Stamping Serendipity

July 17th, 2010

Happy Saturday!  Yesterday I experienced a little bit of stamping serendipity and I wanted to share.  I was catching up on my Google Reader and saw this post by Laurie Schmidlin (LOVE everything she does!) I took special note of how to used nesties to make tag shapes.  I thought it was brilliant and and knew I wanted to try it sometime soon.  bottle-tag-by-jami-july-10-custom-2.jpgAbout 10 minutes later, the Rocket Scientist told me that he planned to leave a little early for his guitar lesson so he could stop and pick up a bottle of wine as gift for his guitar teacher.  I asked why he didn’t tell me sooner so I could make a card to go with it…or at least a tag or something…afterall that’s what I do!  He said he could run get the wine and come back if I really wanted to make something – I would have about 45 minutes.  AND IT HIT ME…this was the perfect opportunity to make a tag using Laurie’s tip!  And not only that, but I have the perfect stamp set for a thank you to a guitar teacher – You’re my Hero by TE!  So I took the challenge and went to work!

I used Wild Wasabi and Bermuda Bay ink along with Brilliance Pealescent Chocolate ink on Kraft cardstock.   I had been given the directive to not go overboard since this was a *guy to guy no-big-deal* thank you gift, so I tried to keep it really simple. The bottom corners were rounded with my Corner Chomper and I distressed all the edges with a distressing tool and some of the chocolate ink.  The guitar was stamped on Kraft, cut out and popped up on foam tape.

Here’s a closer view.


You can’t really tell in the photo, but the pearlescent chocolate ink gives just a little special touch of shimmer.

And here’s how I created the top shape following Laurie’s tip.


 I looked through all my Nesties and chose to use Labels One.  I slipped my cardstock through the top and taped it down with Scotch removable tape before running it through my Big Shot.  I did end up with a faint embossed impression of the bottom of the die on my tag, so in the future I think I would insert a scrap of cardstock there to avoid that.








bottle-tag-plain-custom.jpgHere’s how it looked after being die cut.  I used a circle punch to create an opening for the neck of the bottle and I scored a fold with my Scor-Pal.  Then I stamped before cutting to the length that worked well with my images.  Super simple and super quick.

I’m so happy to pass on this tip!  I hope it helps one of you as much as it helped me.  Thanks Laurie for sharing the easy how-to!  I look forward to making more tags in the future!


Dare to Get Dirty got started this morning over at SCS.  If you’re a Fan Club member you’ll have 4 or 5 challenges to choose from each day for a week.  If you choose to do them ALL  you’ll be in a drawing for a prize package.  It’s not quite as hard as it sounds since you can combine challenges as much as you’d like.  Check out the DTGD Challenge Forum here.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a sample for one of the challenges.

I’m off to finish up the ice cream pies I’m putting together for a BBQ we’re going to tonight.  I had intended to bake a dessert, but it’s just too darned HOT to bake!  Thanks for stopping by.


6 Responses to “Stamping Serendipity”

  1. loricraig Says:

    Jami Sibley aka Mrs. More-is-More…this line: “I had been given the directive to not go overboard since this was a *guy to guy no-big-deal* thank you gift, so I tried to keep it really simple”…CRACKED ME UP. Seriously…snort laugh. You’re a perfect pair! LOL Super cute tag! Love the idea. 🙂

  2. Alison Says:

    Hi Jami,
    I love the tag and the tip. I haven’t tried this myself, but you could avoid the embossed line from the bottom of the stamp by only running the die half way through the big shot. Just a thought. Love your blog

  3. Holly McMillen Says:

    Ack!! Brilliant, Jami! I will definitely be stealing that idea! Love those colors together, too. 🙂 Rockstar, you!

  4. Sharon Harnist Says:

    Yes, I would say that rocket scientist sorta knows you!!  This turned out perfect!

  5. Rose Kerry Says:

    Awesome tag!!! Manly yes, but I like it too. The colors are awesome and I have to try that trick too. Great job in a pinch.

  6. Leslie Miller Says:

    Brilliant! Wow! This not only turned out great, but perfect, too! Aren’t you a good wife/stamper!

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