28 Must-Have Crafting Products Used by Top Crafters in the Industry

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Hello, Altenew friends!

We are dropping by with 28 crafting products that you must have in your stash! These are highly recommended by us and by our very good friend, Jennifer McGuire. In case you missed it, Jennifer has recently uploaded her annual My Favorite Crafty Things video series. And we know that, like us, you have been waiting for her recommendations as well!

We are truly honored and absolutely ecstatic upon finding out that a few Altenew products made it to her list! We adore and respect Jennifer McGuire and she has been such an amazing supporter of Altenew ever since our humble beginnings.

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Of course, we'd like YOU to get in on this too! Without further ado, here are the  Altenew products that are highly recommended by Jennifer McGuire!


While it is no secret that Altenew is well-known for our floral layering stamps, one of our Sentiment Stamp Sets made it to Jennifer's list! The Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set is indeed THE ONE sentiment stamp set that you should have in your crafting stash. The sentiments included cover a wide range of occasions, and their size is just perfect for stamping onto cardstock strips, along borders, or curved to match design features on your projects.

Let's check out some project inspiration!



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One can never have too many rose stamps and our Build-A-Flower: Wild Rose Layering Stamp & Die Set is definitely a must-have for your collection! This floral layering stamp and die set is great for a wide variety of paper crafting projects.

Project Inspiration

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Build A Flower Wild Rose Layering Stamp Die Set Sample 2

Ishani Altenew BAF Wild Rose Burlap Texture Die

Who wouldn't fall in love with the Sweet Flowers Stamp Set?! The delightful ruffled petals, delicate floral sprig, and generous coloring layers will help you create beautiful floral arrangements, but can also be used individually as elements in your cards!

Let's check out some project inspiration!

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Dies are always a good investment for crafters. Cover dies, word dies, 3D dies, layering dies – whatever kind of die you fancy, you can never go wrong with them. Here are some Altenew dies that got Jennifer's stamp of approval, and you might want to check out, as well.

The versatile Hello and Hugs Die Set is large enough to create a bold statement on your project, yet small enough to leave room for images and embellishments. It will surely elevate your handmade projects with an option for adding a 3D effect to your cards!

Let's check out some project inspiration!

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hellohugsOur Circle Greetings: Hugs Die was so loved by our customers that it is currently out of stock. However, don't fret! Make sure to subscribe to the in-stock email alert so you'll be notified right away once it's back in our store.

Meanwhile, let's check out some beautiful project inspiration!

circled hugscircledhugsIf you want to make your loved ones feel special, our Fancy For You Die is as special as they get! The die is large enough to create a bold statement on your project, yet still leaves room for images and embellishments. The cursive font is easy to read and can be adhered directly to your project or popped up for added dimension.

Let's check out some project inspiration!

fancyforyoufancyforyou 1Want to add a unique, nature-themed touch to your paper-crafted projects? Try our Parlor Palm Die Set, which has options for a layered flowering pot and a gorgeous indoor palm tree. You can also use the leaves alone to create background patterns or add to floral arrangements.

Let's check out some project inspiration!

diesparlor palmFinally, the perfect companion to your sentiment stamps – Featured Sentiments Die Set. These dies coordinate perfectly with our Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set mentioned above.

Let's check out some project inspiration!

featuredsentimentssentimentOf course, this list wouldn't be complete without one of our quickly-growing, popular Craft-A-Flower layering dies. Jennifer McGuire loved our Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Layering Dies, and we know you will, too!

Let's check out some project inspiration!

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Craft Your Life Project Kit

The Craft Your Life Project Kit: Seasonal Blooms is so popular that we've had to restock it a few times and it went out of stock quickly! While it is currently out of stock, make sure you sign up for our in-stock email alert so you'll be the first to know once it's available again.

Project Inspiration

Sandhya Iyer Altenew PK Seasonal Blooms

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Tina Smith Altenew PK Seasonal Blooms 3

Laurie Willison Altenew SeasonalBlooms1

Another trendy and bestselling Project Kit that made it to Jennifer's list is the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Vintage Tapestry! Every product in this exclusive kit is simply stunning and will help elevate your handmade projects in an instant!

Project Inspiration

Emily Midgett ALT CYL PK Vintage Tapestry 1

Erum Tasneem Altenew CYLPK Vintage Tapestry Dye Inks 4a

Laura Jane Altenew PK Vintage Tapestry 15

Teri W Altenew Vintage Tapestry inks

Finally, our Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set has been a huge hit among crafters, and Jennifer McGuire was a huge fan. This set features the same well-loved floral elements from our Garden Picks 3D Die Setreversed and 1.5 times larger. You will have a blast layering these dies together to create gorgeous floral layouts.

Let's check out some project inspiration!

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Haven't invested in stencils yet? Well, this is your chance! Check out the Altenew stencils that are highly recommended by the amazing Jennifer McGuire!

