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

I am happiest when making arts & crafts of all kinds and this blog will reflect that. In addition, 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.

Dec 15, 2014

Peek A Boo's, Handstitched Fun!

With a little more than a week until Christmas, I am scurrying about getting things done. The truth is, my tree isn't decorated, my house isn't decorated and only a few of my gifts are wrapped! 

What have I been doing? Well, mostly just making things. I love to make things! 

Also, I have a tendency to put everything aside when I get company, and I get a lot of company all the time. My motto is 'people first.' 

Yes, that's my motto.   I love my motto.   It's a good motto. BUT...

It makes my life very unpredictable. As a result, I go, go, go just in case I don't get things done, done, done! Somehow it works for me. Honestly though....after Christmas I am taking a bit of a break just to do nothing for as long as I can. Anyone that knows me is rolling their eyes right now and having a little chuckle to themselves and thinking "as if."

I'm still going to try. 

I have 3 more projects to complete before Christmas and I'll show them to you as soon as it's safe to do so. 

I will show you some more of my Peek a Boo Pals by Gingermelon. Since they're for my little granddaughters, I know I don't have to worry about them seeing them ahead of time. 

I didn't actually purchase the pattern for the little ladybug but made my own up using the pattern of 4 that I bought. I've made 6 of these, so after a while you get the just of it. 

I actually love that the pigtails are crooked on my little ladybug.

This little owl one is cute. One of my granddaughters has an owl theme going on in her room. 

Did I mention these are all hand-stitched? They're about 6" high. Adorable!

Here's the whole crew of them. Sorry it's a bit fuzzy....

I found some make up bags at the Dollar Store. I got 2 packs of 3 bags. The inside ones were cute patterned bags. The biggest one held the other two and was clear with a little bow on it. Perfect! 

I still have 4 bags to play with. Maybe I'll make some clothes for these little guys and send them up one day. Just for the fun of it! 

Well, back to cutting, wrapping, decorating, sewing and, well, eating dinner.

Have a good week everyone!


Dec 6, 2014

What's On Your Craft Desk?

It's been so busy today! When I wasn't cleaning and shopping, I was sewing. My hands are really hurting. I've never experienced that before, but I guess they can only take so much. Lol...

I came across a sewing pattern that I just fell in love with. It was just a bit pricey, so I hesitated on purchasing it. In the end I gave in and I'm so glad I did. Now unfortunately I can't show you the finished projects as they are gifts for my daughters and granddaughters, but I will show you some of the fabrics I bought for them. :)

I absolutely LOVE this bundle of fabric I put together. The colors in this bundle are based on the first piece of fabric in the photo. I have gorgeous purple, deep red and lime green patterned fabrics to go with this bundle. The red in the photo is actually a deep, deep pink.

Here's a sample of that first piece of fabric. Not a great photo, but you get the idea. I love it.

This second bundle I just picked up today.  I may find some more colors to go with this, but it's a good start. This bundle is for one of my daughter in laws who loves turquoise.


I've made one and a half and after these 2 are done, I will be making at least 4 more. I love them that much. They are time consuming though. The first one took me hours as I had to figure the pattern out. The second one took slightly less time since I now know the pattern a bit, but there is some quilting involved, which takes time. It also takes a lot of pinning. 

I honestly can't wait to show you the finished projects. I may have several to show you. 

Until then, have a good weekend! 


Dec 1, 2014

A Christmas Gift a Grandparent Will Love!!

A few years ago I made up a book for my parents and my inlaws of their grandbabies as a Christmas gift. Both sets of parents just loved them and so every year at Christmas time I add pages to their books.

This year we had two more babies born so I made up three pages. Two for the one set of parents and one for the other set, since one of the babies was my sister's grandson and therefore only applied to my side.

It's an 8X8 book, which is perfect for the size pages I wanted to make, and I usually make them fairly simple. The point is to get all the information in there along with a photo.

Since some of the kids were already teens or young adults at the time, I added a page beside their baby page with a photo of them as teens, and something about them. For example, on one of my sons pages I added his poetry. My nephew was really into Soccer, and his name had that meaning, so I added a soccer themed page for him, etc. So there are quite a few pages.

Here are the pages I did up this week:

This one is of my grandson who was born in the Spring. As you can see, I blanked out the info for this post.

This is my sister's grandson...my 2nd nephew or my great nephew(?). These two are almost a couple of months apart. It's too bad we don't live closer together because these two would've been good friends.

Then I added them to my parents book! As you can see, it's getting rather full!

Blessed indeed. :-)

We will be giving my in-laws theirs when we go to visit this December.

Have a good day!

Nov 28, 2014

A New Blog and a TIP!

