Friday 26 November 2021

No Bones About it for AYSI 264

 This week, at As You See It, it's time for a theme challenge. It's one that will give you lots of scope - Pets.

I know lots of people love their pets but I'm not really one of them. I once had some goldfish and in a moment of whimsy, named them Desdemona and Othello. The story didn't end any better in real life than it did in the theatre!

So for me, this challenge was more about the pet I wished I had, rather than the pets I could have had. Dinosaurs have always fascinated me, ever since the day in primary school when I opened up a plainly bound green book and found a picture of a brontosaurus. It was revelatory - what had happened to those creatures? If they could pass from the world, could life as we know it also do so? Then there were the words. I realised that brontosaurus, stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus had to be the same kind of creatures because they had the same bits in their names. And that 'tri' had to mean three since triceratops had three horns just as a tricycle had three wheels. 

All my children have shown an interest in them too. I discovered early that one of them could be bribed into willing participation in swimming lessons if they could go pick up the next instalment of their week-by-week dinosaur encyclopedia and get another bone for the build-by-the-week glow-in-the-dark T-Rex skeleton! I felt a secret glow of maternal pride hearing my six year old son telling someone that they'd seen a fast car - one that was going "as fast as a hypsilophodon!"

So despite the lessons of Jurassic Park, there are still times when I wonder what it would be like to have a pet dinosaur! Perhaps it's more of an imaginary pet friend but I did enjoy getting out the retired No Bones About It set. It was part of my Demonstrator Starter Kit and I'm keeping it forever!

I started by blending Old Olive and Balmy Blue in a masked strip on the card front. Then I added in the  Stegosaurus - the bones in Night of Navy and the body in Balmy Blue. 

I added in some suggestions of landscape with some foliage and stones by stamping in Mossy Meadow. The inside has the other half of the sentiment: 'You're gRRRReat!"

Inspiration for this design also came from the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches. I've rotated the sketch. 

We'd love to see what you do with this theme. What are your favourite pets -  or do you, like me, have an imaginary pet? Perhaps you've always wished for a unicorn?

You can see what the rest of the team have done and link up your entry at the As You See It Challenge site.

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  1. This is wonderful! Your ink blending is amazing and the images so neatly done. My grandson knows his dinosaurs as well, and would adore this.

  2. I just love your clean and simple dinosaur card Jan - a creative use of the CC&S sketch and I love the use of the cleverly placed landscaping elements to ground your little scene. I am quite sure you are not the only person who would have liked a dinosaur as a pet - this was such a great way to interpret our challenge this week!

  3. This is so perfect, Jan - so glad you went with the stego! I let this one pass by and I've always been sorry, lol. Your coloring on this is simply stunning - just a gorgeous design! Let's hear it for the aspirational pets!

  4. Your Jurassic pet was a stroke of genius, Jan! (Never mind that he was a desperate alternative as well!!) And the card design itself is so classy that any self-respecting stegosaurus would be proud to hang out on this beautiful background! You really killed this challenge!

  5. So cute and a wonderful design! Thanks for playing at CC&S:)