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.

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.

May 1, 2018

Metal Tape Card with some tips on how.

Good morning,

I have another card to show you today. This is a personal card I made for my father in law. His birthday is coming up this week. I believe he will be 88. He’s a jolly fellow and an endearing guy. 

I decided to play with my aluminum tape again and see what I could come up with. For at least a few months I was in search of the retired Stampin’ Up Going Global embossing folder. I was about to pull down my posts when someone responded. I got it at a great price and it arrived last week. So this is my first try with it. 

Someone asked me how to do this, so thought I’d share. It’s super simple. All you need to do is pick up some aluminum foil tape from a hardware store. It comes in a good size roll and is usually pretty cheap. 

Cut a piece of cardstock to the size you want (I went with the size of my embossing folder) and then cut a few strips of the tape about a 1/2” larger. Pull the backing off the tape and secure it over the cardstock smoothing it as you place it on and leaving a bit of overhang all around. You’ll have to do three strips for most cards. Then just wrap the overhang around the cardstock. You’re ready for the next step. 

Choose an embossing folder and run the taped cardstock through your cuttlebug/BigShot, or whatever you have. That’s the shiny part done. Now embellish your card from there. 

If you like a grungy look, you can put black acrylic paint over the tape, let it dry and wipe it with a Wet One. This works particularly well with a decorative folder as the black paint stays in the crevices. I’ve used this method with my cogs and gears folder. 

Another method is to smear inka gold here and there over the foil or alcohol inks. Check out the pictures below of some of my old projects using these methods. Also, go on Pinterest and search for ‘metal tape art’or "Metal Foil Art"- you’ll be amazed. 

This was the inside of a card. It is just the metal tape and black acrylic paint. The texture underneath the tape is that adhesive netting.

Here are a couple of frames we did up. I think I had my grandkids and daughter in law with me at the time. This one was done with the inka gold on it as well as different items under and on top of the tape.

You see how you can use different folders with the metal tape and run them through the cuttlebug before you peel the backings off. It's a different look. We used lots of different colors of inka gold on this Malma Mirror.

And these last two are portions of the same card. I can't find the photo of the whole card. Lol. Anyway, this card I used different embossing folders, adhesive netting, gears from old watches, etc. Plus, I used the black acrylic paint, and the inka gold. 

I hope if you haven’t already, you’ll give it a try. Enjoy the process!

Well, I hope the FIL likes his card- 


Apr 29, 2018

Teacup Cards

Hi there,

This is going to be a quick post. Last week I showed you some ways to stretch your digital stamps so today I'm going to show you a couple of the cards I've made. I hoped to make more, but I've also been working on a custom order that I just completed. I'll show you that later since I'd like to show the customer first.

Back to the cards. I used the cup stacks on these ones. There are two different cup stacks that I offer for sale in my Etsy Shop. I used the blank ones for these cards.

I had to go back and fix the sentiment. It's funny how sometimes things don't stand out until you see them in a photo. It's all nice and smooth now. I haven't worked with vellum in a long time and love the look of it with an embossed sentiment. 

Note the little tea bag coming out of the cup. This one is going to my mother in law. Mother's Day is only two weeks away...

A couple of simple cards today. Have a great week!


Apr 23, 2018

Getting Creative with Digital Stamps

Good Morning Everyone,

I've been selling my Digital Stamps for quite some time on Etsy now. Someone recently bought the Tall Ship/Schooner that we have in the Etsy shop and left me a nice comment, to which I responded and then left her a creative tip that I'm going to share here. 

In fact, I will share a few tips on some ways to get creative with your Digital Stamps because running off a Digi and coloring it in can just get a bit passe after a while.

TIP #1

This is a very easy tip but it takes a bit of cutting. First I ran off the digital stamp on white cardstock (you could just use white paper for this one instead of cardstock), and again on blue cardstock (only). I ran off two of each, ready to use on a couple of cards.

Next, I carefully cut out the large sails from the white cardstock. I want to stress carefully because with all the lines in there it's very easy to cut the sail in half, and you don't want that. 

Glue them in place on the image with the blue background matching up all the lines. Any kind of glue should work. Then I took a white pen and filled in the sails that were still wrapped. I'm giving you a large picture as it's kind of hard to see in the photo. I also painted the little box at the end of the ship white.

And you're ready to incorporate her into a card. 

TIP #2

Next I'm going to show you a technique with my Stacked Cups Digital Stamp. I inserted one image onto the background, sized it, then copied and pasted the rest into place. I wanted five because there are five cups in the stack. Leave this image up on your computer because you will need it again.

