One thing that we've been doing for awhile and will continue to do is called the Mystery Challenge Exchange. We get a different person every month to bring in some item to be used with paper crafting. The folks who want to play raise their hand and get the item to make a card with. The catch is you don't know what the item is until you get it! So you are agreeing to make a card with something that you don't know what it is, hence the name Mystery Challenge. The following month you bring back your completed project where they will be exchanged amongst the participants. We've had some fun items to play with and we've had some real doozies. Some of the past items include a BBQ skewer, a penny, a piece of cloth, tulle netting, and false eyelashes (just to name a small selection!). Last month we were given a punched out prancing reindeer. Here is the card I made for the exchange.
Card by Diane Cooper
The Fine Print: Iris Folding Technique, reindeer punch by Fiskars, corner punch by unknown (from back in the day before punch companies put their name on their product), and Merry Christmas foil stickers by Stampendous.