My Favorite Crafty Things: Dies

Welcome back to the second day of My Favorite Crafty Things 2017! Today is all about dies.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2017. If you haven’t checked out THIS quick video, please do so – it explains quite a bit. I likely won’t post another MFCT video until after Thanksgiving. It’s family time!

I have lots to share, including giveaways (below) and even store great discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamp is offering my readers $10 off purchases of $75 or more! Use the code “JENFAVES” through 11:59pm ET on 11/22/17 when shopping HERE. 
    (This code will be updated after the Thanksgiving holidays. Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • Ellen Hutson is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JensFaves17” through 12/3/17 when shopping HERE.
    (Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Excludes BCRF Fundraiser set and Mama Elephant releases within the last 90 days. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • For other great sales, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales post HERE.
  • Gina K. Designs is offering a FREE stamp set to my viewers!! Shop HERE.
    (Good for orders over $50 – just add “JENNIFER” into the instruction box at checkout.)

Let’s get started! Todays focus is dies.

[Warning: This video is long. You can instead just check out the dies 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 store icons under the product images. Also, if you are interested in seeing the videos of the projects I have done using particular products, click the heart icon under the product.

Let’s get started…


I use a word die on most of my 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. They are fun! Here are some of this year’s favorites:

Poppy Stamps Big Luxe Hello Die
[ SSS ]
Poppy Stamps Little Halo Hello Die
[ SSS ]
Create a Smile Thanks Twice Dies
[ SSS ]
Honey Bee Large Thanks Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HNB ]
SSS Script Thanks Die
[ SSS | JNN ]
Pretty Pink Posh Thank You Die
[ SSS | ELH | SHP ]
My Favorite Things Happy Greetings Dies
[ SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Honey Bee Hugs Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HNB | JNN ]
Impression Obsession Hugs Die
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Friend Die
[ SSS | GNK | JNN ]
Your Next Stamp Fancy Awesome Die
[ SSS | YRN ]
Sugar Pea Teacher Die
[ SSS | SGR | JNN ]
Simon Says Stamp Miss You Die
[ SSS | JNN ]
Papertrey Ink Thinking of You
[ PPR ]
Paper Smooches With Sympathy Dies
[ SSS | ELH | PPR ]
Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness Die
[ SSS | ELH | HA | JNN ]
Hero Arts Bit of Kindness Die
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
Memory Box Days Blessings DIe
[ SSS ]
Honey Bee Hooray Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HNB | JNN ]
WPlus9 Basic Greetings Dies
[ SSS | ELH | WPL ]


Background dies tend to be higher priced than most crafting products. Therefore, you want to be sure you invest in those that can be used in many ways! I think these all have a lot to offer:

Birch Press Avalon Layering Dies
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Fiori Plate Dies
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Amour Layer Dies
[ SSS | JNN ]
Neat and Tangled Scalloped Cover Die
[ SSS | ELH | N&T | JNN ]
Altenew Layered Plaid B Die
[ SSS | ELH | ALTN | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Diagonal Sentiment…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Reverse Confetti Vertical Stripes Die
[ ELH | RVR ]
Tim Holtz Paper Cut Bird Die
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn Stitched Woodgrain Die
[ SSS | ELH | LWN ]
Lil Inker So Knotty Die
[ LLN ]


There are a few dies that I find work on just about every card, and therefore are on my “must-have” list…

Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
Hero Arts Hearts Infinity Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | JNN ]
Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Dies
[ SSS | ELH | AVR ]
Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Square…
[ SSS | ELH | LWN ]
Poppy Stamps Pointed Circle Frames
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Pinpoint Single Frame
[ SSS | JNN ]
Birch Press Hearts Aglow Dies
[ SSS ]


And last but not least, here are a few other dies that I thought you might like…

Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies
[ SSS | ELH | ALTN | JNN ]
Echo Park Script Alphabet Dies
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Caprice Heart Layer Dies
[ SSS | JNN ]
Hero Arts 12-Point Star Infinity Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA | JNN ]
Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die
[ SSS | ELH | PPR | JNN ]
Your Next Stamp Rectangle Stick Frame…
[ SSS | YRN ]
Concord & 9th Many Thanks Dies
[ SSS | ELH | C&9 | JNN ]
Poppy Stamps Stitched Cloudline Dies
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn Stitched Trails Dies
[ SSS | ELH | LWN ]
Waffle Flower Pull Tab Die
[ SSS | ELH | WFF | JNN ]
Pink and Main Large Bow Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Mama Elephant Favor Bag
[ SSS | MML | JNN ]
Papertrey Ink Bulk Mail Envelope Die
[ PPR ]
Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up Dies
[ SSS | ELH | LWN | LWN ]


This My Favorite Crafty Things list makes a great gift guide. Print it… circle your favorites… and hand it to a loved one. 🙂 Don’t forget the discount codes above!

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2017. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2016, click HERE.


