doing clay sculpting which I have no experience of, but I am so glad that I succeeded making after second attempt, using Darwin Air Dry Clay. Not a very easy clay to work with as compared to polymer clay I think because I have to make sure the clay has smooth finishing and it is simply not easy working with wet clay (for me at least).

Totoro figurine and “other half” hand sculpted using air dry clay

Next is to work on the color palette that I want to have for the explosion box. COLOURlovers is always my favorite website to create my own color palate!

Combination of blue, gold, white and sea green

I decided on this color combination because these colors hold some special meaning which I want to bring out in my wedding explosion box.

Blue: Fun-loving, fresh and vibrant
Gold: Elegance, luxury, warmth, & tradition.
White: Associated with purity, simplicity & modernity
Green: Means growth, new life, and positive energy

With Totoro-themed in mind, I feel that this color combination will be great, and also, I just love the combination myself! ❤

Totoro Themed Explosion Box

Close up look

I used Kaisercraft Fairytale theme paper as the main background before embossing using Sizzix Texture folder. Prima marketing wood embellishments (Something Blue) “Mr”& “Mrs” were used to add onto the box’s cover as well. After which the Prima Flowers were used to decorate the cover.

Photos don’t do justice because you couldn’t see any shimmery effect nor glitter here but I want to say that the whole card is practically glittering due to the golden border (Spellbinder die cut) of all the squares, which was then glittered on using Tattered Angel Glimmer Glaze.

Close up on one of the squares

Maya Road cage chipboard was used for this, which was primed using gesso before using Perfect Pearls (Green Patina) to give a nice greenish shimmer. Metal embellishments (key aand heart lock) tied together with silver string. Butterfly was punched out and distressed using blue chalk ink before using Crackle Medium to introduce a layer of medium over to give a crackled look. Such beautiful look!

I also add the bird and branch which were created using Die-namite die cut, glittered using Baby Blue Sticklers. The final embellishment to give a finishing touch using rose and leaf from Prima Marketing.

Golden pumpkin cage

The cage is cut out using CAMEO, and each piece of flourish part of cage was prep with gesso before painting gold acrylic paint over it. Tattered Angel Glaze was used to seal it, while adding the glitter as well. And the cage turned out really well, with gold shimmering! The totoro charms were put in the cage, and then decorated with white crepe paper, gold and white pearls to add some elegance and classy to it. I just love how the cage looked!

And of course, you have to add a little personal note too!  ❤

Adding a personal note

I cut out the pocket by measuring and drawing out on 250gsm paper, and the blue border was crafted by adding blue and white glitters, before putting glossy accents over it so it kinds of looks like the glitters were viewed in a lovely “pop” up look. It looks really fairy-like to me so I love it! The border of the frame was painted with gold before adding Diamond Sticklers. Next, a mini card is cut out from paper, butterfly was cut out using Spellbinder die cut before distressing the inside of the butterfly with blue chalk ink…and I add the rhinestone to the center for a finishing touch. The little mini card was done!

The final masterpiece:

Interior of the card

The other squares were decorated using chipboards, and wood embellishment which I will not go into details since it applied the similar techniques as mentioned earlier 🙂  The finishing touch by adding strips of acetate before pasting little lovely butterflies to create a “fluttering” look when the recipient open the box to give him/her a surprise!

That’s the reason why I just love crafting explosion boxes. It bring out the lovely smile from recipient, and yet, a perfect craftpiece to be displayed at the heart of your own home! ❤


Sneak Peek : Explosion Box in the making

Sneak Peek for the explosion box that I am currently working on!

Lovely combination of sea green, blue and gold 🙂

Top up with glitter, glitter and more glitter!

Stay tuned ! ❤


Soccer Explosion Card

Hello! I am back with the a soccer explosion box which I have showed a sneak preview of the miniature field in my previous post!

Soccer Explosion Card

The explosion box was customized for an Arsenal fan who is also a soccer player himself, so I got this idea of coming up with a realistic miniature soccer field. Hence, green fine turf was used to create the realistic feel of the grass, and allowing the glue to dry to ensure that the turf will not be easily come off.

