One day while shopping at the mall this Christmas season, I came across a beautiful pink pineapple ornament and immedeiatly thought of my friend, Kim Williams. She loves Pink Pineapples and even named her blog Pink Pineapple Paper Crafts. I knew I had to get this ornament for Kim and since her birthday is just a few days before Christmas. So I decided to make her a small gift that was inspired by the ornament I found.
I used our Stampin' Up! pineapple stamp to create this artwork for Kim. Did you know that if you have a good pair of scissors you can cut that stamp in half to make using it easier. That way you can ink up the pineapple base and crown in separate colors and stamp them both at the same time without having to clean the stamp.... easy peasy!
Kim LOVES Bling. Besides our love of pineapples, we actually share that in common, too... but if you look at her jewelry collection, I think Kim takes it up a notch compared to me with all her beautiful sparkly treasures. Since I know she loves Bling, I wanted to make this Pineapple as sparkly as possible, so I added almost 40 jewel rhinestones in various sizes that I colored with a pastel pink sharpie pen.
Do you like the Designer Series Paper I layered this gift on? Well, it's new and it will be one of the items you can choose free with a $50 order during our upcoming saleabration. Its called Inside the Lines (item #143830). I JUST love it. It will be fun to color for those like myself who LOVE to color but it also works great just as it is and it provided a great background for this jeweled pink pineapple.
For the sentiment I used the set Flourishing Phrases because it reflected so well how I feel about Kim. God certainly did brighten up the world when he made her because she is such a beautiful person who just sparkles with love and I am so blessed to call her my friend.
The one thing I really like about the finished project is the frame itself. It is mirrored so that when Kim passes by it she can see a reflection of herself and remember how special she is.
Speaking of special, Kim and I were both surprised to see that on the back cover of our newest Occasions catalog there is a photo of she and I. When my catalog arrived, it was the most fun surprise to see that we were there on a page that is dedicated to sharing about friendship as one the benefits of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
As I look at this photo of us in the middle of the page I am reminded that one of the greatest blessings of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator 17 years ago was the blessing of meeting special friends, many who have become family to me like Kim has. I am truly grateful for the $99 investment that not only enriched my life by providing me a job opportunity that I love but it gave me the opportunity to make amazing friends like Kim along the way. People who truly have made a difference in my life.
Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to you Kimberly Joy! I hope you know how grateful I am for the blessing of your continual love and friendship.