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.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Still time to Go for Gold

Our player numbers are really low this month - just 9 at the time of writing so I wanted to remind you all that we're still here, we have a great Waltzingmouse Stamp set worth £15 as our prize and to go with our theme - your very own cardmaking gold medal!

In case you're struggling with the sporting theme - I thought I'd make a few more cards to try and inspire you.  For my first, I've gone quite literal with a simple football stamp (Stampin Up) and just used the triple stamping and matting technique to add depth and interest - this one took 6 minutes from start to finish - I timed myself!

Now, if you don't have ANY sports related stamps/dies/images, then it's time to think outside the box.  I'm including a card here I made for Jess Ennis - who like me is a Sheffield girl born and bred and we're all so proud of her and our golden post box!  So I made her one of her very own to keep once its returned to Royal Mail red (for those readers outside the UK - the Royal Mail has painted a mail box gold in the home town of every gold medal winner at the Olympics this summer)  I made this one with my silhouette cameo die cutting machine and a few stamps which I embossed in gold onto the black panels.

I am aware that not everyone has fancy die cutting machines though, so wanted to go for something REALLY simple.  For this one, I took a totally non-sports related stamp - one of my TV's from Papersmooches and turned it into a card that fits the theme by creating my own background paper (I just typed a load of sports related words in a word document and made them grey, then typed a big bold sentiment in black to stick over the top.

Hope that acts as a little more inspiration and gives you some ideas to play around with.  We look forward to a rush of entrants over the next couple of weeks.



  1. Taratbese are great but particularly lovethe post box


  2. Tara - you're a genius! Love, love the gold postbox for Jessica. I also really like the armchair sports card. Great work. Deborah x

  3. Hi Tara
    Fabulous card.... Love the postbox..... Stunning...
    Sylvie xxx