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

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. I am a mom and a grandmother of 8 adorable grandkids whom I love to make things for.

Check out my Etsy Digi Shop!

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.

Jun 15, 2013

It's My Anniversary!! Let's Celebrate with Free Digi's! LTO

Today (June 16th) is my anniversary! Although it's hard to believe, it's been 29 years (twenty NINE!!!) and I have no idea how the time went so fast!

We married in a little church in Victoria BC that my son later dubbed 'the castle church'. I think maybe because it had some stained glass windows? It was a simple wedding and a simple reception with about 80 friends and family. We both cried while saying our vows, thereby making some in the congregation cry. Yes, we're fun like that! (grin). In some ways it was like a fairy tale. We'd met and then married within 6 months. We just knew! Now we have four sons, six grandchildren with one on the way, and three beautiful daughter in laws (I'm not just saying that, they are all really beautiful women!!).

Marriage, however, is not always an easy journey. There are times when I've entertained the thought of leaving and I know my husband has done the same. It's never easy living with another person, whether it's your mom and dad, your husband, your best friend. We tend to get 'lax' with the other person and become careless.

What I say and how I say it can come across in a different way than I intended it. So here's some unsolicited advice if I may? 
Always season your words with grace, treat people with a loving attitude even when they're out of sorts (it's often not because of you anyway). 
Give people the benefit of the doubt (most mean well).
Give people their space! (most men particularly need this, I think)
Take every opportunity to laugh! 
Always, ALWAYS be kind to each other, especially when you don't feel like it.

Someone said I looked too young to be married 29 years. The photo above was taken about 4 years ago, so it's fairly recent. People often tell me I look younger than I am. Truth be told, I'm a grey/white hair, but it's a cover up! Lol..

Anyway, I've gone on and on and most of you have probably given up and scrolled down!  Thanks for listening...those of you who patiently stayed with me!

Here are your freebies for a limited time only. They will be watermarked tonight so get them now!


 And remember, if your marriage feels like THIS:
As difficult as it will be...and it will be difficult....

Do what you can to season it with good words, nurture it with good intentions and seed it with good actions, and in the end, you may be rewarded with THIS:

*The last two images are always free.*

Here's a card Lora made with one of these images. I love her card!
There are more examples under the first post of this penny farthing HERE, if you want some ideas.

Thanks for celebrating with me! I hope you enjoy your freebies. It's been my joy to share them with you! 

Blessings,
Carmen

*Many of the watermarked images on this blog are now available in my Etsy Shop.

35 comments:

  1. Hi Carmen, thanks for the lovely freebies, all fabulous!.Very good advice above too, you don't look old enough to have been married for 29 yrs......very very true !!!!I have been married for 42 yrs,no ups and downs just ups, I have been so blessed. May you have many more happy days together :)hugs Viv xx

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    1. Thanks Viv! You are blessed indeed and I am so happy for you! Not many people can say that especially these days! Congratulations on 42 yrs as well! :)

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  2. Hope you have had the most wonderful Anniversary. Thank you for the freebies - your artwork is stunning!! Best wishes from Carol in the UK xx

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  3. Proficiat Carmen en heel hartelijk dank voor je geweldige freebies!
    xxx Margreet

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  4. happy anniversary, hope you both have a lovely day. Thank you for the images :-)

    Lisa

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  5. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on making it so long in today's world! May you be blessed with many more years of happiness together! Hugs,
    ~Deb~

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  6. Happy Anniversary! and many more......

    Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  7. Happy anniversary!!!!!!! Have a happy day!!! Thanks so much for the free digis you have offered! You are so kind!!!

    ~DEANNE~

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Here's to 29 plus many, many more!! Thank you for the digis.

