The Cutting Edge! Sponsored Giveaway, X-ACTO

X-ACTO contacted me to show to how I use X-ACTO around my home.  Around my home includes my crafting studio where I've used X-ACTO for years.  It was probably the second tool I purchased when I started scrapbooking.

Each year I make a new Christmas Layout that is framed and hangs on the wall as part of our Christmas decorations.  This year the subject is Tabitha and her Grandmother in 1980.

How I Used My Designer Series #1 Craft Knife

Designer Series #1 Craft Knife has a more ergonomic grip.

I was able to do some precision cutting with more control with tight corners.

I fancy myself as great at using micro-tip scissors.  With precision cutting on photo paper I can't get it quiet as smooth.  The X-ACTO knife did a great job.  If you look at the layout the 1st and 2nd Reindeer are cut with X-ACTO and the third with micro-tip scissors.

Designer Series Gripster Craft Knife

Still lovin' Pink?  This X-ACTO knife is slim lined with a great grip around the middle.  It made is easy for me to cut my circles and title.
I was able to cut circles from a pattern paper.  Worked great!
Pre-electronic die cutting.  I have a few, but rarely use them.  This is how I learned to create words and letters.  I print my word on the back of my paper in mirror.  I use my X-ACTO knife to cut the inside of the letters first then the outside.  I love the font and it turned out wonderfully.

How I Used My X-ACTO Retract-A-Blade

I opened this knife, retracted the blade and stuck it in my husband's pants' pocket.  He worked out in the shed without any problems of it un-retracting.  He was able to fine tune up some of his projects that needed a little trim here and there.

I have Christmas Tree ornaments of all my children and grandchildren made from CDs.  This year is Little Honey's first Christmas so I had to get her's made.  I could not have done it with my X-ACTO knife.  I started with the base.  I glued the paper down first with Ranger's Glossy Accent.  I used X-ACTO's Retract-A-Blade to cut very close to the CD.  In this case I used the clear protector that comes with the CDs.
I added paper, photos and I used some old product packaging to dry emboss.  I fastened the plastic to the CD and used  X-ACTO Retract-A-Blade to trim it to the CD.
I also used X-ACTO's craft knife to trim around my Fragment and to cut out the Holly.

All Cool Stuff!
I spend too much time cutting out coupons, so I tried the X-ACTO Designer Series #1 craft knife.  I zipped through them in no time.
Make stencils for Wall Decor or Decorating your windows for Christmas.
Created Matting and Backing for framed prints.
Trim Wall Paper while hanging.
Clean Paint from Windows

There is so much you can do.  Here is a list of 300 ways you can use your X-ACTO craft knife. Creative Knife Uses guide. My favorite is Craving an Egg Shell.

X-ACTO is generously giving away two prize packs which include:
  • Retract-a-Blade knife
  • Designer Series Gripster craft knife
  • Self-healing mat
Leave a comment and spread the word.  If they mention your name I'll add your name again to the list as many times as you are mentioned.  United States address only.  I'll draw two winners Wednesday using 

Thanks X-ACTO!

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  generosity
2.  health
3.  my wonderful hubby
4.  a visit from Jay
5.  God's tapping at my heart


  1. Hi Debbie great review of the products Made me want to go out and buy that pink one if I don't win... I have a love hate relationship with my EK retractable (it has a mind of it's own about retracting when I'm cutting). Hope you have a fantastic week

  2. Good old X-Acto...This is how I learned too...and still wind up using one when my Cricut fails to cut all the way through. Sometimes simple tools are the best!

  3. Deborah R6:31 PM

    Also works well to cut fun fur as we discovered when we turned my son into a werewolf at Halloween!

  4. great tutorial~gotta love X-Acto!!!

  5. I have always loved X-Acto...awesome products!

  6. Hi Debbie....Great tutorial!!! I admit this is one tool that has been on my list but I hesitate to buy....It almost scares me; but you make it look so easy. Thanks for the chance!

  7. Too cool Debby! I don't do too well with precision cutting using scissors. Probably too impatient! Craft knives have so many great uses! Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs,

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your tips and talents with a craft knife. I too love using my knife but I am no where as talented as you. I would love to win the knifes and mats. Thanks for the opportunity.

  9. I would love to win the giveaway! You provided a great review and I have yet to find a craft knife I love. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I am E-Acto knife challenged, but you did some very nice cutting with it.

  11. You have a real talent!

  12. Great use of the tools! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Beautiful work! Love my Xacto knife ! :)

  14. Great projects! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Beautiful layout, mostly I am impressed w/your exacto prowess (especially since I am exacto-challenged :)

  16. I find myself using a craft knife more and more, rather than scissors. I've never used an X-acto, but would love to try one out.

  17. Great projects - love them all = WOW!!
    You make cutting so easy! I'm with Suz...not likin' my retractable knife either. Broke two of them just putting the new blade in - what's up with that?! LOL!!

  18. Love these projects! The new easy handle and retractable knife look fabulous! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  19. It's so nice to see you, Debby!! Oh, I love your projects! Thanks for the chance to win these awesome prizes!!

  20. I know this isn't as interesting, but I use my Exacto knife continually to cut open the boxes full of wonderful scrappy products that arrive with far to much regularity on my door step. And it makes quick work of cardboard too!

  21. Those are so cool! I love your layout and ornament. :-) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  22. Great review! Love how you do your titles. Beautiful LO and ornament. Thanks for sharing.


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