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Posted 9/9/2012 by Meechelle in General Stamping
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Posted: 9/9/2012 11:43:29 AM
Everyone should have received a PeaMail with your partners name now. And, shhhhhhh! Don't tell us publicly who your partner is!

We can use this thread to share ideas for what to send in our packages, ideas for fun packaging, and of course asking questions.

For instance...maybe you are wondering what your partners favorite color is, or maybe what their favorite sweet treat is. Ask the whole group here! If we all play along and answer questions as they are asked, we can help each other learn a lot about our partners.

If at any time you have a specific question for your partner that you would like me to ask. Just PeaMail the question to me and I will pass it along to your partner for you.

Here are the important details again:

- The minimum dollar amount is $15 in *NEW* stamping goodies for your partner.

- Packages need to be in your partners hands BEFORE October 13th. If your package is mailed by the end of September, you should be fine. If you are mailing internationally be sure to give yourself some extra time.

Optional Goodies
We agreed that in addition to the new stuff, it would be fun to be able to send our partners things from our personal stashes. This stuff is completely optional for you to send and it does not have to be new. This could be gently used stamps that you think your partner would like, miscellaneous embellishments, you name it.

Let's get ho, ho, ho'in!



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Posted: 9/9/2012 4:25:31 PM
Hi, Michelle! Thanks for starting a discussion thread! What a good idea!

I will be getting some new things for my Secret Santa gift, but I'd also like to brainstorm ideas for things that we might already have or could make as gifts for our swap partners at little to no cost. This is my first swap, so please help me brainstorm ideas!

What would you like to receive from your partner that is free, gently used, or might already be in the typical stamper's stash?

For example, my idea is images stamped on white paper in either black or sepia ink. With the stamp's identifying info and the type of ink written on the back in pencil. I'd prefer a permanent / waterproof ink or Memento ink so that the images could be used with markers or colored pencils.

Any other ideas? What would YOU like?



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Posted: 9/9/2012 4:55:41 PM
I would like images too. I love ribbon and flowers. These would be great!

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Posted: 9/9/2012 5:07:24 PM
I think images are a great idea, Anne! Here are a few more ideas...

Die cut or punched shapes
Dry Embossed pieces of cardstock
Miscellaneous patterned papers
Put together some sampler packets of small embellishments (buttons, brads, ribbons, etc.)



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Posted: 9/9/2012 6:48:09 PM
Those are all great ideas.

Some of my favorite stamps are old, retired ones. So an old, used stamp is something that I value.

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Posted: 9/9/2012 6:58:43 PM
Hmmm.. this is hard! I am still kind of new to stamping. So I agree with the images, and even heat embossed would be cool . I have mostly sentiment stamps, not so much in images.
What are everyone's favorite colors? Mine is purple and I haven't seen so much of that. I'm guessing I do most of my stuff in blues and greens with some yellow and red thrown in.



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Posted: 9/9/2012 9:16:28 PM
I love all of these ideas mentioned. Especially the stamped images. I loved doing the image swap that Eager hosted!

Kathy mentioned colors. I like just about any color.My faves are orange, teal, greens and purples. For some reason white makes me nervous! I have never made an all white or mostly white card/project. Hmmm, maybe that could be a color challenge Marshia!!


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Posted: 9/10/2012 7:25:47 AM
These are all such good ideas! I especially like receiving die cut items or gently used stamps, too. I don't think I've ever sent or received dry embossed cardstock, but that is also a neat idea!

As for fave colors, I would say mine are blue, green, copper, and rust. Those tend to be my go-to colors.




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Posted: 9/10/2012 8:52:52 AM
Here are some more questions:

Do you stamp for projects other than cards? Like artist trading cards (ATCs), inchies, twinchies, scrapbooking, etc.?

For example, besides cards I like to stamp for ATCs and art journaling.

Do you ever use digital stamps? The kind you get as a file, then print out, then color and use in a project?

I do!



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Posted: 9/11/2012 8:11:02 AM
I don't do ATC's. Nor do I use digital stamps. I don't like to color! LOL Weird I know. I used to like coloring, I don't know what happened. That's not to say I wouldn't enjoy some stamped images from someone else's stash!

I have a question about sending stamped images. I missed the swap. What do you stamp them on? Mainly what size I guess. Do you stamp them on a piece of card stock big enough for a card front? Or just about the size of the stamp?

I went shopping yesterday! Only got a few things so I have to go again! LOL



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Posted: 9/11/2012 8:22:19 AM
Here's a fun question to add: What is your favorite theme or holiday to stamp for? What kind of items are you constantly searching for?

