Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pineapple On a Stick

I am here today to give you some crazy true facts about pineapples.

For example - did you know that each of those crazy little shapes on the outside of a pineapple is a "berry" - and that they are considered "multiple fruits" - not one delicious ring-shaped thingy?

It's true.

It's also sort of a mathematical miracle.

The fruit of a pineapple is arranged in two interlocking helices, eight in one direction, thirteen in the other, each being a Fibonacci number.

When I was an early teen, I worked at the health food store my mom worked at - and I learned many amazing things (and also some completely made up things, if I'm going to be honest) about the medicinal properties of natural foods, and one of the things I learned was that bromelain - which is extracted from a pineapple and concentrated - is a powerful meat tenderizer AND can really reduce the appearance of a bruise. #truefactsofthepineapple

I think the first time I was introduced to it as a symbol was through someone in our church - I believe a German or possibly a Scandinavian - our pastor was Norwegian - who told me it was a symbol to welcome people into your home.

As a person whose life mission it is NEVER to have anyone ring either my doorbell or my cell phone (cue the misophonia), I can't really appreciate that aspect of the pineapple BUT I love the origin of that symbolism, which is that sailors who traveled to tropical lands, would post a pineapple on a stick at their homes to tell people they were back temporarily from their dangerous sailing adventures and were accepting visitors for a brief time.

The difference is they didn't have a loud clangy doorbell back then screwing up their voiceover and scaring their animals. People probably saw the pineapple and softly knocked, like civilized residents of the planet Flat Earth. I wonder what the opposite of a pineapple on a stick is? What fruit or veggie would tell people to quit ringing your doorbell and go away - okra? Green bell peppers? Durian?

ANYWAY - the pineapple is gorgeous in both form and function - it is perhaps my first memory of eating fruit in my life, and I'm still a huge devotee. I love it any way anyone wants to prepare it - fresh, canned, grilled, on or off pizza, upside-down in something, on a sundae - it's all good.

I do also love its stately nature and it's terrific as an art project.

So I wanted to hop with a few uber-talented friends of mine today to celebrate the pineapple. Be sure and visit all the blogs, because my sweet friends at Hero Arts will have prizes if you do - some in the form of pineapples, if you so choose :).

When I got their color layering pineapple bundle, I was super torn. I had an idea in mind with the coordinating pineapple die, but I kept coming back to the idea of the pineapple as a symbol of connectedness to other people, and I really had a specific person in mind when I settled on a design for my card. So I grabbed one of my favorite dies in the world and tried it out.


The pineapple stamp is a 3-step layering stamp, a.k.a. a MISTI ideal set, and they have little ink cube packs that coordinate with this set and others, so I grabbed the one for this set and used it to create a sort of muted pineapple.

With the MISTI, lining it all up and getting it right was easy - my challenge came with the die cutting. I was scared to death!

But I lined up the prayers die across the pineapple after stamping in what looked like the center to me, although I'll freely admit that's not really my spiritual gift.

Then I die cut it, and carried the whole sandwich - both plates and all to my desk so that I didn't lose any of the pieces, and I left them on the sticky side of a post-it note while I worked on the main part of the die cut.

After that, I smooshed Versamark onto the die cut sentiment and embossed it in clear just so that it would stand out a bit, even though I wasn't making it dimensional. I really wanted the image to be the star.

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Since some of the pieces are super tiny - like the little pieces in the r and the s - I really recommend a QuickStik or a Crystal Katana. I pick up the tiny cardstock, dip it into a little dot of glue on my Ranger craft mat, and then piece it back into the die cut.

Die cut inlay is one of those zen-inducing craft activities like zentangling or swatching your watercolor. You have to focus enough that you forget everything else, but also relaxing and not frustrating. It's like jigsaw puzzles for papercrafters.

So go see what my friends are up to today!




The Hero Arts Blog
Lucy Abrams
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Tami Hartley
Libby Hickson
Nichol Magouirk
Jayne Nelson
Clare Prezzia
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Rasmussen
Yana Smakula
Amy Tsuruta

Loveyameanitbye.

217 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pineapple and I love the inlaid die cutting!

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  2. I love the depth of that pineapple. Beautiful card.

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  3. Love those rustic colors ... beautiful card.

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  4. Wow! Who knew all that about pineapples?!!!
    Love your card, your layering looks awesome!

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  5. Yummy pineapple!! Just love cards like this! Love stamp layering! Great card! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Lovely card, Lydia. I'd say the bones of what's left of a bunch of grapes would be my idea to set outside the door. When I say bones I mean the green stems. Hah!

