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. So many options! I have yet to purchase layering dies. The Birch Press Grace is a great one. So fun.
    Thank you for your series.

  2. I always enjoy your my favorite things because there are so many items that you show that I can have multiple uses for. Thanks for sharing. Love your videos.

  3. I love everything! But I think I would really use the Hero Arts Nested Rounded Rectangles a lot. Love your how-to videos. You do a great job making it easy to understand. Also you cost me a lot of money because I want to try everything!! 🙂

  4. Love this series SO MUCH!!! And YES…we want to see a stitching card video!!! Thank you for sharing your immense talent with us.

  5. It’s very hard to chose, but The mixed media 5 dies and Bella Flora would be on my list
    Love the help your videos. They are always helpful!

  6. I can’t make up my mind if I love the leafy diet or the plaid best. Guess I will have to get both. LOL

  7. If I had to pick only one, I would say it’s the Sunny Studio Loopy Letters Snippets dies. They look like a great font to use!

  8. I love the elegant rectangle dies; think they would have many uses. I learn so much from your videos; layering word dies is a favorite.

  9. These are great suggestions – thank you so much for taking the time to put together such a wonderful list! I think my favorite would be the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Dies. Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

  10. Choosing a favorite is SO hard because I love dies! Since “forced” 🙂 to pick a favorite, I’m going with Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases, mainly because it has a variety of very useful dies in it! I love your Favorite Things videos and am so happy that you continue doing them. I refer to them often throughout the year! Thanks again!

  11. I’m crushing over two dies: Pink and Main puzzle die and Neat and Tangled gift box. They’d be perfect for all the projects I make for my niece, nephew and their classmates! Thank you for the video…engaging and informative (and just a ‘wee’ bit enabling *grin*)

  12. Thank you for your comprehensive video. I’m saving my pennies to get that linked octagon die set from MFT. So unique.

  13. I love this series. I get so many ideas and my wish list grows and grows. Picking a favorite is always difficult, but the Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti background die is gorgeous. I have very few background dies and that one looks like a “must have.”

  14. The Pink Fresh Noteworthy Frames dies are one of my favorite and innovative dies of your picks, Jennifer. Thanks for this video showing so many dies to contemplate owning.

  15. I have a weakness for word dies; I love the clean and simple look of the Memory Box Jotted “celebrate.” Your videos are always magical and I appreciate that you have a quick look at how each can be used!

  16. So many great dies that are so versatile. I love your favorites list. I need a few more of the background dies. They are an investment but so worth it. Lawn fawn dots has been out of stock every time I go to local stamp store so it’s at top of my list

  17. My favorite is the Altenew Fine Frames and of course it is out of stock at SSS. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  18. Thanks for sharing your favorites. I found many to add to my list. I think top of my list would be the Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies. I don’t have any like this and they would be most helpful in making interesting cards. Thanks again, Brenda

  19. I like all the background dies, but the Sugar Pea starburst is the fav! Thank you for all the work that goes into the favorite things videos.

  20. I love the Waffle Flower die you showed. I have to have that one for sure!!! Loved this video so much. You inspire me to create!! Thank you so much!!

  21. I really like the Pinkfresh Studio Fancy Floral layering dies as I think they easily add beautiful backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration…I love your videos!

  22. Oh my! Picking a single favorite is hard! I think that the MFT Elegant Rectangles is one that will really compliment what I already have in my collection. The SSS Modern Flowers Card Wrap is so pretty, too. Thank you for making the videos on all of these topics and also for the chance to win lovely prizes!

  23. Thanks for all the great die ideas, Jennifer! I really like your suggestions on how to make the most of the products you demonstrate. I have been thinking about getting the layering mandala die set from Birch Press, but the price point for this set has been holding me back. Thanks for the recommendation!

  24. Somehow my comment didn’t get added here. Here’s what I wrote:
    Thank you so much for this amazing video dear Jennifer! Your creativity is so inspiring! I liked Tim Holtz Sizzix Mixed Media 5 Die Set the most. Its very intricate and beautiful. Looks very useful to make artistic cards in less time.

  25. I love the Birch Press Layering Dies! I don’t have any of them, but whenever you work with them it makes me stop and stare! They are so beautiful. Thank you for doing this series, I look forward to it all year.

  26. I’m always giving gift cards as gifts and am never happy just sticking them in a card. I think the Neat and Tangled Gift Card Box die is the answer to my problems!

  27. Jennifer, I LOVE your videos!!!! I’ve learned so much and I’m challenged and encouraged to stamp more!
    I like Simon Says Thanks die with the shadow die. I’ve been looking for a good ‘thanks’ die and today I think
    I found the one!

  28. Honey Bee thinking of you…unique and so useful for a lot of cards including sympathy cards…so hard to make.

  29. Thank you for sharing! One of my favorite dies you have covered is the My Favorite Things LINKED OCTAGON FRAMES Die-Namics. I watched your video where you used it as a frame over 3D embossing and I thought it was so elegant.

  30. My Favorite has to be the Birch Press Grace Layer Dies, that’s my favorite from this, just wish they weren’t so expensive 🙂 . I love this series and look forward to it every year, but I know how much work has to go into it, so thanks for all the work you do! ALL YEAR LONG!!!

  31. Love this series every year…it’s like your Christmas gift to all of us and is clearly a Labor of Love! So well done. I’m looking forward to seeing your updated storage ideas/techniques since I’ve purchased a lot of these “Fave’s” throughout this year! Thanks again, you are very appreciated in this community!!!

  32. Do I have to pick just one favorite die? I really liked the Birch Press Grace die. I’m new to using dies so I appreciate all the helpful info you provide.

  33. Thanks a lot for this video ! The one I prefer is the Birch Press Design Grace Layer Set. Thanks to you I have some Birch Press design dies ! … (but not this one yet …)

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