Hi, my name is Carmen. Welcome to Beyond The Fringe!

I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, painting, doodling and more. I also offer digital stamps and vintage graphics, many for free. I am a mom of 4 and a grandmother of 10 adorable grandkids, whom I love to make things for.

Check out my Etsy Digi Shop!

Please see my Digital Stamps page for terms of use on freebies and some helpful information on digital stamps. My Freebies page has a list of the freebies on this blog.

Mar 20, 2018

Drippy Lips on a Bright Sunny Tote!

Hello there,

Remember this acrylic painting I made a while back? Well, a good friend of mine took this image and made something special for me. First the painting...

This friend is super talented and I'm not even sure how she managed to do this, but I think it's pretty great.
I love the bright colorful fabrics and patterns she used. The image is on canvas and is coated, then sewn into place. 
If you are a seamstress, you'll definitely notice and appreciate the incredibly straight seams and the beautiful work she does. She's a very good seamstress.

She put this tag on there stating that the painting was done by me.

Love the bright orange on the inside.
And there's even a pocket on the back.

I have a very special date coming up in May this year. This was a gift for that birthday.  Good Lord, where has the time gone?

Well, that's it for today. I have another post ready to go up soon as well. It's about Mail from Gramma (and Papa G)....I should start a little series maybe. I love sending things in the mail to the kids, and they love getting parcels - no matter how big or small....stay tuned.


Mar 12, 2018

You've Got Mail and a Freebie!

I have got to brag about our weather today. I know...talking about the weather is passe, but seriously,  when it's been this long since you've seen a sunny day AND actually felt it's warmth....it's talkworthy. Today is an exciting day. Lol..

I made up a digital recently and decided to make a couple of cards with it. I've decided to send a card every month or two to my in-laws who are in a care home. I figure that getting some mail now and then would be nice. So one of these will go to them. Just a 'hi how are ya?' type of card. 

I saw a card somewhat similar to this (I think) on Pinterest a while back and hope I did it justice. I think she just had an envelope stamp to make hers, so I decided to make up a digital along those lines. First the cards:

The inside

The second card:
The inside

They're very similar, but I used "Just a Note" on one, and "You've Got Mail" on the other. I enjoyed making these. So simple. 

Plus, when I made up the digi, I also made up a stack of envelopes you can size (15cm X 17cm for a 5"X 7" card) and use as the background for your cut out envelopes. I used the stack in the second card, but just placed my own in the first card. I also cut the edge of the card front once I had the envelopes in place. It just gives a fun effect. But make sure you take the inside of the card into account when you place the envelopes.

And last but not least, here's your free Digi

These can be cropped in the 'format' section of Word. Then copied and pasted. I hope you enjoy these and do show me your cards if you use it! 

Also, stop by again to see the other cards and things I make. Leave me a comment if you have time. I love to hear what you have to say.

Thanks for stopping by,


Mar 7, 2018

Flying Away!

I just got back from Kelowna. It felt so good to get away for a day! My hubby and I decided it was time for a drive after enduring WAY TOO MUCH WINTER. Winter is not gone yet, but the roads are fairly clear even though the snow is everywhere else. The temps are starting to go up and I'm hoping that the snow will be gone after this weekend. I know I'm not alone when I say that I am done with winter this year. Welcome Spring! Pleeeaasse!

Once we arrived in Kelowna we stopped in at a Scrapbooking store and Michaels (because our local Michael's is really starting to phase out a lot of their scrapbooking stuff). I picked up mostly word diecuts and am looking forward to using them on cards.

I saw some really cute cards on Pinterest using a Cloud Embossing Folder so when I found the folder at a craft sale recently, mmhmmm, I bought it. I love this folder because there are lots of uses for it. This time I incorporated an airplane and made three different cards with it. 

I found the map, sun and airplane as free printables and did some fussy cutting. I saw a card where the airplane propeller was made with vellum and so did the same and used a flower punch and removed every second petal to get the propeller. Then I used a dew drop on top. You could use a brad too. The airplane is popped up with some foam tape.

For the first card I embossed the clouds onto white cardstock and blue cardstock and cut out some of the white clouds and glued them onto their blue counterparts for this interesting look. The cityscape was in my stash and I honestly can't remember where I got it from. I may have cut it out with my Lynx cutter, but I can't find the cut file.

The second and third cards are pretty basic. I did the same with the white clouds on the one and added them over the earth/map for a bit of a different look.

I added a diecut to one of the cards and played around a bit as well...

All the insides are done differently as well. The instruments were also free printables. I just googled them. 

I'll be selling a couple of these, but one will go to one of the grandkids, I think. 

Well, that's it for today! Have a great weekend my friends! 


Mar 2, 2018

Cat and Dog Paw Freebie

A friend of mine told me I should make pet cards. She says people are always looking for them. So I thought maybe you'd like me to give you some paws. You can crop these in Word and use any one of the images. You can then copy and paste for as many of that image on a page as you want. I love the versatility of digital images.

Well, back to card making.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Mar 1, 2018

Retail Therapy Card

Good morning!

As promised, another card today. I used two of my digi's to make this card. The steampunk boots in my Etsy Shop, and the Dress Forms, which are a freebie on this blog.

First a couple of previews...

Then the card

The inside

So I decided it needed a sentiment. 

Might as well give you that as a freebie. Click, then save.

Although I used the free dress form Digi's I did up, I covered them so you can hardly see them. 

Way to feature your stuff, Carmen. Lol... 

Are you wondering what the dresses are made of? Not a great picture, but you get the just of it.

Note the mirror. I just used some electrical tape for the mirror, put the dress form on, put some preglued bling on top and cut them out. Easy. 

