Saturday, January 22, 2011

Colour Q and the "AH HA" Moment

My New Year promise to myself, beside losing weight, was to play the Colour Q more often. No weight lost yet, so here I am making a card!  My inky fingers got a good workout today!  Does that count?

I am a fairly simple stamper and tend to use the same colours...blues, browns, neutrals...I often look at the Colour Q Colours and run in the opposite direction because I often don't know where to start!!  Then it hit me one day!  Why start from scratch?  Why not take a "Cue" from her inspiration photo?  There you have it.  The big "AH HA" moment!  I finally CLUED into what Colour Q meant!!  LOL!!!  I should take a CUE from those gorgeous photos used with the Q Challenges and go from there!!!  Just because I am a teacher doesn't mean I am the sharpest knife in the drawer!!!  Hehehe!

So I did it!  I took the CUE from the beautiful photo Arielle has given us to use this week:

I looked at the photo and thought:
  1. Eastern Blooms Stamp Set-It has similar flowers in it and I haven't used it in such a long time!  I needed to dust it off. (literally)
  2. Look at the circles...thin white circles layers with Cherry Cobbler Circles...I can do that with my Circle Scissors Plus.
  3. The Flower Stems...I can use my Little Leaves Die in the Big Shot in the Always Artichoke Colour.
  4. The So Saffron is in the middle of the flower, I can use my Itty Bitty Punches and punch out a couple flower centres and cover them with my Pearls.
And this is what I created with the Inspiration Photo as my guide...

I am happy with how it turned out.  I wish I had tried to get the flowers closer together but I liked the way they looked around the sentiment.  I also used my Sanded background stamp in Cherry Cobbler Ink on my Poppy Parade background.  I thought the circles needed some scallops and so used my Large Scallop Circle Die in the Big Shot too.

Thanks for stopping by and for reading through my long post.  It really was an "AH HA" moment for me today! LOL!  I would love to hear what you think of my card and I hope you get the chance to head over to Arielle's Colour Q Challenge Blog to try out this challenge for yourself!



  1. You definitely had an AH HA moment ... gorgeous card! Like how you broke it all down ... I'll have try that little tid bit. Thanks!

  2. Lesley, I am thrilled you had your "Ah ha" moment---I was just remarking to someone that sometimes I take the challenge photo literally, and sometimes I just use it as a springboard to something else! I LOVE what you created, and love that you shared your thought process!!! I am so happy you were able to play along, since I know you have a busy schedule!!!

  3. WOW Lesley this is GORGEOUS!!!!! I LOVE LOVE how you used these colors...Simply BEAUTIFUL!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  4. Stunning card, Leslie! thanks for playing the colourQ challenge this week!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous, Lesley! You do such a wonderful job with "round" images! Fabulous job with the challenge colors!

  6. Lesley, your Ah ha moment really worked and the card really does emulate the "cue" picture. Plus, I like how you broke down the different elements for us. PS, moving any parts of your body including fingers works for me.

  7. Lesley, what a perfect take on the challenge. Those flowers are perfect. Isn't it wonderful when you have one of those ah ha moments! Gorgeous card my friend

  8. So glad your resolution is to play with us more often, Lesley. This is such a pretty card, I love it! :)


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Lesley :)