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!




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! ❤

Mixed Media Canvas Inspiration: Big Shot Party @ Made With Love

Hello! I am back with another inspiration, this time it was done at Made With Love Big Shot Party with a friend. We had a blast! I have been so busy lately with my full time job that I was grateful for my friend who actually book a slot for me once they opened the slots and I didn’t even know about it until she excitedly sms me and asked if I am interested to join her since she booked two places. 🙂 And of course, I agree since I haven’t got the time to do some crafting myself at home so this will be a lovely break for me to make something.

Meanwhile, Party Time Tuesdays (PTT) challenge “Always Anything Goes” is still on going where you can create any project using any products you have on hand and link your project onto PTT’s blog before the deadline and you will get a chance to win some prizes from our sponsor. Thank you for those who have participated in our March Challenge, we have such an overwhelming responses and amazing creations from all our readers! Congratulation to our lucky winner!

Now, as usual, the challenge will still be “Always Anything Goes” and our this month’s sponsor will be Crafter’s Companion! So get crafting and link up your work to our PPT’s blog and you will get the chance to win some products from Crafter’s Companion!

Here’s one inspiration from me to get you started:

Mixed media Canvas project

One thing I like about joining Big Shot Party at Made With Love(MWL) is that you get to learn new techniques and equipments from Aida,  a talented mixed media enthusiast who is a Design Team member from Sizzix. So we first started out with a blank canvas where I will give it a blue base coating using acrylic paint before adding some nice purple color (Ranger brand) at the corners. My apologies that I could not remember the specific color though.

The frame was cut out using die cut, before painting it with blue acrylic and embossing the words with clear embossing powder. After which I added the “beehive” looking die cut paper (provided by MWL) behind the frame (colored using Tim Holtz distressed inks) before adding foam tape and pasting over a patterned card stock.

Frame die cut and embossed

Next is the cutting out of the butterfly using die cut and embossing the lovely butterfly to create some nice wing pattern before adding spray mist and red and yellow distress inks to create a lovely ombre color. I personally love my butterfly artpiece 😉 Stacey, another MWL staff, helped to add the crystals and metal embellishments.

Butterfly embelishment

The wording was stamped using Archival ink of brown to create a nice distress look. Yellow distress ink was used to create the background. The paper was actually tri-folded which can be opened to reveal a long paper where one can write a personal note in it.

Moving on, I also shadow embossed “Lucky” onto a paper before cutting out and creating the lovely shade of red using distress ink and finalizing the word with some beautiful glitter using Sticklers.

Shadow embossed “lucky”

Flower was also die cut (provided by the staffs), with the floral swirls by using the burlap and plastic to die cut out the shapes and layering them to create a nice flower embellishment. I added my own metal embellishment and rhinestone back at home for a finishing look.

Layered flower

And the final outcome:

Mixed Media Canvas, with mini card

I just love how it turned out! ❤

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I hope this served as an inspiration for you to start cracking and enter your entry.

Can’t wait to see all your lovely entries!


One Layer Card Inspiration: Flower for you

One short post here because I have just finished the last batch of card orders for Valentine day, and it is now past midnight. Here I am, fighting to stay awake and blogging this post because I just want to share another one-layer card.

Previously i shared one-layer card using the bunny stamp. I am quite in love with the bunny stamps, and I regretted not using them earlier when I got them like months ago. So here’s another one-layer card inspiration using the same cute little bunny:

Taken from my Instagram (@bellaelysiumcrafts): Flower for you!

I colored using Copic Sketch markers, and the background was blended using Faded Blue and Spiced Marmalade Tim Holtz distressed inks, creating the cloud-like effects using my brush (in dabbing motion) so its like kind of creating the scenario of the bunny floating in the clouds.

Why these two colors?

10 % Spiced Marmalade + 90% Faded jeans = Greyish tint

Caution: Mixing too much of orange with blue, you might end up with brown!

Glossy Accent was added to the balloon to create a 3D effect, and Diamond Sticklers added to the bunny as finishing touch. Birthday quote (Fiskars) was stamped using Stazon Jet Black ink.


Shall close off here before I nod my head off the table 🙂

Thanks for looking! ❤


Card Inspiration: Galaxy Birthday Card

In the previous month, I posted Party Time Tuesdays (PTT) challenge “Always Anything Goes” where you can create any project using any products you have on hand and link your project onto PTT’s blog before the deadline and you will get a chance to win some prizes from our sponsor. Thank you for those who have participated in our January Challenge, we have such an overwhelming responses and amazing creations from all our readers!

Now, as usual, the challenge will still be “Always Anything Goes” and our this month’s sponsor will be Crafter’s Companion! So get crafting and link up your work to our PPT’s blog and you will get the chance to win some products from Crafter’s Companion!

Here’s one inspiration from me to get you started:

Galaxy Birthday Card

I am so in love with this card when I was done with it! I used a mixture of Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord distress inks to create this beautiful piece of work on acrylic paper with the help of water spray mist to help blend the inks together nicely.

Next, I stamped the border stripe (not sure which brand is the stamp as I got it second handed from a seller) with versamark ink and embossed with seafoam white embossing powder. I used CAMEO to cut out the “Happy Birthday” and embossed it with seafoam white embossing powder as well. After which, I added some sequins onto the card to create a shiny effect 🙂 Finally, I inked the edges using dark soot distress ink.

The finished work

That’s about it!

I cannot wait to see what you have, so do craft away and link your work up at PTT blog!


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)



Sketchabilities – Sketch #130

I decided to try my hand on scrapbooking, like finally!  I do not have the habit of putting my photos into my crafts because I usually don’t print out my photos. But because I have a few printed photos lying under my table, I decided to put them into crafts instead so that I can display on my table. So the first stop to get started is to look at sketches of layouts to get started and I decided to join in Sketchabilities Sketch #130 challenge for my very first attempt at scrapbooking.

Sketchabilities – Sketch #130

I decided to go for a simple and clean look  with blue and purple theme. So here’s my take for this:

I printed the photo using my canon PIXMA printer and Canon photopaper before cutting out, leaving the white border around it. Next, I started out with a blank canvas-like paper and painted the background with a mixture of blue and purple using distress ink dusty concord and faded jeans. I used mini tiles TCW stencil and white gesso to create some texture before I started on the layering process.

I layered Prima flowers and gauze underneath the paper, as well as using spellbinder rose die cut to make beautiful embellishment, layering on top of the self-cut paper ribbons and punched out lace border. I also add blue rhinestones on the border as well. After which, I sprayed0 the whole paper with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sea Foam to give the paper a shimmery effect (which you can’t see here though). Finally, I added Prima wood embellishment as a finishing touch.  ❤

Somehow, I am not at all satisfied with the look, but hey…

there’s always a first time for everything 🙂