Ok…are you ready for one of my favorite new Close To My Heart products? It’s the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit. It’s simply fabulous! In fact I love the colors, Picture My Life cards, and festive images so much that I couldn’t just use it for scrapbooking. I turned this scrapbook kit into a Card Workshop with 20 different cards. It was so much fun! I’m excited to share these cards with you today, and you can even get a workshop to make some yourself. Yay!

I guess before I get too carried away, I should tell you what the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit is all about. Cut Above Kits are a great option for making fabulous layouts in a flash. Everything comes in the bag, ready to assemble, and including Memory Protectors to put your pages in your album right away. In fact, it’s literally 15-minute scrapbooking. These Cut Above Kits come with supplies to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. The Kit also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.





Using these pieces, I followed the instructions for the layouts and made the pages shown below with photos from my 50th birthday party. I still need to add my journaling, but I just love how fun and festive the pages look using the parts and pieces that come in this Cut Above Kit! They are a perfect backdrop to my birthday photos with special friends.






As I was putting my pages together, the die-cuts, stickers, and Picture My Life cards were just inviting me to keep creating. So, I got a second Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit and transformed it into 20 different cards. All together, the 20 cards turned out like this.







What do you think? Aren’t they bold, bright, and full of festive fun? I think these cards will be some fabulous happy mail to send to family and friends. If you look closely at the scrapbook layout above and the cards, you can see where title pieces became card messages and scrapbook die-cuts became card accents.

I made all 20 cards without adding any additional paper. I only used the Background & Texture Paper and Picture My Life Cards that came in the original Kit. Of course, I did add card bases and envelopes, which I pulled from Close To My Hearts’ White Cards and Envelope Value Pack, but that’s it for paper.

I wanted to have a variety of sentiments, so I did add a few other messages using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts and Stamp Sets. This let me create a variety of birthday, thank you, thinking of you, and just because type cards. These are the three stamp sets I used, but you could choose other sentiments to fit the types of card message you need, too.






Here is list of the supplies I used to make these cards. 

  • Z3330 Cut Above Layout Kit – Party Time
  • X254 White Cards and Envelopes (Quantity 20)
  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Your choice of stamp sets for messages. Stamp sets shown here include:
    • – B1536 All the Thanks
    • – B1537 Birthday Sparkles
    • – A1198 Hi Friend
  • Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
  • My Acrylix Blocks to fit choice of messages



You can have some fun making cards out of this Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit, too. Here’s how…

  1. Attend a Workshop in the Boise area. Workshop Kits are $20, plus tax and shipping. They come with everything pre-cut and ready to put together. (See upcoming dates below.)
  2. Purchase a Workshop Guide for $10 complete with cutting guide, assembly instructions, project tips, and photographs of the cards to follow along.
  3. Receive a FREE Workshop Guide when you place an order of $25 on my website. Simply shop online at www.michelle.closetomyheart.com and then email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing to let me know you would like to receive the Party Time Card Workshop Guide.
  4. Join my Team in May and receive the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit…AND…the Workshop Guide for FREE. I make all of my Workshop Guides available to the CTMH Consultants who are part of my Creative Hearts Team, so you have lots of resources available.


Note: My Workshop Guides do include a Consultant Release Form, so if you are a Close To My Heart Consultant and would like to share this workshop with your customers, you totally can, when you have a copy of the Workshop Guide for yourself. 

Upcoming Workshop Dates: 

  • Friday, May 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm




To purchase a Workshop Kit, Workshop Guide, attend a local Workshop,

or to join my Creative Hearts Team,

contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.






Thanks for visiting my blog today. Be watching for more fun projects featuring new products from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. There’s lots of great creative resources in that new book I’m super excited to try out. Yay!




  • leigh drew says:

    You have done a great job. love the cards

  • says:

    Thank you, Leigh.
    I’m so glad you like them. I love the bright colors and they were so easy to make. Enjoy your day.

  • Michelle – You are a GENIUS!!! LOVE the cards!!! I’m going to order your guide!!! Thank you! Love you girl! xoxo

  • says:

    Thanks for your kind words Christine. I’m so glad you like the cards. This was a fun project to make. Enjoy!

  • Tracie says:

    I love your cards, Michelle! I’m going to see if my customers are interested in a workshop & I will purchase your guide. Thanks for the inspiration!

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