As far as stuff from people's stash, I would be grateful and it would be fun to receive any of the things listed.

Questions listed so far:
Favorite color: blue, oranges
I don't do ATC's and I don't scrapbook at all but I love doing bookmarks, especially to match a card, and I really would love to start doing stamped home decor.
I color images sometimes.
I have never used a digi stamp.


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Posted: 9/11/2012 8:40:06 AM
Great questions, everyone!

Let's see, as for favorite colors, I tend to lean towards earth tones, and darker colors in general. As for my personal favorite color, I love red!

I do stamp projects other than cards. I do gift bags, tags, boxes, candles, etc. I do not scrapbook at all. Just never got into that one.

I also use digital stamps, but not as often as my regular stamps.



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Posted: 9/11/2012 9:09:50 AM
I just recently got into ATC's and I love them! I do like to stamp things other than cards. I'm new to digi stamping, I have a couple of digital stamps and I like them. I got started in papercrafting through scrapbooking. I still enjoy doing it but my lo's are very basic and probably old school compared to todays pages! I tried digital scrapbooking but did not enjoy it.

Kathy, for the stamped images question, Most of the ones I stamped I cut them down to size so Marshia(my swap partner) could either mat them or cut them out. The ones she sent me were on 8.5x11 sheets so I could cut them out however I would like.

As far as coloring goes, I love it. I'm still learning and working on my coloring skills but its probably one of my favorite parts about stamping . I've always loved coloring!

What is your favorite theme or holiday to stamp for? What kind of items are you constantly searching for? I really like halloween and christmas images. I'm currently on the search for masculine stamps or nature-themed stamps. I don't have very many of those.

So here's a question, what's your favorite pattern? Peeking through my stash, I have a ton of polka dot paper. Not suprised on that, I've always been drawn to polka dots. I also have a lot of stripes and plaids. I would say those are my favorite patterns.





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Posted: 9/11/2012 10:03:51 AM
The new questions thus far...

  • What would you like to receive from your partner that is free, gently used, or might already be in the typical stamper's stash?

  • Do you stamp for projects other than cards? Like artist trading cards (ATCs), inchies, twinchies, scrapbooking, etc.?

  • Do you ever use digital stamps? The kind you get as a file, then print out, then color and use in a project?

  • What is your favorite theme or holiday to stamp for?

  • What kind of items are you constantly searching for?

  • What's your favorite pattern?


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Posted: 9/11/2012 10:15:51 AM
The new questions thus far...
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  • What would you like to receive from your partner that is free, gently used, or might already be in the typical stamper's stash?
    Images are always fun, jewels, acrylic stamps. I don't use alot of 'store bought' embellishments or stickers.
  • Do you stamp for projects other than cards? Like artist trading cards (ATCs), inchies, twinchies, scrapbooking, etc.? I do all but scrapbooking.

  • Do you ever use digital stamps? The kind you get as a file, then print out, then color and use in a project? I've used digital stamps but printer ink smearing when I color keeps me from using them too often.

  • What is your favorite theme or holiday to stamp for? I own more Christmas image stamps than any other holiday. It must be my fav?

  • What kind of items are you constantly searching for?
    Masculine papers and images.
  • What's your favorite pattern?
    No real favorite. indiscriminate paper lover.

    Wow! Y'all are forcing me to think this morning!

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    Posted: 9/11/2012 11:02:02 AM
    Questions thus far:
    Other than cards I stamp for scrapbooking and some home decor things I make. I have never used a digital stamp before. Fav colors Are dark reds and blues. As far as items is like to receive from another's stash... I'm not picky I love all embellishments different kind of papers ect...my favorite theme to stamp for is making my pages for my kids.. So any children themed stuff.


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    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:03:26 PM

    I have a question about sending stamped images. I missed the swap. What do you stamp them on? Mainly what size I guess. Do you stamp them on a piece of card stock big enough for a card front? Or just about the size of the stamp? Kathy in WI

    Kathy, I generally stamp on a plain piece of white cardstock the size of a card front (4.25" x 5.5" ) - as close to the center as I can, one image per piece of paper. That way, the recipient has room to color and embellish and cut it out with punches or die cut tools. And they fit in a standard sized envelope.



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    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:10:09 PM
    What is your favorite theme or holiday to stamp for?
    trees, flower, nature
    don't have many holiday-specific stamps except gratitude/thanks & hearts/love

    What kind of items are you constantly searching for / on the search for?
    Hmmm... this one is a toughie. I guess I feel like I have enough basic sentiments (happy birthday, thank you, etc.), so I am now looking for more inspirational quote types of sentiments especially ones related to art, creativity, dreaming big, exploring, discovering, and adventure.

