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. I hate it when you ask for one favorite!! Not possible! Lots of favorites! One of many: Friend die with a shadow, but as I said, one of many! Aren’t they all just crazy cool? Love, love, love! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ohhhh decisions decisions! I am totally into background dies and I think I’d have to choose the two Pinkfresh Fancy Floral dies – I’ve not seen them before! Thank you so much for making these Favorite lists every year – I always see something brand new to me!

  3. You make this so hard! Many beautiful choices, I think the quilted die is one I’d use over and over, and of course any sugar script word

  4. Word dies can be so overwhelming for me, thanks for breaking it down. My favorite is always thank you word die. Thanks

  5. I love the Birch Press Grace layering dies. They are simply stunning! I see lots of others I need as well. Thanks for all the suggestions!

  6. I like the Pink & Main Puzzle Die. What a great idea to stamp & die cut, having the recipient to put the puzzle together! Thank you!

  7. Birch Press has some absolutely fantastic dies, and that Grace Layer die is just gorgeous! I also love love the Lawn Fawn interactive pivot pop up die, so much fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I love your fav craft things videos! My fav dies are those Pink Fresh Fancy Floral dies – they are so pretty!!!

  9. Thank you for putting together this series I look forward to it every year. My favorite would be LF pivot pop up die I use that one quite a bit and I love Sunny Studios loopy letters I don’t have any alpha dies and I can see so many uses for that one.

  10. Thank you for this blog!

    It’s really hard to choose.. Hiowever, my favorite ones are Lawn Fawn Quilted backdrop die , Pink n Main puzzle die and Honey bee stamps bold alphabet die.

  11. The Lil Inker Plaid die is my cup of tea! I love plaid and I could imagine using this with so many of my papers to create something unique.

  12. Awesome video Jennifer, thank YOU! My wish list just grew a mile, love my dies! My fave today is the Lil Inker Plaid die, would love to play with color and rotation of the die!

  13. Another great video Jennifer. I was pleased to see that many of the dies featured on your Favorite Things Die video were already on my wishlist from previous demonstrated videos of yours. My favorite from today that remains on my wishlist is Birch Press Grace layered dies. Someday….

  14. You showcased some really great dies that I haven’t seen before, Jennifer … thank you! My favourites … the Poppystamps Pinpoint Rings … and the N&T Gift Card Box … both stand outs for me! Anita 🙂

  15. My favorite is the Loopy Letters Snippet dies from Sunny Studio, I like the look of script letters. I love any background die as well. Most dies are out of my budget so I fussy cut a LOT.

  16. I love dies….! There are so few that I don’t want from your video. But, the one that I have been loving lately is the cross stitch die(s) from MFT. It returns me to a former passion and allows me to not only create cards but do so while relaxing in front of a movie.

  17. I definitely think it’s time I order the layering Birch Press. Or the Avery Elle Hatch Mat. Or the Lawn Fawn polka dot. So many awesome choices!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your favorite stamps and dies. I know its a lot of work, but I so appreciate it!

  19. I look forward to this series every year. I think my favorite die is the Birch Press Grace Layer Dies, it is unique. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Thank you again for this fantastic video. They are all a great help for me, helping me to make better choice when I’m ordering goodies.
    For the dies, I would say my favorite is the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop Die. I think it’s really a beautiful background die and it’s on my wish list for next year (when my budget will be again “positive” ! LOL !)

  21. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for these wonderful videos. They are your gift to all of us card makers! Just one hmm..? I love the octagon frames from MFT, but my first choice would be Altenew’s Fine Frames. My head is clicking through the different ways to use them. Very versatile!!

  22. There are lots of neat dies that you have chosen. I like the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die and I really like Birch Press sugar script dies.

  23. WOW what a favorite list and I have to agree all are amazing! I would enjoy the Altenew fine frames die! Thank you so much for the chance of the give away, you are very kind! Just really enjoy all your videos!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!☃️🎄

  24. Any die that moves! Interactive cards I find intriguing to make and enjoy seeing how many variations I can come up with.

  25. I always want to have the Birth Press Layering dies but due to its price, I tend to invest on other dies that are more basic such as the frame and layering dies. Your video is great as a guide for us to take a look at these dies and see if it is something that will be of interest or use to us. Thank you for putting this long video together.

  26. Love your video. I think my favourite die is the lawn fawm pivot pop up die. Thank you for all the great videos.

  27. I love leaf dies and the Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves are absolutely gorgeous!
    I have to say they are my favorite from this video. Birch Press dies come a close second.

  28. Thanks for doing this again. Some dies are hard to see how we use & how it looks. This video really helped! Now I know what I want! LOL
    My favs. are Hero arts round rectangle dies & Altenew scale dies.
    Happy holidays!

  29. Thank you so much for doing the video. It really helps to see what the cut shape looks like. My favs are the Altanew dotted scale die and the Sugarpea Starburst cover plate die.

  30. Thanks so much for sharing! I can just imagine how much time it must take you to put this all together for us! Thanks again. 🙂

  31. Thank you for another great round up of dies. My favorite die set that you showcased was the Mama Elephant Inside Arch dies.

  32. So many wonderful products. My two favorites: Neat and tangle gift card box (great to send gift cards to my daughters) and Tim Holtz’s mixed media 5 dies (stunning) Thanks for the video it was great

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