Introducing Mega Gracious Vases

Hello Friends! Today, I have the opportunity to share some projects featuring Maile Belles’ new stamp and die set, Mega Gracious Vases for Papertrey Ink. They are very versatile – allowing you to use them with the previously released Gracious Vases and just about any other set that would work with vases! I mixed and matched Mega Gracious Vases with a few different stamp sets.


Here is a peek at the first card. It has what I like to call a fresh vintage style. Very colorful, with a hint of vintage elements.

I die cut the Mega Gracious Vases from patterned paper, then stamped the outlined images onto the patterned paper. Although you can leave the die cuts without the stamped outlined images, they offer a bold statement.

I coordinated Mega Gracious Vases with Garden Variety and Garden Variety II. ย For the sentiment, I stamped it on a jar label die cut.

The focal point is a scalloped oval frame. I die cut the scalloped oval twice (once from vintage book print and again from patterned paper scrap). I adhered the vintage book print die cut onto the patterned paper die cut (white side facing upwards). I did this to make the die cut ย more sturdy as the book print is a very thin paper.

Next, I aligned my solid oval die to the center of the scalloped oval die cut and ran it through my Cuttlebug to get the frame. Last, I stitched around the border of the frame. Love the custom embellishment.

For the flowers in the vases, I stamped clusters from Garden Variety and Garden Variety II. A small cluster of buttons and a large yellow/cream striped ribbon finished it off.

The vases can also be elegant. For my next project, I made a party favor. Imagine multiple favor boxes like these arranged on a table at an event. They are super easy to make and serve a great purpose to thank your guests for sharing time with you with a little treat.

I stamped a wood grain pattern on a square die cut, then stamped the vase in autumn rose ink (twice). I used a flower and sentiment from Gracious Vases.

To make the favor box, I used two Front & Center die cuts (one for the front, the other for the back).

To create the box, I trimmed cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and scored at 1/2″ along the 11″ side leaving the 3.25″ for the short side. Next, I measured the Front & Center die cuts and scored two lines that allowed me to create a base and a left/right side for the box. I used 1/4″ score tape to adhere the Front & Center die cuts to the cardstock. It’s super easy!

See that popcorn ball inside from Garrett’s?! Fill the box with your favorite treats or even hand stamped stationery.

For my last card to share, I created something bright and cheerful. I coordinated Mega Gracious Vases with Simple Sunflower.

A cool little technique to add to the Mega Gracious Vases die cuts is to emboss them. Here, I used Simple Stripes impression plate to get the horizontal embossed stripes.

I stamped the sunflower pattern with fine linen ink and added a sentiment from Gracious Vases. The sunflowers are the flower centers from Simple Sunflowers, but work great as small sunflowers by using summer sunrise cardstock and dark chocolate ink!

The hawaiian shores grosgrain ribbon is the unexpected pop of color for the card. Sometimes, matchy-matchy doesn’t fit well for some designs.

That’s all I have to share with you all today. However, there is plenty more to see over on the following blogs.
Nichole Heady
Maile Belles
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Melissa Bickford

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  • jan m - Your newsprint frame is sweet! Bows too!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Russell - Hi Ashley! Great job on the Gracious Vase series! Love the details-striped impression plate on the large vase, Sunflower centers for small flowers-such great ideas. Thanks for sharing thoughts on making sides for Front and Back dies, too. I prefer this to using paper sacks. Looking forward to all of the other projects to come this month. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kathy H - Sweet Ashley! Love the oval frame on your first card and love how you used Simple Sunflower on the second card. The vases in the mega size are awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Penner - Beautiful cards & favour box, Ashley! You totally rocked this set!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Norwood - Ashley – gorgeous cards! Love the tip on adhering the book print to a cardstock die cut! Love how you used the sunflower set! I always learn something everytime I visit your blog – and I am always inspired! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Jean - Your projects are gorgeous. Now I have to consider this set…ReplyCancel

  • Tracey McNeely - Gorgeous creations Ashley, I love how you used the Simple Stripes IP to impress the vase.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Beauchaine - Super post! I LOVE the Front and Center box! I am going to try that! Would note cards fit in it? If so, a great packiging idea!
    Thanks for sharing. I still smile that you are on the design team!

  • Debbie B - I really love the colors you use in your cards and things. I am a pastel kinda gal and enjoy the look that you tend to use.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - Gorgeous cards!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Deeprose - I adore the first card in this lineup Ashley!! Love the text frame and the way you incorporated the garden variety 1 & 2 into this card~ so clever and so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • F Bond - I am loving the vases…especially how you added texture to the one with sunflowers…Great cards!ReplyCancel

  • janet Wilson - Lovely!!! great addition of texture on the vases ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - Beautiful projects… I especially love how you used the Simple Sunflower stamp set.ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - Great cards, showcasing Maile’s new vases! I especially love the pink polka dot thank you card. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Karen - I just love your style! Your creations are just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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