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  7. Interesting info about the pineapples! Love the heat embossed greeting over that beautiful pineapple image......such a cool effect!

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  8. What a cool design! And fun tips too.

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  9. What an amazing design! Love the facts too.

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  10. What interesting information about the pineapple. Will have to pick one up to check out taout the outer part that there were berries on the outside.

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  11. Beautiful card, Lydia. You are amazing. I love the beautiful texture you've created and adore the pairing of the pineapple with this word. You already know I don't like corn and watermelon, but did you know I don't eat pineapple? While I love pineapples and everything they stand for, they make my mouth hurt. Back to you - your card makes me happy.

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  12. Pretty pineapple prayer puzzle card Lydia, such an elegant design!!!
    LOVE your pineapple, the inky layers give so much dimension and - WOW - your heat embossing of the sentiment really makes it POP - I DEFINITELY NEED to try doing this ... I have tried it a couple of times but the word was almost invisible, I might even be able to "rescue" them yet => THANK YOU for sharing :)

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  13. The colors are amazing as is your pineapple!

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  14. The pineapple is gorgeous, but the inlay die cut is inspired!

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  15. I'm totally blown away by the symbolism of the pineapple. Who knew?

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  16. Gorgeous cards and thanks for the info on pineapples. I'd love to know the origin of the name, since it contains neither pine nor apples :-) They are definitely tasty, though, no matter what they're called.

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  17. Wow, thanks for all the fun facts about pineapples!

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  18. Thank you for enlighten me about the pineapple. I learned something new. Your card is great, I really like the inlaid die.

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  19. Your pineapple says so much and is beautiful!

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  20. Oh, Lydia, what a blog post. LOL. I think OKRA would scare anyone away. I prefer pineapple, too. Visited the Dole Plantation in Hawaii and learned a lot about that luscious fruit. Love your card. I think the word Prayers came out awesome. Great idea. The pineapple is so realistic and looks ripe enough to eat. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Along with this realistic looking pineapple card I got to learn some amazing facts about pineapple!!! Loved it!!

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  22. I love your colorful pineapple! I never thought of a pineapple with a Fibonacci sequence before!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  23. Love your beautiful card and the pineapple trivia too! Okra on a stick would be a great deterrent I think!

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  24. Very cool card! I enjoyed reading your commentary about pineapples.

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  25. Love how you ran the sentiment through the image. Fabulous card.

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  26. Very pretty!! I love the color that you got on your pineapple!!

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  27. I love pineapple too! If you figure out the "go away" fruit, let me know. Love how your pineapple turned out! The embossing really worked well for you.

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  28. Love your little fun facts on the pineapple. I did know that it was a symbol of welcome, but the sailor link to it, great little fun fact. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  29. What a beautiful card! Lovely!!! Pineapples are GREAT! Love them any way they come too!

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  30. Awesome card Lydia - I love fun facts and I love pineapple.

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  31. Beautifully made card. Your pineapple design is awesome and enjoyed the background info:)

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  32. Loved your pineapples post! I learned so much, I think I can take the rest of the day off!! Your card is beautiful and the pineapple is lovely with the die cut word over it. I agree about the puzzle for paper crafters part!

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  33. Thanks for sharing the symbolism of the pineapple. Very interesting! I love your sweet card.

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  34. Love this entire post from the pineapple info to the card itself. Thanks.

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  35. Really cute card and I better put a QuickStik on my wish list ... love how you did the "prayers" inlaid & embossed to stand out a little.

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  36. My husband loves pineapple, it is weird how much he does! :0 Your card is lovely!

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  37. A great card Lydia and your colouring is amazing!

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  38. fantastic card ! Love the idea of inlaid dies!

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  39. Thanks for the history lessons and great technique! So much patience in your card!!

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  40. I was in Hawaii in January and looking forward to
    gorging myself on fresh pineapple. I was really
    disappointed that there wasn't much available.
    Your pineapple looks like it's ripe and ready to eat.
    thanks for sharing.

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  41. Love those layering stamps and your pineapples are amazing!

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  42. This concept, ink-stamps-dies, screams my name. Love stamp layering but am color challenged. Your card looks truly perfect with the colors that accompany the pineapple stamp set.

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  43. Beautiful card. I love the inlayed die cut.

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  44. I will eat pineapple in any form, even salsa!

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  45. What a great blog post about pineapple. I also love the prayers die. I use it all the time. Thanks for the great card idea!

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  46. I love the dimension you were able to add to the pineapple just using different inks and the different stamp layers.

