Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


It rang a lot of bells for me when Mrs A wrote her post about the song "The Ugly Bug Ball", sung by Burl Ives. I also had a copy of this record and both I, and our older two sons loved listening and singing along with it. Now Mrs A decided to make this the theme for her Butterfly Challenge this fortnight, so I thought I could have some fun with it.
I happen to have quite a collection of 'bug' stamps. I used to use them to make counting books with the children in my nursery, and they loved using them. So out they came and this is what I made.
The main image is a stamp by Flourishes. The bugs are mostly from a set of rubber children's stamps from my nursery supplies catalogue, and the rest are a set of wood-mounted hero arts mini-stamps. The larger butterflies are part of a Chocolate Baroque stamp, and the tiny butterflies and dragonflies are punches.
Everything is coloured with copic markers. All the bugs (except the ants) are stamped on tiny snippets of white paper, and after being coloured I added a wink-of-stella sparkle to all the wings, cut them out, and added them wherever I could fit them!
Having just read the challenge description again I fear my spider, snail and ants may be disappointed, as Mrs A says all the bugs must have wings to attend the ball. In the lyrics of the song, the main character was a caterpillar, and ants and spiders were also there, so maybe she will let them in!
Anyway I shall fly with them over to her blog to enter them in Butterfly challenge #14; The Ugly Bug Ball,  And as I used up some of my vast store of white snippets for all the bugs, I think Pixie might let me in to the Snippets Playground too.


Lynne K said...

Well, I think all your fab little bugs should be allowed to go to the ball, Kate, they're adorable! I love the way the ants are marching around the edges. It's a brilliant card, and the flowers are beautiful. Might have to investigate that stamp!

Lynne x

Jean Straw said...

A great card Kate,too many bugs for me but your flowers are lovely.
Jean x

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a super card.
Your colouring in of your stamps is perfect.
I love your super designing too.
Didn't know you were Jeans sister.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Maxine D said...

Kate this is gorgeous, and I LOVE the ants - they make the perfect border - maybe they are security, and aren't actually attending the ball?

SARN said...

Yeah . . . I reckon Mrs A should let you in with this card Kate . . . it's GREAT. xxx

Anonymous said...

Your card is so delightful. I love everything you have added to your card. There are flying ants and the spider can weave her webs to keep any other intruders out! This is such a well thought out card. I'm glad you used to enjoy the song too. I have been surprised at how many people have heard of Burl Ives. (I'm not so old after all. Lol. ).
Thankyou so much for attending The Ball. Hugs Mrs A.
(Butterfly challenge. )

veronica said...

great card Kate -you really ought to be ok, definitely plenty of bugs - and I love the ants border!

Di said...

What a terrific card Kate! The ants got me giggling here :)

Hugs, Di xx

MaryH said...

This is a perfect card for the Ugly Bug challenge. (Love those beautiful flowers though). Of course when you have flowers, you have bugs & butterflies, so this one really fits the bill for Mrs. A's challenge this time. Wonderful coloring and like the way you've made the bug frame! TFS