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PPA77 Bee-cause I Care

Stampin up nature walk sympathy card pals paper arts My husband's Grandmother Rosie recently passed away, just a couple weeks short of her 102nd birthday.  At 101+ years, I don't think any of us can argue that she didn't live a full life.  Her wit, strength and flair for telling a story will be missed but forever locked in our hearts.

Today's card is a sympathy card for her son (my father-in-law).  It holds special stories about Rosie.  I'm sure he will treasure it.  I think I'm one of the few that really enjoys creating masculine cards. Click and scroll for more masculine card samples.

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TELL ME:  Do you struggle with masculine cards?  Please leave me a comment below.


  • Stampin up nature walk sympathy card Finally!  I found a way to use the egg stamp in the new Nature Walk stamp set (Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog).  Inked in VersaMark, it becomes a soft, coordinated element.
  • A Stampin' Write So Saffron Marker (the fine point) quickly adds a shot of "yellow."
  • The "because I care" sentiment is from the Because I Care Hostess Level 1 stamp set.  Did you know hostess rewards are available with on-line orders?  Click to learn more about REWARDS.

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    Nature walk stampin up stampin pretty Stamp Set:  Nature Walk (WM 121925, CM 121997), Because I Care (Hostess Level 1, WM 118384, CM 120118)
    Paper:  Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117157), Basic Gray (121044), So Saffron (105118), Very Vanilla (101650)
    Ink:  Basic Gray (109120), VersaMark (102283), So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker (105114)
    Cool Tools:  1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch (119855), 3/16" Corner Punch (119871)
    The Perfect Touch:  Gold Brads (104337), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

    42 thoughts on “PPA77 Bee-cause I Care”

    1. My sympathies to you and your family on your loss. Thank you for sharing during this difficult time. I’m sure your father in law will love the card.

    2. Stamping with a fellow stamper this weekend we were working hard on masculine cards, and struggling. Our ribbon idea is a straight ribbon across the card with a knot of linen thread, or twine in it. Really wishing stamping up would combine a masculine set with a birthday sentiment. Awesome card – you never disappoint!

    3. So sorry to hear of the passing of Grandmother. My grandmother will be 102 in February and she is a treasure. Still lives by herself and loves to travel and enjoys everyday. This card is beautiful and I am sure your father-in-law will love it.

    4. It’s so difficult when someone we cherish passes away, no matter what the age. I’m sure your Father-in-Law will appreciate this lovely and thoughtfully made card.

      I make lots of masculine cards for relatives and co-workers, and my struggle at times is to add just a little something to make sure they’re not too plain. I have taken many great ideas from you, Mary, which I appreciate! Nature scenes are always a good fall back, LOL!!

    5. Mary, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband’s grandmother. I’m sure she will be missed by all the family. I love the card and I know your father in law will know the love that went into it.

    6. Mary, my condolences to your family and may God Bless you all. I also struggle with masculine cards; there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of products available. However, this card is absolutely smashing! I didn’t think I would order this set as I couldn’t decide what I could make with it. You’ve changed my mind once again. I love your designs….TFS !

    7. I’m sorry to hear of the loss in your family, but this card is beautiful and I’m sure will bring comfort. May God grant you all His perfect peace.
      I sometimes struggle with masculine and he’s very much a man’s man 🙂 I usually do flat, clean lined, no embellishment cards for the males in our family… they usually pass the judge’s test 🙂

    8. I am so sorry to hear about Grandma Rosie. But the beautiful card and stories will be a treasure for your father-in-law.

    9. Actually I have no problem with masculine cards, esp. when they are made for my DH, DS, SIL and grandsons 🙂 I think if you choose the right colors and start with coordinating DP it is easy from there.
      What a wonderful long life and great lady your grandmother-in-law had. Your FIL will LOVE his very special card made with so much love. TFS

    10. I too struggle with masculine cards. I came up with a card that looks like a carhart pant pocket…and everyone I have sent this to thinks it is awesome. I really like this masculine card you created….the colors are awesome !