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  47. Wow! i never knew that about pineapples. Lol

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  48. Love your pinapple card, it came out fabulous! I love all of the Hero Art's bundles, I want one of each! Thanks!
    trishden948(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. Wow, I now have a whole new appreciation for the pineapple! And I love your card; the colors are awesome!

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  50. What an appropriate card for so many reasons! Thank you so much for sharing and this just gives me more reason to. Love your stunning card!

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  51. Great depth on your beautiful card as well as awesome colors...awesome card!

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  52. Love your inlaid card. Never would have thought to use the pineapple. Thanks for sharing your technique.

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  53. Lovely greens and color layering

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  54. Lovely CAS card. Highlights the pineapple beautifully.

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  55. Love the card. And really appreciate the info about the pineapple. As someone from a tropical area, I have grown up eating pineapples year round. But Honestly, all I knew about them was that they are tasty eaten raw, in a cake, salad or jam!

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  56. I love how detailed the pineapple is. Great card!

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  57. I never knew all that about pineapples. Very cool.

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  58. love how you did the prayers. very cool.

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  59. Very interesting and very nice card ! I didn't know all these things about pineapple. For the opposite of the pineapple on a stick, I would say for sure Durian for its bad smell and all its prickly things : nobody would like to come and visit you ! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win. Izzy Scrap

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  60. I'm completely enthralled by your pineapple tidbits (sorry, no pun intended); I had no idea that their symbolism ran so deep. As for your card: gorgeous! Smitten with the layered stamps; crushing over your inlaid design! I'm with you on the doorbells and phone ringing...I'm such an introvert! Thank you for the fabulous post; coming away feeling enlightened!
    ~carol

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  61. WOW - your card is gorgeous! I never would have thought to do something like that - simple, but powerful. Thank you. And thanks for the tidbits of info about the pineapple!!

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  62. OK I love the pinepapple. If I win how on earth could I pick just one LOL

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  63. Pineapple is my love) and the way how you stamp it is gourgeus!

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  64. Thanks for the info about the pineapple! I love how you die cut your word right out of the center of your gorgeous image! Very bold!!

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  65. Fantastic tips and tricks and ideas I really enjoy your blog and your design is beautiful and thoughtful and full of love.

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  66. Awesome tips! Love the beautiful card!

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  67. The Hero Arts color layering stamp sets are so cool. Great card!!

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  68. Wow, your pineapple inking is so realistic! Excellent job!

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  69. Thanks for the facts of a pineapple...love them
    Your card turned out really nice.....well done
    zullu26@aol.com

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  70. Great card. Love the inlay on it

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  71. Thank you for the interesting facts about pineapples. I love eating them.

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  72. Beautiful card...and I love that pineapple!

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  73. Stunning pineapple card!
    Tkx for the inspiration,
    Susanne

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  74. I loved the pineapple lesson, and I'm incredibly impressed that you know so much about them. I enjoyed reading your post.

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  75. The pineapple looks very realistic. Great card!

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  76. The best ever pineapple- great trcture on the sentiment!

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  77. Love your sweet, juicy work of art, Lydia! The pineapple has always touched my heart as a symbol of 'Welcome.' ♥ We even have a pineapple sign in our guestroom! The durian would definitely keep your unexpected guests away, Lydia! (Unless they tasted durian, of course... It's really yummy!) ♡Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes

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  78. Thanks for the pineapple lesson! Love the realistic look of the card.

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  79. Wonderful stamp colors for a realistic look. Like the stamp layering. Have a Bee-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  80. Very pretty and
    great design.
    Carla from Utah

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  81. I like your card and all of the information on the pineapple, very interesting.

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  82. Gorgeous CAS card, Lydia! Love all the math info too! 😄

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  83. I love this card. And I love your blog post, even if you used 4 words I had to look up😄

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  84. That is a sumptuous, gorgeous, outstanding pineapple card! And thank you for all the facts. We grow only white pineapple. If you have never eaten a just ripened white pineapple, you have not eaten a pineapple. This is a little known Hawai'ian secret. We do not eat the yellow ones. Muah! Kissy kisses! I won't ring your bell. Ever. Cause I no travel, nowheres. But you can pull one of the electrical wires out and have eternal quietness. ♥ 😸 🍍

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  85. That looks very yummy. The card is pretty also. lol.

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  86. Beautiful card, thank you for sharing~!

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  87. Well isn't that the funniest little facts.I love this layering.Well done

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  88. Love the embossed sentiment! Gorgeous card!

