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