My Favorite Crafty Things 2016: Dies & Die Cutting Essentials

Welcome to Day 2 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2016! Today is all about dies and die cutting.

During this series, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of the year. Each day will have a different topic with a video or two. If you plan to do some shopping, be sure to use this discount…

Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers $10 off purchases of $75 or more! Use the code “JENFAVES” through 11:59pmEST on 11/24/16 when shopping HERE.

Today I am focusing on dies and die cutting essentials. There are two videos.


Here is the first video for today. It focuses on my favorite dies…

[Warning: This video is long. You can instead just check out the stamps below. All products are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails. Affiliate links may be used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.


I use word dies quite often on cards. With stamped sentiments, you have to find a smooth place on your card to put them. With die cut sentiments, they can go anywhere and add dimension. Here are some of this year’s favorites:


Background dies tend to be higher priced than most crafting products. Therefore, you want to be sure you invest in good ones! I think these all have a lot to offer for a variety of styles and fun techniques:


Here are some dies that are useful for many types of cards. They can be used in so many ways!


Here are some other fun dies that caught my eye this year:

If you are looking for the card examples I shared in this video, you can enter the product name in the “search” bar at the top of my blog and you will find them!


Here is a video showing die cutting essentials and embossing folders…

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Here are my recommended die cutting products:


I also wanted to include a few embossing folders on my must-have list this year…


Remember – My Favorite Crafty Things makes a great gift guide. Feel free to pass it along to Santa. 😉 Don’t forget the discount code above!

I’ll be back soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2016. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2015, click HERE.


Time for some more prizes! Today I have giveaways for TWO more lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

  • $50 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp (Thanks once again, Heidi!)
  • THREE of the dies mentioned above.

For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/5/16 telling me your favorite dies from above. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too.)

See you soon!


[Please note that I purchased most of the products in this post personally, but not all. However, the decision to include them in this list was my own. I truly like these products and companies.]

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1,195 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things 2016: Dies & Die Cutting Essentials”

  1. I really like the background dies but in France craft supplies are a lot more expensive than in the US so the price for the dies and backgrounds especially is really high… but I am building my collection…slowly 😉

  2. Thank you for your amazing videos! I love looking to find out what you favorite items are!! Some are new to me and some I have! I love the Memory Box Country side die! (Of course I love Memory Box anyways! Lol) and I love snowflakes so MFT Snowflakes die is gorgeous! And last but definitely not the least is the Peek-a-boo die.

  3. I have been wondering about die cutting- your videos are very informative and these are great tips! I love the papertrey ink stitched tag dies- I love using tags on everything it would be so fun to make them myself!

  4. The Birch Press dies are gorgeous! Love that they layer and can be used alone, didn’t know there were anything like these out there. Thanks for ALL your videos!

  5. My favorite dies are the Neat and Tangled Lucky Stars and the Avery Ellen Balloon Letters. I have a Big Shot, but have not used it muchyet. Your videos have inspired me to put it to work.

  6. Wow – it’s hard to choose! I have never used a background die before, so I will pick one of those! The lil inker diamond lace pattern is stunning!

  7. Wow, so much fabulousness!! I’m going to have to say that I think the word dies are just the best invention ever. And there should just be more of the card word ďies altogether. I also really like the background dies as l love when you can use something multiple ways (eboss or çut). I also really like the countryside Circle die for some reason and I’m not even sure why. But, then you’ve got the embossing folders and they’re just awesome! You take a piece of plain boring old paper and one of those things, run it through your machine and in seconds you have a thing of beauty! Love it!!!ĺ

  8. You have shown so many dies that I will just need to have the Birch Press sets of 3 will be on a shopping list soon and the gorgeous snowflakes. Thank you for showing such great products.

  9. Thank you for all these great, informative posts!!! I really like the Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphabet Dies and the My Favorite Things Stylish Snowflakes!!

  10. Those birch press dies are game changers. They are TOTALLY worth the higher price point. Wow. I cant decide which one I want first.

  11. My favorite dies are the layering ones from Birch Press! I am amazed at how bold an impact those layers make!

  12. I’m dying for the background dies! 🙂 Also would love to start collecting word dies…. amazingly I have not gotten one word die yet (new crafter). Thanks for chance to win!

  13. WOW! So many dies I “need” now! My favorites include the Thanks dies from SSS and Sugar Pea Designs, and the Lawn Fawn large and small dotted circle stackables, Thanks so much for these videos!

  14. The infinity circle and rectangle dies are very basic but so handy. These have to be my essential favorites but I’d love to own them all.

  15. I have to say I love the MFT Simply Snowflakes dies! They are beautiful! The Birch Press layering dies were pretty darn cool too.

  16. Thanks so much, Jennifer! Love this video!

    Oh to choose just a single favorite! Can I cheat and pick top 3 instead? ^^
    I LOVE the Birch Press Sevilla layering die – so gorgeous and stunning!
    I also love the Reverse Confetti All Framed Up die set. So so versatile and such a great price point!
    Lastly, I can’t get enough of that Memory Box Countryside die! I just wish it wasn’t out of stock at SSS haha.

  17. I love the Hero Arts Star Confetti die, the My Favorite things Stylish Snowflakes (really love this one) and the Memory Box Countryside Circle die. All would be fabulous in my growing collection of dies.

  18. Reverse Confetti All Framed up is the one I’m “die-ing” for…love love the embossing techniques you do with some dies…

  19. So many amazing dies…hard to choose a favorite. The birch press dies are fabulous. I am kicking myself for not trying to order during the black friday sales! I did however order the Lil’ Inker diamond background and the Ellen Hutson stitched background.

  20. The Birch Press layering dies are on my wish list for Christmas… I hope my husband finds my notes that I’ve left for him all over the house lol. Thank you for sharing and all of the inspiration you give.

  21. I want them all!!! The Birch Press Layering Dies just make my jaw drop and my mouth water. The Hero art star confetti die is on my list to Santa for sure. I love the stitched background and all the stitched look dies (I also do machine and hand embroidery every chance I get). Love all the information, I so appreciate your videos, and now that I have gotten around to visiting your blog I know I will be back lots. Thank you!

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