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  89. Thank you so much for posting everything I ever wanted to know about a pineapple! I love pineapple, especially fresh. You have a wonderfully stamped card! I would like to put "aloha" where you put "prayers!

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  90. P.S. I also like your "art unto others"! So fresh and to the point without being priggish or self-important. You rock!

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  91. Wow, Thanks for the facts! Awesome card, that pineapple looks quite real!

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  92. I love the simplicity of your card and the way you embedded the die cut word instead of popping it up. The colors of the pineapple really made the card pop.

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  93. Most educational hop I've ever hopped!! lol

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  94. Thanks for the pineapple facts!! LOL! Learned some new things for sure! I really love your card and how you embossed the sentiment! It's really pretty!

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  95. Very touching card!! Some good colors to use with the stamp set!!

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  96. Thank you for sharing your pineapple knowledge...I never knew. Love the card very realistic.

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  97. Terrific realistic pineapple! I love the symbol of hospitality.

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  98. Beautiful card...love inlaid die cutting!

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  99. You are too funny! Thanks for the laughs. Beautiful card!

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  100. I had heard the same thing about pineapples being a welcoming symbol. I love the way you die cut the "prayers" and pieced it in. Just great.

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  101. Really enjoy seeing the pineapple used in so many ways! Great card!

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  102. Thanks for all the pineapple info! Your card is really nice with the inlaid word!

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  103. What a fantastic card! I love the clear embossing on the sentiment. It's a great way to make it stand out, yet still let the focal point be the star of the show. Great card!!

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  104. Now I know why the pineapple is considered a sign of hospitality. Thank you for the facts and info about your card making process.

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  105. Love pineapple and your card is great! The Prayers die looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!!

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  106. I love the new pineapple layering stamp set.

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  107. All I know about pineapples is that they taste so much better if I don't have to cut them myself :-)

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  108. Hadn't heard about the Fibonacci numbers in quite a while. Totally enjoyed going to Wikipedia and reading about them.

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  109. Very interesting facts re: pineapples. I love them. Your card is so nicely executed; love the layers of the pineapple.

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  110. I really like this stamp set. I tales me back to visiting he Dole Plantation on Oahu when we had a great time and enjoyed food with fresh pineapple!

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  111. Very nice card. I especially like the raised text...makes small look important!

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  112. Such a fabulous card design, love it. The facts about the pineapple are so informative and fun. Thanks for sharing!!

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  113. I never knew this about the pineapple, thanks! This is a beautiful set, and I love the colors to match

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  114. Love the deep colors of your pineapple and the way you set your sentiment!

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  115. Love your card and thanks for the info on pineapples!!

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  116. Wow, the things you learn on stamping blogs!!
    Great card!

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  117. Love this! The pineapple is amazing and LOVE how you did the Prayers die cut! Fabulous card!!! ♥

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  118. Lovely card and I enjoyed all the facts about pineapples!

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  119. Lydia, such a great card. The prayers die looks pretty centered to me, lol. Love the card, such a great set. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  120. Wow! This is gorgeous! This pineapple looks good enough to eat. I love the embossing over the pineapple.

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  121. I have a pewter pineapple candleholder near my door for that very reason, Lydia. Your card is a wonderful creation. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  122. Cool info about pineapples. But I'll pass on trying that inlay design, I don't have a "prayer" of getting it right.

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  123. Love inlaid die cutting, looks super on your card. Had to laugh about the door bell and cell, to funny

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  124. Love these new ink combos and your pineapple card!

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  125. Looks like you could eat that pineapple! Very nice card!

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  126. Great card - thinking outside the box!

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  127. Fabulous post and fabulous card - love the inlaid Prayers die-cut!

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  128. The pineapples are so cool, they remember me to summer :)

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  129. such a great and inctricate card!!

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  130. Beautiful card and very informative blog post. Tfs and the chance to win.

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  131. Well who knew pineapples were such an interesting fruit!

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  132. Who knew there was more to pineapples than eating them! Nice card too :)

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  133. Love the pineapple card, it reminds me if my hometown in Hawaii. Beautiful choices of colors.

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  134. After living in the island for a number if years, the pineapple card was a welcome sight. Your card was wonderful as was the coloring. Great job and the k you.

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  135. CAS perfection! Love the greens and greys too.
    Loved the read about the pineapple too. Durian was what I was thinking off to scare unwanted visitors away, but then I saw this documentary about fruits last week. Apparently, the durian is so loved (except for the smell of course) that the owners of a durian tree are camping out under the tree to make sure they are collecting all the fruits when they are ripe. Reminds me of the mousmoula (loquat) tree we had in the garden of our previous house here in Crete. I would check the fruits for ripeness and if I decided it needed 1 or 2 more days, it would usually be gone by that time. At one point, my husband saw a car turning on the road and drive back to our tree to pick some fruits. Arrrh.

