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

I am a mother of 4 boys and grandmother of 7 adorable grandkids who has a passion to create. I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, drawing/doodling and more. I also like to create digital stamps and sometimes offer vintage graphics, many for free.

Check out my Etsy Shop for Digital Stamps.

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 26, 2015

Confessions of a Craft Supply Hoarder

I try so hard to be practical, resistant to good sales and self-controlling, but the truth is -- I've slipped up. 

Anyone that has been following this blog for a while knows that I love to make cards, crochet and sew. If you've been around a really long time, you know I've made lots of soap, digitals, some mixed media and altered projects. Did I mention my clays, canvases and teacups? I'm sure I've still left something out. Ah yes, my felted dolls....see what I mean?


I've been very good at storing all of my supplies neatly. Which really just gives the impression of having less. 

So, recently I sold off most of my soaping supplies because I realized that I had to cut back some where. My husband dislikes the strong scents when I make soap, so it was the obvious loser. I love a good bar of homemade soap though! I saved a few basic supplies and I know I can always use Crisco and Olive Oil to make soap. You may think I'm fooling myself, but honestly it's about not having hoards of supplies around 'just in case.' I will use them. 

I guess I've been thinking that way for a while when I came upon a post by Cheryl at "Sew Can Do." Her post about fabric hoarding certainly related to my situation.  If you're having the same problem, check out her post - you may find something helpful there! 

The good news is that I have been doing some of what she mentioned to get my stash under control. 

The bad news? I have a long, long way to go because I have so many crafts I love to do. I still have at least 6 large containers of fabric, at least 8 drawers full of paper, 2 large containers full of yarn, tools and supplies and well, I'll stop there. 

In all fairness, I have given a lot of supplies away, donated some things I've made and sold others. I'm trying, really I am. However, I will not leave myself short. I do plan on creating for the rest of my life! I'm keeping what I truly love and making sure I use it! 

Do any of you find yourself in the same situation? Are you doing anything about it or are you happy with what you have? Do you give it away as gifts? Donate it? 

Anyway, I hope you all have a good weekend! 

FYI, I'm working on a digital right now. It should be available for free soon! 

Blessings,
Carmen

Mar 22, 2015

Quilting Memories

It's always such a treat and so refreshing when we can get away for a little while. We drove down to the coast and took a Ferry over to the Island to visit my in-laws. It was a much needed break and it was great to see everyone again, especially my mother in law who was released from the hospital following a month-and-a-half stay after breaking her hip. We are so happy she is doing well and so pleased at the level of care she received.

We stayed with Auntie Lucy. One night she showed us a lovely quilt her daughter Cheryl had made her. It was beautiful in itself, but I loved how she incorporated her free hand quilting. The feel of this quilt has a vintage charm to me, even though it's new and modern.

Cheryl added words that described her mother, qualities her mom exhibits (which she no doubt admires) and the names of all her grandchildren. She also dated the quilt in the quilting itself.

 Honest, funny, courage...

 Happy

 Grandma Lucy, Sweet

 Friend, Caring

 Passionate

 Thoughtful, Capable

 Christmas 2008

Lucas, a grandson


There were many other words and names that I didn't photograph. The lighting wasn't great, but you get the just of it.

In my opinion, this is truly a wonderful keepsake. The time and effort that must have gone into this? It's just an amazing quilt. 

As for me, I've been busy too. I made more bags and they are all sold already.  Here's a couple of the latest bags. I'm kicking myself because I particularly liked one of them which I'd pieced together -- yellows and oranges and reds -- beautiful, but forgot to take a photo of it.

 Oh well! Snooze ya Looze! :) Here's a brown and blue one. It's pretty straightforward, but the fabric is beautiful. It has a sheen to it.



I'm loving the Batiks as well. I've bought some that are very colorful. I can't wait to play with them.





So what's on your work desk this week? 

I'm looking at some pairs of crocheted slippers with leather bottoms, some studying on Genesis 6,  a bunch of lunch dates, teaching some sewing -- and I have more bags to make.  I hope to get some digi's made for my shop, and possibly a freebie soon, but that will have to wait a couple of weeks. I think I have my hands full for this week!

See you soon!

Blessings,
Carmen

Mar 12, 2015

Kitchen, Health and Digital Stamp Update!

Hello! 

I thought I'd stop by with some quick updates! I'm so glad it's just about the weekend! 

First the good news! I can walk on my foot now, although I still have problems going down stairs easily. That's partially because of my knees though. I think with a bit of exercise and some heat I'll be right as rain in no time. 