    What's your favorite pattern?
    harlequin (diamonds), argyle, polka dots



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    Posted: 9/11/2012 2:11:15 PM
    I'm real late to this chat... Lots of interesting 'Q & A'.

    On the chance that my 'Santa' doesn't already 'know' me, I'll offer some additional info not in my 'dear Santa' letter...

    Colors: I'm not fond of pastels or neons. As a 'rule' I gravitate to hues that I call 'rich color' rather than primary ones. Burgandy rather than Christmas red for instance. I like 'toned' hues. Blues that have a touch of grey. Greens with yellow &/or blue added. Browns that range from ecru to chocolate. The less pure the color; the better I like it.

    Punchouts & Diecuts: Love them! The more the merrier & ditto for dry-embossed items. Plus any combination of the two.

    Patterns: I like baroque damasks, irregular & regular stripes & diamonds. I like tone-on-tone florals as well.

    Stamps: Don't need 'em, but if Santa insists on sending some? I like very detailed images that I can use to build with.

    Handemade (stamped) Santa gift? I'm always good for a 'bookmark'. I can always use it that way or wear it as a tie or wrist cuff or earring!

    Materials: Wouldn't say 'no' to craftfoam--sheet/shape. Always welcome.

    FWIW... Anne spoke of using the small shipping box. Good idea. Here's another. I use the large envelope style. Since my gifts are flat I can put a ton of items in one of those...



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    Posted: 9/12/2012 8:51:24 AM
    Maybe this was already posted and i missed it but what kinds of stamps do people hope to receive...I don't mean image here but rather material...clear? cling? rubber? if rubber, mounted or un-mounted?

    if all of the above are okay, do people have individual preferences for what they'd prefer to receive?

    I use all of these and find each has advantages for different situations but I can imagine that some people might not enjoy using one kind at all.

    Being from outside the US I need to go shopping soon but I'd hate to send a kind of stamp that may not be enjoyed by the recipient.




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    Posted: 9/12/2012 4:44:05 PM
    GardenCat asked these questions-

    what kinds of stamps do people hope to receive...I don't mean image here but rather material...clear? cling? rubber? if rubber, mounted or un-mounted? If all of the above are okay, do people have individual preferences for what they'd prefer to receive?

    Personally, I'm trying to get away from wood mounted, I just don't have convenient storage space for them. I prefer clear for their ease of use and small space requirements. That's my nickel's worth.

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    Posted: 9/12/2012 8:35:46 PM

    what kinds of stamps do people hope to receive...I don't mean image here but rather material...clear? cling? rubber? if rubber, mounted or un-mounted? if all of the above are okay, do people have individual preferences for what they'd prefer to receive? - Gardencat


    My personal fave is rubber cling stamps. It is the "best of both worlds" to me. The rubber gives great detail and the cling lets me use acrylic blocks and better "see" where I am stamping.

    That being said, I am more about the image that the format of the stamp. If it is a stamp design I like, that's what matters most to me!



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    Posted: 9/13/2012 8:25:54 AM
    Just realized as I was reading through some of the new posts that I missed a couple of questions.

    1. Here's a fun question to add: What is your favorite theme or holiday to stamp for? What kind of items are you constantly searching for?

    My favorite holidays to stamp for are Halloween and Christmas! Outside of the hoildays, I seem to do a lot of floral themes, and make quite a few kids cards.

    2. What kinds of stamps do people hope to receive...I don't mean image here but rather material...clear? cling? rubber? if rubber, mounted or un-mounted?

    I prefer unmounted clear or rubber, just for the sake of storage space, but I like wood mounted stamps too. Basically, if it stamps, I love it!




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    Posted: 9/13/2012 9:52:35 AM
    Along with the preference for clear, cling or rubber, I think we should be mentioning what kind of images we like too. I'd hate to send a clear stamp of a space alien when my recipient doesn't care for science fiction.

    I fogot half the questions, so I'm just going to list my likes. I'll be happy with anything my secret santa sends as I'm fairly easy to please and can usually make something out of anything.

    Acrylic or cling is preferred but have nothing against wood.
    Like cat, Asian, scenery and floral images.
    Like printed papers and cardstock, self-stick jewels, charms, Asian embellishments and stickers.

    Don't need embossing powders or glitters as I have three drawers of them.


