From the electronic ease of the Cricut to the old-school method of cutting shapes out by hand with (gasp!) scissors, die cuts and templates have their place. While I'm not one to crank out 80 boxes or 150 thank-you notes at once, I do enjoy throwing on a good die cut shape from time to time. I'm not loyal to any one system; I go with the die shapes I like. I'm particularly fond of small boxes which are ideal for little treats.
Here's a box I made with a die cut box from Lifestyle Crafts. I used a Sizzix layered flower die cut for the floral topper.
Here's another one I made, also from a Lifestyle Crafts die cut.