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.

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,

Feb 2, 2018

Sentiment Freebie

I have a sentiment freebie for you today. It's been a while since I've done any new digitals, so I'm starting again with a really quirky one. To be honest, this one came from my husband who is quick witted. I asked him "what's a fun, quirky little sentiment or quote?" and this was what he came up with. So don't be offended, it's just for fun. 

If one of you out there happens to make a card or a scrapbook page using this sentiment, I'd love to see it. 

Personally, I'd love to see the dirt - - right now it's all about the snow.

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Jan 28, 2018

Valentine Cards

Hello there,

I mentioned last post that while I was re-organizing and sorting my craft supplies, I came across partly finished projects. I had a sheet with some children's pictures and decided to cut those out and put them on a card. They're Valentine themed and very simple cards.

 With this one I decided to put the greeting on the inside. I wrote a greeting on the outside.  I made dashes around the perimeter of the card and put some embroidery floss in the buttons.

With the bunny card I put the greeting on the outside and just added some hearts and writing on the inside. Super simple card.

That's it for today! 


Jan 27, 2018

Loads of Love

I've been going through all my craft stuff and re-organizing everything. Such a huge job, but it's a good opportunity to get rid of things. I brought a bunch of things to Flutterby's, one of our local thrift shops. I also found some incomplete projects, so I will be trying to get those done in the next while.

For today I have a couple of quick cards I did up for Valentines.

For this card, the Digital Stamp set comes with a truck full of furniture, and also a truck with nothing in it. I took the latter one and filled it with hearts. The former one would make a great moving day card.

I love wooden shoes, because I'm part dutch. This Digital Stamp has three different wooden shoes, but for this card I used the Friesian one.

These two were quick, easy cards to make. That's about my speed lately as I've been trying to remain very focused on what I want to get done this year. I really enjoyed making these.

I've been painting lately. I chose to try painting in oils with a palette knife. To learn how, I took a course by Leonid Afremov, a world renown artist. I've been enjoying those classes. Working with only a palette knife requires finishing the painting in one sitting while the paint is still wet. That's been something to get used to as I'm just learning and the paintings take 8 to 10 hours of work. However, it's a good feeling to get each one done. So far I have received perfect marks, so I'm happy. Maybe one day I'll be an artist too! ;)

Have a good weekend everyone,


Jan 7, 2018

More Beanies and a Masculine Card

Happy New Year!!

Well, 2018 has taken off with a bang and I can't believe we're a week in already. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends. Watching the kids opening their gifts is so enjoyable and fun. It was a good Christmas. 

I thought I would catch you up on some of the projects I've been working on. It seems there's never a shortage of people to make things for, and I enjoy it. Today I have a couple of hats and a card that I made. I feel safe to share the card because I know teenage boys don't follow this blog. Lol. 

First the Card! This one came together super fast. I didn't ink anything, just cut and stick, pretty much. I followed a Youtube Video by Stamps Ink & Paper if you'd like to make one too.

I made this little hat for my 7 month old grandson. I'll be sending it up as soon as I make a few other things.

This one went to my 2 year old granddaughter. I couldn't find a Skye Paw Patrol hat pattern I liked, so I used two patterns to make this one. The Aviator hat from Repeat Crafter Me to make the goggles, to which I added sides. The rest is just a basic hat pattern. I took some flannelette for inside the goggles to give them some depth and just stitched them onto the hat. I also made up the little curly cues for hair at the front and the ears.

I made this hat for another grandson It's a free Whistle & Ivy pattern for a Toddler Trapper Hat. The plaid is actually really easy to do. 

Then this one was for his sister. It was meant to match her coat. It's the Meandering Walk in the Woods Basketweave Beanie by Marie Segares. Sorry about the background. I was in a hurry. These last two were lined with flannelette as they live in a very cold climate (-51 a few times).

This Chunky Fringe infinity scarf was a last minute gift. They worked up super fast. The pattern is a Whistle & Ivy one as well.

