22 April 2011

JAI65 - Just Add Friendship/Mateship for ANZAC Day

What a big weekend we have coming up! Not only is it Easter and my birthday but it is also ANZAC Day!

This means a lot more than just an extra day off. ANZAC Day is a very special day in Australian and New Zealand history. ANZAC stands for the Australia New Zealand Army Corps and it is significant because on the 25th of April, 1915 Australia went into battle for the first time as an independent nation. We had only become a country in 1901 and prior to that we were a loose collection of colonies and this was our "baptism of fire" on the shores of Gallipoli.

Our troops landed on a beach at dawn (now called ANZAC Cove) on the Turkish peninsula on that fateful day. They suffered a terrible defeat but our men fought with great bravery. The battle really highlighted the character traits of mateship and sacrifice.

We talk about the Anzac Spirit which was born that day and use the term as a mark of great respect. Australia and New Zealand commemorate this day with a Dawn Service and Parade to remember those who fought and gave their lives for their country, not only in World War 1 but in all subsequent wars.

So in the spirit of Friendship/Mateship we encourage you to make that the focus of your card for this week's challenge over at Just Add Ink. I found this adorable digi image by Mo and I immediately thought it represented mateship ... after all isn't his dog a boy's best friend?

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Dusty Durango,Whisper White. DSP by Kaiser
Ink: Ranger Archival Sepia
Other: Nestabilities, SU! Label Punch, stitching, Copic Markers, Prismacolour pencils


Kez said...

Gorgeous card Jodene, such a heartwarming image. Hope you have a very happy - and maybe crafty? - birthday!

Nikki Spencer said...

Sooo...Adorable Jodene, that image is perfect for this challenge, love it!

Mae Collins said...

Great image, great colouring and of course a great challenge! Love it! Have a happy birthday on Sunday!

KimB said...

Love the colours and the stitching framing Jodene - its all suits the image perfectly! makes me smile :)

Pam said...

That is just too cute! Love it!

Paula said...

Your card captures the feeling of friendship beautifully. Love all the elements together. Beautiful Jodene. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TOMORROW! ♥

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Love the image, the colouring the stitching. Awesome card for the challenge.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this. its adorable I cant get over it. :)

Jo said...

Just gorgeous Jodene. Reminds me of relationship my son and our dog have got. Poor dog puts up with a LOT!

Hope you had a wonderful day on Sunday and hopefully my card turned up today :)

Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

Gorgeous Jodene.
Your colouring is amazing!
Everything about this card is actually!

Melissa said...

Oh this image is far too cute, I love it, a great card.