Some more good news; I decided to combine some of my digital stamps into sets and offer them at a discounted price. Sometimes people are looking for a theme or a certain style. So, here are the sets that are available so far: 

Wet Your Whistle

Postage Stamps
They are priced differently depending on how much I usually charge for the singles (if they're available as singles). I have another one called "A Little Whimsy" that I am working on. They are priced at about 60- 65% of the price of the singles combined. Check them out in my Etsy Shop

As for the kitchen -- still waiting. :( Not great news! Getting to be a bee in my bonnet. Good thing I hardly ever put that thing on! Wink wink...

They called me about a 1/2 a week after the install and hadn't even ordered the new counters yet. Then they told me it would be another 3 weeks. Sigh, at least they left the counters that didn't fit 'installed' for now. They even put my tap in backwards, like I was left handed? I thought that was weird. Anyway.

Lol...can you imagine what it would be like if I had no counters at all. Dinner out every night y'all! Woohoo! (as if) Hahahaha....

I've been doing some crocheting lately and made a pair of slippers for my sister. This pattern is a "Two Girls Pattern" from Etsy. I love their patterns. They're up to date and my gauge seems to match theirs. They have lots of cute slipper patterns for kids and adults. 

Here's a photo of the slippers I made. Notice I added leather/suede to the bottoms. I find they last much longer when I do that. 

There's little gold flecks in that black button. Gives them a feeling of happy!

Well, that's it for me today. I've been on my computer all day working on my Etsy Shop and re-arranging things and I really need to get off and make dinner, fold laundry, iron the washed fabric for sewing, etc. Oh...and it's my Mom's 80th birthday this Sunday...will I have time to make a card?

Have a good weekend!!

Blessings, 
Carmen


Feb 28, 2015

My Unfortunate Tale and a Free Fairie Pad Digital Stamp.

I have to say, it's been an interesting week! Life is anything but dull, although boring. I know, you'd think that last sentence doesn't make sense, but it does. Read on!

On Thursday the counter guys came to install my new counter top. I was very excited as it has been over 6 weeks since they were ordered. However, my future was not as bright as I'd imagined.

They immediately confessed that there was a piece busted from one of the counters, but they would have that replaced. Well, okay -- stuff happens, not a problem.

Then as they began to put it in it became rather obvious that something was terribly wrong. They told us our walls weren't straight, we nicely told them that the walls were the same as the day they made their measurements. They agreed. Sigh.

However, they continued to work at it, and so my DIL and I decided to go for a coffee as my husband was home anyway. 

Bad decision.

My neighbour has a pipe sticking out at the bottom of the driveway on the border of our properties. The pipe is in a bit of an alcove, as they cemented around it, creating a very uneven divet. My DIL was parked behind my husband, and so as I came around the car to step in the passenger side, I didn't see it and must've stepped in it.

Well, I went down so fast I didn't even realize it until I was sliding down the driveway (the driveway is quite steep as well). My foot immediately began to swell and I was in intense pain from my ankle and both my knees and my hands. I just had to lie there and take in the pain for a minute so I could manage it. 

My poor DIL....all I heard was "Mummy? Mummy? Where are you mummy...what happened mummy, oh no, mummy, MUMMY!!! If I weren't in so much pain I would have burst out laughing. It's actually turned it into kind of a funny memory, oddly enough. Lol...

Anyway, I had her remove my one shoe right away. Later at Emergency they X-rayed my ankle and both my knees. I was happy to find out nothing was broken. The left knee took most of the fall, but somehow I pulled my right thigh really badly as well. My right ankle has a huge ball like swelling on the side and in the front that's all going black. My only complaint is that my knee is so sore on the left leg that I'm having trouble using it to balance and hold my weight while I maneuver around on crutches, since I can't put any weight on my right leg. I feel so helpless! Blech!

So although I have counters in, they don't fit properly and they'll be replacing them asap, hopefully in a week or so. I was happy that my ankle wasn't broken, but I am hobbling around on crutches for the next few days. All in all, it could have been worse.

The good news is, I have amazing DIL's! One came over the next day and made me breakfast and lunch, vacuumed, did laundry and some general cleaning. I like a clean house, so I thought it was super sweet! Then my other DIL came over and did some cleaning in the kitchen, brought me some food and then did my nails for me. So sweet!! I know my other DIL would have been here, but she's 16 hours away, She was very concerned though, and so were my boys! It's nice to know you're loved! 

Anyway, now that I've told you my unfortunate tale, you know I've been pretty immobile -- almost to the point of boredom, as I mentioned at the start of this post. 

 So I made a quirky digi.  A little Fairie Pad. :) 


Ya, I don't know why.  I can be a bit quirky and this just made me happy. You'll have to find your own fairie though. 

I have studying to do! I'm teaching on Genesis 6 this week, and probably next week too because I doubt we'll get through it all. I'm a bit of a quirky, albeit detailed teacher too. Not for the faint of heart! Hehe --

Have a good week! 
Blessings,
Carmen

Feb 22, 2015

Cloudy Days Free Digital Stamp


Hello!