Next cut out some designer cardstock that will fit over a cup stack. Five different pieces that work together. Tape them to hold them in place making sure you don't put the tape over the area to be printed. Again, I've done twice the amount for my own use. You would only need to do one sheet.

Now place the sheet into the printer and run it off again. Here is my one sheet ---

And here is my other sheet. A good example of what not to do. Make sure you place the sheet into your printer correctly and not upside down, like I've done below.

Ya, I did that. Sigh. OK, nothing to see here, move along. 

Since two of the stacks above came out alright I just re-did three of them. Note how my paper got shifted a bit when I put it through a second time. Make sure you cut the cardstock wide enough to allow for a bit of that. I'm not using the bottom portion, so it's totally ok.

I suddenly became very aware of how many mistakes I made, but hopefully my mistakes will encourage you to not repeat them. 

Next mistake  step. You'll have to do a bit of fussy cutting with an exacto knife for the cup ears. I also recommend you do that first, as it makes it easier not to cut them right off. 

When done, cut out the cups (again, you'll only have 5 to do). I left the saucers on the bottom cup, but you could cut them out too. 

You'll notice my tape got into the print area on some of the cups, both on the top and bottom. 


Again, try not to do that.

Now just re-stack them. I haven't glued mine onto cardstock yet, this is just to show you.

Also, who says you have to have five cups in a stack? Go ahead and play---

And that's the second tip. 

Now the third tip really doesn't need any photos. 

TIP #3

Print off your digital stamp.

Rub your image with a bounce sheet or one of those anti-static bags. 

Using an embossing pen (I just use clear), outline your digital and throw some embossing powder on there. I usually use black powder but get creative if it suits your fancy.

Use a heating gun on the powder and go ahead and color in the image when ready.

It just adds another dimension to your image and makes it stand out a bit more. 

I use whatever embossing pen I can find because I live in a community where choice is a byword when it comes to some things. They run about $10 CAD here. It's a worthwhile investment if you like to play with digi's. 

Okay, well there it is. 

Hopefully I get creative and make some cards soon with these images. 

Until then, 


Apr 15, 2018

Prayer Pocket with Measurements

Hello there,

I have a little treat for you today. 

My sister in law, Janell, loves to work in her scrapbook room making cards and playing with papers and ink. Watching over her are a bunch of monkeys because Janell loves monkeys. There's even a nasty rumour out there that she sleeps with one, but you didn't hear it from me --- Shhhhhhhhh. 
Ok kidding, seriously though my sister in law is one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet. My brother is a lucky guy!! 

We chat back and forth all the time and share our crafts and ideas, and recently she showed me something that she made for a couple of ladies. I had never seen one before and so I asked her if I could share it here with you. 

Without further adieu: This is a Prayer Pocket.

What is it's purpose? To write down who or what you are praying for.  To encourage you, to help you keep track.

I really just want to look at it for a while!

Note the stitching and the embellishments. It is just so cute! 

There are several pockets in there. Here they are dislodged from the pocket- 

Love the turned over corner and the little ribbon pulls on some of the tags. I especially love the dragonfly embelly....I have to ask her where that came from. Super cute!!

Below she shows us the back of the tags. Plenty of space to write and make lists. Perfect!

Isn't it lovely? I think this is a great 'just because' gift idea for a friend, someone that goes to church and someone who loves to pray. 

When Janell sent this to me I asked her if she had any measurements for these. She sent me some photos with measurements included. It will sure make it easy for you us to duplicate this beautiful prayer pocket. 

Measurements for Prayer Pocket: 

Measurements for the Three Part Pocket.
Again, LOVE the stitching

Want to know where to get Scripture Stamps? I'l link below.

I just love the edge punch on the bottom of this tag!

The dragonfly!!! Ka-ute!!

Sweet little corner punch

Love the ribbon on here.

I want that 'Joy" stamp!! 

Here's what she attached on the back of the little boy and the dragonfly tags. They are 2.25 X 2.25

Adorable, right?

Love it!

Here's where I've bought my Scripture stamps from. I have a couple of sets and I know Janell has at least one set of them. Check out Our Daily Bread Designs.

Do you want to see what else Janell and her monkeys are up to? Check out her Etsy Shop 

I looked around to see if I could find anymore prayer pockets. There was only one I could find, which is where I believe Janell got her inspiration from. There is no link to a blog, unfortunately, but it was on Pinterest, so I will share the photo for ideas. This one was shared by Jeannie Phillips.

