Meet Calvin and Sophie – Geeky Love

Zoe January 21, 2011 50

Hi Everyone,

I have a little story for you – feel free to skip. hahaa

I had something really weird happen to me today and I thought I would share because it is a little bit funny.

I’ll start by explaining that I have kept some very odd hours this week, more odd than usual as I have been really busy trying to do lots of stuff. Wednesday I was actually awake for 26 hours being pestered by my team about making some new laser cut decorations – POINTS FINGER at LYDIA!!! So that is the background…

Today however I woke up as normal, pottered around getting ready for the day. Got myself organised and begun doing my list of things. I had all my orders packed and went off to the post office only to find that the queue was so long it was hanging out the door. I waited around for a little while to see how fast the queue was moving but only one person had exited and I was thinking this is crazy, I’ll just come back tomorrow.

So I come home, have a number of things on the go that I check up on and finally I sit down for a moment to have a coffee. I went to see what the weather was going to be like over the next few days and it said… “For the rest of Friday…” and my heart sank.

Today was FRIDAY!! not Thursday!!! I quickly checked the time and I couldn’t believe it was 4:59 exactly. Post Office would be closed by the time I stood up! (So I need to apologise to my customers for not sending off your parcels today)

But the thing is, I have had clues ALL DAY and it never dawned on me. I wanted to go into town earlier and DH said, oh you wouldn’t want to go Friday arvo it will be crazy, and I remember thinking to myself, yeah well today is Thursday so shouldn’t be too bad. Another clue was when I was talking with a client of mine and I was in a hurry and said – well we could catch up tomorrow and he was like well we could wait until Monday and I just thought, well OK then.

So I SERIOUSLY lost a WHOLE day. It is the such a bizarre feeling.

On to the Card and NEW image!!

So after losing a whole day I realised I was behind AND I hadn’t shared a card with you for ages so I thought it would be fun to colour up one of my new images ‘Geeky Love‘. Which is now available in store.

I just think they are ADORABLE! I had a little competition on Face book to name them and with so many choices it was quite difficult but I finally decided they would be named, Calvin and Sophie. Hopefully we might see more of these two in the future. πŸ™‚

I had a bit of fun and when I began to colour Sophie I decided she should be wearing a tartan skirt and of course to tie in with my stereotypical ‘geeky’ theme Calvin is wearing a diamond decorated woolen cardigan. heehee

I faintly drew on the design with a lead pencil before colouring with copics. Sorry I don’t recall all the colours but I I used the new ‘Make it Colour‘ card stock (that my team are all raving about!!) and I have just got more in stock so grab it while it’s hot! heehee

I made a very basic clean card so they would be the centre of attention and added a few flowers from WOC, curled wire and some ribbon to decorate.

The ‘Be Mine’ tag will SOON be available in rubber for just a few dollars!! I plan to make a few different designs as I think they are so cute to tuck into little spaces. I always have trouble trying to decide where to place a sentiment which is often why I don’t have one!!

I would like to share my card today with the following challenges!

  1. ColourQ – colour challenge
  2. Wild Orchid – Let’s get sentimental
  3. Aud Sentiments – Use a Love Sentiment
  4. Rainbow Ladies – Use something Scottish
  5. Tuesday Throwdown – Valentine

New! Tid Bits and Q & A time! (If you ask a question in the comments I will TRY to respond on my next post.)
Ok so this is more difficult than I thought. I will try to answer as often as I have time. πŸ™‚ xxooo

Brenda: “One question I have please when you are layering two digi’s are they jpeg images or png images?”
JPG images come with a white background and can’t be layered without hiding the other image. PNG image usually come with a transparent background but most often the whole image is transparent except for the black outline. Make it Crafty PNG images come with a transparent outer and an opaque white on the inside of the linework so that they can be layered in regular programs like MS Word.

However you can edit images that don’t come like this in a photo editing program. There is a tutorial here made by Sandy on how to do that.

