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InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! As Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, we’ve already been able to order some fun, new products from the upcoming 2016 Annual Catalog. What a thrill! Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature sneak peeks of projects from the new catalog. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Stampin' Up! Pineapple Stamp

One of my favorite stamps in the upcoming Annual Catalog is the Pineapple stamp. Trendy pineapples seem to making their way into decoration and fashion items these days, but they’ve always held a place with me.

My mother migrated to the United States from São Miguel, the largest of the Azores Islands of Portugal. Pineapples are a staple of the island, where they easily grow in the warm climate.

People often eat them for desert or give them as gifts. Every time I would see one on the table, I would ask my mother, “who is visiting now?”

Pineapple Welcome to Newport

A pineapple adorns the entrance of a shop in Newport, Rhode Island.

Pineapples are also a symbol of hospitality and welcoming. In Newport, RI, pineapples were used in the 1600s by returning sea captains who would place them on their doorsteps. A fresh pineapple outside of the home meant a safe return from a voyage and new goods were for sale.

You can still find pineapples all around Rhode Island in everything from artwork to architecture, chocolates and key rings; above is a photo I shot while walking in Newport. It was the inspiration for my card today.

Pineapple Background Stamp by Stampin' Up!

I embossed the bottom portion of the stamp with gold Stampin’ Emboss powder. Using a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, I lined up the leaves which are stamped in new Emerald Envy ink. The piece is layered over a background of leaves from the new Pop of Paradise stamp set using the same green. A card base of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock lays the foundation and accents of gold foil cardstock finish the edges.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Natalie Bradley at There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group—and you don’t want to miss it!

—Shawn de Oliveira

Blog Hop Lineup

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Natalie Bradley at
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  7. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  8. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
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  • Reply Phyllis Strickland

    Apparently, contrary to popular opinion, it is possible to make “a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” because you have done that with this stamp. I still won’t buy ti because anyone I would send this to would say WTH. why is she sending me a picture of a pineapple.

    June 2, 2016 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Lynn

    Beautiful card and learned something new

    May 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Natalie Bradley

    I love this and how it truly means something to you too!! <3 <3

    May 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Brian

    I am officially mad at you – I only bought this pineapple so that I could tell their history. You are awesome! This is a gorgeous project. Thanks for hopping along with us today!

    May 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm
    • Reply Shawn

      You can still do, but please credit the source lol

      May 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm
      • Reply Brian

        I’ll be certain to link over to your project when I do. Thanks for the permission. 🙂

        May 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Ink Blossom with Becky

    My mouth is watering for fresh pineapple. Great post thanks for sharing

    May 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply Shawn

      Here’s the Portuguese way: cut up into chunks and let them seep in some Port wine for a bit. Delicious. ????

      May 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm
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  • Reply Barbara K

    I haven’t been sold on the pineapple yet, but your card and your story is moving me closer to the purchase. As a Tour Director/Guide for the last twenty years, I have taken many tours to Newport, RI and have recently been fortunate to lead several tours that include São Miguel. It is a magical place with wonderful people and fabulous food! Thank you for sharing.

    May 18, 2016 at 11:35 am
    • Reply Shawn

      Love that! I would like to go to São Miguel again. Beautiful place.

      May 18, 2016 at 10:31 pm
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  • Reply Lory Robinson

    Okay . . .I am loving the pineapple! I am ordering it today. Pineapples are so on trend now in decor also. Your card is beautiful!

    May 18, 2016 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Shawn

      Thanks, Lori. Happy to push you over the edge.

      May 18, 2016 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Karen Zaring Browning

    seeing your pineapple card – awesomeness – makes me rethink this stamp. Thank you!

    May 18, 2016 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Shawn

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      May 18, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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  • Reply Kim Barrera

    I also love your story and the history . Great card, I love the gold elements.

    May 18, 2016 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Robin Myren

    I loved the history you shared about the pineapple. Your card is great too!

    May 18, 2016 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Jennifer Spiller

    Shawn- you just rock!!! This card is absolutely perfect!!! I adore every detail…beautiful

    May 18, 2016 at 9:06 am
    • Reply Shawn

      Thanks, Jennifer and you must know because you rock too!

      May 18, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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  • Reply Narelle Fasulo

    Beautiful card. I love the story of the pineapple being used for hospitality. Thank you for sharing.

    May 18, 2016 at 8:39 am
    • Reply Shawn

      Glad you liked it. I love that story.

      May 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Deb Cozzone

    Growing up in Colonial Wiliiamsburg, we also knew pineapples as symbols of hospitality and a warm welcome. Love the reminder, and the card!

    May 18, 2016 at 8:24 am
    • Reply Shawn

      Thanks for validating the history. It makes sense all along the coast.

      May 18, 2016 at 10:35 pm
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  • Reply Pam

    You are brilliant! Love the history and your card is gorgeous! You just made me move this stamp from my ‘no way’ list to my ‘must have’ list!

    May 18, 2016 at 7:51 am
    • Reply Shawn

      It’s perfect for all the traveling you do, Pam.

      May 18, 2016 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply kdetommaso

    Shawn not only do I love this glorious pineapple card, I enjoyed reading the history you shared. :-). Learned something new today and it’s only 6:40 in the morning. 😉

    May 18, 2016 at 6:41 am
    • Reply Shawn

      Awesome way to start the day. Thanks for that, Kelly.

      May 18, 2016 at 10:38 pm

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