Hand Stamped By Heather Wright-Porto: Welcome to the Royal Blog Tour - Featuring Bells and Boughs

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome to the Royal Blog Tour - Featuring Bells and Boughs

Welcome to my Castle on the Royal Blog Tour. I am so happy to share and feature the Bells and Boughs stamp set with you.  It's a holiday set featured in the Holiday Mini and included in one of the Holiday Bundles. It's a beauty!!! And you'll see why I love it so much!

The Bells and Boughs Featured Projects Collection

Each tour I try and do something different.  So for this tour, I am showing three projects decked out with Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper and of course the Bells and Boughs stamp set: Chipboard Album, Candle, and a Card.

Believe Chipboard Album
Please be sure to bookmark this page or come back and visit my blog as each page of this album will later be detailed in another post, as this project is many pages and yes, it took forever (LOL) due to cutting out all those bells, poinsettias and holly leaves.

But for now, as part of this wonderful tour, I want to share briefly how it was created:
  • Each page is covered with Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
  • All the Bells, Pointsettas, and Holly were stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock, watercolored using a Blender Pen, and then cut out.
  • Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Always Artichoke are colors used.
  • Each page and all cut out images were sprayed with the new Gold Glow Smooch Spritz (love this stuff).
  • All berries are covered wtih Crystal Effects.
  • All poinsettia have our new Clear Rhinestone Jewels for centers.
  • Bells and Boughs is the only stamp set used in decorating this chipboard album.
The next featured projects is a candle.  This is such a quick and easy project you can do as a teacher's gift, a "thank you" gift or even as a hostess gift.  

Decorated Candle
Like the other projects, what takes time is the watercoloring and the use of Crystal Effects. But I just love how the Crystal Effects looks on the berries.
  • I stamped the greeting in Early Espresso and then hand cut around the greeting. Then used the Distresser Tool to rough the edges. The Gold Glow Smooch Spritz was sprayed on the greeting.
  • Then matted the greeting to Early Espresso textured cardstock and again manually trimmed around the greeting and then again roughed the edges.
  • Adhered to a piece of a gold square, cardstock which you can't see.
  • Then again used one of the bells I stamped, colored, and cut out and adhered to the gold square you can't see (used only for assembling).
  • Tied the ribbon around the candle in a knot, then Punched a whole in that square/cardstock you don't see, and then adhered the greeting and bells with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Then tied the bow and you're done.
Lastly, I created a coordinating holiday card keeping with the color scheme, techniques, and of course the beautiful Bells and Boughs stamp set. We will be making this card in my holiday card making workshop December 17th.
Joyful Holiday Card

The Brushed Gold cardstock is so thick that any of the embossing/textured impressions folders look great and provide so much detail. Here the Vintage Wallpaper folder was used.  Then a piece of the Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper.
  • The J (on the designer series paper) was covered with Crystal Effects.
  • The berries on the Holly leaf were covered also with Crystal Effects.
  • The berries/holly and Bells were again watercolored with a Blender Pen.
  • The tearing tool was used as well.
  • Gold Glow Smooch Spritz covers the Designer Series Paper.
  • I wrote "Joyful" in Gold Pen manually however a rub-on would have looked great as well.
  • And let's not forget all the BLING!!!! Love our new rhinestone jewels!!!
I really hope you enjoyed these projects and they inspire you to make your own "Handmade Christmas" gifts, cards and decor. Enjoy the tour and all the featured artists!


sandi maciver said...

Oh, LA LA, I just KNEW you would do this stamp set proud. Your projects are AWESOME my friend, I can't wait to see the details on that awesome BELIEVE book.

Anonymous said...

Wow! This BELIEVE book is awesome! I can' wait for the details on it.

Monica Weaver

creations by jackie said...

OMG, can't wait to see more of your Believe book. As usual your cards are awesome.

Alisha said...

What else can I saw but WOW!!! That is so fantastic Heather, o much talent, thanks for sharing it with us

Teri C said...

Love the album. Great paper too!

jguyeby said...

Oh Heather, the Believe book is wonderful. I really don't have the words for it. I want details. lol.....

Jennifer Eby

A Touch of SOL said...

Heather...AWESOME! Love your Believe book...It was a pleasure working with you again!
Marisol Gutierrez

Judy Jackson said...

