“My Favorite Crafty Things: Die Cutting” + Discounts + Giveaway + TWO Videos

(This is Part 9 of “My Favorite Crafty Things” feature. You can see Part 1 on Stamping Tools HERE, Part 2 on Cutting Tools HERE, Part 3 on Adhesives HERE, Part 4 on Paper HERE, Part 5 on Creativity Boosters HERE, Part 6 on Stamps HERE, Part 7 on Embellishments HERE and Part 8 on Ink and Coloring HERE.)

Just FYI – you can get 15% off most products I feature here at Simon Says Stamp by using the code “JMFAVES” by 12/19. You can go HERE to find all of My Favorite Crafty Things – they created a category for easy shopping.

Today I have My Favorite Crafty Things: Die Cutting. I’ll say it – I am addicted to dies these days. In today’s video I mention a few of my favorite brands, and show some fun new interactive/3D dies…

Here are a few brands of dies that I find offer the best quality and variety – Memory Box, Simon Says Stamp, My Favorite Things and Sizzix. (Click on the images to see more options.)

Here are the dies (including interactive and 3D dies) I featured in the video. Click on the product image to find out more information…

My two favorite die cutting machines are the Vagabond (the big bad momma of die cutting) and the Big Shot. The Big Shot comes with everything you need to use all the dies I show. For the Vagabond, you will need the adapter plate in order to use the wafer thin dies. I also share a link for the Memory Box Metal Adaptor Plate. It is just a great shim that helps with getting complete cuts. (Not necessary but helpful to have.) However, the dies I mention also work in other machines!

Oh! And just a heads up – there are some new dies available. Check them out…

Now I can’t mention die cutting without touching on embossing folders. Boy – there are a lot out there! My favorites are from Sizzix (including Tim Holtz and Hero Arts) and Lifestyle Crafts. Here are some newer ones that I am loving. (Yes! That first set has a folder that does a background of triangles. Love!)

I also must mention the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers. These “plates” have templates and insets that allow you to add or remove texture anywhere within an embossing folder. So, basically, you can emboss a background… but leave a circle in the center un-embossed (flat). Or vice versa! Just use the diffuser instead of a clear cutting plate with your die cutting machine. SO easy to do! A must-have. Here is a quick video showing them…

I of course must also mention digital die cutting. By far, the best machine out there is the Silhouette. It is leaps and bounds above the rest and super easy to use…

There is a TON to learn about die cutting and embossing! SO many great techniques. By the way – I highly recommend the class A Cut Above to learn more. It covers all the machines, die types, techniques, embossing folders, and more! There are two parts to the class – you can sign up for either or both – one on traditional die cutting and one on the Silhouette. You can get more information HERE. It is my favorite class – tons of videos!

Giveaway time! Leave a comment here by 12/18/12 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win two dies from Memory Box!
Good luck.
(All winners from the My Favorite Crafty Things posts will be announced later this week.)

More soon!

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312 thoughts on ““My Favorite Crafty Things: Die Cutting” + Discounts + Giveaway + TWO Videos”

  1. I have a few Memory Box dies but you can never have too many of their beautiful designs. Thanks for a chance to win more.

  2. I’m also addicted to die cuts and embossing folders. Can hardly make a card without one or the other and frequently both! I also love Memory Box dies, so pretty and delicate, yet they work perfectly. Thanks for the videos, you showcased a few that I didn’t know about yet, eeep, unhappy wallet! Lol

  3. I also own the Big Shot: it has been the best purchase I’ve ever done. thanks for the chance to increase my very little collection od dies and embossing folders!

  4. I love these dies and those embossing diffussers from tim holtz!!! Thanks for sharing all of your favourite craft things with us. Cheers 🙂

  5. Thanks for the great videos Jennifer. I have really enjoyed them. I love the embossing folders and have not tried the TH diffusers. I need to add those to my wish list.

  6. Your favorite die companies are mine as well! Although I don’t have very many dies, but I love the new ones from Simon Says Stamp! And the butterflies from Memory box! The Tim Holtz diffuser sounds interesting, had not heard of that before. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  7. I just love the memory box dies. Thank you so much for the chance to win and for the wonderful videos. You always giv out so much information. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. I love all dies! I seem to collect them and have several I have never used. They are such a quick way to add pizzaz to a card.

  9. *Swoon!* I want them all!! Love all the products here Jennifer…I really should have written that letter to Santa!

  10. Wow! I must have the My Favorite Things bow dies! Thanks so much for sharing all of your favorite things! I have really enjoyed the series. Please consider doing the series next year (but a little earlier) so we can add your favorite things to our Christmas wish lists!!!! Thank you!

  11. Great video that hooked me into buying that versatile embossing set 😉 Would love to win some dies to add to my ever growing die collection too – thanks!

  12. Jennifer I am a die-a-holic!!! I love to die cut and add my own embelishments. Thank you so much for a chance to win!!

  13. Love, love your videos – they are so helpful. I have a cuttlebug and am dreaming of the Vagabond someday =) Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. I would love to have a die cutting machine like yours. I only have the little Sizzix Purse machine and it really doesn’t use bigger dies that well. It would be a dream to own A Big Shot. Thanks for all you share and do. Hugs.

  15. Thank you for your videos, they’re always very informative, explanatory and very easy to undertand. I really enjoyed watching the favourite crafty things serie ! Thank you for this chance to win great dies !

  16. I love dies. My problem is I love them ALL. I started out with the original Sizzix, Then Quickuts came out. I had to have that because it did the thin dies. Then I found out about Cricut. Got that and a bunch of cartridges. Then Spellbinders and I got the Wizard to use with. The latest is the Big Shot. I need to get rid of all the redundant machines. I have to STOP!!! I love the small dies. On top of it all; I have to have something to store them all in; not to mention, stamps, and all the other things that I need to make a few (inexpensive?) cards. Where will it end? I need HELP. Crafters Anonymous where are you???
    Thanks for the Favorite Series. It was a lot of helpful information.

  17. I’m too late for the giveaway but wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your post on die cutting. I recently purchase the diffuser plates and love the card you made with 2 different patterns. Very clever!

  18. Thanks for the videos and sharing your favourite dies. The diffusers are new to me so thanks for highlighting them. I love Memory Box dies and would love to win them. They are SO useful. Best wishes for a happy Christmas.

  19. Sooo cool to see all these great dies. I´m a big user of dies and just loves them, and now my wishlist just gotrt even longer again LOL.

  20. I love Memory Box dies – some of them are so intricate and make my projects look amazing even though they do all the work! Thanks so much for the videos.

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