Summer Fun with X-ACTO!

I've been putting away my micro-tipped scissors to challenge myself to use my X-ACTO Z-Series craft knife.  My challenge to myself is to see if I can do many things faster and "sharper" than what I'm use to.  This layout is just a simple start. 

I used my X-ACTO Z-Series to quickly cut out the waves and fish from Little Yellow Bicycle's Splash.  Actually it was fast with one smooth movement.  I am discovering how this knife is different than the other X-ACTO knifes.  I'm putting this one to the test as I work through my projects.  I'm putting some really "tough" moves on it and I haven't broke the blade yet.  I love challenging myself to stretch and move outside the box. I can't wait to share through the month.

This is my Little Honey at a local water park.  Thanks to a sweet friend I have several layouts of some great photos. 

Ingredients: Little Yellow Bicycle's Splash Collection; Plaid stencil; Ranger's Snow Cap paint dabbers, white; sponge letter stamps; Fiskars Washed Ashore border punch; Dymo Label Maker; Tim Holtz tiny words; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist;

I love this stencil from Plaid.  It's perfect for summer.  I'm also having a great time with my toothbrush splattering paint, mists, anything on my layouts.  I never could figure out how to do it before and ran into a tutorial that mentioned doing this.  Now I'm a "cool kid."  LOL

Don't forget there are two sponsored giveaways this month.  You can check them both out on this POST (CLICK). 

Specifically for the X-ACTO giveaway here on D's Paper Studio all you have to do is "LIKE" their Facebook Page ... X-ACTO...leave them a comment that "D's Paper Studio sent me" ... and make sure you leave a comment here to let me know you've "Liked" X-ACTO.  Two winners will be selected via the comments per to win a $25.00 gift card from Walmart to purchase your own X-ACTO Z-Series craft knife.  Cool beans!

Here is a fun photo I took at the children's museum butterfly exhibit.  I love it.  The caretaker told us that the butterfly was just born and they it was drying.  It had not even flown yet as of this photo.  What a beautiful moment to capture life at it's very beginning. 

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  continuing answer to prayer for Eddie
2.  a quiet day
3.  sweet faces
4.  an understanding hubby
5.  God's strength even when I'm weak and sick


  1. I love that you SB more than one photo~I love to see all the photos:):)So cute and the waves look fantastic. I'll have to try that using my X~Acto knife!! Love the LO, it is jsut darling, love the inking too!!!

  2. You did a great job with those waves. I use my XActo knife, but not a lot, scissors seem easier to me, but sometimes you HAVE to use a blade. The more I use it though, the easier it gets. Thanks for sharing, I "Liked" the XACTO page and left a comment that you sent me.

  3. Great layout and very fun stencil. I LIked Xacto and let them know that you sent me!!

  4. Great page! Lots of fun elements in the background!

  5. I'm exacto challenged and I could really harm myself - so I stick with scissors lol! Kudos to you for being coordinated enough. I love the fun photos and page. And that butterfly shot. Yum!


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