Oh I just LOVE the things you did with this set and the paper! They are all wondeful! I will be waiting for all of the details for the totally awesome BELIEVE book.

Anonymous said...

Your work is beautiful. Thanks!

Kitty A. said...

Thanks for the inspiration. Love the candle decorations. Definitely will make my gift giving list this year!

Kit Marie

Dale Morin said...

Love the BELIEVE book. Great job on the projects.

Dale Morin

Created By You said...

Gorgeous projects Heather! I LOVE the album and your photos are awesome too!
Sharon Field - RBT HQ Crumb Cake Castle, and your humble Assistant!! :)

Unknown said...

Love your projects, Heather...TFS!

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Marsha E said...

Great projects - especially that 'unbelievable' BELIEVE book. Waiting on the deets...... THANKS for sharing!!

Patti said...

What beautiful projects. That chipboard album is stunning. I can't believe all the cutting you had to do! TFS

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Gwen said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. The believe book is absolutely AWESOME!!!

MuseMyWorld said...

I love the the believe book... super amazing!!

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

You did a great job on everything, but wow that believe album is incredible! Can't wait to see the details!

scrappingnana said...

WOW, These are gorgeous. This is my favorite paper and stamp set from the Holiday mini. You did an excellent job showcasing them. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Very nice projects! TFS!

Cynthia Ferenz
Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

Anonymous said...

Hi Princess Heather,
Thanks for being part of the tour. You always have beautiful projects. And you make that set look easy. I'm looking forward to seeing the different pages in your book. thanks for sharing.
Monika Davis

Unknown said...

Your Believe book is fantastic.... love it!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

okj83 at live dot com

Kathy Mc said...

Great gift ideas ~ thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Great believe album. The card you made is elegant.
sharon l

Penny Hanuszak said...

Beautiful projects heather. Love the chipboard album. Looks beautiful and so much work!

Penny Hanuszak

Melissa Rodgers said...

Great projects Heather and how beauitful! Melissa Rodgers mega@megastampinstudio.com

Lorita said...

Gorgeous projects. Can't wait for the details.
Thanks for sharing,

Jeannie said...

Beautiful Heather! I love the chipboard album! TFS!
(I used this stamp set to make stamped candles in my featured UStamp with Dawn and Friends project -- it's so versatile!)


lisa808 said...

Love your 'believe' album!

Theresa said...

Your projects are lovely. I need this set. TFS.
Theresa in Kitimat

Martha Lucia Gomez said...

Heather your believe book is amazing!!! congratulations and thank you for all your excellent work during the tour. Hugs and blessings, Martha Lucia Gomez

Joyce said...

Wow your projects are over the top. Thanks for sharing such beautiful creations...

Barbara said...

I loved all your projects and can't wait for the details on the Believe book.
Barb Slaughter (FL)

Tammy Q Howell said...

Oh my you have created some beautiful projects. Love them all. That book is so gorgeous!

Brenda said...

All three projects are great, but your chipboard album rocks the boat!

I'll be back to see the album, page by page. TFS

Belinda said...

Your projects are amazing! I love the Believe book. Just stunning.

Judy Elting said...

Jaw dropping Gorgeous!! Love the book, and all of the rest! Looking forward to seeing the how to's!

Carole'Anne AKA Stampin Stressaway said...

whow my friend I am not sure where you find the time to do it all
but I am so happy that I found you on our fabulous royal blog tour
you did such a beautiful job on your projects! I love them!
thank you for all you do Heather

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Awesome projects Heather! Thanks for sharing the details too! Looking forward to seeing all the details on the Believe book.

Jean Fitch
jlfstudio at live.com

Debbie Peterson said...

Wow the believe projects is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Debbie Peterson

Carolyn Sharkas said...

absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing

Trish Cortez said...

I Love this set and you brought it to life. Love it all and I will be back for those details....Thank YoU for being on the tour

Anonymous said...

Heather--your bolg is fantastic and your projects for the tour--amazing. Thanks for leading the pack--it's been a great ride! Hugs, Nola

Lucia Kaiser said...

Heather: with all you did for the tour, you still came up with these beautiful creations. Thanks for being on the tour and for always rescuing us! Your hard work is appreciated.

Creative Juice by Loni said...

Absolutely breathtaking, Heather! I'm just getting around to visiting some of the castles, and just had to comment that your projects were fabulous :)