Sunday, April 25, 2010

ANZAC Day...

Today is ANZAC Day in Australia, a poignant day when we remember those who lost their lives fighting for our country.  Yesterday when I saw the challenges for Crazy 4 Challenges to case one of their designers and Our Creative Corner's challenge to use blossoms I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I cased Silke Kittmann's beautiful card and the blossom I chose is the poppy - the symbol used on ANZAC Day.

I used the poppy from JustRite's Plant a Little Love set and coloured it with Copics (R22, R27, YG11, YG63, YG67, E29) and cut it out and popped it up.  I made the sentiment using the Trompe Uppercase and Trompe Lowercase Font sets.  I did use the same large scallop punch that Silke did - unfortunately you can't see it in this photograph.

Stamps - Plant a Little Love, Trompe Uppercase, Trompe Lowercase Font Sets (JustRite)
Paper - Black and Green Bazzill, White, X-press It Blending Card, Kaisercraft DSP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Small and Large Circle Nestabilities, Blossom Nestabilities, EK Success Embossed Curve Border Punch, Copics, 1" Red Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Silver Cord, White Button, Scissors, Foam Tape.

Like most Australians we will be watching the ANZAC Day marches, honouring those who returned and remembering those who lost their lives.  Our family was very fortunate, my grandfather and my grandmother's two brothers all saw combat overseas during WW2 and returned home.  My uncle went to Vietnam and also returned home.  Not everyone was so lucky.  On ANZAC Day about 20yrs ago my mother showed me some old newspaper cuttings, the story of a young man who was like a brother to her.  On 7 June 1971, 2nd Lieutenant Ian Mathers aged 22yrs, died in combat in Vietnam.  About the same time, my Mum found out she was pregnant with her first child - me.  I still remember the look of sadness on her face as she showed me those clippings about this young man who was going to be a doctor.  She wanted me know a bit about him, so that on ANZAC Day someone else would remember him.  Every ANZAC Day since then, as I remember all those who died, I especially remember Ian Mathers, someone I never knew, but whom my mother loved so much.


Lest We Forget

15 comments:

Marisa said...

Touching story, Kathy, and a gorgeous card to commemorate those who fought for your country. My dad fought in WWII and my hubby has a nephew who has gone to Afghanistan twice in the last few years. A special breed they are indeed and where would we be without them.

Betty Wright said...

Absolutely stunning, Kathy! Gorgeous design and wonderful homeage to all of the fallen! Beautiful story, too! Wonderful card!

Sue W said...

Lovely card Kathy!
Your story was very touching too! Sad to think so many are still involved in making the world a safer place for everyone!! Their sacrifice should not go unnoticed.

StampOwl said...

wonderful card, thanks for playing with the C4C gals!

Sharon said...

Beautiful card and beautiful post Kathy.

My youngest son marched today with his schoolmates as a Senior Leader with the school and to remember my Grandfater and his Great-Grandfather.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Sharon x

Silli said...

Kathy, your card is so beautiful, love the colors and the wonderful bow... Thanks for joining C4C!

Edna said...

Nice ANZAC card, great to see all the red and the poppies turned out very well!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Beautiful card in my favorite color - RED! Lovely image and sentiment too! So nice to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in wars.

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

This is beautiful, Kathy! I love the vibrant red and wonderful image.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Simply stunning card Kathy! Those red flowers are so beautiful & really pop right off the card! Thanks for sharing that touching, heartfelt story with us :)

June Houck said...

Kathy, thank you for sharing your story about your mum's friend, Ian. Your card is beautiful, and seems perfect for Anzac day.

Renkata said...

The card is so elegant. Very pretty one.

Summerthyme Studio said...

Beautiful! Thanks for playing c4C


Vicki

Julie - Kewlstamps said...

Very pretty, thanks for joining us at the OCC!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

This is gorgeous and classy. A very thoughtful card and it is good to look back and remember those who put forth their safety to protect ours. I am sure your mom appreciates your thoughtfulness and so does Ian family. big hugs...

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