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.

Apr 6, 2015

How to Add Leather Bottoms to Crocheted Slippers


As you may know, I love to crochet! Well, I love to make many things, but today I want to show you how I add leather bottoms to my crocheted slippers. 

This post came about because I found that after making slippers, they didn't last as long as I'd like. After a few months the bottoms would get a hole which just became larger and larger.

My thought is, after all the time and trouble it takes to make your beautiful fabric or crocheted slippers, you want them to last as long as possible. Right?

This was the answer I came up with and it definitely makes the slippers last longer, plus it's really quite easy to do! Believe it or not, it didn't cost that much extra either! 

So are you ready? Here we go!

Here are the slippers we're putting bottoms on. 

This pattern comes from Two Girls Patterns. I love their patterns and have several of them because the more you buy, the cheaper they are! Yay! Plus, they have super adorable patterns. There's honestly some incredible talent between these two girls! :) Another thing I particularly like about the slippers is that they have 2 crocheted bottom layers so the leather layer is actually the 3rd layer.

That means you end up with some super comfy slippers when you're done ! 

For this project, you will need: 

Sewing Chalk or Fabric Marker
Hole punch
Sewing needle

*The leather I used came from Michael's. They sell packages of remnants for $11 CAD. I got lucky with some large pieces in mine. I've made 3 pairs of slipper bottoms and have enough for more. Pretty good value if you ask me. 

*The sinew also came from Michael's. It was in the same section. I used the dark one for this project.


1) The first thing I did was outline the slipper bottom on a piece of cardstock. I cut this out and used it to trace onto the leather. I don't have a photo of this part of the process, but I don't think you'll have a problem with this.

2) After I traced the pattern onto the leather, I cut it out with my Tim Holtz scissors because they're awesome. Then, I used a hole punch that I had in my scrapbooking stash. It's on the right in the picture below...it's a 1/16th inch hole punch.

3) I made holes in the leather using the hole punch as a spacer.

 It isn't an exact science, but in the end it doesn't really matter because it won't be very noticeable. See? Oops.

4) Next, I used two arm breadths and a half of the sinew (measuring from hand to outstretched hand - plus a half) and put it through the eye of a needle. Also, I used the 'suede' side of the leather for the bottom of the slipper (the side showing) because I figured it wouldn't be as slippery to walk on. I just pinned this to the bottom of the slipper. Easy peasy.

5) I used a blanket stitch to attach the leather to the slipper. The sinew is a bit sticky and a little stiffer to work with, but it will last longer than yarn or thread. Since making it last is the whole point of this exercise, you want to stitch it on with something that is strong and durable as well.

Check out this video if you need a tutorial on the blanket stitch.

I just realized I do my blanket stitch working the other way from the girl in the video. Always doing things differently - but I end up with the same results. :)

Here's the finished product. 

 So now you know how! :) 

Let me know if you found this little tutorial at all helpful, okay? 

Have a great week,

Apr 1, 2015

Trendy Book Tote by Renske

Hi there,

I know it hasn't been long, but I'm here to share my latest project with you. My youngest son has a girlfriend he's been dating for over a year now. She's the sweetest little thing you ever met and I think she'll be around a long, long time. :) 

A little while ago she asked me if I would teach her how to sew. I thought that would be fun, so we set a couple of dates to do that and I suggested she look online for a free pattern. Well, she found the best pattern ever. She was looking for a sturdy book bag as she's attending University. 

We downloaded the pattern and I drew it up (it was a pattern with measurements that you had to make up yourself). The nice thing about this pattern is that it's made of canvas. I had a bunch in my stash that we used and she chose some black fabric for the bottom of the bag from my stash as well. The canvas is perfect for this project as it's strong and sturdy. 

We followed the pattern pretty much to the tee, except for a few changes. This bag is lined inside as well. 

She found the original pattern on Design Sponge. It's a DIY project called Renske's Minimalist Tote Bag, with full instructions included. If you like it, go and check it out!

I immediately fell in love with this pattern because of the way the bag closes. How innovative is that?! It's a great closure and it adds a fun and trendy uniqueness to the tote. I thought it was genius on Renske's part!
Some of the changes we made: 

We made the handles out of canvas. Pretty much winged it, actually. Katie decided she wanted shorter handles so that the tote sat right at her side. 

The handles in the pattern are attached with rivets, but we used heavy duty snaps. Since the handles were a bit shorter, this worked well just in case she had a larger book to put inside it.

We changed the height of the bottom portion of the bag so that it would be more noticeable. Because it's a black fabric, this gave the illusion that the bag is skinnier than it truly is, which we didn't think about at the time, but which doesn't take away from it at all. It's kind of cute.

We also put a row of stitching around the top of the bag to hold the lining in place better. It just finishes everything off better in my opinion. 

Well, thanks so much for a great pattern, Renske. I absolutely love it and I plan to make more. I already have something in mind for the next one. :) 


I'm cutting back on a lot of my craft supplies, but with all the orders I have for my cosmetic and sewing bags, I have had to buy some current fabrics that will work for those projects. Don't worry, I will use all of this up. No more hoarding. Promise.

Ahhhhh....I LOVE looking at these colors and designs! I also got some darker colors...feels so good!

Here's a few cut up and ready to go...2 of them are almost finished already.

I've been busy. 

Well, I think I'll end the post here. In the next while I'll be sewing up about 8 of the cosmetic /sewing /crocheting /jewelry bags and will post them here when they're done. 

See you then!

Mar 27, 2015

Multi-Fruit Tree Digital Stamp Freebie!

I have a freebie for you today~ 

First an update:

I've been sewing quite a few pouches lately, but I've sold all of them plus received numerous orders for more. I've also sold some crocheted items.  Yay! :)

I really want to make up some patterns, but I just haven't had a chance. 

When you consider-

(1) The kitchen reno (btw, I just found out my 1 week rush order will be a total of 5 weeks in coming. How do these guys stay in business?) How I wish my kitchen were done already. :)

(2) My ankle and knees (still hurting and swollen). I'm moving a whole lot slower now--it's quite frustrating for me.

(3) My orders, which are piling up at the moment (these absolutely take priority).

When you consider all that, I guess I can understand why things are moving slower than I'd like. I am still smiling though, and I've been able to play with some digitals and do some posting in my "foot raising" times.

I also washed and cut some of my fabrics which are ready to sew up now. I just found out that I can wash fusible woven interfacing too. I had no idea. Someone also said I should wash zippers, but I cannot find info on that. I guess it depends on what they're made of - information I do not have, so I have an email into the company. 

In the meantime, life is zipping along quite happily and I'll just stop chatting already and get on with it. 

Here's the freebie:



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! 


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...


 Grandma Lucy, Sweet

 Friend, Caring


 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!


Mar 12, 2015

Kitchen, Health and Digital Stamp Update!


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!!


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! 

Feb 22, 2015

Cloudy Days Free Digital Stamp


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 --)


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! 

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!