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    Posted: 9/13/2012 11:08:46 AM
    I don't have a preference on clear, cling rubber or wood mounted. I love them all!

    Good question Beady. Image preferences? I'm not picky. I just don't know what I would do with any of those creepy kids stamps with missing facial features!


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    Posted: 9/13/2012 12:03:22 PM
    Catching up (on my own question too):
    My favorite holidays to stamp for are Christmas and Valentine's day. I don't have a real preference for stamp type, except I do prefer clear stamps for sentiments. I think I am open to different images, I use a lot of nature/floral/bird stamps, and am a little afraid of people stamps that would need to be colored since my coloring skills are not so good. I think my favorite pattern might be the lattice one that is popular now or polka dots. I am always looking for items that would be good for flatter/mailable cards.



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    Posted: 9/13/2012 2:20:40 PM
    Gosh, lots of new questions have been added. I will try to answer them.
    I would love anything from my partner's stash! images, handmade embellishments, just anything. I am still new to this and love working with new things.
    My favorite thing to stamp for so far is fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving. And I also love to do Hanukkah stuff.
    I prefer the see through stamps that you use a block with. Not sure what those are called, cling or acrylic?
    I don't really search for anything, I just like it all! LOL
    I don't really have a favorite pattern, but seems like I use stripes and florals a lot. I like damask too.
    I think that catches me up!
    Thanks for all the info about sending stamped images!



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    Posted: 9/13/2012 9:17:34 PM
    To answer some of the questions:
    I'm good with clear, cling or rubber stamps.
    I like cats, mice, birds, flowers, leaves, sentiments that are inspirational, but not obviously religious ( "live the life you have imagined", for instance, rather than bible quotes) my favourite stamping holidays are Christmas and Halloween but I already have a lot of stamps for those, so other holiday images would be fine.

    Embossing powder or ink pads are great as are ribbons or bakers twine.

    Embossing folders are good (although kind of expensive!). Patterned paper is good, more simple patterns than very elaborate ones preferred.

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    Posted: 9/16/2012 7:32:59 PM
    I am having so much fun working on my gift and preparing my package for my Secret Santa recipient! Hope everyone is having a great time, too!



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    Posted: 9/16/2012 8:51:51 PM
    I went shopping todaaaaay! I'm having fun too Anne. I hope I 'know' my recipient well enough to put together a pkg to please.

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    Posted: 9/16/2012 9:41:09 PM
    I have been AWOL a bit. The Stamp Scrap Art Tour was here in our area this weekend, so I had a great time, shopping, seeing fellow stampers and visiting friends and meeting new ones! Haven't really played with my loot yet, but plan to this week!

    I like clear stamps. The holidays I stamp for are Christmas and Thanksgiving. I LOVE birds, flowers and butterflies -- artsy type stamps.

    I am leaning toward earth tones and jewel tones lately for colors.

    Flowers, ribbon, pearls, and rhinestones are the embellishments that I use most.

    Technique instructions are always welcomed along with a sample if possible -- like backgrounds.

    If images are sent I would like them stamped in Memento Black ink for copic coloring.

    Stampwilly


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    Posted: 9/16/2012 11:06:20 PM
    I've done a little shopping already and plan to do some more this week. I also have been gathering fun stuff from my stash for my partner. So far its been a lot of fun!

    Lots of great questions so far and feedback.

    Here's a couple more-
    Is there anything you would not want? Maybe its something that you don't use, don't like, have too much of?

    Is there a favorite candy or treat you like to snack on while crafting?


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    Posted: 9/17/2012 9:57:48 AM
    LOL! So many 'Q&As'! Not even gonna try to post answers, tho'. I'm sure I'll be more than happy with whatever Santa sends.

    I am enjoying reading all the posts, however.

    BTW? Anne mentioned the shipping boxes. My fave shipping is the large flat rate envelope. I can pack a lot in those puppies since much of what I ship is 'flat'. I do reinforce the closure with shipping tape, however--just to be sure.


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    Posted: 9/17/2012 9:57:58 AM

    Is there a favorite candy or treat you like to snack on while crafting? -LeighAnn

    What a great question! As a general rule, I don't have any food or drink in my crafting area - because I am such a klutz! I would knock it over, spill it, get it everywhere. BUT, I do take crafty snacking breaks!

    My fave at the moment is Lindt 70% dark chocolate bars. We are trying to get away from anything with corn syrup in it, but I wouldn't mind the little bit in Coconut M&Ms.



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    Posted: 9/17/2012 3:01:45 PM
    Coconut M&Ms!!! They make Coconut M&Ms???

