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.

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




Jan 15, 2015

Good News!

Hello All! 

How are you braving your winters? It's been pretty mild here since our major dump, although my front yard still looks like a snow mountain. My house actually shook a bit when they were piling some more of it up there this week.  

At least I can craft. That always makes me happy, rain or shine. 

Snow mountain or brown grass...because when it isn't snowing here, it's hot, hot, hot.

Okay, well let's get on with it. I have some bad news and some good news for you today! First the bad news. 

Squigglefly is closing it's virtual doors thanks to the new European VAT which makes sellers collect taxes from anyone who resides in the EU.  Most websites are not set up like eBay, where you can choose who you sell to according to country. This causes problems for some smaller sites who do not want to put out the money to have someone set all of that infrastructure up for them. I've heard of a few craft based sites who have closed or are closing their doors. It's sad and I still can't figure out how they can do that in a world that is not yet global, though that is their intent. Their second reason was the amount of freebies available, which is true, but sometimes people just want something specific.

The good news is, now that I am no longer obligated to charge what Squigglefly charged for my digitals, I am now setting my own pricing in my Etsy shop, which means my prices have gone down.  YAY !!

Unfortunately, I have also had to add a shop announcement to the top of my Etsy page stating that...
'I cannot sell to anyone who resides in EU countries'

I'm sorry. I am just a small entity, and I make very little off my digitals. I really just do it for the fun of it. So having to fill out tax forms for another country really doesn't sit well with me. I hope you understand why I had to do this. Etsy will be putting something in place for the sellers soon - probably something along the lines of what eBay has done. 

Well, that's my news. Have a look and see if there's anything there you'd like.

Here's the Link:  Carmensplace on Etsy

I put some of my pouches up on my FB profile and now I have a bunch of orders to fill. What a nice surprise. :)

Also, I'm in the process of updating my kitchen. It's way, way overdue and I'm excited about how it's going to look. I may post some of it here in the future. Right now the walls are blue, the cupboards are a cream color and the hinges are old, old, old. The counter...I don't even want to talk about it. The pantry door is one of those accordian doors. I'm so embarrassed about that piece of design that I'm not even going to show you. Maybe at the 'after reno' post. Maybe.

I'm limited by funds, so I'll do what I can. Hopefully it'll turn out good. Fingers crossed. 

So I'm going to say good bye here, but post some pics below. 

Blessings! 
Carmen

Before pics:

Jan 11, 2015

Who Likes Giraffe's? Izzy Does!

If you live where I do, you have been seeing a whole lot of snow lately! We had at least 3 feet of snow in front of our home. It started up a week ago last Saturday night and didn't stop until Tuesday after midnight sometime. There was a mountain of snow in my front yard because that's where the 'plow guy' dumped the snow from out of our cul-de-sac.

Ya, thanks for that!

Was I annoyed? Well, not really. He didn't leave too much in front of the driveway so we could still get out if we wanted to plow snow with our cars until we reached an arterial road. (It kept snowing, so the plowing helped, but only so much).

Was I concerned? Well, a little. We were expecting freezing rain and then sun. I thought we might need a boat, or an inflatable should we choose to go for a walk float, or perhaps some skates to slide on the ice. 

Anyway, that's not why I'm here with you today. I wanted to show you the Pouch I made for my sister. Her birthday is coming up, and although we don't exchange gifts anymore, I thought she might like one of these. She loves giraffe's so much she wears one on her shoulder, so that was the fabric theme of this bag. (She doesn't actually wear a giraffe ~ it's a large Giraffe Tattoo).


Here it is with the zippered pockets open. Some more animal print and some color inside for interest.

The closed bag. I love the handles and the little taggy thing I made. See how Giraffe-y it looks?


I thought I'd show you a couple of photos of the bag before it was all put together. Now that I have the techniques down, they're lots of fun to make.




The tags were done up on Quick Fuse Iron on Fabric Sheets. Be warned though --these things cost a small fortune. I think they were $13 for 3 sheets (are you kidding me??). So, I used a 40% off coupon. Still too much in my books, but a worthy sacrifice. I love my little tags.


(In case you're wondering, I still haven't made myself one--a Sew Together Bag, that is. Gotta get onto that.)

Since I was snowed in I cleaned up the house, made a turkey dinner, worked on this Pouch and did some doodling. I used to love doodling when I was young, and there's so many sites with good ideas on doodles that I played around a bit. I hope to make something nice soon. 

I'm really into graph paper too for some reason. Don't ask me why. Sometimes I just don't make sense.



I think that's my car under that snow. I've been looking for that. I have to make a trip to Katja's Quilt Shop in Valleyview. She has that fabulous newsprint fabric. Love it. 


Have a good week!

Blessings,
Carmen