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

I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, painting, doodling and more. I also offer digital stamps and vintage graphics, many for free. I am a mom of 4 and a grandmother of 10 adorable grandkids, whom I love to make things for.

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Feb 7, 2010

Carpenter's Belt Card


I was recently asked to make a card for a maintenance worker. I decided a carpenter's belt would be appropriate, and found some inspiration for that on Mel Stampz. I used the template they provided and adjusted it for a card. This would be great for a masculine birthday or Father's Day card. So without further adieu...here's the card.

I took a brown piece of cardstock and made it look leathery.

I got the little tools at the local dollar store. The tape measure is actually from a 12 X 12 piece of paper with tape measures all over it. I just cut off one and folded it several times. I inked almost everything...as usual.

I love the little hammer! Note the faux stitching as well.

I'm hoping my Dad doesn't look at my blog. It's his birthday on Tuesday and because he's a bit of a handyman, I just had to make one for him too. Shhhh!!

While I'm at it, I may as well show you the inside too...

That's it for today. Thank you for visiting! 

I hope you enjoyed!


  1. Holy Moly! This is awesome! What a fantastic card!

  2. "I took a piece of brown card stock and made it look leathery." As far as I'm concerned, that's what totally makes this card. And I don't know what "made it look leathery" means, but I suspect that meant an awful lot of work. It's fantastic!

  3. Wow! That is an awesome card you have made. I love the tools in the pockets! When you are in Holland I wil show you the shops I buy my stuff.

  4. OH MY WORD? Okay, next week would you mind if I featured you and your amazing self? The world needs to see the talent of Carmen. Also, once Father's Day rolls around you absolutely HAVE to link this up to MckLinky parties. Any and all. This is fabulous. It must be shared.

  5. Coming over from the Stories of A to Z. So glad she profiled you b/c you do beautiful work! I'm a follower and can't wait to see more of your projects!

  6. This is totally awesome!!! Absolutely love it! And big congrats on being featured too!
    Love lou xx

  7. Fabulous!!! I LOVE it! How did you make it look leathery? It completes the look!


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