Festive Friday Challenge #117 - World Alzheimers Day

It's time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  Every second Friday we post a challenge for you with a specific theme and an Inspo List of 10 items to choose from to create your project.  We encourage you to create a project based on the theme and Inspo List and then post it using at least 3 items from the inspiration list.

This week’s challenge FF #117 World Alzheimers Day

Your goal is to simply use three or more items from the inspiration list on your project and link up! #festivefridaychallenge  At Festive Friday, you do not need to actually celebrate the occasion. I hope you’ll make a card, scrapbook page or 3-D project and join us. You don’t need a blog to enter Festive Friday. Check out this link on how you can play along with this challenge. If you want help entering, please email me at stampinwithmelva@gmail.com and I’d be happy to help you!   

For my card I used the Tropical Hideaway Stamp to create a background with a spotlight.  My card used heat embossing, stitching, ribbon and die cut from the Inspo List.

I love this technique and I love using background stamps as the focal point for a card.


  1. Cut Parakeet Party cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" and score at 5 1/2".  Fold on score line to form card base.
  2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"
  3. Cut Basic White cardstock 3 3/4" x 5"
  4. Stamp image using VersaMark Ink.
  5. Sprinkle with Black embossing powder and heat to melt.
  6. Cut out circle from embossed image using 2nd largest Stitched Circle.
  7. Colour leaves using Stampin' Blends - Parakeet Party, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
  8. Adhere embossed layer to Basic Black card stock.
  9. Wrap ribbon around cardstock layer and tie a bow on left hand side.
  10. Adhere to card base.
  11. Adhere stitched circle in opening using Dimensionals.
  12. Stamp sentiment on Basic White card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink
  13. Cut out using smallest Banner Die
  14. Cut smallest Banner Die from Basic Black card stock
  15. Cut black label in half and adhere to the top and bottom of the stamped label.
  16. Adhere to card base using Dimensionals.
  17. Adhere Embellishments
  18. Cut Basic White card stock 4" x 5 1/4"
  19. Adhere to the inside of the card.

You can find all of the supplies for this card in my Online Store.

Check out my Youtube Video for tips and tricks to make this card. Don't forget to subscribe to my Stamping with Melva YouTube Channel

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

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  1. What a beautiful example of a spotlight card, Melva! Parakeet Party is such a fun, bright color. LOVE it! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. What a perfect background to use with the spotlight technique! Lovely card!

  3. Beautiful card! Love this technique and that background stamp is a great one to use to show it off.

  4. Melva, I just love this card. The colours are PERFECT

  5. Melva, I had forgotten all about using the spotlight technique and you have used it to perfection here. I just love the rich, jungle feel of the card. Gorgeous


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