Throughout this series, I will have man prizes! Today I have giveaways for TWO lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

  • $25 to Simon Says Stamps (personally donated)
  • $20 to Altenew (thanks Altenew!)

For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/17 telling me your favorite die from above. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post on my blog and click the green “leave a comment” button. 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 again soon!

[Please note that I purchased many of the products in this post personally, but not all. Regardless, the decision to include them in this list was my own. I truly like these products and companies. For more info, visit HERE. If you have questions, please email me.]

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659 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things: Dies”

  1. Always love the ideas you present when doing your favorite crafty things. These are all super dies but I am most intrigued by Altenew Layered Plaid die. Thanks for sharing !

  2. I have just started getting into using dies, and I love them, but have to be selective since they are pretty expensive. I always appreciate your videos on making the most of the dies. My favorites here are the Lawn Fawn scalloped box card pop up cuts. They look like so much fun. I also love the Altenew Bold Alphabet! Lots of great ideas for using them…

  3. Great video and thanks for showcasing so many dies I would have missed. Am shopping and it really was nice to have your codes as well!! So appreciate all you do to help all of us!

  4. Thanks for all the recommendations! I love the Birch Press Fiori cover plate set and the Altenew Plaid cover plate duo.

  5. I love the lawn fawn pop up die. It looks like fun to make. The mama elephant bag die is one I’ve been eyeing for awhile. Thanks.

  6. Thanks for the wonderful video all about nice dies! Love that you do this year after year. I liked the faux stitching dies because that is different to me since I don’t have any. I really like the Lawn Fawn woodgrain one.

  7. I am very thankful to you for this video series. It helps me decide what stamps/dies I would like to purchase in the future. My favorite die is the Birch Press Amour Layered Dies.

  8. I only have some of the dies you’ve mentioned, so out of that reduced set that I can actually comment on I like the Altenew Bold Alphabet dies the best… great for clean, modern cards with lots of impact. There are definitely a bunch of others that look great that I’ll be adding to my wish list, however. Thanks for all the fantastic info!!!

  9. My favorite die is the HA 12 Point Star Infinity star! Watching your videos and learning to love making cards for others! Thank you!

  10. Well after watching all those dies I realized I had some shopping to do even if I just made a short list wow you picked some great dies x

  11. My favorite is Lawn Fawn stitched trails. It would be fun for backgrounds. Love them all as usual tho. Thanks for the great video.

  12. Thanks for another video of your favorite dies. I think my fav from this list is the Your Next Stamp rectangle stick frame. It would be so great for a CAS card! I also like the layered plaid sets from Altenew. I LOVED your example of stamping on the Altenew alphabet dies. Thank you!

  13. I really love love love the Birch Press Amour layering heart dies. So awesome for a card, but a little too pricey for my budget. so I’m still saving up. LOL.

  14. Thanks Jennifer for all these highlighted die love them all but the altenew bold alphabetic letter is so unique I wish I can get them soon..

  15. Thank You Jennifer fore all your inspiration, i love to look at your youtube chanel. It is not easy to choose but I pic Birch Press Caprice Heart Layer Dies.

  16. Oh, Jennifer! Dies are my weakness and I have way too many. But they do get used and I have quite a collection! I love the Honey Bee Hooray die set. Thanks for all you do to promote paper crafting!

  17. My favorite – or the one that would be most used – is the PaperTrey Ink Thinking of You die. It could be used for almost any occasion including Sympathy cards. I’ll surely be saving up for this one.

  18. I love MFT dies! My favorite from your favorites is the MFT cover plate: diagonal sentiment. It’s my default cover plate.

  19. Dies are so much fun! I’d love to have the background layer dies from birch press, lovely! Thank you for sharing, love all the ideas and ways to stretch the use of dies.

  20. I love infinity/nesting dies because of their possibilities, you really get your money’s worth. Thank you for providing us with idea after idea!

  21. Thanks much for all the time you put into sharing your favorites! It helps me to make wise choices for my growing collection! I love the rectangle and square stacking frame dies, and the new outside in dies that work well together for endless possibilities! I have learned much from you!

  22. Always look forward to your yearly favorite crafty things series! My favorite is the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies!

  23. I love the Altenew layered plaid die and the MFT stitched rectangles. Love using dies on my projects, so thanks for sharing your favourites!

  24. This is a difficult choice ! I would say the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-up die. It makes the creation of a pop-up box so easy, even for me – LOL !

  25. Choosing my favorite die is extremely difficult. However, I’m going to go with the Simon Says Huge Felicity Snowflake Die. Unfortunately, they are currently out of stock so I will have to wait to purchase it.

  26. I have many favorite dies, but one of them is the Altenew Bold alphabet die set. It’s easy to use and makes such a statement on projects. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  27. So many great dies to pick from makes it hard to pick just one. Lawn Fawn stitched dies give such a nice touch.

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