Some Summer Session Sets

Happy August friends!  This Summer has really flown right by me this year, how about you?  Before you know it we’ll be getting ready for all things Fall…which is my favorite time of the year!🍂  I haven’t been feeling well for the last several days and haven’t done much crafting, but I do have some sets of cards that I’ve made sometime during these Summer months, but haven’t posted, so I’d like to share them with you today.

Taylored Expression had released an adorable collection of fish themed products this Summer that I thought would be so fun for several different occasions, and not just for those that like to fish, but for anyone for any occasion too!

The first white background card on the left was created with the TE Hook, Line & Sinker Stamp & Stencil Combo.  The stencil is really nice to create different effects in an easy way without lots of coloring. I like that the TE Hook, Line & Sinker Dies cut out some of the mass produced stenciled fish background too!  (I saved one for the other card as well and still had a few more left over for another project.)  After I created a couple of the stenciled fish backgrounds, I cut out a panel with a wonky stitched rectangle die and placed it over a Kraft A2 card base.  I added some TE Drip Drops for the “bubbles” on the extra fish and you can see that I’ve covered the body of this fish with a glitter brush pen.

The second card on the right was created with the TE Just Keep Swimming Stencil with Toffee Ink color for a watermark look.  I splattered some white and black paint over the background.  The fishing pool as well as the sentiments for both cards came from the TE Reely Great Stamp & Die Combo.  (It includes the fishing pool die cut with it.)  You will also noticed the tiny little sparkly fish on both of the cards which were cut from the TE Little Bits-Fish die with some blue and turquoise glitter cardstock.  The ‘frame’ around the sentiment on the first card as well as the green frame for the second card were extra pieces in my stash previously cut out with the TE A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate. (I save the extras to use for other projects.)  

Of course I didn’t “invent the wheel” on these as it was simple by following along with the TE “Hugs & Fishes Craft-a-Long Class” which I got for free with my stamp/combo purchase when it came out. I tweaked it slightly, but sometimes it’s nice to just create and follow along without having to think about what to do with it.😁 

This next set of cards was actually pretty fun and easy to put together:

Continuing on with more Taylored Expressions products, I’ve used the TE Create-in-Quads Hexagon Layering Stencil Set.  Taylor had recently come with this series sometime last year I believe and they seem to go over pretty well.  (I think I had previously made Christmas cards and some Mother’s Day type of cards earlier this Spring with other “Create-in-Quads” sets.)  It seems like a lot, but when you see how easy it is to knock out four cards at once…which I did with Christmas last year…it’s such a time saver with wonderful results!

All of these cards were finished off with the TE Oh No You Didn’t stamp set & dies (love this set)! A couple of the cards use the TE Simple Strips-Snarky stamp set that were white heat embossed and cut out.  The other cards have sentiments that were foiled from the TE Simple Strips In Reverse-Everyday Occasions and die cut.  And of course I didn’t want to waste too much of the foiled panels, so I again took my TE A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate to cut a couple of the frames with it.  I also stamped out a couple of extra stars here and there from another TE stamp set, but I can’t remember which one I used. (I think it was from a previous card kit I have that’s no longer available…but any star will do!)

And again, no need to reinvent the wheel as I believe this was another class I received for free from a purchase.  You can check out the Create-in-Quads Hexagon Craft-a-Long Class if you’re interested in it.  I think I changed up the colors and details a bit for mine, but very similar in style.

**👀  Be on the look-out for another TE project set from me using another Create-in-Quads I recently got and can’t wait to use!  I’m also going to have some things to give away too!  STAY TUNED!!!

I had also attended a class from Riley and Company sometime this Summer as well:

I have loved that little Riley moose character for years, but Tanya (owner) does several of these on-line class events and she comes out with some really cute class kits.  This kit had everything you need to make the projects and this one also included the sentiment die as well as a full 6×6 packet of papers in the coordinating theme.

I looked in the store, but I don’t see any of these kits available currently, but if you’re interested in seeing what kits she offers, check out – “Cool Kits”

For my projects, the giraffe was the only pre-cut image to color.  All of the other bee images came from the papers that were included with the kit that you were to fussy cut from.  Since the sentiment die was also included, I die cut all of those pieces for my card too.  I decided to step-up my cards with some glitter cardstock along the edge of the giraffe card and then I die cut the “gold glitter honey drip” on that card from the Riley and Company Corner Goo Die.  I also added little details like the “flying trail” of the bee with a marker and using a glitter brush pen on the bee wings.  If you’re interested in the sentiment die that came with this kit, check it out HERE.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Summer Session Sets today and have been inspired or brought a smile!  Thank you so kindly for your time to stop in and have a look!  I really appreciate it!