My incredibly talented girlfriend, Linda, started a blog a little while ago called Novice Beginnings. This lady is very crafty in many areas, but has been concentrating on sewing totes, pouches, cell phone cases, etc. Her work is incredibly well done. She also offers free tutorials on her blog that are definitely worth checking out. Her designs are fresh and unique! Here's a small taste of what you can find on her blog...

This is her Zipper Pouch...I love the colors! 

Her Cell Phone Pouch comes with a tutorial! Super nice pouch, don't you agree?

This is her beautiful Rose Bag!!

She is now working on setting up an Etsy Shop where she will offer some of her patterns soon! She may even sell some of her items. They are extremely well made and beautiful and would make great gifts.

You can follow or subscribe to Linda @ Novice Beginnings and tell her I sent you!

Now I have a little TIP for you! 
If you're thinking about Christmas, you'll thank me!

When I put a sale in my Etsy shop recently,  I did it through Etsy On Sale.

Have any of you checked out Etsy On Sale yet? If you haven't, you should. It's a Site that features only the shops that are currently having sales on at Etsy. There are many categories to look through: Bags, Purses, Dolls, Pottery, Bath N Beauty, Furniture, Jewelry, Paper Goods, etc, etc,etc. All of them on ONE SITE. Sooo nice and easy.

Here's the Link: Etsy On Sale

My Shop is also listed there as I'm having a Winter Sale! Just search for carmensplace in the top left, and it'll bring you to my page full of Digital stamps, all 50% off for a limited time only.

Well, that's it for today! Have a wonderful weekend...it's supposed to get to -15 here this weekend. Brrrrrr!

Stay Warm!

Nov 24, 2014


I woke up this morning to our first 'real' snowfall of the year! I guess I won't be raking those leaves after all. 

Such a shame! Haha! 

Anyhow -- I'm popping in quickly to let you know that everything that is currently active in my Etsy Digi Shop is on sale for 50% off starting tomorrow for the next 2 weeks only!!  

That includes my Christmas images and lots of others.

So, if you're happy about that,  help me out and SPREAD the word! :)


Nov 17, 2014

Awesome Antipasto Recipe

It's just a month and a half until Christmas. I'm still in denial, but am slowly making a list of things to do before it's here! Yes, apparently I'm a bit of a Grinch about it this year.

Around here, Christmas isn't Christmas without Antipasto, and mine is one of the best I have ever tasted. Unfortunately I can't take credit for the recipe, which is why I think I can unashamedly brag about it.

It was one handed to me one Christmas by a good friend of mine. It came attached to a jar of Antipasto with a bright red ribbon, and accompanied by a box of Ritz crackers. I immediately fell in love with how wonderful this stuff tasted (first time I had ever had it) and have made it almost every year at Christmas time since then. 

In fact, I could eat it out of the jar with a spoon. 

In fact, I have. 

Others have too. It just has that effect on people. I'm telling you, this stuff is yummy!! 

Along with some crackers, it has saved my butt numerous times as a last minute appetizer and is always well received. When I'm asked to come to a party and bring something, they almost always request either my Antipasto or my Spinach Dip -- or both! 

In fact, the reason I decided to do this post is because one of my followers emailed and asked me about my Antipasto recipe (say, "thank you, Cate"). I did mention my Antipasto in another post, but didn't add the recipe. In fact, I posted my Eggnog Bread recipe there (which is amazing, btw), but I digress. You'd think this was a cooking blog! 

Let's get on with it then -- okay, just one more thing. You will probably be a bit surprised by the ingredients list. Don't question it, just go for it. You'll be glad you did! 

Awesome Antipasto

1 lb. cauliflower
2 - 14 oz. cans black olives 
2 - 8 oz. jars green olives
6 green peppers
60 oz. ketchup
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cans sliced mushrooms
4 - 7 oz cans drained solid chunk tuna (albacore is best)

Prepare jars and lids and keep hot.

Dice all vegetables, including olives into small pieces and place into a large pot (reserve mushrooms).

Add ketchup, vinegar and oil. 

Bring to a boil slowly and simmer at least 10 minutes. (Stirring continuously)

Add broken up tuna and cut up mushrooms and simmer another 30 minutes. 

Bottle into hot jars.

Makes 9 pints.

This recipe takes a lot of cutting, but it's worth it. Remember that the antipasto must fit on a cracker! 


Here's some of my other Christmas Recipes:

Also --

Check my right side bar for "Sleigh Ride" under "Archives" to find Christmas links to other blogs. There are some great gift, decor, drink ideas, etc. links listed. Anything to make life easier at Christmas time! 


Nov 14, 2014

Chilly Kitty!