I haven't actually decided if I'm going to sell this one or give it to someone. In any case, the dresses are made with a bit of kleenex. Just in case you're still wondering. 

Have a great weekend,


Feb 22, 2018

Wonky but Fun

Hi there! 

So if you follow my FB page, you've seen this already. I've been playing around with some digi's recently. I did make a card out of it and have that in my Etsy Shop. 

Cloudy Days is a free digital stamp on this blog. Click on the link or go to my freebies page above to find it and other freebies I have on this blog.

The Wonky Silhouette Cityscape Houses are available in my Etsy Shop for $2 CAD.

I've been adding cards to my shop again and making cards as I find time. I charge actual shipping, so if you want your card sent in a 6x9 envelope instead of a padded envelope, I will refund the difference in shipping. All my cards come in a cello sleeve as well.

As I mentioned before, I am in the middle of a painting course by Leonid Afremov. He's an amazing artist, and I'm trying my best to learn his techniques, which are more difficult than I imagined. However, I'm trying. After doing about 6 paintings, I realized I was running out of room to let them dry. Most take 6 months before you can varnish them. These may take a bit longer. 

Anyway, I decided to hang them all up on those hooks that don't damage your wall. So I eyed everything up (because I'm impatient and just wanted to get it done) and started a wall of paintings. There's one on another wall and I just completed another painting but I'll give it a few days on the easel before I hang it. 

I had to lighten this photo considerably and the wall is not actually pink, btw.

I'm working on a graph pattern for a boys beanie for gamers. I asked my grandson what he wanted, and then I asked my son (his dad) what he wanted. The answer was the same. They never really grow up do they? Hahaha~

Well, it's a nice, sunshiny day here in the Loops, but it's chilly out there. Looks can be deceiving. Hope things are a whole lot warmer where you are! 

Have a great day,

Feb 14, 2018

"Anytime is Bean Time"

The first thing I do after I get up in the morning is have a cup of coffee. A BIG cup of coffee! We were gifted a Tassimo one Christmas by one of our sons. I drink the "Gastown Grind" like a true Canadian, and my husband drinks the bolder Gevalia. We LOVE our coffee. I'm not one for Starbucks or Timmy's on a regular basis. I'd rather go home and have good coffee. Lolol---

Anyway, this coffee card was a natural for me. I used the paper coffee cups digital from my Etsy Shop, and made up a sentiment to go with it. I am offering the sentiment for free below. 

I used Graphic 45's Le Cirque Collection designer cardstock for this card. The flowers were some I had in my stash.

The inside of the card

This card will be available in my Etsy Shop for purchase! 

And here is the free sentiment. Many of you probably already have a coffee cup or mug of some kind you can use with this sentiment. You know the drill, just click and save it.  Enjoy! 

Have a great day everyone! 


Feb 13, 2018

New Cards in Shop!

Good morning, 

It's funny how my craftiness goes in stages. All last fall it was crochet, crochet, crochet. Now it's cards and paintings. I haven't shown you too many of my paintings yet, so I'll show you a couple at the end of this post. Until I get my shop stocked up, I will be posting more cards. I'm planning to get  some digital stamps done too. If I do I'll make sure to post a freebie. :)

Here are the two newest cards in my Etsy Shop

My shop now carries Digital Stamps, Handmade Cards, Printables and a couple of Crochet patterns. I hope to make up a few more of the freezie holders with summer on the way. They are quick and easy patterns and the kids love them.

Here are two of my paintings. They are done in Leonid Afremov's style as that's who I am taking the course from. The paint is applied with palette knives.

           Afternoon Stroll by the Bridge

                                Sails in the Sunset

I just realized I never turned the heat up and am getting chilly! I hope it's warmer where you are today. 

Thanks for stopping by,


Feb 5, 2018

Card Making Break

I recently spent some time making cards to sell. My Etsy Shop has digital stamps for sale but I used to sell cards there as well. With the cost of shipping I am not sure it will be worth it, but I will do some test runs and see how it works out. 

I will be selling these soon. The Tool Belt Card I listed today on Handmade in Kamloops FB page for $10 CAD. I thought maybe I could find a local market for these cards. This card is quite heavy with all the metal embellishments and the inside is finished quite nicely. However shipping might be a bit which was one reason I put it on FB. Did I mention how much I love making cards for men? I'll be making several more of these.

These next two are very simple mens cards. I love vintage autos, and I love metal embellishments. These cards boasts both. They are also weightier cards with the metal on there. I think I'll put $6.50 CAD on these ones.

This next one is similar to a card I made for my Dad a few years back. I like the use of maps on cards and I love the little knot I made with hemp twine. Note the metal pirate type sword too, and the little boat on the inside. I really have to stop using metal if I want to ship them, but I like the look of it. I'll probably charge $6.50 CAD for this one too.

This card I made for fun. I guess it could be a Valentine's card. It was made using Bo Bunny papers. I love this set of papers and am just about out of them. The sentiment is a sticker I had. I popped up the background it's on. The inside is simple and ready for some personal thoughts. I love this colorful card. I might keep this one.

I'll be doing some painting this week. I have about 23 lessons to go, and at least 20 of those are paintings to paint. I'm hoping to get the course done before the end of May this year. At first it was taking me 10 hours to do a painting, but I'm down to about 6-8 hours as I'm getting a bit better, or sloppier. One of the two. Lol.

I love doing so many crafts that I'll be doing other projects in between and hopefully getting my shop stocked up. There will be cards, sewn pouches (I used to sew professionally), and crochet patterns and products. Eventually I may even throw up a few paintings. 

Well, I'm at the end of this post. Hope you enjoyed the cards. 
PS: Wow, has it ever been snowing here. 

Blessings to you and yours,