    I like coconut in a Mounds Bar. (I haven't had one of those in years.) I like it in the Pecan-Coconut Icing that goes on German Chocolate Cake. (We have that about once a year.) But in an M&M? Any good?

    I haven't answered all these questions. They seem overwhelming to me. I'm really happy with whatever comes my way. I think I said enough on the original questionaire that Michelle sent us, and I like so many different things.

    It's fun reading through this thread. I haven't finished doing that. I was browsing, and I caught sight of the M&Ms. Now I want some See's Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanuts. See what you've gone and done? LOL.

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    Posted: 9/17/2012 3:32:20 PM
    Had lots to catch up on. Finishing my shopping today! Here are my answers to few a questions I've missed. I prefer clear stamps but use all. Snacks anything chocolate lol. My favorite holidays to stamp for our Christmas and birthdays. I have a lot of Xmas but not that many for bdays.



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    Posted: 9/17/2012 4:15:18 PM
    My hubby is the one who found the coconut M&Ms. And they are soooooo good! I totally did NOT need to know they existed!


    They are sort of like a Russell Stover's coconut cluster if you'd ever had one. A bit like a crunch or crackle, but with coconut.



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    Posted: 9/17/2012 4:40:16 PM
    The mint m&m's are my favorite. They often were only sold during the holidays, but I think they may have released a version for all year round now. EVIL!!!!! I am such a candy and cookie addict. I would definitely try the coconut m&m's.


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    Posted: 9/17/2012 8:01:06 PM
    I got my package all ready for my partner. I will be sending it out tomorrow since I will be away next week. This was my first time doing anything like this and I'm new to two peas so I'm really excited. I packed it full of a lot of goodies just to be sure she gets something she loves. I hope I did a good job and she enjoys it I had a lot of fun with this can't wait for another exchange


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    Posted: 9/17/2012 8:10:55 PM
    Mint ones too? I'm not sure we have all those different kinds here in California. I've only seen regular and peanut M&Ms.

    I guess that's a good thing.

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    Posted: 9/17/2012 8:28:45 PM
    Hi, Teri! Welcome to Two Peas! I'm so glad you decided to join us! I am also very new to this Secret Santa swap thing - this is my first swap other than artist trading cards - but I am having so much fun! And I am so impressed that you've already finished! Ack! I am behind!



    lukky
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    Posted: 9/17/2012 9:49:09 PM
    Thanks Anne. Im glad to hear I'm not the only one new to this. You still got plenty of time to get yours done don't worry.


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    Meechelle
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    Posted: 9/18/2012 8:40:05 AM
    Lots of happy chatter, that's great! Don't worry if you don't answer all or any of the questions, it's all just for fun.

    If anyone has a question that they definitely want answered, you can PeaMail it to me and I will pass it on to your partner directly.




    Meechelle
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    Posted: 9/18/2012 8:49:15 AM
    Just skimmed through what I missed over the weekend - had to chaperone a symphony retreat with 60 teenagers - I think I have only missed the snack question...

    I like Peanut M & M's, Coconut M & M's, Popcorn, etc.

    And Daria....you MUST try the Coconut ones. They are quite yummy!



    looser
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    Posted: 9/18/2012 10:33:47 AM
    Coconut? Ack! Pooey! No thank you... Beef jerky &/or Slim Jims? Now you're talking!

    I do have a 'Q' to throw out for discussion. Guaranteed to get some posts on this...

    Do you 'wrap' your gifts?


    Daniel R. Boone

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    Posted: 9/18/2012 12:07:58 PM
    I am planning to wrap the goodies I am sending in my Secret Santa package, because I think it is fun to unwrap goodies! But, I don't think it is mandatory. And I am just going to use tissue paper or recycled newspaper. Nothing fancy.



    beady
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    Posted: 9/18/2012 12:42:07 PM
    Wrapping always depend on whether I do my package in advance or the night before it has to go out which is usually the case with me.


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    looser
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    Posted: 9/18/2012 12:57:22 PM
    Sometimes I wrap & sometimes I don't. Like Anne, I like the added fun for my giftee.

    Like Beady, It depends on how far behind I am on my shipping deadline.


    Daniel R. Boone

    Meechelle
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    Posted: 9/18/2012 1:06:04 PM
    Personally, I will be doing some wrapping, just to make it more fun!



    prospurring
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    Posted: 9/18/2012 1:06:47 PM
    Oh, I totally agree with you Kathy and Daniel! I try to wrap if I have the time ... but that isn't always the case!


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