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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Up Cupcake Wrappers and Free Printable

I thought this would be the easy part.  I hadn't even really thought about how I was going to "theme up" the cupcakes.  When I sat down to think about how to make the Up Cupcake wrappers, a ton of ideas came to mind.

I finally settled on three choices, and now I need some help deciding which one to use.  Can you help me?


I started out with polka dots.  I love polka dots and would put them on just about anything.  They just seem so happy and colorful.  Kind of like little pieces of confetti brightening up the world.

They also look a little bit like balloons, so I thought they would go super well as Up cupcake wrappers.

The wrappers come with a tab and slot closure system, so it makes it easy to wrap the cupcakes whenever I decide.

I then tried a map cupcake wrapper.  I thought the travel theme would go really well with this type of design, but I'm not sure it's colorful enough for my party.

Lastly, I tried an Up house design.

I put Ellie's saying about "Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one" on the sides of the house on the cupcake wrapper.

It turned out kind of cute, but I'm not sure if the balloons coming out of the cupcake wrapper is too overwhelming.

I like each one of them for different reasons, but I'm not sure which one to go with.  What do you think?

And as a thank you for helping me decide, here's the Up House Cupcake Wrapper free printable.  Hopefully you can find a use for it.  I think these would be great for birthday parties, graduation, retirement, or so many party ideas.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Young Woman Personal Progress Badges for Up Party

Russell, the young Wilderness Explorer in Pixar's Up movie, was the inspiration for this project for our Up themed party.  Since the young women in our church work on Personal progress value goals instead of badges like the Boy Scouts or the fictional Wilderness Explorers, I decided to come up with badges and sashes for each of the girls to wear so we could all be exlorers too.


Within the Personal Progress are 8 values--faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue.  The girls must complete 6 activities within each value and then a final project for the value.


I used each value experience to come up with a badge.  Each has a graphic using clip art from graphics factory, pc crafter clipart, and lds....


The badges are designed to coordinate with each of the projects in the personal progress booklet.  Faith value experience one is in the first position and the faith project is in the last.  This helps keep the badges easy to find and punch out.  I found it was easiest to cut the badges into values and then only punch out the badges that I needed.  The rest went into an envelope with the girl's progress report.

To make the sash for the badges, I used some 2 1/2 inch ribbon that was left over from Christmas.  I draped it over one of the girl's shoulder and had it meet at her hip.  I joined the sash ribbon with a glue dot in a Miss America type way.

Using each girls' progress reports, I punched out the coordinating badge using a 1 1/2 inch hole punch for the value experiences that she had completed.  I then used a little bit of hot glue to attach the badge to the sash.  If you have a very proficient girl, you can use the back of the sash to display more badges.

I'm super excited with how fun these Personal Progress badges and sashes turned out.  I think the girls will love wearing them during our Up party.  Now we can all pretend to be explorers like little Russell and also celebrate our progress Up in the Young Woman personal progress program.

If you would like to use these badges for your up part or your personal progress program, you can find the jpg file for the Young Woman Personal Progress Badges free here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Balloon Chocolate Oreo Cookies for an Up Birthday Party

When Carl launched his house into the air using a bunch of helium balloons in the movie Up, I think he brought imagination and dreams of doing the same thing to many children.  So it's almost a necessity to have LOTS of balloons at my Up party.

What tastier way to add them than to make Balloon Chocolate Oreos for the party?

Balloon Chocolate Oreo DIY by Kandy Kreations

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Adventure Filled UP Inspired Balloon Birthday Parties

I have recently been put in charge of the young girls aged 12 and 13 in our church's youth group.  I always thought I would hate serving in this area, but it has turned out to be a lot of fun.  The girls are full of adventure, spirit, and fun.

At the end of this month, we are gaining one new girl and losing one girl as she ages out of our group.  To welcome the new and say goodbye to our friend, I decided to have a Pixar themed UP party for the girls.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hoppy Easter Printable and new Dare to Share Linky Party

Hello friends!  Are you ready for Easter? I am so not ready!


I have made a few crafts this past week to be ready.  Daredevil will get the Chocolate Chip Cookie dough truffles, while Mini Me will love the new set of Easter dominoes that I made and shared with you.  But my two teenagers are definitely the hardest to shop for. I think they will both get a Easter Bunny Candy Bank printable, but other than that?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Domino Printable Game

When we made the Halloween Domino set last fall, I didn't realize how much Mini Me would love playing them.  Maybe it was just the quality time with us or the chance he had to listen to all the stories about how my grandmother taught me to play the game (okay, so maybe that wasn't it), but we used that Halloween Domino set a lot.
Easter Domino Printable Game by Kandy Kreations

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

March Reading List

Sometimes it's nice to get away from the party planning and work of normal life.  My escape has always been reading.  I love a good book.  If you are the same way, you might enjoy a few of these books that I read during March.

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