I hope I find you well and managing to keep warm.
I`ll start this post with the sad news. Unfortunately this is going to be the very last St Lukes Charity Card Challenge.
Tara has written her own piece explaining why so I`ll copy that here. She tells it so much better.
This is going to be quite a difficult post to write, but, as you can probably already guess from the title of the post, this is going to be the final challenge from St Luke's charity cards challenge and this one is JUST FOR FUN, we are no longer accepting any new cards to sell on behalf of the hospice.
The idea for this challenge came to me a little under two years ago when I looked at the box full of cards I had made for challenges but had no recipients for and thought that up and down the UK there must be other card makers who were in the same boat. What if we could something useful with these brilliant cards? As my father had died 3 years before in St Luke's hospice of lung cancer, I thought that collecting these cards to sell on their behalf would be a perfect way to give a little back. I thought we would get maybe 20 or 30 cards each month and that it would take a while to build up enough stocks for a sale, but I was so overwhelmed when you lovely, generous and creative people started to send not only your challenge cards but also boxes full of others. I need to do a final count but I estimate that we will have received around 2250 cards in the 18 months we've been running which is not bad for a half baked idea! The problem has been in the selling of the cards - it's been a tough year both due to the bad weather and resulting low fair turnout and cancellations, but also for me personally as my father-in-law now has terminal cancer and my mother is now housebound which means I just haven't had the weekends to give up to attend fairs in the last 6 months. Even though the cards go to the hospice, there isn't anyone there that does anything with them, it's all me and I'm afraid I just don't have the necessary time to commit currently. I have been frantically investigating other methods to sell the cards - I had always hoped when I set up the challenge that the cards could stock the hospice's charity shops across the city, but now I've looked into this a little more the prices they put on cards in the shops just does not match the quality of cards you send us and therefore I just didn't feel comfortable with asking you to donate anymore knowing they wouldn't fetch a fair price. The staff at the hospice were also not able to track cards donated or sold so we would have no information going on the blog about your donations or the money they had raised - again not something I felt comfortable with. Therefore I have no option but to stop the challenge.
We still have a few prizes from our kind sponsors so I thought the best thing to do would be to go out with one final challenge but this is one is being run just for fun and as a thank you to you all for all your previous donations. You can still link up your cards and be in with a chance to win this one final bumper prize.
It's the final challenge, but I won't be totally closing the blog will stay active as there is still a job to do with all the stock you have so kindly donated already. Again, the hospice don't really know what to do with them (they suggested storing them in their cellar!) so they will be stored by me at home until next year and will be taken to St Luke's own summer fair (I will continue to man the card stall there for them each year as a volunteer) and if I get a little more time next year I will try and do a few more fairs until I run the stocks down. Any new sales will be updated on the blog from time to time, so if you're a follower you'll get the updates as they happen.
All that's left to say is a MASSIVE THANK YOU for all your support and we hope you had a little fun while it lasted.
All I can say is a huge thank you to Tara for having faith in me and inviting me to join her team and also to the other DT members as I`m sure we`ve become good friends over the last few months. I going to miss the monthly challenge but I`m sure we`ll all keep in touch one way or another.
And a great big thank you to you all for your continued support and fabulous inspirational entries to our little challenge :-)
Anyway we still have Novembers Challenge to do and we have some fabulous prizes for the winner, but remember this time we don`t need you to send your cards. This one is just for fun.
This month we to see your TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CARDS.
Traditional and/or religious, with all the trimmings.
The DP is by Teresa Collins, matted onto some wine coloured card.
The stamp is by Inkadinkado Seasons Greetings set stamped in clear ink and embossed in Cranberry EP then cut out with a nestie circle. I`ve matted that onto a SB Scalloped circle in dark green card.
The poinsettias are from a die by Marianne designs also in wine coloured card.
All that`s left now is too tell you about our fabulous prize for this months outright winner, and a goodie.
A die by Die Versions and a lovely Christmas stamp from Crafters Companion.
Once again, thank you all for supporting us these last few months. I have a feeling you haven`t heard the last of us ;-)
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx