Apr 25, 2016

Anzac Day in Australia

Today is Anzac Day here in Australia.

It is a day that we pay our respect, and say thank you, to all those who fought for our country in all wars, who served and gave their lives for our freedom.

Today's date commemorates the Gallipoli landing by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC).
45,000 young men died in that effort, and many more survived horrific conditions to pass on the legacy.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."


I don't very often make Australiana cards, but I was away at a craft retreat this weekend (I call it 'card camp'...though most there were scrappers) and after I had finished what I had intended to do, and was just relaxing, my thoughts led to Anzac Day...and I came up with this.

The stamps are by Kaszazz.

 The Australian flag is a stamp that I've had for a while and wanted to use, which then led to the kangaroo and emu being used.  
They are on our coat of arms because they are indigenous to Australia and both can only move forward.
The hat, an akubra, is the closest stamp that I could find to an army hat.
And the gum leaves gives grounding and takes a little of the formality away.

A little history:
The Union Jack on our flag represents our British history.
The Southern Cross (constellation of stars) can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere and represents where we are geographically.
 The commonwealth star (bottom right) has 7 points and represents the unity of the 6 states and territories that make up Australia.


Enjoy!

3 comments:

danisart said...

very great card!!!

Leanne Harris said...

Hi Dot, what a lovely informative blog today. Do I see very clever masking techniques going on here? You got me working out what was stamped first (the front image) and working my way back!!!! Very nice (and very clever!). Lots of love, Leanne xx

Janny's Cards Creations said...

Wow beautiful. I am a follower now. Janny