    11. Mary, I am very sorry to read about your husband’s grandmother. Your card is lovely and I love how you flipped the sketch. You always make such wonderful masculine cards! I’m sure your father-in-law will greatly appreciate it.

    12. I really struggle with masculine cards and really with sympathy cards to the point I just don’t make them. Men’s cards I seem to leave until the last minute. Although, for once I have already made my husbands Bday card and it’s not for another month.

      I love your work! Great quality!

    13. Masculine cards are fun for me. They always seem to be a challenge and tend to get me out of my comfort zone but bring it on, right?

    14. yes, I struggle with them. Especially since my dad does not drink, play golf, ride motorcycles or gamble. I have used loads of love a lot. i like the new airplane stamp set. I have uses your concentric circle card and loved the result. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration and great blog.

    15. Mary, thanks for sharing this card and for sharing about your family. I hope your loss is being filled with really good memories.

      As for masculine cards, I just get my ideas from you! I feel like I don’t know where to start on my own. Maybe it’s that I actually need to buy some masculine stamps instead of all of the cute and pretty ones that I have! 🙁 Thanks for the help on your blog today, and I hope you follow up with some more tips in the future!

    16. Beautiful card and great color choice. I did not see the egg stamp and assume you used it as a background. So sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories you must have.

    17. I am so sorry about Grandma Rosie! I remember the sweet pictures you always posted of her birthdays. Fab card that I am sure your father-in-law will love. I am getting better with masculine cards!

    18. I do struggle with masculine cards. I have a hard time coming up with ideas other than the usual tools, sports, or such. Thank you for all of they ideas you provide.

    19. My sympathies to you and your family – wow, 101, what treasured memories you all must have!
      This card is beautiful, soft and serene and perfectly masculine

    20. Oh, Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about Grandma Rosie. I know how much you always enjoyed creating cards and treats for her and being in her company. My deep sympathy to all of your family members.

      Your card is beautiful and absolutely perfect. I’m sure your father-in-law will greatly appreciate it, and I’m sure he will love the special stories inside.

    21. This is one gorgeous card. I’ve always loved the navy and yellow combination. It works so well for a masculine card. And, the brads – perfect accent instead of ribbon for a guy.
      Enjoyed our short visit (standing in line for the restroom at Leadership). ha! You’re such a classy lady and I love stopping by your blog to see your classy card style.

    22. my sympathy to your husband and his family-what a long life she lived-
      as far as masculine cards-I have learned that there are otehr embellies besides ribbon to use on guy cards-you have a great assortment of masculine cards-I may have to borrow a few of your ideas!!

    23. Mary: Thinking of you and your husband during this time of loss. I’m sure your husband has many fond memories of his grandmother and can know that she has gone to join the family that left this earth before her. SUPER HUGS to both you and your husband.

    24. The trouble with masculine cards is we are so used to adorning our cards–and it always feels awkward doing a ribbon on a man-card. This card is so pretty for anyone. I love it. Does anyone keep a record of what card they sent to who? I always worry I’ll be sending the same card to a guy that I sent last year and he thinks I’m a one hit wonder.

    25. I also struggle with masculine cards, though I do have the motorcycle stamp that I often use for masculine cards and I also use the tree set a lot. More ideas would be very helpful. Love this card!!

    26. Hello Mary: I also have a bit of trouble with masculine cards. I want to make them beautiful and, at the same time, not to cute or to adorned. All of your masculine cards are fabulous and this one, is absolutely stunning.
      I love the simplicity and elegance of it and the fact that, by changing the sentiment, you can also have a fantastic birthday card. We are so lucky you are so talented. Thank you for sharing.
      PS. I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband’s grandma.

    27. I also stuggle with masculine cards. I personally would not use a yellow or anything with a flower for a masculine card but yours sure work! I really need to step outside my norm and try other things. Thanks for the great sample!


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