  1. Pearly Sparkles – Anything Goes
  2. Moving Along With the Times – Anything Goes
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes
  4. Addicted to Stamps & More – Die Cuts and/or Stencils (I’ve used both!)ATSM die cut stencils
  5. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes With Dies challengeimage
  6. Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes
  7. Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes

27 thoughts on “Some Summer Session Sets

  1. OMGoodness, Vicky, these are all fantastic! Hope you are feeling better… nothing worse than feeling poorly in the heat. Hugs, my friend!


  2. You sure have been keeping yourself busy making cards with these fun kits and classes! I love the fishing cards especially – perhaps it’s the cool water that I enjoy in this heat of summer! LOL The hex cards are great too with some funny sentiments that just make me smile. I’ve always been a fan of Riley too, and those happy little bee cards and tag just bring on big grins for me too.. I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well, but hopefully it’s nothing serious and will quickly disappear in the coming days. We’re getting a break from the heat this weekend so I’m looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to fall too! Take care, and keep smiling 🙂


  3. Well you have been busy! Your blue and green fish are fun and that set of geometric cards are fabulous! Well done summertime cards 😊


  4. Hope you are feeling better by now. What a great collection of cards – my favorite are the Riley and Co. because I love whimsy – especially the giraffe – so cute and colorful. I also love the fish cards as well – especially the one with the fishing rod. Hubby is a fisherman. Take care and feel better.


  5. Such delightful sets, my friend, but I especially like the fish cards! The sentiments on the last set are snarky and funny and you’ve used them perfectly. lol.
    Darling critters on the middle set.
    You’ve been bust this summer. No wonder it has flown by. 😀


  6. Sorry to hear you have been unwell and hope you are feeling better soon! Love all the Bee happy cards and cute images,and love the colour combination on the haxagon cards,my favourites have got to be the fishing cards,my Dad loved beach fishing and I used to go with him on the back of his motorbike when I was younger-we played Gone Fishing at his funeral 12yrs ago -the Humanist gave me the CD and still have to pluck up the courage to play it!
    Carol x


  7. So sorry you are not feeling well my friend, I hope you get well soon and start enjoying your crafting again and make some more of these spectacular fish, I love the colours and fabulous card designs, I love anything fishy..then the lovely Hexagon style with the same or similar colours, very pretty and shimmery..then your cuties down the bottom, so fun, great dies and sparkle that Giraffe is too cute..all wonderful projects Vicki…

    Luv CHRISSYxx..


  8. Sorry to read that you’ve been feeling unwell Vicki best wishes for a speedy recovery. A wonderful selection of cards as always,the hexagons with sentiments are brilliant,love the colours on your fishy card and the bright bee cards.Take care.x


  9. I am so sorry you have not been feeling well. I hope you get better soon. I love the fish cards. Those blue green colors are so eye catching to me. The hexagon layering stencil is fantastic. I love that we can create some cards quicker with all the new stencils out.and the hexagon one is perfect for neutral or guy cards too. The Riley cards are super cute too.


  10. I surely enjoyed your Summer cards. Especially the fish cards and the Riley cards are just fun!
    Sorry to hear you were not feeling well. Hope it has improved in the meanwhile.
    xxx Margreet


  11. I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well, my friend. Sending you feel better soon hugs. Your cards are always lovely and these are no exception…Lot’s of variety. I especially like the Riley ones also…I just love that Bee Happy Die Cut. I’m thinking of getting that, I will go there from your site, hopefully you will get some perks from it…I’m debating on getting one of the card kits. I really liked the one I got awhile back (after seeing your cards). I just need to decide which one! Smiles, Kathy

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy! You’re very kind and I appreciate you thinking of me with your ordering, but I do not receive any commission/compensation for any links on my website at this current time. I used to when I was a design team artist for certain companies, but I am only linking it for my fellow crafty friends information. 😉


  12. I enjoyed your post with all these great cards! The fishing ones are so striking and like the colors and details on the fish, wow on the geometric cards-great designs and colors, and the last set is so adorable!


  13. Great cards, Vicki! I recently picked up a couple of the Create in Quads and look forward to giving them a try. Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More. 🙂 ~Melissa (ATSM DT)


  14. Wow, Vicki, you have been busy! All of the are super cute, happy, and fun! The fish are my favorite – probably the colors. All great makes. Hugz


  15. Lovely group of cards! Love all the different styles. I adore the honey drips!! And the fish have got to be my favorites (even though I eat zero sea food) – the colors really draw me in.

    And yes, this summer and whole year so far are traveling at warp speed!


  16. These are all amazing! I’m smitten with those teensy blue glittery fish, though! Great job, as always! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!


  17. Gorgeous group of cards love the fish stamp & stencil. Thanks for joining in our August ‘Anything Goes’ challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x


  18. WOW, what a fabulous set of cards. Love the fish and bright fun colors. Love the sparkle too. You ALWAYS do such a lovely job on all you put together, and these wonderful cards are no exception. Thanks for sharing them. Hope by now you are feeling better.



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