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

I create digital stamps and offer vintage graphics, many for free. Please check out my Digital Stamps page for my terms of use and some information on digital stamps.

Apr 15, 2014

New Cards to See and a Challenge!

Hello!

The Squigglefly designers have been hard at work making some cards with some newly released Stamps! 

Also, there's a new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog. They're cutting it close but are giving you an opportunity to get some easter cards made just in time for Easter!! I believe the challenge is to make something with bright spring colors.

To be eligible for the prize, use one stamp from Squigglefly. There are lots to choose from and many are freebies!! Check out the link above for more information. I hope you'll participate! 

Anyway, back to this post...these are some of the beautiful cards made with my Digitals...

This adorable card was made by Rhonda at Bumblebee Creations. The airplane is a part of a Digi set called 'Happy Easter Peeps.' I love the bright beautiful colors! 


Next we have a sweet little card made by Holley at Holley's Blog using my 'Easter Tree' Digital. This one is such a cheerful card! I love the little chicks, especially the one in the half shell! :)

Jan, from Scatty Jan did an amazing job on this card. I really love the bend in it! Super adorable!!  I really like the addition of the sun, the flowers and the fence...so cute!! This card is made with the 'Happy Easter Peeps' Digi.


This next card is made by Pat from Patacake Pages using the 'Easter Tree' Digital Stamp. I love the bright colors she used on the eggs...such a sweet card!


Last, but not least, this card from Kathy at Entering Kathyville. I think this is such an awesome card! I love the pinks with the bright eggs on there. It really makes the image stand out. Made with my 'Easter Tree' Digi. 


Such talented ladies, don't you agree?!

So don't forget to check out the Squigglefly Blog and participate in the challenge to win a prize! The challenge started yesterday so there's still time!

FYI, these images will also be available in my Etsy Shop .

Thanks for visiting!

Blessings,
Carmen

Apr 12, 2014

Bunny and Chick Tag Free Printable

Hello!

I am preparing a package to ship to my grandkids and getting some other goodies ready. I like to add a personal touch when I give things, whether it be something I've made or in this case the tags I am adding.

Since I'd already made the peeps freebie a few days ago, I thought I would use those! 

Here's a photo of one that I added to a gift. These have to be cut by hand, but they're pretty cute attached to a gift. They're double-sided so you can write the name or a greeting inside.



This gift was for my daughter in law and the large chocolate bar is for my son. It's something small, but lets them know we are thinking of them. It's always nice to get a little gift now and then!



Since I am not quite done packaging everything yet, this is all I have to show you. I'm always running behind it seems!

Have a good weekend!
Blessings,
Carmen


Apr 5, 2014

Easter Peeps Free Digi

Now I'm not the kind of girl that enjoys the delights of candy much. I'm dutch, so I love, love, love to bake!

Chocolate? Why yes please! In my book it's listed under baking.

However, when it comes to Peeps of any kind, they're nice to look at, nice to squish but in no way am I tempted to put them in my mouth. Blech, much too sweet!

With Easter just around the corner I did manage to play with some peeps though.


Maybe you can do something with these sweet little treats? 

Enjoy!

A sneak peek of what's new in my Etsy shop!
Blessings!

Carmen

PS: Do you want to pin this freebie? Please click on the post heading first (Easter Peeps Free Digi) and then pin the image! Thanks!!

Apr 4, 2014

Get Ready for Some Easter Fun!

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Is it too early for an Easter post? I hope not, because there's already lots happening!! Here are some project ideas for you crafty gals to begin on.

First, we'll start with some Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn from Two Peas & Their Pod.


They promise it's the perfect balance of sugar and salt. How I love sweet and salty together! Click on the link above for the recipe. 

I would like to do something nice for the table this year, but don't want to spend too much money. I love these ideas I came across.

At Craftomaniac I found this adorable piece. Jen has full instructions on how to make your own on the link I've provided. 


The Taste of Home Site has this rendition of the same with a tutorial.


