What is St Luke's Hospice?

St Luke's is a hospice which cares for people aged 18 and above throughout Sheffield who have incurable illnesses. Their aim is always to control the patients symptoms, alleviate pain, and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge. It costs £6 million per annum to keep St Luke's open, and government funding, via NHS trusts only provides one third of the funds required, which means the Hospice has to raise a staggering £4 million each year to provide this vital end-of-life care.

This challenge was set up by a St Luke's Supporter who has seen first hand, the amazing care given to patients through St Luke's and whilst donations are now closed we would like to thank all our donators for their wonderful contributions.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Colour Challenge

Welcome back everyone and thanks for checking in on our new challenge.  We've got a nice and easy colour challenge for you this month - your card can be in any style you like, with any kind of image, but the challenge is to make it with just 3 colours - BLACK, WHITE plus ONE OTHER COLOUR.  You can pick any colour you like for your third colour and shades of both it and grey are acceptable in your card but it should be 3 colours only.  The DT have some great inspirational cards to share with you today and you'll find those below.

First off though, you'll want to know what the prize is up for grabs this month for the winning card.  This month we have a guest DT member, Zoë Tant, who is an independent Stampin' Up demonstrator, and she has kindly donated a lovely set of Stampin' Up stamps - the new Strength and Hope set, which is appropriate as Stampin' Up! is donating £1 from the sale of each Strength and Hope Set sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation so two charities benefit from our challenge this month!   BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. 

In addition to donating, the prize this month, as sponsor of the St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge Blog  Zoe will donate an additional £1 to the St Luke's Appeal for every set bought from her by supporters of the St Luke's Challenge.  The set costs £15.95 for wood mount and £12.95 for clear mount and can be ordered from Zoe on martin.tant@homecall.co.uk  Post & Packing is £1.50.  Visit her blog www.stampingscene.blogspot.com from 2 July for more information.


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Come Fly With Me WINNING Cards
And now, we have to address some unfinished business from last month's challenge - our WINNERS!  First of all our overall favourite card from last month, and therefore the recipient of the lovely bundle of ribbons donated by Ciara was - No 39 JEAN with this great card.  Please drop me an email with your address Jean so we can get your prize out to you.

Our top 3 were Jenny, Rica and Poppet - thanks for some fabulous flying submissions ladies - your winners badges will be winging their way to you shortly - please wear them on your blogs with pride :-)

I do hope we've inspired you to join our challenge this month - can anyone top Cazro who deserves a special mention for playing EVERY week last month!  We look forward to seeing your colour choices - so get crafting and your cards with the little blue frog below.   Don't forget, the aim of our challenge is to collect cards for St Luke's to sell, so once you've made your card, post it to us at the address in the sidebar if you can spare your card and the postage.  You're all stars :-D

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Meet the new member of the team....

Just a quick post today, to let you all know that from August's challenge onwards, we have a new permanent member of our Design Team - please welcome Jenny from Crafting in the Country who you may have seen joining in with our challenge these past few months.

Jenny has a great style with lots of unusual design ideas so I'm sure you'll find her projects here greatly inspiring.  Do pop over to her blog to say hello and don't forget you have just over a week to get your black and white plus one other colour card in for our colour challenge.  There is a great Stampin Up! stamp set up for grabs don't forget!

Have a good weekend.

Craftilicious x

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Mid Month Inspiration

Well, we're halfway through the month, so its time for a little more inspiration from the Design Team.  Click our names to follow the links to our blogs for details of the cards - and do leave us a comment so we know you've dropped by :-)

We're running at just 21 entries at the moment and have a fantastic set of stamps from Stampin Up! up for grabs from our kind sponsor and guest DT member Zoë for our favourite card - so the odds are definitely in your favour.  So do join us - you have 2 weeks left to play - get your craft on and you could win the fabulous stamp set.