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For the Love of Stamping

by Hero Arts April 12, 2019 161 Comments

Hello friends,

You may have heard that Ellison, the parent company of Sizzix, has made claims of patent infringement against a number of companies in our industry, including Hero Arts.

Just so you know, there is absolutely no reason to change any purchasing patterns with Hero Arts, as Hero Arts does not infringe, believes the lawsuit is without merit, and intends to fight this lawsuit and win for the good of Hero Arts and the industry. Whether we like it or not, the legal process is a method to resolve disputes, and we must let that play out.

There is no reason to allow a chill on creativity or a disruption to business to creep into our beloved industry despite the current situation. In fact, let's work to do just the opposite and rally together to make our community even stronger. Hero Arts and the other companies involved remain the same creative, reliable, top selling brands you trust and love.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us at info@heroarts.com or leave a comment.

Yours in creativity,





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Corevia Turner
Corevia Turner

August 24, 2019

There has been a lot of confusion in the crafting community around the ability to sell art work created with stamps. Angel policies seem to have emerged as the way to identify products that can be used. However they vary so much that it is utterly ridiculous to keep up with the latest. Why would a company like hero arts want sue a crafter for crafting with their stamp. Stamps were created to make multiple images otherwise we could just buy stickers. W ould a court even hear such a case. Has a stamp company ever sued a crafter selling stamped goods on eysy or a craft fair. Would you ever sue such a crafter? I only asked this question because yo said the crafting community should tick together yet crafters are throwing away their stamps sorting the ones they can use for personal use and the stamps they can use for items for sell.

Lourdes M Nicholls
Lourdes M Nicholls

June 13, 2019

Love Hero Arts!!! I am so sorry you have to deal with this :-(

Karen W
Karen W

May 12, 2019

Good for you. Hope you win big time.

Linda Walker
Linda Walker

May 07, 2019

Good for you Hero Arts. I hope you win,

Annette Gordon
Annette Gordon

April 28, 2019

I am so proud of hero arts that supports competitiveness in creative world, that has allows so many amazing other great products to evolve to the industry and products we love. All the best in the lawsuit.

Dottie J
Dottie J

April 28, 2019

I fully support you and believe the lawsuit is frivolous, a large company trying to throw their weight around. I was horrified to read that they have named individual bloggers in the suit as well. Their actions just expose the real heart of their company, where the bottom line is always more important than their own integrity.
Regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, I will remember who brought it. I appreciate your reasonable response that shows your integrity; It explains how you have survived and thrived for 45 years. I hate that you have to expend time, energy and money to defend this, but the crafting community is on your side.

Merle J Unoki
Merle J Unoki

April 22, 2019

This kind of actions puts a cloud over the creative process which makes people happy. Peope

Bibi Cameron
Bibi Cameron

April 18, 2019

I’m with you Hero Arts. Sadly patents are not for creators and real inventors but for the first who “dares” to say technology or a product was ‘fully’ invented by them … sad!
Karen Dooner
Karen Dooner

April 18, 2019

I stand with you Hero Arts.

Mary Lou
Mary Lou

April 17, 2019

Thank you, Hero Arts for a responsible explanation that doesn’t seek to force anyone to choose sides: “Whether we like it or not, the legal process is a method to resolve disputes, and we must let that play out.” This is so extraordinarily rare these days. You are demonstrating integrity and courtesy to those involved in the lawsuit and to your customers. I appreciate this. Thank you for your responsible stance. I don’t know the details and therefore the ins and outs of the law suit but I do know that sometimes law suits are used to bludgeon competition—and I hope that is not the case here.

Dania
Dania

April 16, 2019

I love all the companies targeted. Not pleased to hear this. I believe they have shot themselves in the foot as I now want to shy away from their products. This has been a community…us crafters never tire of supporting the entire industry. There is enough to go around.

Jayne
Jayne

April 15, 2019

Supporting Hero Arts and other companies that Ellison is targeting.

Karen F.
Karen F.

April 15, 2019

So, sad to learn of this move by Ellison against Hero Arts and the other companies. I hope this sorry behavior backfires on them. I own maybe two sets of stamps from them and after this will never purchase another item. Hero Arts is a class act with awesome products and I totally support you and will continue to purchase as much as I can afford from you!

Cheryl Warren
Cheryl Warren

April 14, 2019

I am so sad that Ellison is doing this. I support you 100%!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari)
Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

April 14, 2019

So sorry to hear of legal issues brought forth by Ellison! Standing with Hero Arts – a company with great integrity and a leader in the industry!!

