My Favorite Crafty Things 2018: DIES

Welcome to Day 2 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2018… all about dies!

Over the next several days, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2018. If you haven’t checked out THIS video, please do so – it explains how the series works.

How about several great discount codes from some of our favorite shops? I will be updating this list:

  • SIMON SAYS STAMP is offering $10 off any purchase of $75 or more! Now through 12/10/18, use the code “JENFAVES”. Shop HERE.
  • ELLEN HUTSON is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JensFaves18” through 12/15/18. Shop 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.)
  • GINA K DESIGNS is offering 15% off your order! Use the code “JENNIFER15” through 12/17/18.  Shop HERE.
    Also, spend $50 or more to get FREE US shipping and $75 or more to get the Deck the Halls Stamp Set FREE through 12/25/18. Shop HERE.
  • CONCORD & 9TH is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JMCRAFTY10” through 12/31/18. Shop HERE.
    Also, spend $60 or more and get the Winter Edge Die FREE through 12/8/18. Shop HERE.
  • MY FAVORITE THINGS is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JMFRIEND” through 12/10/18. Shop HERE.
  • ALTENEW is offering 5% off your order. Use the code “JENNIFER2018” through 12/7/18. Shop HERE.
    Or, get FREE US shipping on orders over $100 with the code “USFREE” and $7 off international shipping on orders over $100 with code “SHIP70FF”.  Shop HERE.
    (Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other discount codes.)
  • PINKFRESH STUDIO is offering FREE US shipping or discounted international shipping with purchases of $30 or more. Use the code “FREESHIP30” through 12/9/18. Shop HERE.
  • REVERSE CONFETTI is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JMFAVE10” through 12/31/18. Shop HERE.
  • PICKET FENCE STUDIO is offering 15% off your order! And… Orders over $60 receive A Bear Kind Of Winter Stamp Set ($17.99 value) FREE! And… FREE US shipping! Woot! Use the code “JEN15” through 12/24/18. Shop HERE.

Today I am focusing on 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 at no cost to you. 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.]

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.

Here we go…


Background dies tend to be higher priced than most crafting products do to the amount of metal used. Therefore, you want to be sure you invest in those that can be used creatively in many ways! I recommend checking out these:

Lawn Fawn Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Die
[ SSS | ELH | LWN | JNN ]
Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop Die
[ SSS | ELH | LWN | JNN ]
Studio Katia Halftone Dots Cover Die
[ SSS | ELH | STD | JNN ]
SugarPea Starburst Cover Plate Die
[ SSS | SGR | JNN ]
Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti Die
[ SSS | HA | JNN ]
Altenew Dotted Scales Die
[ SSS | ELH | ALTN | JNN ]
Avery Elle Hatch Mat Die
[ SSS | ELH | AVR | JNN ]
Essentials by Ellen Skinny Stripes Die
[ ELH ]
Pink and Main Puzzle Die
[ SSS | PNK | JNN ]
Lil Inker Diagonal Plaid Die
[ LLN ]
WPlus9 Tossed Floral Background Die
[ SSS | WPL | JNN ]
Simon Says Stamp Leafy Frame Die
[ SSS | JNN ]
Pinkfresh Studio Fancy Floral 1 Die
[ SSS | PNK | ELH | JNN ]
Pinkfresh Studio Fancy Floral 2 Die
[ SSS | ELH | PNK ]
Birch Press Grace Layer Dies
[ SSS | JNN ]


I use word dies 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. Here are some of this year’s favorites:

Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases Dies
[ SSS | ELH | C&9 | JNN ]
Memory Box Folksy Script Hello Die
[ SSS ]
Pretty Pink Posh Hello Friend Die
[ SSS | ELH | SHP | JNN ]
Simon Says Stamp Thanks Dies
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Dies
[ SSS | JNN ]
Birch Press Just Because Sugar Script…
[ SSS | JNN ]
Birch Press Big Hugs Sugar Script Dies
[ SSS | JNN ]
Mermory Box Jotted Celebrate Die
[ SSS ]
Honey Bee Thinking of You Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HNB | JNN ]
Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HNB | JNN ]
Simon Says Stamp Rounded Alphabet Die
[ SSS | JNN ]
Sunny Studio Loopy Letters Snippets Dies
[ SSS | ELH | SNN ]


Here are a few other dies that I thought you might like… several are must-haves!

Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA | JNN ]
Hero Arts Nesting Ornament Infinity Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | JNN ]
WPlus9 Hexagon Stackers Dies
[ SSS | ELH | WPL | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Linked Octagon…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | JNN ]
Reverse Confetti Stitched Squares Dies
[ SSS | ELH | RVR | JNN ]
Poppy Stamps Pinpoint Rings Dies
[ SSS ]
Your Next Stamp Piercing Holes Circle…
[ SSS | YRN ]
Honey Bee Stacking Stars Dies
[ SSS | HNB ]
Pinkfresh Noteworthy Frames Dies
[ SSS | ELH | PNK | JNN ]
SugarPea Card Front Element Builder Dies
[ SSS | SGR | JNN ]
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Dies
[ SSS | JNN ]
Spellbinders Little Plants Dies
[ SSS | SPL | JNN ]
Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves Dies
[ SSS | ELH ]
Technique Tuesday Mandala Maker Dies
[ SSS | ELH | TCH ]
The Ink Road Bella Flora Dies
[ SSS | MSH ]
Tim Holtz Mixed Media 5 Dies
[ SSS ]
Altenew Fine Frames Cover Dies
[ SSS | ELH | ALTN ]


2018 is the year of interactive cards! There are several dies that I recommend to make these extra special cards:

Lawn Fawn Pivot Pop-Up Die
[ SSS | ELH | LWN | JNN ]
Mama Elephant Fancy Door Frame Dies
[ SSS | ELH | MML | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Trifold Slider Die
[ SSS | MFT | ELH | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Double Slider Loop…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Cross Stitch…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | JNN ]
Simon Says Stamp Perforated Flaps Dies
[ SSS ]
Simon Says stamp Modern Flowers Card…
[ SSS | JNN ]
Sunny Studio Sliding Window Die
[ SSS | ELH | SNN | JNN ]
Concord & 9th Easel Die
[ SSS | ELH | C&9 ]
Mama Elephant Inside Arch Dies
[ SSS | ELH | MML | JNN ]
Neat and Tangled Gift Card Box Die
[ SSS | ELH | N&T ]
Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box Die
[ ELH ]


I am hoping my list of My Favorite Crafty Things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you are interested in. Don’t forget the fun discount codes above!

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2018. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2017, click HERE.


Throughout this series, I will have LOTS of prizes! Today I am giving away TWO $20 gift certificates to Altenew! For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/20/18 telling me your favorite stamp 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! Thanks for the prize, Altenew.)

Happy day!

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428 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things 2018: DIES”

    1. Hello, Jennifer,
      My favorite from above is the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Die set.
      I’d like to say how much I’ve come to rely on your suggestions for products and the many techniques you show us on how to use things. Without you, I wouldn’t have the exposure to learn of new things and to expand my horizons to actually try them myself. I’ve done things I couldn’t have imagined myself doing at my age. You inspire me. Thank you for doing what you call “your job”, but for us who enjoy your work, is so much more than three little letters – it’s four L-O-V-E.
      I hope you and yours enjoy a lovely Christmas!

  1. Tim holtz mixed media die has so many options for it to be used on cards. I really enjoy this video series and it always make my list of things longer but that ok i like seeing what new out their and what can make my card making or paper crating projects go to the next level of uniqueness.

  2. I need to buy background and cover plate dies this year but I use all the word dies a lot along with all the nesting dies. Merry Christmas!

  3. I am crazy about the Hero Arts Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies. They are high on my list!! Thank you for sharing your favorites and for the giveaway opportunity!

  4. So many dies to love and add to my wish list! My favorite is the Lil’ Inker Plaid die. Thank you for this great video.

  5. Im crazy about the Birch Prsss Grace layering dies. The one splurge, I allowed myself this year. Gorgeous and versatile.

  6. My favorite dies are the fabulous phrases and skeleton leaves. I’ve learned so much from you. I came across one of your you tube videos in the beginning of summer this year and got hooked! Some card missteps here and there, but overall have been successful. Your alcohol ink ornaments where a hit…awesome Christmas gifts!

  7. my favorite die would be the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Dies. I have trouble with my sentiments being crooked and this would be a game changer.

  8. My favorite die (that I wish I had) are those sentiment strips. They look like they’d make sentiments so much easier to do.

  9. I love the Birch Press Grace layering dies. I don’t own any currently, but they are so beautiful when you get to layer them in so many different ways!

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