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  9. Carmen, Just in May I celebrated my 39th anniversary. Now, this is not to one up you in anyway, only to agree, yes, it goes fast. Life with another person is like a roller coaster and yes, you do want to get off when it gets rough. Thank you for the seasoned words, for you speak the truth. Men need their space and they take a long time to remind themselves that they don't like living with their selves all the times. Love your freebies and Happy Anniversary......Josie

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    1. 39 years! That's wonderful Josephine and I think that's a great milestone!! Thank you so much for your kind words! :)

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  10. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely freebies - they are beautiful! And thanks for the words of advice - I needed to see that today!

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  11. Thank U. They are all great.
    Congrats on your 29 and to 29 more.
    Hugs from the Oregon Coast

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  12. Thank you, Carmen. I always love stopping by your blog!

    kren@
    http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

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  13. +Thank you for the freebies. Congratulations of your 29th! And your beautiful family!

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  14. Thanks for your wonderful freebies, and Happy Anniversary. It's always a journey, whether you're single or married. Glad you're so happy.

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  15. First congrats on your anniversary, what you say is so true, I know, Next month my Dh & I will be married 61 years. It is so hard to think it has been that many years.. By the way always enjoy coming to your blog.. Thanks for all the great freebies you share with us

    Silverbutterfly

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    1. 61 years!! Wow, that IS impressive!! Congratulations on that!! I enjoy seeing your comments also...you're a regular! Thank you!! :)

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  16. First congrats on your anniversary, what you say is so true, I know, Next month my Dh & I will be married 61 years. It is so hard to think it has been that many years.. By the way always enjoy coming to your blog.. Thanks for all the great freebies you share with us

    Silverbutterfly

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  17. Thank you Carmen for your wisdom and your freebies. Congrats on 29 years. I agree with those that say you don't look old enough to have been married 29 years. I haven't been married that long and I look older than you! Eek!

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  18. I just made your 501 followers! Wooop! Wooop!
    Congrats, again :)

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  19. Congratulations on your 29th Anniversary! Your great advice is so true, we're both second timers, marriage wise, and have just celebrated our 21st. I'm sure it wouldn't have lasted if we'd not heeded some of this.
    Wish you many more happy years. :)

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  20. Congrats!
    Thanks for the freebies... I only got the last two :(
    Many blessings,
    Ardilla :)

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  21. Happy Anniversary!!!
    Sylviane

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  22. Happy Anniversary!! Thank you for sharing your images and your advice! Norma W

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  23. Happy Anniversary! I missed out on the free digis today but I do hope you had a special day.

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  24. Happy Anniversary! I was too late for the free digis; oh well. I sure hope you had a special day

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  25. Happy Belated Anniversary. I was out of town so missed your special day.

    It is truly amazing how fast time seems to fly by through the years.

    Your words of wisdom are very sound advise. Sometimes we just need to stop and think about the situation as you pointed out words are not always aimed at us.Think about what is going on around the person that is speaking.

    The vintage graphics are gorgeous!

    This was so very generous of you to let us share in your joy.

    Even if you have missed out on the free digis, they are available at a great price so you can still get them.

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  26. what? 29 years? you must have been a teenager. you DO look way too young. but i'm wishing you many more years of happiness.

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    hugs :)

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    1. Thanks Stef! I was 26 when I got married, which makes me 55 yrs young. Lol...I'm planning on living a long time! :)

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  27. Unfortunately by the time feedburner delivered your mail to me the images were already watermarked so I missed out on them but that is okay. I enjoyed reading your words of wisdom and about your marriage. Congrats on 29 years of marriage. My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th next year and your 'advice' certainly rings true. Uh, how did I not know you were Canadian? I've got a special page listing Canadian blogs so I've grabbed your button and will be adding it to my page once finished here. So now you'll be in my side bar under 'fabulous freebies' and on a page dedicated to those of us living in this beautiful country.

    Wishing you continued success and joy in your marriage, life in general and on your blog,
    Lisa D.

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    1. Awww, I'm sorry Lisa. Congratulations on your upcoming 25th anniversary!! Yes, I'm a Canadian. I live in semi-arid Kamloops, BC. Thanks so much for adding my button to your page. Awesome! Thanks also for the kind words.

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Thanks for the comments!