Paola: “Is that a parrot in the background that we keep hearing, you have had him so long you dont even notice, he he.”
Yes, he is named Pluto and I have had him for 5 or 6 years – ha can’t remember. He chats ALL the time and I do notice but I ignore. I had to cut a lot out so it wouldn’t get tooo annoying. πŸ™‚

Candy: “My one wish was that you stayed with your camera CLOSER the whole time. It was hard to see exactly how you were doing those tiny places with it so far away.”
Thanks Candy, I’m setting up a new craft room with better lighting so I will look at taking my future videos with a better camera with better zoom capabilities. πŸ™‚

Barbara: “I’ve been trying to figure out how your E40s colors equate to mine.
It is the reflection of all the white space. I didn’t colour the whole area and left lots of white so it’s a bit like an old newspaper image I guess where they would span the dots further apart or closer to create the grayscale.

Cindy: “Also, how do you keep your nails so beautiful?
No they are not I promise! They are very difficult to keep clean and I am forever picking stuff out of them. I even noticed in my video that I had a little grime under one of my nails. They get covered in ink ALL the time but I use a hand sanitiser to clean them up. πŸ™‚

Tracy: “My favorite though, love that your copics are just as mucked up as mine! LOL I read that you should take a swab and some alcohol and clean them up
Hahahaa. Yes I have cleaned them a few times but I use them so often that cleaning them would mean less colouring time!! I’ll just look like a grub! heeeeheee

Sally: β€œCan you tell me how you coloured her dress as I think its so very pretty”
I have some videos on how I colour pleats if you look under Video Tutorials.

Joyce: “I would only ask that you put a pop up on the screen when you switch colors and also make PDF versions so we can read whenever we want and put in a book of “learning”.
Thanks for the suggestion for the videos. I do say the colours as I pick them up but maybe that’s not too clear? I would love to be able to make a PDF version however again it is a time issue. The last videos took over an hour to record, then a couple of hours to edit and render and then a few hours to upload. So it really is a labour of love to try and share just a little with you all. πŸ™‚

If I have missed some questions you were waiting on an answer for please post again. I had so many comments recently that I may have missed it.

Thanks so much for popping by today and I do hope you will go and grab yourself this gorgeous little couple ‘Geeky Love‘ and have a play too. Maybe my challenge to you is to decorate their clothing too!!

Big Squeezes

Zoe xxxooo

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  1. Tracy January 22, 2011 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Amazing! Your coloring is just beyond belief. The plaid skirt and cardigan . . . no words. You are such an inspiration to me to learn how to get the most out of my markers. I’m sure they’ll do their part. It’s my half that worries me. LOL

  2. Denise and Louise January 22, 2011 at 12:05 am - Reply

    I just adore these two – they are lovely and your card is gorgeous. Oh and by the way – I lose days all the time but this is probably due to age not staying awake for 26 hours!!!! LOL
    Denise xx

  3. Anonymous January 22, 2011 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Beautiful! I’m really impressed about the argyle pattern that you colored on the pull-over… and wow, while I’m type this I see that the skirt also is probably colored and not paper pieced as I first thougt… How do you manage to not get the colors mixing one with the other?
    Also, missing a whole day sometimes happens to me, usually it’s Sunday evening and I think it’s still Saturday…

  4. Lydia January 22, 2011 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Oh, that’s it!! Make me feel bad, why don’t you!!! Lol
    But do I??????? NOOOOOOOOO!!! ^.^
    You wait ’til everyone sees those yummy things that kept you up all night…hmmm…ok, so maybe with a teeny, tiny bit of persuasion on my part!! πŸ™‚

    Ermmm…Is now a good time to ask…are they finished yet??? Hahahahahaha

    **No blogger addy left…you’ll have to find me! Mwhahahaha

  5. TSuliks January 22, 2011 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh, these two are just as cute as can be!!! Your coloring… holy cow!!! Perfection is a good word, but probably not the best one to describe it!! LOL!! I love the names you gave them, too!! Awesome!!!