I have decided that this week is going to be a great week! I'm planning on doing some sewing this week and a little bit more painting. 

I wanted to start the week off by giving something away. So here is my "Cloudy Days" Digital Stamp! 

(It's actually been beautiful out, but even when it's sunny out you can see the odd cloud here and there. These ones are special, though. Teehee --)


Enjoy!

Blessings to you, and have a great week!

Feb 20, 2015

Free Digital, Hooked On You

Happy Friday! 

It's been so-o-o-o nice in Kamloops the last few days. It's been wonderfully warm and mild. I love the sunshine without the Kamloops heat!!

So, what's been happening you say?

Well, one of my besties returned from Hawaii, so we went out to our favorite Mexican Place and had lunch and a good long visit. We did lots of catching up, and her daughter who is pregnant with twins joined us. It was a lot of fun!

As for my kitchen....still waiting on counters that are about 1 to 2 weeks overdue. Someone is calling me back on Monday and hopefully they'll find them. Keep your fingers crossed! 

Anyway, I am here to bring you a little freebie. This one I made a while ago, but never posted. I looked at it today and thought, why not? Wish I'd found it before Valentine's, but it'll work for other cards too.

So here you go. Enjoy!



Beyond The Fringe Crafts
Have a good weekend! 
Carmen


Feb 15, 2015

Top Ten Of All Time!

As a blogger I love to write blog posts and share my creations with you. It is so much fun! 

However, when it comes to keeping track of the numbers and all the details involved, marketing skills, and grouping -- I don't really shine. Truthfully, that has become such an important part of being a successful blogger, especially in recent years, that it is a necessary part of blogging. 

So here I am, bringing you my top ten. I feel a little guilty about this because I'm not even sure it really truly counts as an original blog post, but hey...everyone's doing it. I know this far from encompasses what it'll take to be a successful blogger, but that'll take time, unlike Rice Krispie Squares! 

There were some surprises!   My Christmas posts are the most popular overall. Two of them are Sleigh Rides. Perhaps it is because I started doing them prior to Pinterest becoming really popular. Valentine images are also popular. 

The surprises to me? The Page, the Elf Boot and the Mushroomville Digital. I had no idea.

Here we go from 1 to 10: 

#1 Sleigh Ride #3 (A collection of Christmas ideas, recipes, decor, etc.)
by Crazy Domestic
#2 Digital Stamps Page

This was not even a post but is a page on my blog ( See above) . It's crazy, but a LOT of people look at this page. It's more of an informative page about Digital Stamps, what they are, how to use them, etc.  


By: Beyond the Fringe Crafts

Also found HERE
By: Beyond the Fringe Crafts
 
By: Beyond The Fringe Crafts
#5 Sleigh Ride #2 (A collection of Christmas recipes, ideas, decor, etc.)
By: Coley's Corner
#6 Primitive Angel Freebie
By: Beyond the Fringe Crafts
#7 Primitive Snowman Digital
By: Beyond the Fringe Crafts

#8 Free Heart Tree Digi's (Various colored Heart Trees and one blank)
By: Beyond the Fringe Crafts


#9 Awning Card (There were several Digitals made to be used with this card)
By: Beyond The Fringe Crafts
#10 Mushroomwille Digital Stamps
By: Beyond The Fringe Crafts

I guess it's good to look once in a while. I'd sure hate to get caught up in the numbers though! My steampunk images were so popular when I came out with them, that I'm very surprised not one made the top ten. I guess that's why you have to look!

In Other News:

I'm still working on my kitchen. Almost everything that needs to be painted, is now painted. So happy!! 

On the not so happy front, I just found out that the counters are not going to be in until the 20th (2 weeks later than previously indicated to me!!).  

"Patience is a virtue...patience is a virtue......."

I'm just going to keep telling myself that. Unfortunately, the kitchen update will have to wait.

Have a good week and be kind to everyone you meet!

Carmen

Feb 6, 2015

Pouches and Kitchen Update!

Hi!

It's that time of year in Kamloops when it's nice enough to go for a walk, but when you do, you end up with a cold! Yes, it's been a congested couple of days, but I'm still thinking of going for a walk today. It's good exercise! 

Anyhoo... Fabricland had a huge sale on, so I hurried over there and bought a bunch of fabric, quilt batting and interfacing.


O0oOh Lordy--it's so delicious!

You have no idea how good it makes me feel just to look at this. Aaaaahhhhh.

It's kind of ridiculous!

I also bought some fabric from Spoonflower. I have a SUPER talented girlfriend who (in addition to many other arts & crafts) makes up fabrics in a shop called Purplelime. She made this print and I just love it! When it came in the mail the other day, it brought about all kinds of happiness! :))))

 She has a bunch of fabrics available - if you like this one, you should definitely check her out!


