Heartfelt Creations April 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Cottage Garden Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations April 2022 Alumni Blog Hop: Cottage Gardens Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations April 2022 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here!  You’re going to find all kinds of wonderful ideas, instructions and inspiration as you hop along with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team!

How would you like to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card?  Simply leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop before 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, May 2nd.  At that time, we will randomly select a sweet comment from one of the blog posts in the hop.  To double the fun, Heartfelt Creations will offer a second $25 gift card for a randomly selected comment on their blog post!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, May 4th.  If you are the happy winner, you can claim your prize by emailing socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us. Please write “Winner of the April 2022 Alumni Hop in the subject line.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize.

Now that we have all the business out of the way, let’s take a look at my Cottage Window Shaker Card.

Hydrangeas, Bluebirds and Open Windows with the Cottage Garden Collection

Heartfelt Creations Cottage Garden Shaker Window Card by kathy Clement Photo 01

I love the Cottage Window Collection because it is filled with all my favorite shades of blue.  And there are bluebirds and hydrangeas, too!  What’s not to love?  I decided to celebrate the open windows and sweet breezes of springtime by making this sweet shaker window card.

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from light blue cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ panel of Cottage Garden paper on a slightly larger cream cardstock mat.
  • Then die cut an Eyelet Lace Frame from cream cardstock and adhere over the patterned paper.
  • Now die cut the cottage window, blue birds on a branch, hydrangea stems and hydrangea garland from the paper pad.  I also cut a circle from dark blue patterned paper to sit behind the open window, but that is optional.
Creating the Shaker Window

  • Once you have die cut the window, adhere a piece of clear cardstock behind the open panes.  Use dries clear glue for this, as it holds well and will not leave marks.
  • Now place 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the window opening.
  • Next, adhere the die cut circle over the area where you want the window to sit.
  • Then place your shaker mix in the center of the circle.
  • Finally, line up your prepared window over the sequins and press gently in place.  You can prop the shutters open with foam tabs.
  • Adhere the rest of the die cut elements as seen in the photo.
A Peek Inside

A few simple additions to the inside allow you to  turn a card into a gift!

Create a hidden pocket by gluing a card front behind a decorative panel on the top of the card.  Then tuck a tea bag into the pocket.

Add a pocket to the bottom of the card.  Then create a pretty little folio to tuck inside.  Use a border strip as a belly band, then tuck in a tag and chocolate treat!

The mini folio is made by cutting out two card fronts and folding in half.  It’s so easy, but really makes a lovely addition to a card. You can write notes here, or add photos.

I’ll add a linked supply list below this post to make it easy for you to find all the paper pretties I used to make this card.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what the lovely Vicki has prepared to inspire you.  Here’s the entire hop list in case you get lost along the way.

Kathy (You are Here)   Vicki  AmarilysCaroleLisa ♥  Alissa  ♥ Oksana ♥  Candy  Heartfelt Creations Blog

To leave a comment on this blog, click on the blue REPLY link located just below the post title.  Please be sure to add your first and last name so that when we pick a winner, we can identify you easily.  Thanks!

You can find a linked supply list below

Enjoy the hop!




35 thoughts on “Heartfelt Creations April 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

  1. Joyce Grimes

    Gorgeous Hydrangea card! I am new to HF & I need the hydrangea collection!

  2. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this is such a stunning card! The blues and hydrangeas are breathtaking. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. The shaker window is one of the prettiest I’ve seen and I love those gingham ribbons and precious birdies. How inviting is that beautiful cottage inside?! What a lovely scene. Thank you for sharing this beauty! Hugs!

  3. Patricia Grier

    What a beautiful card , I love that you carried the blue theme into the insides of the card .It is just as beautiful a the outside .

  4. Bev Carter

    Hi Kathy. I absolutely love this card. The colours and flower choices are beautiful and one of my favourites. This card would appeal to those who make memory books, with it’s hiden pocket. A lovely surprise for the person receiving it.

  5. soozyb2013

    Love this one Kathy, I am fond of blues. Love the stuff you can pack inside. I hope you and Dale have a lovely weekend. Much love from the wild west coast. 🙂

  6. Sharon Gullikson

    OH HOW I LOVE THE BLUES!!! This is so pretty. You always know how to put together projects with a lot of elements, and they look just perfect.

  7. Tammie.porter96@gmail.com

    Tammie Porter…what a beautiful card! Of course you use my favorite chocolate.

  8. Martie Rollin

    Hydrangea flowers were a favorite of my Aunt and my Mom. I find it most interesting that soil content can change the color of the flowers. Love the Eyelet Lace Frame layer…very feminine. Lovely card, Kathy!

  9. Mary Lee Makinen

    So bright and full of Spring. This is not only beautiful but is a great gift idea to brighten someone’s day.

  10. Glenda

    Gorgeous my friend, I do share your love for blue and this is quite lovely! Beautiful design and gorgeous little blue birds!

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