Who's a fan of clean and simple designs? The simple geometric design in the Mighty Corners Stencil will work great on all of your handmade projects.

Here's some project inspiration!

Altenew Mighty Corners Stencil | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0mighty corners scaledIf you're looking for fun and unique stencils, then make sure you check out our Tranquility Rose Coloring Stencils. These newly-launched coloring stencils will allow you to add instant color shading to your stamped designs. We don't blame Jennifer for adding these to her favorites list!

Here's some project inspiration!



Next up is a relatively new product category which we are so excited about. We are honored that Jennifer added two Altenew embossing folders to her favorites list!

If you want to add an amazing textured dimension to your projects, our Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder is the way to go. All you have to do is run it through your die-cutting machine to get stunning results.

Here's some project inspiration!

Altenew Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder Floral Doodles Die Essential Sentiment Strips Die Take 2 With Therese 3 copyangled mosaic scaledFinally, we have our uber-popular Beautiful Bergenia 3D Embossing Folder that took the crafting world up by storm. Crafters have been raving about this gorgeous floral embossing folder, and there's little surprise that it made its way to Jennifer McGuire's list.

Here's some project inspiration!

Altenew BeautifulBergeniaFolder1 scaledbeautiful bergenia scaledNext is our Diamond Stars 3D Embossing Folder. With this gorgeous geometric background design, your cards will never be the same again!

Here's some project inspiration!



Among a crafter's best friends are stamp and die bundles. Coordinating stamps and dies bring ease and convenience to the crafting experience! Here are a few of Jennifer McGuire's highly-recommended stamp and die bundles.

The beautiful ornamental floral elements in our Scalloped Ornaments Stamp & Die Bundle caught Jennifer's eye and for good reason! This is such a unique floral stamp set and a definite must-have for your stamps collection.

Project Inspiration

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Verity Biddlecombe scalloped ornaments waterbrush hello Tall Foilage stamp

One of Jennifer McGuire's favorite Altenew bundles is the Mandala Maker & Confetti Stamp & Die Bundle. This stamp and die set includes everything you need to start making your own mandala designs in half the amount of time.

Here's some project inspiration!

mandala scaledmandala makerThe next bundle on this list is the Spheres & Spirals Stamp & Die Bundle. These unique stamps and dies can be used separately or on their own. The bundle includes seven iconic shapes which can be used to accent a variety of projects.

Here's some project inspiration!

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Altenew - Spheres & Spirals - Pen Sketched Flowers - Take 2 With Therese (card video) 1Finally, Jennifer McGuire shared our popular Beauty Within Stamp & Die & Coloring Stencil Bundle. This set features three gorgeous Japanese anemones along with a couple of large branches of leaves and a few delicate branches. Our coordinating coloring stencils in this bundle will provide a base for adding color and character to the images in the stamp set. You will love creating beautiful projects with the stamps, dies, and stencil in the bundle.

Here's some project inspiration!

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Your craft room is not complete without some handy crafting tools to ease your crafting process. Jennifer McGuire listed quite a few Altenew products in her list of favorite paper crafting tools.

Our Large and Small Ink Blending Tools have been flying off our shelves since their first release. It's no surprise that Jennifer is a fan!

Here's some project inspiration!

020321 TALL FOLLIAGE Stamp and Die set FRESH CUT ROSES Stamp set OUR FRIENDSHIP BLOOMS Stamp set Mixed Media inks Grid Stencil Leaf Bed Stencil Ink Blending tool ND 3Next, we have a must-have product for any paper crafter: our Crafter's Essential Cutting and Alignment Mat. Jennifer McGuire swears by this self-healing mat and uses it to create her projects!

The final item on the list is our newly-released Crafter's Essential Bone Folder. It has a special non-stick coating that prevents unwanted shine on the surface of your cardstock. You can use it to create card bases, create 3D projects, and more!

Other Stamps

If you're looking for the perfect background stamp set, try the Woven Stripes Stamp Set! We know Jennifer thinks the same way about this simple yet unique background stamp set!

Project Inspiration

Dana Joy Altenew Woven Stripes and Inky Lily

Erum Tasneem Altenew Linear Daydreams Enamel Dots Woven Stripes 1

Nicole Watt altenew woven stripes

One of our most versatile stamp sets is the Fancy Star Builder Stamp Set. The images in this stamp set can be mixed and matched to create countless unique designs! With so many creative possibilities, you'll understand why Jennifer LOVED this set!

Project Inspiration

Joy Baldwin Altenew fancy star builder note for you

Laura Jane Altenew Jewel Tones Crisp Inks Fancy Star Builder Stamp and Stencil Bundle 1

Lydia Evans Altenew Fancy Star Builder Stamp Stencil Set

This Jennifer McGuire-approved stamp set has been flying off the shelves! The Dovetail Butterflies Stamp Set is such a gorgeous and all-around layering stamp set that crafters like YOU cannot stop raving about it!

Project Inspiration

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Jennifer McGuire Altenew Dovetail Butterflies Stamp Die Tranquility Rose Stamp Set Beautiful Baroque 3D Embossing Folder 1

Terri Koszler Altenew moroccan Lattice dovetail Butterflies

Last but definitely not least is the amazing Bird of the Woods Stamp Set! If you're an OG Jennifer fan, you know how much she adores birds. It's no wonder she highly recommends this sweet bird stamp set!

Project Inspiration

Daniel Diaz Altenew Bird of the Woods

Joy Dsouza Altenew Bird Of The Woods Stamp Set Dry Brush Poinsettia Stamp Set

Svitlana Shayevich Altenew Bird Of The Woods Dry Brush Poinsettia 01

Do you have these stamps, dies, stencils, embossing folders, and crafting tools? Comment below and let us know! We'd also like to hear which product would you like to add to your crafting collection!

If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the vast amount of crafting product options out there, we hope this list has helped you out a bit. Click HERE for last year's list of Jennifer McGuire's favorite things.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!


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Annette Gordon December 24, 2020 - 10:43 AM

I love Jennifer’s favourites! I look forward to it all year. Especially since I don’t have time to view and blog hop all the companies products. She does such a good job of summaries all the best. It makes sense that Altenew has so many of the favourite products on their! They are mine too. Altenew stamp sets are always my favourites.

Maureen Reiss December 24, 2020 - 11:29 AM

Wow!! So many great products and Gorgeous cards!!! Thanks Altenew!! Happy Holidays!!

Luanne January 15, 2021 - 9:41 PM

I have the first Sentiment set, and the dies. The Sentiment II set is on my list now!

Nancy Lee January 28, 2021 - 12:25 AM

I’m sorry, I don’t buy crafting products based on Jennifer McGuire. I have been scrapbooking, card making & paper crafting for more than 25years. I have my own favorites and must haves that maybe I will share one day!

Amy B January 28, 2021 - 1:07 AM

The Spheres & Spiral dies and stamps look fabulous–but way out of my price range. :-(

Gail Greif January 28, 2021 - 1:36 AM

I’m a HUGE fan of Jennifer McGuire and of Altenew! This note made my day! It’s a two for one collection of wonderful supplies and I’m delighted to read this note! I really appreciate the combination of a favorite card maker and Altenew items pulled together like this! Great job!


Debbie Robertson January 28, 2021 - 11:05 AM

I want it all just cannot afford anything right now but maybe one day

Kim Carlisle January 28, 2021 - 7:21 PM

Thrilled to have some of the products and LOVE inspiration I get from Jennifer McGuire and the Altenew Inspiration Team. One thing I’d say is that I love how Jennifer and Altenew suggest how to use our own stash to do techniques like these that are shared and featured with Altenew Products!!! I’m always so psyched to see Altenew releases— when I can’t buy, my wish list is my friend! Also impressed that Jennifer could narrow it down to 16 — I’d be hard pressed to find less than 50 Altenew faves in my craft room !

Jade March 2, 2021 - 7:03 AM

I am loving the Beauty Within set!

Tara Prince March 22, 2021 - 7:28 AM

great list!!

Jan Saunders March 22, 2021 - 7:46 AM

I love watching g Jennifer Maguire’s lists of favorite products. She does such a great job of explaining how they work and why they are her faves. I am very pleased with everything I’ve seen of Altenew and hope to be able to add many of their prices to my stash soon.

Sherry shumay March 22, 2021 - 9:42 AM

I love the layering stamps and dies. A huge fan for sure. The spheres and spirals reminds me of Spirograph from when I was a kid. Ill have to add alot of these items to my stash.

Lisa Lombardi-Bello March 23, 2021 - 12:52 PM

All very inspiring!

Cecilia P Stachler April 3, 2021 - 10:44 PM

I really like all the cards. I am new to stamping, so I am so amazed at the beautiful coloring that can be done.

Kathryn Oldfield April 8, 2021 - 11:54 PM

Hi from Brisbane Australia Jennifer McGuire has to be one of my favourites among the paper crafting community such a generous person sharing opinions about different products and sharing her skills to all of us crafters who need some inspiration it’s really appreciated thank you Kathryn

tara prince September 7, 2021 - 7:34 AM

such gorgeous cards

tamspiel February 9, 2022 - 8:10 AM

I recently ordered some Altenew products that I am dying to play with! The set that I want next is the Spheres and Spirals stamps and die set! I love it!

Karen Erickson February 14, 2022 - 4:14 PM

Love the butterfly cards

Karen April 5, 2022 - 10:48 AM

Jennifer McGuire is not only an incredibly talented crafter but genuinely special person who seems to have a good heart and care for important causes. I appreciate the way she shows new products while also encouraging us to use what we already have on hand.

Rhonda Reynolds May 22, 2022 - 5:35 PM

Anything Jennifer picks is good for me!


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