Both of them are just adorable....the combinations are endless. Have fun making your own!

Here is another way to use flowers for Easter. Don't you just love them? I'll bet it's a tasty treat. The cupcakes, not the flowers. Check out Tonia at The Gunny Sack to see how she made them.


It's fun to make something with the kids...and this craft is one they will definitely need a lot of help with, but if your child is into science or rocks, how cool are these?? Parental guidance needed!!


These were featured on Martha Stewart. Click on the link for instructions.

I couldn't do an Easter post without including what Easter means to me. This could also be a fun craft for the kids. There aren't instructions, but you don't really need them anyway.

I think a sash over the middle one would work too.

Check out Doreen at  Hymns and Verses for this and more Easter ideas.

Here's something you'll like! A FREE Easter printable by Michelle at A Little Tipsy. Visit the link to download the clear, properly sized image! 

Here's a fun idea for your Easter Egg Hunt this year. Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs from Lil' Luna. Click on the link to see how.


Need something to keep the kids busy while you're making dinner? How about some good reading in their baskets! These book suggestions come from Not Consumed and are focused on the Resurrection.


Well, that's all for today. I will be back with some freebies soon! 

Have a good weekend!
Blessings,
Carmen

Mar 26, 2014

A Proverbs 31 Woman

So, I hate to start with the weather, but what's the weather like at your place? This about sums up what we've been having-----


I know that soon it'll be so-o-o-o HOT here that I'll be melting, so I won't complain too loudly! 

What do you do on a rainy, snowy day? Make cards. Of course!!

It all started with a drawing. She kind of looks like a Zombie, doesn't she? Not my intent! BTW, if you like the final result, you could use the second image as a template, just print it onto cardstock.


UPDATE: New template!! 

I cut her out, I also cut the panels of her dress out using the numbers as a guide. I just cut around the nose. I liked that better.


Then I used it as a template to cut out some designer papers using the Fairy Belle Collection from Prima that came with the Simply Cards and Scrapbooking Magazine I ordered from the UK. These papers are just delicious!! Beautiful soft hues with gorgeous designs. Really, really pretty!


So here it is all cut out and glued into place. I found some cardstock for the face and arm and traced the original template I made onto it. 


I lengthened her arm quite a bit from the original template. The butterfly on her hand was from another page in the same collection. 


I just love this Scripture. "She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future." Proverbs 31:25. 

I believe all women were meant reflect this. Strength, dignity, laughter, no fear of what's coming. It's beautiful! It's how women were meant to be. I love it.


I added some pearls to the waist, and once I glued the head in place, I added some hair and a flower.

I glued some butterflies here & there and used some stickles on them. 


This is the completed card. I wanted to keep it fairly simple, because the person I made it for likes a cleaner look.

But then I realized I had to add something a little blingy. (The last photo was taken at night with artificial light...so it's a bit darker, but you get the idea.)


Ahhh, that's better. :)

Hope you like her as much as I do.

Gail from I Like Paper did an awesome job with this tag she made using my template! I like how something can look so different depending on the creativity within. Love it!

Thanks for visiting and remember: 

You are a woman who is clothed with strength and dignity, and you laugh without fear of the future! 
Proverbs 31:25

Blessings,
Carmen

Mar 24, 2014

Free Digi Stamps Today!

Good morning! 

It's always good to wake up to another day, even if it is overcast and chilly! Has there been a lot of sickness in your area? It seems that everyone I know is sick or getting over something! It's been a terrible year for the flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. It sounds like I will be taking my son into the clinic today. I took him to Emergency last week. My husband had to go in to Emerg. twice last week for other reasons. Yes, it's been busy and stressful!

It can only get better from here...right? :)

With Easter around the corner, I thought I'd share this little "Hatched Chicks" image with you again. It's an older image so I'm sure some of you missed it. 


Plus, I have a new Windmill image too. It's pretty windy out there, so I thought it was appropriate.
Anyway...back to my life for another week or so. 

I am working on an Easter post similar to my Christmas Sleigh Rides. So check back when you get a chance!

