Sunday, March 8, 2020

easy interactive cards with essentials by ellen

Creating and giving a handmade card is sweet like ice cream and a card that has an interactive component is like the sprinkles on top!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have two really easy interactive card ideas to share with you and we are hopping to celebrate the newest Essentials by Ellen so there are prizes to be won! (If you are hopping with us, you should be arriving from Jessica's amazing blog!)

I have to admit that I procrastinated for a long time when it came to creating any kind of interactive card. It seemed too hard, too complicated, so I was going to stick with my clean & simple single layer cards.

And then I created my first shaker card and I was HOOKED! If you read my blog regularly, you know I'm still quite smitten with shaker cards. And I found that interactive cards don't have to be hard.
This shaker window is easily created with alphabet dies but it could also be a word die or any shape.

I used Copic markers to color the card front where each letter opening was, put a piece of double-sided adhesive on top of the colored area and added glitter.

The second interactive card is even easier! I used the same alphabet dies to create the glittery "happy" (the letters are coated in Glossy Accents and then glitter). The I used foam adhesive to pop up the circus accessories and mounted the lion with an action wobble. So easy and fun!

Now before you hop on to Julie's awesome blog, there are prizes! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole March Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, March 12th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

63 comments:

Greta said...

Love using a word as a shaker--need to do that! Never tried adding glitter after GA, so now I'll try that, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Donna Hitz said...

Great, glittery HAPPY! Love how you made it a shaker! Thanks for the fun idea using glitter W/ GA.

Rhonda Rae Clary said...

So stinking cute! Every single one of them!

Tammy Hanson said...

What fun birthday greetings! Someone will be smiling.

Lynn Hill said...

I like this new happy little stamp and your inspiration for having the lion "ROAR" out the word happy! Thanks.

My Red Hen said...

That yelling lion is so cute and what a great way to use it

Peggy said...

Your cards are so cute. I really like the lion. Thank you for sharing.

Kristi H. said...

These are adorable! The glittery letters are amazing.

Michele K. Henderson said...

I love this adorable circus themed cards! So fun and fresh! Thanks for some fun inspiration today!
Warm Hugs,
Michele K. Henderson
crimsonowl@comcast.net

Jean R-T said...

Such fun cards, and I appreciate the easy shaker tips!

sentsue said...

Love the black and white with pops of color. So clean and graphic. Nice work!

Andre M. said...

Interactive cards are so fun, I love the creative ways you've added colour to your sweet cards!

Terri said...

The white sure makes your color pop!

Cyndi said...

Adorable, fun cards. I love this circus set!

Patricia said...

Adorable card designs!!

Elisa said...

Love the letter shakers!

lostinpaper said...

These are so very sweet Carly, loving the added sparkle to the letters!

MadeByMeghanK said...

What a great idea to do the wording in rainbow colors and the lions in black and white!

Karen H said...

Love that you just stamped the animals and colored the words. Such a great design idea!

sparkling stamper said...

These cards are adorable. Love that lion!

sharon g said...

The lion card is especially cute. I hope that he doesn't fall, though.... :)

Denise Bryant said...

So cute! Love that lion!

Jean said...

These are just darling!

Lagene said...

Awesome release, Wonderful creation! I especially love the lion roaring HAPPY!

Glenda Huss said...

Love your projects!

Diane B said...

Love the idea of using the letter cutouts for a shaker card!

Larissa said...

Carly!!! I love that you got your shaker on again! You make the best shaker cards! Love these sweet, sweet cards! They are SO much fun and will bring joy to the lucky recipients! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us! :)

Verda said...

What a great little lion with his mouth open so wide he will be able to be used with so many different words and sayings. Love your work.

Rhonda Kermode said...

I love both of these cards but the shaker is my favorite.

Janea aka Naya said...

Love the color choices and keeping the rest visually graphic in black and white. Makes it pop!

Judy Cook said...

Cute cards!!

Ms. Tamp said...

I like the shaker card and the stack of balls for the lion.

Jenni King said...

Love the shaker card!!

Nancy Deffner said...

Adorable cards! Love the color contrast with the not colored lion.

Linda BL said...

Such cute cards. I love all the glitter and happy theme of the cards.

Karen Hawkins said...

I love both of your cards but the lion shouting happy! birthday, that gave me a giggle.

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Cute cards! Love the lion with his mouth open- cute idea!

Jessie Scott said...

Oh my gosh! Love the use of the lion to look like he is screaming the happy. And then it's a Shaker too!

Cindy said...

So glad you decided to give it a try, that shaker card is so great! I think the Lion is perfect for Roaring out a greeting! Both of your creations are so good!

Allison Nesbitt said...

Love your card and your use of color AND black and white. Very cute.

Anonymous said...

Oh the Happy Lion Is so beautiful!!! Roar!!! Èly

Julie W said...

Love how Mr lion is roaring out the "happy" & your cute "version 2" of similar circus elements from the release. I'm really digging the font in the circus sentiments, so thank for including that,too, and showing how perfectly it can pair w/ standard block letters

Brandi R said...

Cute cards. Love the "happy" colors ♥

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the balancing act.
The roaring lion is cute.
Great idea to my his roar
a shaker. thanks for
sharing.
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lieve said...

The combination of the colour with the black and white really works.
You made two beautiful, happy cards.

Rosemary said...

really cute and fun cards!

Anonymous said...

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DorothyA said...

Love these cards! So funny and entertaining. My husband gives lots of birthday cards to co-workers....really... and I think they'd get a kick out of one like this shaker card! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to check out your blog to see what else is there!

NicoleN said...

Brilliant idea yo have the lion roar the birthday sentiment.

Brenda Rohlfing Simpson said...

Your cards are spectacular! The way you used the copic, glitter and colors for the letters are fun with those mediums. Creating a shaker with the letters is neat too. The way you had the happy coming out of the lion's mouth really increased the volume of that greeting! Way to go!

Brebda said...

Such cute cards. Brenda West

Jeannie said...

You make the best cards! These are both so adorable. Thanks

~amy~ said...

Your cards are always so fun + happy! Love these!

Teri S. said...

These are fabulous cards Carly! I've not done shaker cards as, like you used to think, I think they must be hard. Now, having read how you've created the one, I'm going to give it a try. I'm going to also bookmark your site so I can come back to peruse your older posts to see what I can learn from you. I'd sign up for your emails, but I have health issues that make me get way behind on the few I have as it is.

Cheri said...

Very cute & playful cards, Carly! Love how you used the letters to make shaker cards.....have to admit - shaker cards 'scare' me (though I love them). My first shaker card did not turn out too well, so it was my first/last try. Maybe I will try again - you have inspired me! This is a wonderful release from Ellen Hutson - LOTS of fun stuff, and I'm crazy about all the die sets!

Janet D. said...

Your cards made me smile, so cute!

Jeanne Beam said...

Such cute cards! The lion is so funny...
Thanks for sharing.

Heike said...

I love that yo have the lion balancing on the balls. So cute!

JMN said...

Your cards are such fun and made me smile.

Bri Kay said...

Love these! They are perfect

Susan T said...

Can I just say you are the QUEEN of shaker cards. I adore your work. Thanks for sharing.

Sue D said...

Cute circus lion cards.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Ahhh! This is so clever! I love the different ways you’ve used the sentiments!