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.
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?”
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.
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 NatalieBradley.com. 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:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
- Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
- Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
- Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
- Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
- Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations