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. It is great to have your favorite recommendations all in one place! I really appreciate that you do this and link the items to videos! Thank you!

  2. My favorite die from your list is the Hero Arts Graphic Bold Confetti die. I love the look it creates, especially when popped up on a card. There are also great mandala dies out there by MFT, Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Kaisercraft, Pinkfresh, BoBunny, Cheery Lynn Designs, Technique Tuesday, Taylored Expressions, Tonic, Couture Creations, and Ken Oliver… to name a dozen or so 😉 Its so hard to pick a favorite or to resist buying them all!

  3. Such a great variety with many options…I really like the MFT Elegant Rectangle die set. I can see lots of ways this set could be utilized. Thanks Jennifer.

  4. I look forward to your Favorite Things Video every year! Love them! Picking one is hard to do, but I will say my favorites are the background dies. I would love to win a prize. I enjoy watching all of your videos throughout the year. Thanks!

    Sue Deane

  5. So many great dies. I’ve never seen the Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies before until I watched your video. I think it’s my new fav! There are many more, however, that I just pinned to my dies wishlist!

  6. Love the Pink fresh Fancy floral dies 1 &2. But there is so many more I would love to have.
    Thank you so much for these videos.

  7. Again I enjoyed your video so much, thank you so much for all the time and effort to make these great video’s.
    They always helps me to decide what I want on my wish list or not. The Avery Elle Steel Dies HATCH MAT is on I put certainly on my list, that’s one of my favorites.

  8. Thank you for sharing your favorites. I just had to have SSS Leafy Frame die. I have so many plans for it next year.

  9. So many great dies in the above list. I am especially drawn to the Pink & Main Puzzle die as my grandsons love jigsaw puzzles. The Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves are gorgeous. I recently purchased my first Birch Press Layered die set and look forward to adding their Grace die to my collection. Thanks for the time you spend compiling these “My Favorite Crafty Thing” posts.

  10. Jennifer, loved this video, there are a few background dies that I need to check out now, thanks to you. My favorites are the lawn fawn quilted backdrop and the avery elle hatch mat. They look so neat!! Thanks for all that you do!! Your work is amazing!!

  11. I not sure how to pick my favorite but if I must I think it would have to be My Favorite Things Cross stitch die. I started cross stitching 50 years ago when I couldn’t afford to give my friends gifts. I used the scraps to make gift tags. I still have some of those tags that “Santa” put on my boys packages! This is a great way to combine my love of needle and thread with paper and glue! Thanks for sharing Jennifer – you are my “go to gal” for new products and I spend many many nights with you!

  12. LF Quilted Backdrop is a favorite & one I “had” to buy this year. So happy to see you included Honey Bee–a company near me!

  13. I love the Tim Holtz Mixed Media 5 dies. Thank you for sharing your favorites. I’m new to card making and you are truly an inspiration!

  14. I really like the Sunny Studio Loopy Letter Snipets Dies! I can see so many possibilities for this die set!

  15. My favourite die is the hero Arts nesting ornaments dies. So gorgeous. Unfortunately due to your wonderful marketing, Simon Says Stamp is out of stock. 😂

  16. It is almost impossible to pick ONE favorite; I love the Birch Press Grace Layer Dies and the Pink and Main Puzzle Die. I love both the visual and the textural effect of the layering dies. And I love all puzzles. Hmm – comining the two might be fun.:-) Thank you for your wonderfull videos – I have learned so much and found so much inspiration.

  17. Love so many…… I was happy to see that I already have some (I’m sure I purchased them after watching your videos). Needing to pick just one, the WPlus9 Tossed Floral Background die will be it, but I really love the Birch Press Grace Layering dies -just so pricy.

  18. I love the leafy frame die…. Can be used for lots of occasions and could be cut into. Would look good layered. And in different colours not just green….

    Thanks for your series…. Love your work, Jennifer….

    Linda Kitto, Worcestershire , England.

  19. Hello Jennifer, I love your videos and I get so many new idea’s from you, so thank you so much for that! I am new at crafting and you have inspired me to try so many new things that I try but I am still not good at lol. Bye the way is Nicole spohr your sister? you both are so amazingly talented in the same way and you both talk the same way! Thank you so much for everything
    Leanne pittard

  20. Thank you so much, Jennifer, for taking the time to make these videos – they’re really helpful, and I enjoy watching them! I really like the Altenew Dotted scales die (which I actually have and was using whilst watching your video!), and the Studio Katia Halftone Dots cover die, which has been on my wish list since its release… Here’s to hoping it pops into my shopping cart next year! 😉

  21. So many dies to love! The skeleton leaves by TH are awesome and so is the jotted celebrate word die from Memory Box. I always look forward to these videos and adding things to my wish list. Thanks Jennifer!

  22. Hi Jennifer, I love your videos. You make such lovely cards and explain everything so well. The “my favorite things” videos are wonderful too so we can see several of each item that you use, in addition to seeing what you use for each video. I love word dies appreciate the way you show different ones. Thanks again!

  23. The Simon Says Stamp SENTIMENT LABELS Wafer Dies are my favorite because I can never cut one perfect for my sentiment. Thank you for inspiring all of us. Merry Christmas.

  24. I loved all your interactive die card videos this year. But my favorite are the layered dies. The Birch press Grace I think is my favorite. Thank you so much for taking the time to point out your favorites and offering sales. Happy holidays.

  25. Again it’s hard to pick just one die or set of dies. I’m like everyone else, I love the Birch Press layering dies, but the price is prohibitive. I’m on a fixed income, which means I have a strict stamping budget. It just doesn’t stretch to include those sets. I also love all of birch Press word dies in the sugar script!
    Jan Arnold

  26. Favorite die in this bunch is the SSS sentiment die strips. I don’t know why, but cutting a sentiment strip is difficult for me.

  27. SQUEAL!! LOVING the Dies you picked!! MANY are my FAVORITES too!! I’d say the Interactive Dies are among my MOST FAVORITE from this Year!! SO MANY FUN ways to add EXTRA FUN to your Projects!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

  28. Love the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies! I really like the ability to use individual letters to express exactly what I want to say, accompanied by a smaller sentiment and/or embellishment. Thanks for the list and for the giveaway!

  29. Love all these dies, great choices. I saw cards using Tim Holtz Mixed Media 5 dies in a store in Kelowna, BC in May and am hoping I will get these this month either for my birthday or Christmas. Thanks for doing these videos Jennifer.

  30. I’ve been binge watch MFCT videos. I can’t stop! I love the Pink and Main puzzle die. Unfortunately, it is sold out and so are many items listed above. 🙁

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