Maureen E. Chandler
Maureen E. Chandler

April 14, 2019

I’m behind Hero Arts 100%! I started stamping with Hero Arts stamps 20 years ago and continue to use and love them! We all have your back and you have our support! XOXO

PA
PA

April 14, 2019

I noticed many designers have stopped using the Sizzix Big Shot or Big Shot Plus or Vagabond in their Youtube.com tutorials. Noticed Many of the designers are now using the Gemini, Platinum, Cricut or Cuttlebug or other brand besides Sizzix/Ellison Die Cutting Machines. Now I know “why”…Ellison/Sizzix ARE shaking in their boots! The Gemini, Platinum, Cuttlebug, Cricut are far easier to use and very portable to tote to classes and/or workshops plus they are “compact”!
Ellison/Sizzix have been losing a LOT of customers within past two to three years if not more which means lose in revenue which “may” be reason for recent lawsuits. I “see” Ellison/Sizzix losing this legal battle agains Hero Arts, Avery Elle, Heartfelt Creations, Stephanie Barnard, etc. Like the Spelbinders vs QuikCuts outcome where Spellbinders took a legal big hit…Ellison/Sizzix will face the same outcome and lose big time in court and industry! Many of us ARE LOYAL Customers to Hero Arts, lawn Fawn, Heartfelt Creations, MFT, PPP, Altenew, Avery Elle, etc vs Ellison/Sizzix. I feel for Tim Hotlz who got double whammy with MISTI and now Ellison/Sizzix.
HANG IN THERE HERO ARTS! HERO ARTS WILL PREVAIL AND SO WILL THE OTHER DEFENDANTS IN THIS “UNMERITED” LAWSUIT! My Question IS “WHY” Now IS Ellison/Sizzix filing these lawsuits?!

PA
PA

April 14, 2019

First MISTI now Ellison/Sizzix?! Why NOW with Ellison/Sizzix have so many years?! Both companies have one thing in common…Tim Holtz…so how will this impact Tim Holtz and his products? Boy I “see” the “greedy” green eyed monster lurking behinds these lawsuits…
Will google and read up on these “crazy” lawsuits by MISTI and Ellison/Sizzix. I have past issues with Ellison/Sizzix regarding their products and customer service…they make promises to customer and NEVER keep them! Still waiting for them to send promesed replacement handle for my Teal Limited Edition Big Shot and Cutting Plates for Big Shot which was promised over year ago!
Instead of this lawsuit….Ellison/Sizzix NEEDS to DO and internal AUDIT on their Customer Service and Staff who handle the inventory, sales and anything dealing with funds and product inventory. Funds and Inventory in large companies CAN “easily” go “unnoticed”…Trust me…I have “witnessed” many products “disappear” from inventory and books being “cooked”!

Jan Metcalf
Jan Metcalf

April 14, 2019

Plan to boycott the Ellison line until this matter is resolved. The stamping community has been so supportive of one another historically, there is room for more than one business to succeed!

Amy Wazwaz
Amy Wazwaz

April 14, 2019

I will not be buying a single Sizzix Ellison item from this day forward u less they drop this lawsuit. I see this as an attempt to shut down many good small companies. This is the nastiest way to do business.

I would love to see all the you tubers who support these fine companies involved in this lawsuit not use any Sizzix or Ellison products in their you tube videos from this day forward. We must use our money to support these companies and use our money to show Sizzix this is not how to do business in this community.

Do these companies have to stop selling dies during the legal battle in court? Or would they only after the legal battle is finished?

Callie B
Callie B

April 14, 2019

Well said! Thanks for what you do. You have so much support from the crafting community.

Mary Toutlian-Fleer
Mary Toutlian-Fleer

April 14, 2019

I love Hero Arts stamps and am glad you are fighting back.

Stephanie Sharples
Stephanie Sharples

April 14, 2019

Love your products and will always be a fan

Rosie
Rosie

April 14, 2019

Too bad people didn’t stand up to the Misti patent that is also without merit and has a “chilling effect” on creativity.

What’s with the patent office issuing patents to technology that’s not novel?

And what’s next? Will companies be patenting scissors, guillotine trimmers, score boards? For pete’s sake!

Ruth
Ruth

April 14, 2019

I love your products and your creativity.

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

April 14, 2019

I love Hero Arts and have absolutely no intention of changing my purchasing patterns except, maybe, to increase my purchases from Hero Arts. You go!

creatingincolors
creatingincolors

April 14, 2019

Well written. You have class, integrity, and strength. You will prevail!

Michelle Lupton
Michelle Lupton

April 14, 2019

Hero Arts is synonymous with the best quality products in the industry and the love of crafting. But more important than these is that Hero Arts stands for people. The crafting community is behind you – crafters who value relationships and generosity over corporate greed.

