Pillow Gifts are so much fun! What are pillow gifts? It is something that Stampin’ Up! does – not sure about other companies. On the incentive trips that the demonstrators earn Stampin’ Up! pampers them with little gifts that they normally leave in their room in the evening and often on the pillow – so I guess that is how they came to be called “pillow gifts”. When we go to convention and other events we usually bring gifts for our roommates and also leave them on the pillow. I finally earned my first incentive trip this year (the Hilton Head trip that I went to in September) and yes the pillow gifts were the most exciting part – after dinner everyone wanted to go back to their rooms and see what Stampin’ Up! had left. So of course for the Stamp, Scrap and Create retreat I wanted to pamper everyone and give them special “pillow gifts” – but since everyone wasn’t spending the night rather than leaving them on their pillow I left the gifts at their “spot” in the crafting room.
The retreat theme was focused around the Sent with Love Designer paper and stamp set – if you haven’t purchased these yet you better hurry – they are only available through April 30th!! One of our make&takes was also created out of these and I’ll share that tomorrow. It’s a great set and paper to use in your scrapbooking.
Well on to the pillow gifts – here they are:
When everyone arrived they had this little pail on their spot. Each one has a chalkboard vinyl cutout with the Oval Framelits. I added a banner that was made with the Sent With Love Designer Paper and then tied a piece of chalk to the bucket it has a little wrap of paper on it too. These worked out perfectly because everyone carried them around to the Make&Take stations throughout the weekend. Their adhesive and scissors fit inside and anything else they wanted to corral into one place.
Friday night after dinner they got this little treat.
A little tube filled with Jelly Beans and decorated with a tag made out of the Sent with Love Stamp set and matching designer paper. I stamped the images and punched them out with a 1″ circle punch and added them to the tag. A little treat that was “sent with love” to everyone that came to the retreat.
I got up early Saturday morning and got breakfast ready and then snuck downstairs to leave a new little pillow gift on everyone’s spot. This is what they got.
I used an empty button container and decorated the top with card stock and a flower – the stamp is from the A Round Array stamp set – and I stuck with the same colors that are in the Sent With Love designer paper. Inside the container was a roll of Washi Tape – each person got a roll from the Epic Day pack. The stamp set and Washi tape are both sneak peeks from the upcoming catalog. I added the “you make me smile” stamp because they all make me smile and I was so happy that everyone came to this retreat.
Saturday night was a special treat that I put out while everyone ate dinner –
I made a cute little box using the Pop ‘n Cuts base die and the Sent with Love Designer paper. I stamped some of the images from the matching stamp set, punched and cut out the pieces and added them to the front of the box. Inside was a three pack of Ferrero Rocher chocolates! A sweet treat “special delivery” to end a wonder Saturday of crafting.
And lastly on Sunday morning I left everyone a final “pillow gift” to say thank you for coming.
A cute little Petite Pocket made from the Sent with Love Designer Paper. Wrapped with some Baker’s Twine and some little tags from Tiny tags – I used “thanks so much”, “hand crafted”, and “friends”. Inside each pocket were some of the Jumbo Pearls. Just a fun little gift for everyone. I’m sad that the Petite Pocket Die, the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Jewelry Tag punch are all on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list – so hurry and order them now before they are gone! I love making these little pocket for so many things.
I know everyone loved all the little surprises and I loved make them and giving them! I can’t wait to plan the next retreat – I’ll have dates soon so you can mark your calendar and be sure to join us!