About Martha Zender

I am a mother of four adult children and married to my best friend for over 27 years. My faith and family are most important to me. Crafting, sewing and gardening have been a huge part of my life and I am grateful for the talents I have been given. I am a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator and am having loads of fun with my business and the crafters I have met.

A Little of this and a little of that!

I was thinkimg I should use more of the pretty dsp (designer series paper) from the new Stampin’ Up catty. This floral from Naturally Eclectic I used for the bg is fun and I adore the colors together. The green stripe is from another 12×12 dsp pack…Delightful Daisy.


This is definately one of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of cards! Two dsps, three stamp sets, three dies, three ink colors and two embelishments. You should see my craft table!


For the leaves I used the Best Birds stamp and dies, stamped with Old Olive on Pear Pizzazz cs. The sentiment is from the new Label Me Pretty set.


The flowers were made with Flirty Flowers (love this set!) stamped with Peekaboo Peach and the centers colored with a Calypso marker. I then used a Micron pen for the staemen and went over the flowers and leaves with a Wink of Stella clear pen.  Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my card. I hope you have a great day!c

Update:I made a card using the same set for my new catty party tonight…love this dsp and Flirty Flowers!


This Little Piggy…

Of all the new stamp sets Stampin’ Up has in their new catalog that was just released this month This Little Piggy is definately on the top of the list.


I was going through the new catty marking sets I have when I came across Here For You and thought of mixing it with the piggy set and came up with the card on the right. A CAS (Clean and Simple card) is good to clear the mind, it’s like a re-set button for me.


This is the inside of the card on the left. I cut the front of the card off , leaving just 1.5″  across the top, then attached the window sheet and dsp to make it match up with the back.

After busy morning deep cleaning the house it was great to get some stamping time in today. I hope your day was a little productive and a little fun! Thanks for stopping by!


Welcome Spring!

I love shopping for fabric…the colors and prints…not enough ideas or time to keep up with my stash right now, but I did manage to finish my spring table runner the day before Easter…whew!  The fabric has succulents  on it. Kind if matches that last card theme! This is a half square pattern turned a different way than I’ve done before. Very happy with the way it turned out. It wasn’t quilted much as I was borrowing my mother-in-law’s machine…mine froze up the week before, but I like the results.  I had a large vase of white and light pink tulips sitting on it, really pretty combo!


Sweet Succulants

Two Step Stamping is great because the stamps do the work for you regarding coloring. One stamp makes the outline, the second fills in the image. Honestly, though, I don’t always get into this technique. I like coloring and shading! Oh So Succulent offers a lot of stamps, though, and I just had to start using it more.

Our school PTSA is hosting their annual auction and I plan to donate cards to a garden themed basket and I immediately thought of this set. I have to say that this was a really fun card to make! I didn’t quite get one of the stamps lined up accurately but it still looks fine. The bottom half used the Petal Burst embossing folder. The sentiment is from Cottage Greetings. Sticking to the auction theme the colors are the same as our school.



Beautiful Blooms CAS

Our stamp club has been working hard at our last few classes using lots of layers, dies and details. This month we went back to the KISS rule of thumb and made a few cards with one or no layers. The term for such cards is Clean And Simple (CAS) .

The stamp set I chose for our third card of the night used Beautiful Blooms. I thought I had plenty of floral stamp sets but just had to add this one to my collection. As you can see it is beautiful colored or not.

The first photo shows it stamped in Mint Macaron and the same card but with everything embossed in gold.



This next card I made to show the gals how fun this stamp can be to color. I used Stickles gel for a little bling. For more wonderful  ideas on using this set chec ou the Jan 3, 2016 post by  www.pattystamps.com who I got the mint card idea from.  She has lovely creations!




A Beautiful Combo

I was looking for an idea for a card for this week’s stamp night and wanted to use Definately Dahlia and something to coordinate with it.  Finally, near the back of the Stampin’ Up catty I see Perfectly Wrapped. It’s a kit with this stamp set …I love it! We used Very Vanilla cardstock and inks in Watermelon Wonder and Sahara Sand. Very simple card to make; just a little fussy cutting.


The second card uses one of Stampin’ Up’s note cards. These are a great deal since you get 20 cards and envelopes for $6. We used the plastic baggie watercolor technique. Color the baggie with markers, spritz with a bit of water then lay flat on the card stock and gently press down. We used the shimmery white cardstock since we were using water. Two simple cards but with great results. Both were fun and showed the group something they hadn’t done before.

For the Bride

This past weekend our youngest daughter was home for her friend’s bridal shower. As I waited for her to finish her gift purchase at Bed Bath and Beyond I perused the greeting card rack. I guess I’ve had my head in the sand a while…I was pretty surprised at the prices. Cards ranged from $3 for just a card base printed with a greeting and image to $8.95 for a fancy card loaded with layers and bling.

We decided to make one…using colors and images that matched the bride-to-be’s tastes. I like the softness of this and the font is pretty.


We used all Stampin’ Up products. The retired stamp set Best Thoughts is one of my all-time favorites. Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla card stock provided the base paired with the new very vanilla ribbon and Falling in Love dsp. The flower was stamped in Sahara Sand and embossed in white. Jen then colored it using a blender pen with Blushing Bride and the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. We then added Wink of Stella , clear , to add a bit more diamond flare. The font was stamped in Early Espresso. The squares are the new Stitched Framelits.

It was fun stamping with Jen and rewarding to be able to make this for someone’s special day.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Special Reason

Today I had some fun experimenting with the Special Reason stamp set and thinlets. The glittery cs is a new free item for Sale-a-Bration beginning  Feb 21st. You get three colors, 6×6 , 4 sheets of each.


The second card I used Timeless Textures and used both the stamps and coordinating dies. This third card , below, uses a pretty combination of Smokey Slate card stock and Daffodil Delight. This will be one of our club cards this next week. Lots of fun cutouts and layers. Thank you for stopping  by! Have a great weekend!


Snow Day!

This week was a snow day! Our schools were closed four days due to snow! I didn’t get as much stamping done as I had hoped, but I did get some quality time with some new sets…and a few old favorites.

This first card is made with Soft Suede cardstock, Serene Scenery dsp, and the new Easter Message stamp set all from Stampin’ Up. The cross was colored with I like the card, but I usually use spring colors for Easter. Was going to use the sheet with the dandelions, but it didn’t look quite right.

img_0707These next two cards were made with the Timeless Textures stamp set which is one of my go-to sets. Same background on each but I eliminated the splatters on the baby card and rotated the diecuts. The stamps are from Hey Chick and Moon Baby. The dsp is from Cupcakes and Carousels…love it! This shows that you don’t have to use a lot of dsp.