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  136. Interesting facts(?) about the pineapple. A wonderful fruit (and stamp and card)

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  137. I would be honored to receive a card like this. I am amazed at how effective a simple design can be. It's subtle, and that isn't a bad thing. Thanks too for the interesting pineapple lesson. I haven't yet found a way to not like pineapple, and I don't answer my door unless I am expecting someone--a friend, grandchild, or the UPS guy!..

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  138. Wow! Your card is amazing!Thank you for all the fun facts about pineapples! I learned something new.

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  139. What's not to love about a pineapple card?! Yours is awesome.

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  140. Love your card! I enjoyed reading your blog today. Great facts.

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    1. Love the card, but I can't find how to leave a comment on your blog. I hope this counts. Thanks.

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  141. Your card is lovely. Thanks for the interesting facts about pineapples. Who Knew??

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  142. Wonderful card! Thanks for the info on the pineapple! I learned something new today!

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  143. Very nice card. Love the layered colors.

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  144. Prayers is my favorite die and it looks beautiful on the pineapple.

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  145. The pineapple looks like the ones in the grocery store! Great job. Thank you for the info, very interesting.

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  146. The inlaid sentiment is a fantastic idea, so subtle. Love the pineapple image and pineapple in general. I would put Brussels sprouts on a stick by my front door to ward off visitors!

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  147. Fabulous card and great diecutting technique!

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  148. Love these stamp layering sets! Which one will I choose next!?!

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  149. Your pineapple is so realistic! I also found your pineapple info to be fascinating. I knew it was a symbol of welcome, but never knew the reason behind that. FYI, maybe you should just unhook your doorbell and have people knock... like we used to do.

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  150. You almost lost me on the Fibonocci number, but I kept reading and I'm glad I did. Love some of the human customs placed on the pineapple. The stamp set provides for a wonderful pineapple layering look, and I love how you die cut the "prayer" across your card. Great job.

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  151. I hope I have figured out how to leave a comment on your blog. Beautiful card and loved the info. Thanks for sharing.

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  152. Beautiful card. Love the pineapple set!

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  153. Lydia, I too am in love with the llama. How cute when you make him or her festive. Great job!

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  154. Wow! Your pineapple is amazing and I love your pineapple story/facts and your layering.

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  155. Thanks for the Hospitality! I love Pineapples!

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  156. Love your card and the pineapple set, really cute!

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  157. Lovely card. I enjoy sending prayer cards, they are so uplifting and encouraging.

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  158. How can one go wrong with pineapples? Real or on cards. Thanks for the tips!

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  159. What an absolutely stunning card. I love the way you embossed the die cut within and the layered stamp - so beautiful. :)

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  160. Love the color choices! Thanks for the idea. Sheron

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  161. Very interesting! I like your card too.

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  162. I liked your pinapples facts. The card is great!

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  163. Love the depth layers stamps give... this could be a photo it's so realistic!

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  164. Beautiful! Love the pop you added to the sentiment.

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  165. That pineapple looks so real. Cool way to blend the sentiment in the image!

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  166. Beautiful card thanks for sharing

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  167. Gorgeous card! Love the inlaid die cut and the awesome colors! And as a bonus, I learned a lot about pineapples!

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  168. Thanks for all the pineapple info - interesting to know ! Love your card - simple yet elegant !!!

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  169. Love the idea of the embossed inlaid sentiment. Thanks for sharing!

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  170. Wow, I'll never look at a pineapple the same way again. Can't wait to try out my MISTI and have some color layering fun.

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  171. Pineapples...who knew?! Thanks for sharing the fun facts and your beautiful card.

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  172. I am loving this pineapple stamp!!!

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  173. Great card!!! ...but most enjoyed your commentary!

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  174. I like your card. And the info on the pineapple is interesting.

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  175. HA! I love the facts!!! SO FUN

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  176. wondered how you were going to do a blue pineapple, but it turned out fab x
    nadine illingworth
    nzillingworth@hotmail.com

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  177. Your card is so lovely, Lydia! I adore the way that you nested the prayers die across the image! Thanks for sharing some pineapple history too - it was a treat to read!

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  178. I always learn so much trivia from your blog posts! ;o)

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  179. Really love how realistic that pineapple is!

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  180. Love the card! It's so neat to see all the different ideas everyone comes up with using the same set! Fun facts also.

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