Blessings,
Carmen

Mar 18, 2014

Squigglefly Cards

Good morning!

I'm just dropping by to share some more of the Squigglefly cards made with my images.

Who wants to kiss this little toad and see if he turns into a prince? Lol...not me!
This happy little card was made by Charlene at Chrystaldolphins

The owl image seems to be a popular one, here are a few more cards I've come across using this image: 
By Holley from Holley's Blog

By Kathy, from Entering Kathyville

There is another owl card on THIS post which you may not have seen. 

Anyway, that's it for now. 
Have a good day! 

Carmen

Mar 13, 2014

She is Clothed in Strength

Hi there,

Is it just me or is life getting extremely busy? 

Granted my family has grown a lot, but it seems that between the things I have to do and the things I want to do -- well, let's just say not everything is getting done! 

I will have to break down and start keeping some serious task lists. (I actually like keeping lists)

Then I must give them deadlines. (Oh Lord that just scares me)

First on the list: Etsy Shop name! This is the one for handcrafted items....gotta get on it!!

Deadline: End of the weekend. (Oh yes, I'm brutal)

Well, that feels a bit better! Meanwhile, here's a card I made for one of my best friends who is having a birthday tomorrow. 

We've been friends a long, long time and are kindred spirits in so many ways. I love her like a sister!

The inside of the card reads:
It reminded me of her.

Happy Birthday Adie!

The original card idea came from Gabrielle Pollaco from Such a Pretty Mess. She has a video tutorial on how to make the card. I love her work!!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the card and thanks for stopping by! 

Blessings,
Carmen







Mar 7, 2014

Easter Egg Flowers, Cropping Tutorial

Hello!

Finally there's a little sun out there! Yesterday's snowfall didn't last the day, but it sure looked dreary out there! No matter...I've been at home sick and playing around with some images for Squigglefly. Thought I'd pop one on the blog for you too. 

I'm already thinking Easter...





Some Easter Egg flowers to brighten up this dreary day! 

If you just want to use one of these flowers on your card, you'll have to crop the image. If you don't know how to do this, here's an easy video that shows you how in Microsoft Word.



Hope you have a good weekend! They say it's going to be +9 here soon....got my fingers crossed!

Blessings,
Carmen

Mar 3, 2014

Getting Things Organized in my Craft Space.

Hello!

I have been organizing my craft space the last few months. It began when we moved our office out and freed up some space in our home. :)  I no longer have to go to the basement to craft.

YAY ! !

 I bought a beautiful cabinet at Ikea....here's one of my DIL's and my youngest son putting it together.


I actually have a whole new respect for my daughter in law who put most of this together while the rest of us 'helped'. Lol--apparently she can get cars running too--with whatever she has in her pocket. A female MacGyver I tell you! 

She squeezed in behind these drawers to get them to fit properly. I'm still not sure how she did that. Skinny little thing!

I now have a large cabinet with nice deep shelves and a single matching cabinet that fits beside it with shelves and drawers. The best thing is that the doors close. (Just have to put the handles on yet).

I have soap, scrapbooking, crocheting, clay, jewelry supplies and more in there. It feels so good to get things organized.

As you can see, I still have work to do, but now  I have a nice room to do my crafting and I'm starting to get some other things straightened out too.

I've had a box full of cards sitting around on my desk taking up space. It was filled with unfinished cards mixed in with handmade cards I made, handmade cards I received (I never throw them away) and then some things I keep for card ideas. It was time to sort it all!


So where do you keep those precious handmade cards you've received? I had a 6x6 album that I put most of them in. I'm all about quick, easy and no nonsense...and this works just fine for me.


The only problem was that some of the cards were bigger than 6x6. So I pulled out an album I've had forever and never used and placed them there.


This was a card I gave to my husband. I don't throw those out either. No way! Not after all that work.  ;)


The albums are nicely tucked away in my cabinet, and that is one less thing to organize!

Have a good day!
Blessings!
Carmen