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.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside....

Well, as it's August, and the sun is "hopefully" shining, we thought that this month we'd take you all on a little journey and make our challenge all about the seaside so we'd like your cards to feature the beaches, sandcastles, beach huts, boats, lighthouses, ice cream, sun bathers, surfers or even campervans.  Just show us your favourite holiday images.

Again we have a prize up for grabs for our favourite card, and this month it's a £10 voucher from Quixotic Paperie.  Quixotic Paperie is an online store specialising in rubber stamps and stocks great ranges from Kraftin Kimmie, Stamping Bella, Greeting Farm, Whimsy, SCACD, Paper Makeup and Make it Crafty to name but a few, along with beautiful embellishments and designer papers.

We'll back later in the week to announce the winner of last months challenge, and our favourite entrants from our Black & White plus one challenge.  For now, here are the great cards for this challenge from the DT to get your inspiration flowing...  Don't forget to click the links to our blogs to find out more about our cards and leave us a comment to let us know you've been :-)

currently taking a break

 our new DT member - do say hello and make her welcome :-)

So we hope that's got you wishing you were here - pull out all your sunny, summer colours and click the little blue froggy when you're ready.  You don't HAVE to send your card to the charity to play along, so all our friends across the pond, feel free to play, but if you can send your card to us for sale, then we assure you it will be gratefully received.  We have another big fair coming up at the end of August so will have another total update in September.

Monday, 29 August 2011

August Bank Holiday Fayre Fundraising Update

Just a VERY quick post tonight as my hubby and I are both really tired after spending the past two days at the Sheffield Fayre selling all the cards you've all donated.  On the whole it was a good event, although we did have a few urchins who sideswiped a few cards while we weren't looking which really wound us up and I think the wind and rain put off the number of visitors we expected.  However, we did manage to raise £210 over the two days so our total raised to date is £335 - which is not bad going after 4 months of running the challenge blog.  So please keep up the good work - your cards are going great guns!

If you are looking for inspiration of cards to send us, the following were really popular and often requested:

  • Anniversary
  • Masculine cards
  • Exam pass (this could have been the time of year as A level and GCSE results were out this month)
  • New Home
  • Baby
  • Teenager Cards
  • Cards with specific animals
  • cards with "nothing on them" - ie sentiment free on the front
 Check back in a few days for the new challenge and this months winners....

Tara (aka Craftilicious) x

Monday, 22 August 2011

Sheffield Fayre

If you're local to Sheffield, and looking for something to do this bank holiday weekend, then why not come and check out the Sheffield Fayre. It's on Sunday and Monday 10.30 am - 5.30 pm and it's FREE ENTRY. If you happen along to the craft tent, then you will find my hubby and me, with all the wonderful cards you've all so generously donated. Hopefully they will go down a storm and we'll have loads of money to give to St Lukes. Keep your fingers crossed for nice dry weather for us this time ;-) 

I've done a copy of the flyer below but if it's too small to read - then download your own pdf version from here http://www.norfolk-park.com/news.php?id=95

See you there maybe.......

Tara (aka Craftilicious) x

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Mid Month Inspiration

It's the middle of the month, so time for the DT to provide a little inspiration in case you're struggling with an idea for our beach theme.  You've still got a couple of weeks to enter and could win our Quixotic Paperie voucher, so check out the eye candy and then dig out your shells, sand and glossy accents...........





Hope this gives you a few more angles to come at the challenge from - we look forward to seeing your marvelous creations :-D

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

July Winners

Our winning card this month, and therefore the winner of the gorgeous stampin up stamp set was entry number 16 from Jules with this amazing bright and sunny meadow and butterfly creation:


Our four runners up this month (yes, 4 not 3, as we found it hard to choose from all the great entries) who all get our winners badge were:

No 15 - Val for her heartfelt sympathy card

No 22 - Vicky for her birthday trio

No 33 - Cazro with her gorgeous 4th entry last month

and last but by no means least, No 41 - Jacqueline with her lovely poppies which are her own designed stamps!

I do hope you'll all display your winners badges, which will be shortly be beaming their way across cyberspace to you, to show off your winning talents.