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. Wonderful choices, Jennifer!
    A brand that never seems to be on your radar that makes beautiful products is Penny Black. They have great stamps and great dies. Is there a particular reason you’re not promoting their products? (Just curious.)

  2. At one time, I would have said the puzzle die is my favorite, but lately, it’s the Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves.

  3. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say the linked octagons. Figures it’s already out of stock at SSS! 😭 I must have lots of company in favoring it. Runner up would be the card front element builder die, which – at least at this moment – is still available.

  4. I love dies, so it is hard to choose, but I think the plaid cover die and the parcel box die would both be fun to use.

  5. The Altenew fine frames cover die set looks like it would give you a good bang for your buck. Could use it in many ways.

  6. Thank you so much for all of the videos you do through out the year. You make me feel like a great card maker when I follow your examples. My favorite would have to be the Pink & Main Puzzle die. The 1st time I saw you use it I had to have it. I also love the sugar script and will have to get me some of those.

  7. I really like the Diagonal Plaid die you showed. Just the versatility from one die–really helps when you’re working on a tight budget. 🙂 Although those Skeleton Leaves dies look pretty darn appealing, too. Thank you ever so much for doing these Favorite Things videos, Jennifer! It’s like the old Sears Wish Book in video form for card makers. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  8. Can’t thank you enough for this series. I appreciate all the effort and time you put into making them.
    Coming from Australia I use your blog and YouTube video as a reference guide to see what’s available.
    I love all the inspiration you provide, the way you share your process and your humour.

  9. I love any basic dies like the circle (Poppy Stamps) and square (Reverse Confetti) sets that you can use for many purposes.

  10. Some many dies, so little money! LOL, seriously, so many amazing dies. Thank you for taking your precious time especially at Christmas to put these “Favorites” videos together. The die I am sure I would use a lot is the SSS Leafy Frame Die.

  11. Jennifer,
    I think my favorite has to be the PPP Hello Friend. It captured my heart right off the bat!!
    Thanks so much,
    Angie 🙂

  12. I don’t have a die cut machine, but I really like the Tim Holtz leaves, and the Birch Press word dies. Thanks for a chance to win. Michelle t

  13. Another great and informative video. I love the BirchPress Grace layering dies. It’s the only set I own, given the price point (well worth it). So versatile and just plain gorgeous. Thanks or sharing your favorites. So fun to find past videos of the card making processes that I loved from this year.

  14. The linked octagon from MFT is interesting.
    Hadn’t seen that one before. It is different
    and would be fun to play with.
    thanks for sharing

  15. As beautiful as all of these are I so desperately want the Altenew Fine Frame Cover die set, oh my, just seeing them leaves me wanting.

  16. So many beautiful dies — love the intricate Skeleton Leaves and lots of the background cover dies. Thanks for all your work in putting together this video series every year.

  17. Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves and Mixed Media 5 are probably 2 of my favorites, although if I go through them again, I might change my mind. I do love some of those background dies too. Such hard decisions.
    Great video, showing so many fun dies, thanks for sharing this info with us.

  18. Great video! Love Love Love the Birch Press!!! Just got my order from Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing all these options.

  19. So many great dies on your favorites list! The one I have been eyeing for a while is the Birch Press Grace layering dies. So thankful that you take the time to do your Favorite Crafty Things videos each year.

  20. I have the Birch & Main puzzle die and love it. Thanks for showcasing all the dies, lots on the list of must haves!

  21. Awesome list of dies, thanks for sharing such a variety of dies and inspiration in each of your videos. Loving the word die Just Because; SSS label die and the Altenew Dotted Scales and certainly the Sunny Studio loopy letters. No doubt a chance to win makes it even sweeter to dream.

  22. I’m torn between the Concord & 9th easel die and the Pretty Pink Posh hello friend die. Although I really liked almost all of them a lot. But these two I think I will add to my collection soon. 🙂

  23. Amazing video, thanks so much! The Birch Press floral dies really got my attention (and made it onto my wish list too!).

  24. I confess that I have a die obsession. That said, they are all my favorites, but forced to choose just one I would say the bold alphas because I don’t own anything like that.

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