Mindy Drummond
Mindy Drummond

April 14, 2019

I am very happy to hear that Hero Arts is fighting this ridiculous lawsuit. I only started papercrafting last summer and right away I did not care for Sizzix and the way they do business. I am a major supporter of small businesses and Hero Arts will always be one of my favorites!! Prayers for a quick and correct end to this nonsense. Thank you for all you do for this wonderful community of crafters that we call family.

Sarah
Sarah

April 14, 2019

Stay Strong…You are a great company!

tina
tina

April 13, 2019

i’m boycotting Ellison. maybe they need to be more creative and less hateful and destructive. i’m 100% behind YOU! instead of bringing new ideals and products out they just want to do away with the competition. not very nice of them.

Kelli
Kelli

April 13, 2019

My first stamps was a hero art . I have had wonderful memories creating with your stamps. Keep up the excellent work. I am believing this is just a bump in a very long road of wonderful memories you help create.

Valerie Grubb
Valerie Grubb

April 13, 2019

I love Hero Arts! Your stamp company is what got me into stamping. With you 100% ❤️

Gwynn
Gwynn

April 13, 2019

Keep fighting!! I love your products and the creative people you work with!

Jackie
Jackie

April 13, 2019

Hero & all good people strong

Vikki H
Vikki H

April 13, 2019

I believe in you! Your company is solidly built and one of the best in the industry!

Sara S.
Sara S.

April 13, 2019

Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn are my absolute favorite craft companies! I have no doubt that the accusations are unfounded. You are an inspiration in this industry! The only thing this lawsuit will cause me to change is to support you even more.

Wendy Filice
Wendy Filice

April 13, 2019

I support Hero Arts, very fine company. Love your products.

Vera Yates
Vera Yates

April 13, 2019

Aaron, you have my support completely. This whole lawsuit is purely about greed and have no base. Praying that the truth will win. Hugs & love.

Maureen Hayes
Maureen Hayes

April 13, 2019

Hero Arts has my complete support, as do the other companies/designers named in this ridiculous lawsuit by Ellison. I hope the support of this community will help to give you strength as you go through this trial.

Brenda B
Brenda B

April 13, 2019

I love your products and definitely will continue shopping with you. Sorry you are having to go through this.

JulieP
JulieP

April 13, 2019

I believe Sizzix/Ellison has just lost far more revenue than they can ever hope to gain by this lawsuit. They have something to learn from The Stamping Village.

Catherine
Catherine

April 13, 2019

After receiving this email, I did due diligence looking up the background. I was shocked & very,very disappointed in Ellison & this law suit. I agree that it is without merit. One of the extraordinary omissions in those NOT charged was Spelllbinders considering that they have produced nested dies forever & nested dies are part of the patent claim. This has all the earmarks of an assault on companies who primarily manufacture stamps in order to force them to use Sizzix as the die manufacturer. I also posted a polite comment on this law suit on the latest YouTube on the Sizzix channel. I hope it gains notice & traction on this subject.

This is bad for you & the industry as a whole. I wish you well & every success.

Dawn Keene
Dawn Keene

April 13, 2019

I love Hero Arts and all the good you have done for the community. You have Right on your side. My love of stamping is because of you!

Shirley H
Shirley H

April 13, 2019

Patent infringement is counter to the philosophy and mission of Hero Arts. I believe in Hero Arts and believe the false accusations will be dismissed as such. I’m sorry you and other stamp companies need to spend the funds to fight the accusations. Your loyal customers will always support you!

Nanelyn Mitchell
Nanelyn Mitchell

April 13, 2019

Thank you for keeping up abreast of this issue. It is pertinent for us to remember to let this “play out”. So appreciate your sterling role in our creative community. Blessings to you.

Kaye
Kaye

April 13, 2019

I love love love hero arts!!!!!!!

Mirella Rogan
Mirella Rogan

April 13, 2019

It’s sad that it has to come to situations like this, in an industry that is usually so extremely supportive! There’s a place for everyone in this business,I would have thought…

Kari D
Kari D

April 13, 2019

We stand with you! Your inks and floral stamps have long been a personal fav! Thank you for all you have done for the industry.

Pamela Landers
Pamela Landers

April 13, 2019

I find this surprising…seems there is enough business to go around for all the businesses and that there should be more than one “game in town”. Shame on Ellison for this.

Lagene
Lagene

April 13, 2019

I’m sorry you are facing this legal challenge. I love Hero Arts and will stick with you!

Sidnie Des Jardins
Sidnie Des Jardins

April 13, 2019

Behind you 1000%

Fabbie Razo
Fabbie Razo

April 13, 2019

Love you guys and I’ll continue to support your wonderful company.❤️

Jan Tinklenberg
Jan Tinklenberg

April 13, 2019

I’m on #teamhero !