  6. Elena de Vicente January 22, 2011 at 1:32 am - Reply

    It’s so cute!

  7. Bonnie O'Clair January 22, 2011 at 1:38 am - Reply

    How sweet! I love their sneakers!
    Hugs Bonnie

  8. Janette January 22, 2011 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Fantastic….just brilliant, your colouring,the image, just everything, love it.xx

  9. Melanie January 22, 2011 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Too funny Zoe…I feel like that all the time!! lol

    This is such a great image…I love how Sophie looks as though she’s about to swoon!! lol Your colouring is pure perfection of course!! I’m loving the kilt (I went to a Catholic high school and often sported one myself!) and the sweater…just brilliant!!

  10. paola January 22, 2011 at 2:14 am - Reply

    POSITIVELY PERFECT! can you tell that i am running out of epletives, i am so in awe of what you do, and appear to do it with such ease, perhaps i should come to Oz this year instead of USA for a few lessons.

  11. JulyeB January 22, 2011 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Oh what a fab card and such an adorable couple too thanks for sharing.

  12. LeAnne January 22, 2011 at 3:16 am - Reply

    AMAZING! Your coloring is beyond fantastic! Thanks so much for playing with the ColourQ this week!

  13. Renkata January 22, 2011 at 3:34 am - Reply

    ohhh wow ZOe,
    this image is so cool, I am going to have it!
    I just love how you made their dresses, FAb work dear.

  14. leilabotting January 22, 2011 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Very very cute. I just love it. Keep up the good work.

  15. Hippieaud (aka Audrey) January 22, 2011 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Aww, such a cute image and love the way you have colored it! Thanks so much for playing along in our challenge this week at RAINBOW LADY’S!

  16. Hazel (didos) January 22, 2011 at 5:20 am - Reply

    WOW this is stunning, What a sweet pair and what a cute kilt she has on. Thanks for joining in on Rainbow Lady’s Challenge this week Hazelxoxo

  17. Audrey January 22, 2011 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Wow! This card is gorgeous! This is one of the best coloring jobs I have ever seen and I am not just saying that! I am so jealous! Speechless even! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

  18. faye January 22, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Your scottish couple is just darling. Great card.

  19. AndreaJB January 22, 2011 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Hello – I have just found you via a link to your candy, and I’m so glad I have! Wow, your colouring is just sooooo ammmaaaaaazing! Just gotta work out how to become a follower! I promise I will be back.
    Love, Andrea
    I have a blog here

  20. Barb Hardeman January 22, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Fabulously colored and so beautifully laid out! I have watched your video’s over and over and I still can’t get the creases thing down. I think I need to make a trip to Australia so that I can sit down and color right beside you. If you were to come to the USA to teach a class or two I would be in them for sure…not matter where it was. Sorry to hear about your losing a day…what a spooky thing to happen.

  21. Maja Gomboc January 22, 2011 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Lovely card!

  22. Debra January 22, 2011 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Zoe this is the sweetest image! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and the coloring..well I am in awe!

  23. Denimo January 22, 2011 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Oh man… I LOVE this new image!! It’s so adorable and you’ve colored it up perfectly. I’ll just have to have it!

  24. LINDA W. January 22, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Love your coloring….THANK YOU for the video on
    merging images with M.S.Word…something that I needed
    Hugs from Texas

  25. Maria Therese January 22, 2011 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Stunning Zoe!

  26. aussie loz January 22, 2011 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I’ve lost entire weeks Zoe so your little story of your lost day really did make me feel better bah hah!!
    I love this new image and their geeky clothes are perfect!! Have a great weekend.. yes I mean TODAY & TOMORROW!! ?

  27. LindaS January 22, 2011 at 11:04 am - Reply

    What a week you have had – hope you’ll wake up a day and discover that the week is longer than you thought. Take good care of yourself.
    Your coloring is all over the top – especially the clothes – to me it looks like impossible.

