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

Here you'll find sewing, crocheting, card making, painting, doodling and more. I offer digital stamps and vintage graphics for free. Enjoy your visit!

Please see my Digital Stamps Info & Terms 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, however, soon all digi's will be free on this blog.

Apr 7, 2020

Check Out Krista's Note Cards and more!


I hope this post finds you all doing well in spite of this self isolation we are all experiencing. I'm very much an introvert (who loves to visit and have coffee) and I don't mind this at all. I do like to get out for a bit, but then I'm good! Most of my DIL's are extroverts, but one in particular is very extroverted, and this is HARD for her! Ah well, this too shall pass! 

Anyway, I received a delightful message from a blogging friend, Krista Peterson Hong from Krista's Paper Cafe, who used a few of my Digis to make note cards and she sent the link to me (as I've often requested you all to do when you use my digis) so that I could enjoy them too. I just feel so incredibly happy when people find a use for my digis and I was so pleased to hear from her. I love what she's done and wanted to share it with you too.

As I've mentioned in past posts, all the digital stamps on my blog are now completely free for download. There are all types of them, so please check them out. 

Krista has been following me for ages, and I her - because her blog is awesome! There's a link below to the blog post where she's made the most adorable little cards. I love the fact that she took a Digi I made, broke it up and used it in a different way. What a great idea! It's one of those moments where you think, "why didn't I think of that?" 

As a side note, if you check out my page headings above - the page called "Digital Stamps Info & Terms" explains exactly how to do what Krista did. Please do check it out, especially if you've shy'd away from trying digitals. They are so easy to use and you'll be glad you did! So many fun options!

Here is Krista's post: Birds and Sun. Spring Has Sprung!

Here are the digital stamps she used if you'd like to make your own. As you can see, she split these up into individual birds. Awesome! 

She also used these which are a bit of a different style....but still fun. I'm a bit quirky at times and my digitals display that quality. No apologies. 

Ok, it's time to go back into isolation! But before I do...check out these Easter images on my blog for a quick card, place card, or banner. Is it April already?

I should really do up a religious one. 

Anyway, thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Mar 24, 2020

Free Crochet Freezie Holder Patterns.


Yesterday I made all my digital stamps, sentiments and vintage graphics available for free on my blog. Today I decided to add my two freezie holder crochet patterns. Summer is coming and these will keep their little fingers from freezing. These will fit small freezies and large ones.

My Free Crochet Patterns

My Free Crochet Patterns

The correct links are in the sidebar - just click on the picture. 


Mar 23, 2020



How is everyone doing in this strange world right now? Here in British Columbia, Canada we are in a state of emergency over 13 deaths from Covid-19 (10 from one facility), but my son is a respiratory therapist and he says it truly will be a problem if people don't isolate. They expect our numbers to be like Italy's numbers in a matching amount of time. So we are hunkering down! The fact is, I've been sick a lot this year, which is very unusual for me, but I am fine. It's mild. 

Anyway, I got off on a bit of a tangent. I'm actually here today to mention that I have gone through this blog in the last month or so and removed the watermarked images, and replaced them all with the free images. 


This includes vintage graphics and other freebies. There are duplicates sprinkled here and there, but that is because when I was selling them I sometimes offered time limited freebies. Feel free to scroll through. There may be something here for you. 

I had started a page some time ago outlining all the freebies I did have available. However, rather than update that list, if you just go to 'freebies' 'digital stamps' or 'vintage graphics' in the sidebar, they should all pop up. There will be many of them, but that's the easiest way to find them. 

Here's my last couple of cards:

Thanks for stopping by!


Mar 9, 2020

Oils, Acrylics and Watercolors


I have been going through my blogs and doing some spring cleaning on them. In that process I came across some painting posts and realized that I haven't shared any of my new paintings with you in a long time. So I'm going to share a few here today that I did in the past (that I haven't posted yet) and recently.

This first are oil paintings. 

The first two of those are sold. I still have the third one and I quite like this one.

The next are my acrylics:

I don't even know who I sold the first one to, but I no longer have it. 

These last ones are watercolors. I've done these recently to get my creative juices flowing again. They were just for fun with the doodling on them, but I love that and may do some bigger canvases like this. The last one is smaller and I might turn it into a card. 

I love to doodle. So if you're wondering where I've been -- this is where. Although I have been away a lot in the last few months, and sick three times as well. Very unusual for me.

 I also did some purging and organizing in that time. I find that I'm creatively challenged when things aren't in order. It's a huge problem for me. I can have a messy craft desk while I'm creating, but I have to know where things are. 

Have a good day! 

Mar 2, 2020

Inked cards

Good morning,

Last week I showed you some card backgrounds I made up, and today I'm going to show you what I did with a couple of them. This one is a generic card. There is nothing stamped on the inside so that I can add a sentiment later. This gives me options with a ready to use card.

Then there's this card. This one is for a birthday for a woman. This particular stamp looks really good in black ink. 

With these cards I first stamped the image in versamark and embossed it in white. Then I inked the background and embellished them with sentiments, flowers, and a butterfly. 

It's good to have a few cards like that on hand for those times you're too busy to make a card. It's even nice to be able to grab one that's partially made, add an embellishment and a sentiment and you're good to go. 

Thank you for stopping by!