Miniature soccer field

The lid (the white scrap of papers) were embossed using plaid pattern from Sizzix, before shearing the edges and distressing the edge. Heidi Swapp Gold mist (my favorite mist!) was sprayed to create a shimmery gold effect so that it looked striking against the red background which is supposed to be like the colors of the Arsenal logo. The soccer ball and Arsenal logo was printed using Canon Pixma printer, before adding Tattered Angel (Pixie Dust) glaze onto the soccer ball and the logo. Glossy Accent was used on the logo to create a nice 3D effect. The name of the recipient was printed using Arsenal font.

Exterior of the box

In the interior of the box, I used WorldWin red paper for the base of the card (Thanks to Gloria for the prize!) . The color of WorldWin paper is simply vibrant and I love the red which make such a nice contrasting colour once I add all the embellishments! I used blue scraps as the border because blue is also part of Arsenal logo as well. After which I layered it with embossed white paper which is embossed using brick-like Sizzix template, before decorating all the four squares! A personal note can be written inside a “mini card” as well! Finally, stars were added to be the “flying” part of the box, which is glittered using Sticklers (baby blue).

The soccer card picture and logo were printed out using my Canon PIXMA printer before cutting out and to make them looks more “pop”, I add glossy accent as well. It was lucky that I bought the world cup soccer magazine about 2 weeks ago and it consists of the plastic net and the ball which I decided to “recycle” them and used it for this explosion box!

In addition, I actually used part of my cardboard box as the base for the field, and putting a layer of glue before adding the turf to make it into a realistic looking grass patch. It is always good to up cycle your materials and use various techniques to “spice” them up!

Interior of the card

I like how the card turns out! ❤

This post will be submitted for :

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge: Challenge #13 Let’s Cycle…Up-Cycle That Is!  (Scraps of paper, Cardboard, net and soccer ball)

Allsorts Challenge #270 (Favorite things are spray mist, embossing templates and glossy accent)


Sneak Peek – Explosion Box in the making

Sneak peek time!

Soccer field

Another explosion box in the making. It will be a soccer theme and I tried my best to make the field looks realistic. Lots of glue, lots of fine turf, and lots of fixative to make the turf stay in place.Will explain more in the next post once I am done with this!


So far, so good!



Mathematics Explosion Box with yellow ducklings

Hello! I am back with the finished product as mentioned in my sneak peek in previous post!

Mathematics Explosion Box with yellow ducklings

This box was customized specially for a math teacher who loves yellow ducklings. And I enjoyed the brainstorming and the designing process!

Exterior of the box

Don’t you love the patterned papers? I love them! I found those papers online from Blagovesta Gosheva Blog, where it has many varieties of patterned papers and this (green paper with numbers) is so perfectly in line with the mathematical theme I have in mind. The yellow patterned paper is from Fancy Pants Designs (Off to school theme). Chipboard numbers and foam “+” are from American Crafts and Pink Paislee respectively. Flower from local craft store while the tags were cut using CAMEO before using printer to print the words. Everything was printed using Canon PIXMA printer with excellent printing quality.


And I just love the interior!<3

Interior of the card

I have been toying with the idea of implementing a dome into my explosion boxes for very long time so imagine my delight when I was sketching out and brainstorming…I realized that I can fit in a dome with ducks swimming inside it. And it’s look perfectly like how I want them to be 🙂

Everything in the interior were all designed and cut by myself, as well as making the pond dome from scratch by using combination of the gloss medium, white glue and acrylic paint. Foam balls glittered using sticklers were used to decorate around the pond. There is actually hidden pocket in one of the flaps for a personal handwritten note. Another flap consists of a personal photo (not shown) hidden inside the flap where the photo was printed on Canon Photo paper glossy II using Canon PIXMA Printer. Everything is distressed (at the edges) using colorbox cat eye queue blue chalk ink to create a soft look.

What’s next?

Getting one of my ideas from my sketchbook to become a reality! ❤