Diane is also on Facebook, as The Beaded Lime where she showcases many of her creations. She does coloring book pages, jewelry, and more.

As for Fabricland, I can't wait until the zippers go on sale!

I've also made some more pouches. This is the first one. I love blue and green together and this print is great! So I used what I had leftover for another bag, although the inside is completely different...that's a really bright lime green in there! Yum! This one says "lovables" on the front.




Here is the second one...more subdued tones.




The third one is like another I made. This one with the music notes seems to be popular. Great for someone who loves music! The front reads "It's So You!"





On the home front, it's truly been a busy couple of weeks working on the kitchen -- and the rest of the house. It seems the older I get, the more I have a need for simplicity in my life. Does anyone relate? Well, it turns out simplicity comes with a lot of chaos, initially. 

When I decided to replace my kitchen counters, it turned into a whole lot more. I have painted my walls and my cupboards have been touched up and will soon be ready for painting. All my switches and plugs have been replaced, along with their plates. I have bought a new bi-fold door for my pantry to replace a very ugly dark accordian door -- remember those? I am doing something with the bi-fold door which I will show in a later post. If I remember to take pictures. If not, I'll show you the finished product. 

Regarding other crafts and such, all my soaping supplies have left the building! It was SO HARD! I love homemade soap, but I just don't have the space to store everything. I will still do a bit of melt and pour when the craving hits, but I sold almost everything else. 

Anyway, I am waiting for the call on the counters. Hopefully in my next post I'll be able to show you the finished kitchen. 

Stay happy!
Blessings,
Carmen



Jan 29, 2015

Organizing My Life

Hi! 

Just checking in to say hello and to bring you up to date on what I've been doing. To be honest,  I have just had the craziest, horrible week and a half ever. I am in the middle of kitchen renos, as I mentioned in one of my last posts. The walls are all painted, thanks to some help from my friend Linda at Novice Beginnings, and there's a new door for my pantry waiting to go in after this weekend when my son Mike comes over. We're also switching over all my plugs and switches to white ones.

Soon I will start on my cupboards, which are getting new hinges and a fresh coat of paint. In 2 to 3 weeks we will have the new counter installed. Yay!

While I was at it, I decided that my kitchen could really benefit from some organization. I bought 3 boxes of large Tupperware storage containers for the pantry, and 4 other larger containers. At $20 per 4 containers, it was a considerable investment, and I may get more. I think it's a wonderful solution. They look something like this, only with just the red lids. Nice and clean and organized!


Almost all my regular spaces have been moved around so that the kitchen is much more functional for us now. It was quite the dance in progress. 

I moved my food cupboards and my dish cupboards around. My cups and glasses went into my 'extra stuff' cupboard (I have a huge box full of stuff I no longer need or have room for. It's going to the Sally Ann, and the rest I'm selling on either Kijiji or an online garage sale for our area). 

The plastics cupboard was purged and anything kept was arranged into containers. I was so thankful my daughter in law helped -- she is quick and brutal, but she got it doneI have even created a small coffee nook that is close to the cups and glasses. The David's Tea is in a container in the cupboard above the space with anything coffee or tea related. 

It feels good!

However, all of that wasn't what made my week crazy.  It was the 3 trips to emergency in between involving my already sick husband as he was passing a kidney stone. In the end they operated, but that turned into a nightmare for him. I'll spare you the details. My husband is usually dealing with chronic pain because of other health issues. We don't have a family doctor anymore, so it's truly complicated on every single level. 

Frustrating!!!

It's so hard watching people you love in serious, debilitating pain while being helpless to do anything for them. Really, really hard! However, he is doing a lot better now and we are hoping and praying he will not have to go through anything like that again. It's bad enough for him normally.

Anyway, I'd love to show you pictures, but ------ it's not ready. 

Patience, my loves! :)

On another front, I have been cleaning out my craft room. When it comes to crafts, I am a jack of all trades, and if I could I would do it all. 

However, I am quickly realizing I have to give up a few things. So, I am selling all my soap supplies to an interested buyer.  I have also sold some of my candle supplies. I am hoping this will give me some focus. By that I mean Digitals, PDF's, cardmaking, sewing and crochet. That should keep me busy enough, don't you agree? 

Well, it's getting late now and I need to relax for a bit.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Can you believe it's almost February?? 

Blessings,
Carmen

Jan 18, 2015

Free Valentine Digital Stamps

Good Morning!

Since I've been able to lower my price point in my Etsy shop, I've made quite a few sales. Here are some of the more popular images people have been buying lately:





That last image is kind of a Valentine's image. I also have some free Valentine images. 







And I have a bunch of these heart trees in different colors HERE





I just came by to let you know! Valentine's Day is less than a month away!!

Blessings, 
Carmen