22 October 2011

By the Pricking of my Thumbs...

Of course I read Macbeth at school, but for some reason this phrase only stuck when I read an Agatha Christie novel a few years later and for some reason it pops into my head every now and then.

"By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes."

Anyway, I thought it was rather appropriate to be thinking about while I was making a card for the current Tiddly Inks challenge which is Halloween is Coming.  Actually, that's probably where it resurfaced in my head as the challenge post starts "Something wicked this way comes..."

I based my card on the current Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch number 124 by Arlana Patten and decided to use Poppy from Christy's Gothic Cute collection since she has been all coloured up with nowhere to go for months now in my stash. 

Here's the sketch:


And here's my card:

The papers are from Webster's Pages from Crafty Emma's Store and the ribbon is from the Ribbon Girl.  The swirly bling and the black flower is from Prima.  I have coloured Poppy with copics (see details below) and sponged around the edge of the frame with Memento Tuxedo black ink.  

We don't really celebrate Halloween in NZ, so I decided to leave the card sentiment free.  I thought it might be appropriate for an October Birthday though...

The spiderweb is made with embroidery thread.  The spiders were a challenge... I really wanted to add spiders instead of flowers along the bottom, but couldn't think of anything to make them with, then I spotted some fuzzy green brads in my brad jar and had an 'ah ha' moment.  I coloured the brads black with copics, glued on some googly eyes and then sewed thread legs through the paper before pushing the brads through.  I really like how they turned out.  The spider on the far right looks a bit goofy as I think I put his eyes on too high, but I rather like him like that so I decided not to change him.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Tiddly Inks Challenges #69: Halloween is coming
Paperplay Challenges Week 42: Use Black

Here are the copics I used:

I am in the process of replacing all my copic originals as I find them much more difficult to colour in as I prefer a flicking kind of colouring rather than the circular motion that some people use.

Happy Saturday!  

Arabella Chickie in Glyfada, Greece


ccroll said...

Really lovely, Arabella!!! :) Great colors!

Genevieve said...

Wow! I absolutely love your card! The image is stunning, I love the web & I wish all spiders were as cute as yours ;) Thanks do much for joining us this week @ Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Genevieve DT

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is so great love the colours, thanks for joining us at Tidly Inks Challenge this week hugs pops x

Unknown said...

Wonderful card. I just love those spiders on the bottom and your colors! So glad you could join us at Tiddly Inks this week!

mulberry station said...

what a fabulous take on the sketch and darling embellishments. I love the black and red color scheme. What a great Halloween card. Love your added netting too. Very cool idea. Thanks for joining us.
Nancy SSW-DT

RiNNE said...

So eerily gorgeous!! I love all your creative touches!!

ChickieChirps said...

Yes, your spider far right looks like he's got some serious spunk and character. Love this card chica.

Loopylou. said...

Wow!!! this is just stunning hun!!!
I love those cute little spiders along the bottom and the image just looks awesome!!
thank you for coming to play with the tiddly inkers this week!!
hugs Lou xxx

sallysbitz2 said...

Your card is brilliant Arabella x
Thanks for sharing @ Delightful Challenges & Good Luck x

hugs sally x

mfc.melissamade2 said...

Oh wow - this is beautiful! I love the black, white and red - your trims and papers are beautiful! Those little spiders are fabulous!
Arabella I ALWAYS love your work! thanks for joining us Tiddly Inks!

Jeannie said...

Love your coloring and the spiders! Terrific! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Peace & Luv,

melody said...

oh what a scrumptious halloween card! i'm so lovin your coloring..and that image! nice touch with the bling..those spiders and web...fabulous work chickie!

Sharon Basel said...

What a spectacular card! I love this image for Halloween and your coloring is superb. I'm just crazy for that wonderful web you created - very clever touch to this fabulous card. Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!

DonnaMundinger said...

OOhh, you've colored Poppy so beautifully and your web and spiders are fabulous! thanks for joining the Tiddly Inkers this week. xxD

Cheryl Valadez said...

Wow! This is super! I love that bit of netting in the corner and the little spiders with googly eyes makes me giggle ;D Thanks for joining the Tiddly Inkers this week ;D Hugz, Cheryl

CraftyMomOf3 said...

This is AMAZING Arabella!! That web is stunning! The perfect touch!

Crafty Hugs!

Larissa said...

Gorgeous card Arabella! Your colouring is always fabulous. Love the web you made and those self made spiders are so darn cute! Thanks for joining us at the Tiddly Inks challenge this week.


Kathie said...

Hi Arabella, what a wonderful card so creative it looks amazing. This is one very cute image. I love your spiderweb looks amazing. I just love your colours great Halloween card. Great job and thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.

Sharon Caudle said...

Fantastic! Thanks so much for joining us at PaperPlay Challenges and hope you join us again soon.
hugs, Sharon

Stephanie aka Nerdette said...

Too fantatsitc Arabella. Love the little felt spiders, they are so cute!

Her hair turned out just awesome. You go girl! So glad to be on a DT with you, your so good.

Thanks for joining the Tiddly Inks Halloween Challenge.