  28. Mary Lou January 22, 2011 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Zoe don’t feel bad~~we have all had days like that!!:)
    As for the card~~~LOVE IT!!!!! I just love how you detail and customize everything!!!

  29. Trexxann January 22, 2011 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe, I honestly have no idea how you keep topping yourself, one creation after another, but somehow you do. The colours/colouring are gorgeous and as for the patterns – I am speechless like so many have said above. Beautiful work on this adorable image Zoe. <3 <3 <3

  30. Shell January 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    OMG A friend just showed me your Face Book page & I had to check out your blog. Sofie & Calvin are so adorable!!! Your coloring is awesome….gonna have to view your past videos too.


  31. KimberleyG January 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I get confused on what day it is all the time. Even after I figure it out, I forget again. Just last Thursday I thought it was Friday about four times and Tuesday at least twice, lol!
    Great card again, Zoe. The tartan and diamond patterns are fabulous.

  32. Claire C January 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a beautiful card with the most amazing colouring!! Perfect for this weeks Highland Fling challenge at Rainbow Lady’s Challenge blog!!
    Claire xx

  33. Lorraine January 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    oh wow they are so super cute i love your card the layout and papers are gorgeous xx

  34. julie_ann_wells January 23, 2011 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Wow – I didn’t realise your people we actually coloured by you until I read your post! Amazing!

  35. Sylvia Nelson January 23, 2011 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Zoe, this is such a cute card! Thanks for playing the ColourQ challenge this week!

  36. Noelle McAdams January 23, 2011 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Adorable, love the character these 2 have and your coloring skills are to DIE for! Thanks for playing at colourQ this week:)

  37. Sherry Kushibab January 23, 2011 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Your card is lovely – the coloring is fab. Its like looking at a photo.

  38. Jenny Pearson January 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Fun image, beautifully coloured. Love the tartan skirt. Thank you for joining in with Rainbow Lady’s challenge this week.
    Jen x

  39. Bente January 24, 2011 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Supercute image colored to perfection. Thanks for the new videos you uploaded – I’m really wanting to try my copics again to follow your instructions. But I try to use the things you say in my distress ink coloring too – practise, practise πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful week!!
    Hugs, Bente

  40. Jean January 24, 2011 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Loved your card and had to have the image myself – your coloring is awesome!

  41. Frances January 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Your coloring is wonderful. Love this card!

  42. Kim January 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    How stinkin’ cute is this! Oh my gosh, I am amazed at your coloring skill every time I visit your blog! Beautiful work! Thanks so much for the inspriation!

  43. meeshka January 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Hiya Zoe,

    Wow! Your colouring is perfect! You can’t possibly improve on that. I’m just in awe of everything you do πŸ™‚ Love the image and well… the whole card is fabulous!

    Hugs, Meesh. xx

  44. January 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Great images and a fab card thank you for joining in Rainbow lady’s challenge this week. Love Elizabeth x

  45. Cabio January 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Very sweet card Zoe, this cute image made me giggle :o)

  46. Debbie January 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Right as promised lol i am leaving you a comment istead of just bing in awe of your work an then leaving lol.
    Colouring is out of this world and the image is adorable think Sophie nd Kalvin look cute together.
    hugs Debbie

  47. Scrappy January 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Love your coloring! Your card is GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for joining us at Aud Sentiments this week! We hope you’ll join us again for the next challenge!

  48. desiree January 31, 2011 at 8:58 am - Reply

    what a great image is this, looks like the first of my daugheter a few weeks ago hahahaha

  49. Denimo February 2, 2011 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Stopping by to again tell you how much I love this card!!! This time in the name of Aud Sentiments. Thanks so much for joining us for challenge #20. Hope to see you again.

  50. Maria Matter February 2, 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

    omgosh Zoe, your coloring is absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful card hun!
    Thanks for coming to play with us @ Aud Sentiments!

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