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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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 15, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award

Good Morning!!

Heather@PixieDust has very kindly passed on an award to me. THANK YOU Heather!! Please go and check out Heather's Beautiful Blog and remember to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her today! :)


The rules: Write 10 things about yourself that people may not know and pass on the award to 10 others. 

10 Things About Me

1.       When you first meet me I come across as quite a serious person, but I have a quirky side that most people aren’t aware of unless they know me well.  I am also a very spiritual person and aim to be kind and considerate of others. 

2.       I love to make things, but I hate a messy home. I will clean rather than craft (my husband's a 'messy', smart but messy)...but I’d really rather craft. I love and will try most crafts.

3.       I once lost a lot of my belongings in a flood that happened in a friend’s basement.

4.       I’ve been kidnapped twice. Once by bikers (long story), and once by some friends who thought I’d be glad they did. I was not impressed.

5.       I was very athletic when I was young and could outrun the fastest boy in my grade 7 class. He still hasn’t caught me.

6.        I’ve taken belly dancing classes. I know, I can't believe it either.

7.       I used to play a Melodica, but I have no idea what happened to it (maybe it met its demise in number 3). I play classical guitar when the mood suits me.

8.       We have always been very computer literate in our home since my husband worked with computers from 1984 and on. Our first computer had a pong game on it, and all we had was DOS.

9.       I have a banking background.

10.   People have a hard time figuring out what nationality I am. Mexicans think I’m Mexican, East Indians think I’m East Indian, Italians think I’m Italian, etc. I’m Dutch, but my father was from Curacao...so I guess that makes me Milano.

I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to rules, so although I am passing this award on to 10 very deserving bloggers, please understand the spirit in which it's intended. Basically, I love looking at your blog and thank you for taking the time to share all the wonderful things you put out there! If you decide not to participate, I am fine with that. Just know I'm sending a little love!

10 Bloggers of the many that I love to visit:

1. A local CTMH Blogger, Lisa @ Moments Matter 

2. A new blog I've just discovered, Where the Grass is Greener which focuses on turning trash to treasure.

3. This popular blogger needs no introduction. Her blog is inspiring in so many ways!! Visit Beth at The Stories from A to Z.

4. This is one funny lady, check out Lid at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

5. Bonnie, aka LaBonita from Scraps of My Life does some gorgeous pages!

6. Have you seen the Shabby Shic Cottage? This girl has a huge fan base, and it's no wonder why...go love her Blog!

7. I  OOH and AHHH every time I go to visit Ingvild at My Paper Art! How does she do the things she does with paper?? So in love!

8. Emma is a SU demonstrator form the UK. Her blog Creativity is Key is full of good stuff. I especially love her brayering post.

9. While visiting Emma, I came upon Michelle from Midnight Crafter and got sidetracked. WOA! is all I have to say!!

10. This girl is a Card Diva! Visit Jeannie at A Place for my Cards. You'll be so glad you did!!

Okay, well that's it. Hope you had fun looking at all these fantastic blogs.

Thanks for visiting today! :)


  1. Thanks for this award Carmen and for your lovely comments. I'm thrilled to have you as a follower and to post your award. It will take me a couple of days though as I am away over the weekend.
    x Michelle

  2. Congrats on a much deserved award! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

  3. Wow you have had an interesting life - kidnapped twice !!!!! good grief I am not sure whether to laugh or cry lol, thankyou for your lovely comments on my blog - sorry I missed you in person, take good care and thanks for stopping by XXX

  4. It was so fun to learn more about you! I must say the kidnapped by bikers thing definitely caught my attention.
    And you'd rather clean than craft? I totally get that - I spend more time organizing my crafty supplies than I do actually crafting. Maybe I should give up and just have fun (yeh, right). I do love a clean, organized home though.

    How fun that you have a computer background...my husband is a programmer, I usually default to him when I want to learn something new.

    Thank you for your super-sweet comment on my blog! I'm so grateful for you!

  5. Oooohhh, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for this honouring award! I appreciate it so much!!! *happy* You really made my day!

    Wish you all the best!


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