Spring Retreat Table Gifts

When you attend a Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip one of the really exciting parts of the trip are the pillow gifts that they give you.  On the trip each evening they leave a surprise on your bed.  It is such a fun thing that I wanted it to be a part of my retreats too.  In the beginning retreats were at my house and not everyone spent the night so I left them on each table at different times of the day – so I often call them pillow gifts but I should probably call them Table gifts.  Fun little surprises throughout the weekend – for me it’s so much fun to do these.

To start with I like to start the retreat with a table gift waiting when everyone arrives and I like for it to have each attendee’s name on it.  This year we started with a little cactus for everyone.

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This time the little succulents became a cactus.  These coordinated with the Friday Night Make&Takes.

Everyone received a little container made from Designer Series Paper filled with caramels. These also coordinated with our Friday night projects.

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Another table gift was this fun box filled with giant Hershey deluxe kisses!  Yum.

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This one coordinated with the Saturday projects – the bumble bee is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the tag is watercolor washed in the background.

I’ll share the rest of the table gifts in my next post.

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to save the date for the Fall Retreat – Sept. 29 – Oct 1, 2017.

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Box of Hugs

A few months back I signed up to walk in the It’s the Journey 2-Day Breast Cancer walk here in Georgia.  The walk will be held in mid October in Atlanta.  It’s a 2 day walk that is 30 miles long.  I’ve been training to get my feet, legs and body ready to walk that far.  Right now my longest walk has been 10.5 miles.  Monday I’m planning to do an even longer walk.  In addition to the actual walking I have to also raise some money.  So last month I held a Pop of Pink class and $10 from every class fee I put in my walker fund.  I was able to donate $150 to my fund and I’m now half way to my goal!

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One of the projects from the class was this sweet little Box of Hugs.  I thought it turned out so cute and would be a sweet gift for someone battling breast cancer or anything else.  We filled each box with about 15 Hugs and on the bottom of each added a little circle of the Pop of Pink Designer Paper.  Since the boxes are clear you can see the bottoms through the sides.  Each box is wrapped with some Designer Paper and tied with Thick Baker’s Twine.  On the top I added the die cut heart and the word hope.  They are both from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  You could use the same idea for a bridal shower and use the word Love instead of Hope.  Or for a graduation and use Congrats.  Lots of possibilities.

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I hope you like this little project.  If you wanted to donate to my walker fund you can visit my fundraising page here.

The other project was a set of cards in a little bag.  Come back again to see that one.

Thanks for visiting.

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Trio of Tag-a-bag Gift Boxes

My Stamper’s Club met at the beginning of the month before Mother’s Day and I wanted to have them make a project that could be used for Mother’s day if they wanted but didn’t have to be.  This is what I ended up with.

tag-a-bag-boxesI used three of the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes – assemble the boxes and then use Sticky Strip (on the retired list and on the weekly deals this week) to attach the plastic sleeves together.  Then you have a stack of three.  You can still slide the boxes out of the plastic sleeves.  The boxes in this photo are empty except I laid a doily inside a couple of them.  There are all kinds of things that fit in these and they are food safe so bake cookies, muffins, make candies, any number of yummy things.  Or fill with pretty things – lotions and bath salts, and stuff like that.  Or maybe gardening supplies – little seed pods or seed packets, garden gloves – hmm I like that idea the best.

The colors I used are Tempting Turquoise and Hello Honey and a peek of Old Olive.  The belly band is made from a strip of Hello Honey from the In-color Designer Series Paper Stack.  Now this color isn’t retiring but the paper stack is – so get it now.  I used 3″ strips and you need two 12″ long strips (well really 11″ long) to go around the box and wrap nicely.  I glue the overlapping ends together but didn’t actually glue it to the boxes – that way if you needed too you could slide it off.

I tied a piece of the 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon around and tied in a bow.  So sad that this is retiring I love using this ribbon.  I cut one of the doilies in half and tucked one half under each side of the belly band – use a little adhesive to hold then to the back of the belly band.

For the flowers I used Bloom For You stamp – this one is a single stamp.  And it coordinates with the Fun Flower punch and the 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch.  I stamped 4 Tempting Turquoise flowers and punched those out and then 2 Hello Honey and punched out the centers. Use a bone folder to gently curl the petals.  I pierced a hole through the centers of all and then put them on silver mini brads – a Hello Honey center and 2 Turquoise flowers.  Add those to the front of the box.

I punched some leaves using the two-step bird punch and Old Olive card stock – tuck those in under the flowers.  And the final little touch is just a smattering of pearls around the flowers.

I hope you like this project.  Thanks for visiting today.

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