I was stoked to get some light up crochet hooks for Christmas. They came in a fancy case.

These are a great gift for me as my husband loves to watch TV to relax. He's a shift worker, so that can be any time of day when he's home. I usually have some light on, and these are great if I just can't see very well, especially if I'm working with a dark yarn.

Well, kind of a long post, but I think that catches me up for a while. I will be doing some painting soon, so will probably be sharing that. 

I hope your year started out fantastic too,


Dec 22, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Well,  Christmas is almost here and I am looking forward to the excitement in the children's eyes as they open their presents, as well as time with the family and the great food.  It's going to be a fun time! 

My Christmas tree is slightly lacking this year, by some people's standards (lights and a few candy canes the local realtor dropped by), and there aren't a ton of decorations in my home, but I'm happy with that. Maybe next year I'll decorate like I used to, but for this year, it's enough. 

So I am going to share a few things today, notwithstanding the Bacon Jam, but first--

Do you remember my Mini Muffin Tin Advent Calendar? I was at my DIL's place this week and her mom had made a different kind of Advent Calendar for the grandkids. I thought it was ingenious, and so I asked if I could share it here. Now she doesn't have a blog, so I can't link to anything, but I can tell you that Cathy Moore is multi-talented. That sweet lady crochets, sews, makes crafts, and on and on. She makes the most beautiful blankets for the kids and lines them. 

Also, her husband is the REAL Santa Claus (Boompa Claus to the informed). If you don't believe me ask my grandkids They'll tell you!  Anyway, before I gush all over you (too late), here is her calendar. I posted it extra large so you could see it clearly.

I asked her how she put it together. Apparently she got a mitten garland from the dollar store. I believe the clothes pegs were already attached to them. She took these and glued them down. Then added little baggies that had a piece of paper inside with portions of the Christmas story written on each one to be read each day, along with a couple of tic tacs. 

My DIL has been reading these to the grandkids every day and said she was surprised how many questions the kids had. Their youngest one didn't know what a Shepherd actually was. We take so much for granted, don't we? 

Here's some close ups to give you a better idea in case you'd like to make one yourself one day.

Cathy said she just used white glue to adhere the clothes pegs to the board. It seems like such an effective, fun calendar and I love that it teaches children the Christmas Story.

Thank you so much Cathy for allowing me to feature this awesome calendar on my blog! Merry Christmas to you, my friend! 

Now, onto the Bacon Jam. 

This was a Pinterest find, originally posted by Kristen at The Endless Meal. Bacon Jam is meant to be used as an appetizer on a cracker with cream cheese (or Boursin cheese for the finicky palate). I thought it would be a nice alternative to the Red Pepper Jelly, so decided to try making it. 

It was easy and you will probably have most of the ingredients on hand, including my personal favorite - coffee!

Yes, me and coffee, we have a bit of a love affair going on. Anyhooo---

BUT, let's not forget the bacon! I knew this whole thing couldn't go too far wrong. 

That's the star ingredient sizzling delightfully in my sauce pan. Yum, bacon -- mmmmm

Then the onions had their turn. Two big ones, quartered and sliced fairly thick. 

Well, why not throw them together and add coffee, sugar and some water. Patience my pretty.

                       Add some balsamic vinegar and -- WALLA, Bacon Jam! 

I have to admit, I overcooked it a little when I got distracted, but honestly, it's still pretty amazing. I will definitely be making this again next year. 

The recipe made about two cups, which filled these two small jars perfectly. I couldn't find my lids though, so aluminum foil worked in a pinch. I think the lids are downstairs hangin' with the big jars.

Well, that's about all except that I'll leave you with a painting I did last week. This is similar to one I did last year, only this one is larger and turned out a bit better. I am taking online lessons from a world renowned artist whose work I admire. It is done with a palette knife and in oils. 

Well, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope it's a happy one for each and every one of you. Enjoy your special friends and family members! Lots of love from my house to yours!