Baby It's Cold Outside!!

As it turns out, we have a lot of Birthdays close to Christmas time. I surprised myself when we did our first bit of Christmas shopping yesterday. That's got to be a record! Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and closing in on us, but first I still have a few other projects to finish --

So hold on Christmas!! 

Does anyone relate to that sentiment? 

I've been working on some Hello Kitty Headbands for my granddaughter's birthday, which is next week. These are quite adorable and I think they'll be cute on her and her friends. I have seen several on the internet, but none with instructions. 

I bought the felt from our local Fabricland, which was cheaper than buying the individual felt sheets, and it's nicer thicker felt.

The Hello Kitty ears were a 5 x 2 inch rectangle which I rounded into a pointy oval. 

The Bows were a 4 x 2 inch rectangle on which I rounded the corners to make a boxed circle.

The Bow bands were 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch.

I bought the hair bands at the dollar store. 

Here's a photo of the ear placement. I just glued the ears with kids glue onto the headbands and held them in place for a bit. 

I took a bit of thread, made a few bends in the center of the bows and then sewed them into place. It was quick and easy. Then I sewed the little band around it with a few stitches. 

I stitched the bows onto the front of the right ear once the glue was good and dry.

And here is the finished project:

I made six in total and I think they'll look adorable on those sweet little 4 year old girlies!

Have a good day! 


Oct 14, 2014

Christmas Advent Calendar Twinchies

Christmas is coming and with a new-ish grandson born in February, I set about to make an Advent Calendar like I did for his brother and sisters. Technically, these are twinchies, since they're about 2" square.  These are always a lot of fun to make, in my opinion.

My daughter in law, Julie, has also made a few of these and is now making a couple for her god-son and daughter. I'm sure they'll love them. Julie is very imaginative and when I can't come up with anything, I just steal her ideas. Lol...I mean, why not, she steals mine! It's all in the family! 

So here are some of the squares I made: 

A while back I showed you a couple of hats I made.  

I had one more to make and it's finished now. 

The pattern is by Simply Made, by Erin and is available on Ravelry for $5. Totally worth it. It's nice and warm. I used the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn by Lion Brand. 

This one is for my daughter in law up north. 

 I hope it fits her well. It's always hard to size properly when they're not here. 

Well, that's all I have for you today. Have a wonderful rest of the week! 


Sep 30, 2014

A Squirrely post with a Digital Stamp Freebie!

Good Day! 

Is there any better indication that Autumn is in full swing when the trees sway back and forth and an array of colorful leaves saunter through the air? It is such a beautiful time of year! It's been fun walking in the park with my bestie while taking in some of the changes that are happening...much too quickly, I might add. I love the Fall, but I know winter is just on my doorstep.

First I'm going to share my freebie with you and then a few photos of what's been happening. :) 

This image was inspired by Gingermelon's Peek a Boo Pals. I've been making these for my granddaughters and I think they're so much fun to make!! There's a link to her Etsy Shop on her blog.

Here's a peek at the two I've made recently. They still need bows in their hair and around the neck. 

Aren't they just adorable? The hats are removable. I thought I could make one plain and then make some clothes for her that the kids could put on her. In fact, I want to make a few more ALL of these!!

I've also been crocheting some hats...

This is the Payton Cloche Hat. The pattern was created by The Velvet Acorn. The original has velvety ribbons in place of the buttons. However, I was asked to make it with buttons, which is also super cute!

This is a My Little Pony Hat I made for my granddaughter. The pattern is from BriAbby if you'd like to make your own. This one was a request, but it kind of freaks me out because of those big eyes. I still think it's adorable though. :)

Remember the walk in the park I told you about earlier? Well, I had a little visitor...I think he was looking for food! 

I love the last picture especially. The caption should read, "Got any food?" That's what he was looking for. These guys are so tame. A lot of people must feed them. Adorable little guy! 

They sure can be noisy though...sometimes I hear them squeaking loudly in the trees when we walk by. Mischievous little things.

Well, that's all for today! Have a wonderful Autumn-y week.


Sep 17, 2014

Wonky House Digital Stamp Freebie

Good Morning Ladies,

This will be a quick post.

I've been making up some new digi's for Squigglefly, but put one aside for a freebie...a little wonky house. 

I thought this image would be great as a treehouse, or it might even work as a gingerbread house. 

I've been asked to do up a few crocheted hats and cowls for my family, so that's keeping me busy right now. More to follow on that! 

I am also going to make some little stuffies to sell along with some hats, or just to make up for my granddaughters...haven't decided yet, but when I get some made, I'll put them up here on the blog. 

I have a terrible headache today, so I"m going to keep this short. Enjoy the freebie!