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What is ANZAC Day?

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

What does ANZAC stand for?

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

Why is this day special to Australians?

When war broke out in 1914, Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 13 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the “ANZAC legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future.

What does it mean today?

Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, ANZAC Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

This is the last of my Painted Blooms for a little while. I’ve really enjoyed working with this DSP and the stamp set which co-ordinates with it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series too.

Today’s cards are both birthday cards and the same except for colour.

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I had some extra butterflies stamped so they got a position on these cards and with the pearls on their bodies, I think they suit their position. The sentiment is from Basic Butterflies Photopolymer Stamp Set – another set I love.

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I’ve again stamped the inside of the card and the outside of the C6 Whisper White Envelope. Stampin’ Up! Envelopes are fantastic quality and very reasonably priced. We all know we can’t have a naked envelope and we need to provide the postal workers with some interest in their day.

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You can see in the above view, the dimension the butterfly and the sentiment both have. Backing the sentiment with an altered Decorative Label Punch, helps the sentiment stand out from the ‘garden’ of the DSP.

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This card is very similar to the one above however, I’ve used Pool Party as the base and Pool Party ink to stamp the sentiment and on the inside of the card and the outside of the envelope.

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I changed the position of the butterfly on this card as the ‘garden’ on this card front is a little more busy that the top card. The Butterflies are tone on tone using Rose Red.

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Again, this view simply shows you the dimension of the elements. It also shows off the pearls in the centre of the butterfly.

These card fronts were cut 4″ x 5 1/4″ however you can cut 4″ x 6″ and the sizing for our cards will be better than the former measurement which suits USA measurements. You can check out how to cut on Patty Bennett’s site here.

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Today I’m once again sharing some framed work which would be suitable for home or office and Stampin’ Up! products help you do that.

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As this particular piece of DSP (Designer Series Paper) has plenty of floral on it I felt just a simple sentiment was warranted and I stamped it in Rose Red.

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A side view of the framed project. I found it easier to stamp the sentiment on the DSP first and then add Fast Fuse to the back of the DSP and lay the DSP face down on the glass of the frame. It was then just a matter of carefully laying the back down on top and pressing. This way the DSP can’t move about inside the frame. Love these frames too.

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Don’t you just love a bargain? Wednesday means new Weekly Deals and these will last until Tuesday 28th April. You may either order online 24/7 and have delivery direct to your door or contact me to make your order.  Here’s this week’s great bargains:

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Get these retiring products before they’re gone.

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It’s that time of year when Stampin’ Up! release their Retiring products List. Now these products are only available for a short time, so get in quickly before they’re gone.

The easiest way to order is through my online store.

  • Spend $60 or more.
  • Use this hostess code YRY6VE9G

You could win a free Textured Impressions Embossing Machine and a free stamp set from me.

Now this offer is only available through Libby Stampz.

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Most stamp sets are up to 25% off where some accessories are up to 50% off!  That’s a huge saving!

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MDS (My Digital Studio) is being retired as of 31st May – all MDS downloads are 30% off from today to the 31st May – so get those while you can and be sure to back them up to your computer.

Now here’s what you’ll get when you shop with me …

  • all orders of $60 or more will receive one ticket in the draw for a Textured Boutique Embossing Machine and a Stamp Set
  • all orders of $100 or more will receive two  tickets in the draw for a Textured Boutique Embossing Machine and a Stamp Set
  • Use the Hostess Code YRY6VE9G  when you order and go in the draw for bonus free products from me! (Minimum $50 order)
  • If your order totals $300 or more contact me for your Hostess Rewards! $300 earns you $50 for free!

Please make sure you check out the full Retiring Products List as there are many products there – stamps, dies, punches, ribbons, papers – and many of which you won’t want to miss out on!

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A few days ago I shared a couple of cards I made using our beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. I decided to share a couple more with you today.

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Sometimes just one thanks isn’t quite enough so this card helps bridge that gap. I’ve used Rose Red to stamp the sentiment and to stamp the butterfly which I felt the card needed just to fill the white space.

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I added a Whisper White Organza Ribbon bow to the front of the card as well. It just seemed to finish the card off. I’ve used the flowers from the Painted Petals Photopolymer Stamp set to stamp inside the card and on the envelope.

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In the above view you can see the layering of the butterflies. It gives the card just a nice bit if dimension.

Below I have another card for you using the same Designer Series Paper.

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This card has a base of Blackberry Bliss and a simple sentiment was all that was needed. Often these words are all that need to be said and of course there is plenty of room on the inside to write your own message.

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Again I have used the flowers from the Painted Petals set to stamp inside the card and on the envelope.  The DSP (Designer Series Paper) for this card was cut 4″ x 6″ and you will get 6 card fronts cutting the paper this way.

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I shared a Home Decor idea with you the other day using the stamp Love Is Kindness and I have another to share with you today.

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Just tilt your head a bit so this picture looks straight – sorry about the photography. This time as I’ve used a different shaped frame, I decided not to place a mat of card around the image. However, I have used the same Shimmery White Card as before.

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I’ve used Smoky Slate to shade around the bottom image to give the whole thing a more 3D effect. It adds a shadow to the paper wrapped flowers. I’ve used Rose Red and Wild Wasabi for the flowers and their stems.

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Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper makes great Home Decor and you can tailor it to your needs.

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I cut the paper to a 6″ x 4″ size to fit the frame and teamed it with Rose Red ink. I used the sentiment from the Painted Petals Photopolymer Stamp Set.

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The butterflies are stamped tone on tone using Papillon Potpourri Stamp set and the corresponding punches. I added Pearls to the centre of the body of the smaller butterfly and adhered the butterflies using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I think it looks quite elegant in this frame and when you tire of it you can change it for something different.

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Isn’t is difficult to cut beautiful paper? Why does it take so much effort to cut into it when it is designed to be used? Well thanks to Patty Bennett I have cut into the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper and made some cards. I will share what I have made over the next little while. My cards aren’t exactly the same. You could cut the 12″ x 12″ sheet into 4″ x 6″ pieces.

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Here’s one card and I used the sentiment from Butterfly Basics and stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink.

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I used the Painted Petals Photopolymer Set to stamp on the inside of the card and on the outside of the envelope because you can’t have a naked envelope.

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This card front already has a lot of blossoms on it from the Designer Series Paper so a sentiment is all it needed and I used Blackberry Bliss ink again.

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I’ve stamped on the inside of the card and the outside of the envelope using the flower stamp from the Painted Petals Photopolymer Stamp Set.

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Have you ever thought to use your stamps and Designer Series Paper to decorate your home? Well Stampin’ Up! have just the right combination of products to help you make

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I’ve used Shimmery White Card and stamped with Stazon. I stamped again and coloured using the ink pad and an Aqua Painter. I tied some Linen Thread into a bow and added it to the front.

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I fussy cut around the image and added it using Stampin’ Dimensionals. You can see the 3D effect in this side view of the project. I love the sentiment too: “The essence of love is kindness”  by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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