Thanks for stopping in -  

Oh, and someone wanted to say good-bye


Apr 11, 2018

New Digital in Shop! Sign Language, I love you!


Just a quick post. I have a new image in the shop that incorporates sign language. I will probably be doing a few more of these as I have a couple of friends who are hearing impaired and I also have a few family members that are aids and use sign language in the schools. When one of my friends asked me about sign language stamps, I sent her a site that sells rubber stamps, but I thought I should make some of my own. 

So here is a copy of the new Digital that's in my Carmensplace Etsy Shop.

And here is a simple card I made up quickly.

That's it for today!

Have a great weekend!

Mar 29, 2018

Cards for the Grands and Fear Not!


I have some cards lined up to show you today, but first it's my pleasure to tell you that I will be doing some more crocheting soon and adding some of my lovingly handmade crocheted items to the shop soon. They're all done and protected in plastic ziplocs and waiting to find their forever home! I'm excited to list them!

So here's a few more cards I made up. These first two are ones I really just made up for the grands. I found a sheet of these images and cut them out. Very easy. I just wrote instead of stamped the sentiments. The kids don't mind.

I picked up a bunch of stamps from "Our Daily Bread" some time ago and used one on this next card. I embellished it with some roses I have in my stash. Plus I used a couple of different embossing folders. Other than that I left it pretty simple as my focus is the verse.

As you can see, the roses do make this a bulky card that won't send well. So I think I'll give it to someone local myself. 

Well, that's all for today. 

Have a great day! 

Mar 27, 2018

It's a Card Making Kinda Day!

I've always loved little houses. I love them in mixed media especially, but on my last trip I picked up a Lawn Fawn stamp set and some diecuts. I decided to try something a little more conservative.

I wonder if I could do something a little different with this set. In any case, it's nice to have some plain cards in your arsenal. This one is great for  someone who is moving or has bought a house.

The inside

As I mentioned on the last post, my brother in law is having a birthday soon. I played around with some embossing folders and came up with this card. He's a bonafide lifetime car nut. There's really nothing else I could have made for him.

I also made another card with my take out coffee cup. This one will probably go on Etsy. It's similar to the last one but I embellished it a bit differently. Love the addition of the clock!

I have more cards to show but I'll post them later. 

Have a great week! 

Mar 24, 2018

Hay There!

The snow is starting to melt, the sun is trying to peek through the clouds and the days are very slowly getting warmer. I don't see any flowers yet but I know they're on their way, as is the rain. I welcome the rain, but only because it's not snow.

Half-hearted, I know.

I feel like I'm waking up from a slumber. Winter, with its dark skies and cold weather has a tendency to drain me of energy and I long to be indoors where I can snuggle and nest. Human hibernation - it's a thing.

So my walk today was amazing. The fresh air was rejuvenating and I enjoyed it so much. I want spring to come and I hope it's a long spring this year. Spring and Fall are my favorite times of year but it seems they're the shortest seasons up here. Winter is super cold and snowy, Summer is super hot and burny....remember the fires last year? Crazy.

Anyway....enough about the seasons.

Last week we went out of town and I stopped in at Clippers in Langley. I bought a few diecuts, some stamp sets and a small paper pad. These are the cards I made.
The stamp set is "Hay There" from Lawn Fawn.
I also bought some diecut mini frames to use with it. I think they're so stinkin' cute, and the set also comes with some chicks, a lamb, an egg, and a barn and picket fence. I will be making some barnyard type cards down the road. So cute.

With Spring around the corner, it's time for another parcel for the grands.

We picked up a few little things for the two littlest ones and chocolate for everyone. This son has 5 kids and the first three are quite a bit older, so they're all working now, but I wanted to send something for the little ones because they get super excited.

When I make up a box for them, I usually add a letter. While making up the letter I thought why not incorporate some of the Lawn Fawn frames and stamps for them to color and put together as well. So I prepared some frames and stamped images, and then stamped some animals onto the letter. It makes it look fun.

The cardstock is lined and comes with a design. It looks festive and fun.

I placed the frames and stamped images in a plastic bag and stapled it to the back of the cardstock that I wrote the letter on.

I have so much fun putting little parcels together for the grands. The shipping costs are so much, especially here in Canada, but the kids are so worth it. I think they'll have fun opening the parcel. 

Coming up next are my brother in law and my sister in laws birthdays. Stay tuned!