Ginger
Ginger

April 13, 2019

I’m with you all the way. You’ve been an inspiration to my creativity for years.

Patricia Schulte
Patricia Schulte

April 13, 2019

Sorry you have to spend your hard earned dollars fighting this outrageous lawsuit. Standing behind you 100%

Cheri
Cheri

April 13, 2019

I loved your response when you said it was unfortunate that the Ellison had decided to do this without mediating. I’m with you 100%❗❗

Traci
Traci

April 13, 2019

Stand firm! I trust Hero Arts and always will. Prayers for success.

Denise Hayes
Denise Hayes

April 13, 2019

I’m sorry for your troubles. I love your products, and they have helped me to become a better card maker. May the truth win this battle for you.

Alicia Mayo
Alicia Mayo

April 13, 2019

Never a doubt in my mind that you are innocent of the accusations. Thanks for being a great company to support!

Amye Huizinga
Amye Huizinga

April 13, 2019

As always, Hero Arts, you are a class act. Thank you for your example and inspiration. ❤️

Cheryl Robertson
Cheryl Robertson

April 13, 2019

So sorry you are having to go through this. I stand behind you in this even though I don’t know the particulars because I know you and your company have a lot of integrity. Hugs!

GleniceBust
GleniceBust

April 13, 2019

Sad. Because I could do without Sissex before I could manage without Hero Arts

Angie Antrim
Angie Antrim

April 13, 2019

I stand with you 100%!!!

Jo Ann Danchik
Jo Ann Danchik

April 13, 2019

I, and the community of creators that your company has given wings to, stand beside you, in front of you, and behind you during this unsavory attack. You started most of us on our creative journeys, many years ago, with a simple wood mounted stamp, and we will continue to honor you with our collective support, both emotionally and financially.

Teresa
Teresa

April 13, 2019

I am absolutely backing up our small wonderful fantastic scrapbook card making companies. You have all work so hard to make this industry absolutely fabulous. With your wonderful tutorials you have won a wonderful backing. And I back you 100%

Eva N
Eva N

April 13, 2019

Stay strong, Hero Arts! You produce your own style of stamps, dies, kits and accessories; and have been doing it for a long time. You succeed by making great products and encouraging others, so I stand with you in this fight!

Shame on Ellison for suing competitors for non-existent infringements. There is room for everyone in this caring, sharing creative business.

Jan Elmore
Jan Elmore

April 13, 2019

I’m in.

Beverly COLEMAN
Beverly COLEMAN

April 13, 2019

I LOVE Hero Arts and I will continue to support as well!

Robin Keith
Robin Keith

April 13, 2019

I will always support Hero Arts. My first every stamp was from HA and I have continued to believe you are one of the best companies in the industry.

Melissa McGuire
Melissa McGuire

April 13, 2019

I stand with you! My Monthly Hero is by far my favorite stamp box. Hero Arts stamps and inks were some of my first when I started crafting. I am behind the 5 of you all the way!

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

April 13, 2019

I have been enjoying your website, stamps .dies , inks and creative inspiration for many years. I am fully with you in keeping up the fight. You have an amazing company,admired by many!

Shelly
Shelly

April 13, 2019

Standing with you Hero Arts. Have seen posts from many people/companies supporting you as well due to your kindness. Hero Arts got me started with stamping years ago!

Jeanne Kupsh
Jeanne Kupsh

April 13, 2019

You have my 100% support!!! I don’t buy many Sizzix products, but now have a complete boycott of them. People vote with their money and I hope the feel the pinch of their poor choice. Only in free and open markets do we all benefit the most! I can only imagine the financial cost and emotional strain this must be for you all. I’m so sorry you all are being bullied in this manner. Please keep us informed on anything we as consumers can do to help!!!

Kristina Beagle
Kristina Beagle

April 13, 2019

Behind you 100% <3

Mary
Mary

April 13, 2019

I support you 100%❤️

Janet
Janet

April 13, 2019

I know Hero Arts stand with integrity, honesty and quality, and you will never lose my support. In addition, I admire your policy of encouragement and inclusion of other companies. I hope this all gets settled without creating division within this fun, craft industry.

Sue Humphreys
Sue Humphreys

April 13, 2019

I too will stand behind you!

Toni L
Toni L

April 13, 2019

I have worked with Hero Arts products for many years and will continue to purchase and support your fabulous products. Will boycott the challenging company!

Dana M
Dana M

April 13, 2019

You have my support and wishes for a successful outcome!

Henriétte
Henriétte

April 13, 2019

I don’t live in the US but in The Netherlands or Holland as many of you would say. I recently turned sixty and I remember my first stamps where wood stamps from Hero Arts. Now years later I still have them. I know Hero Arts as a companie that stands for quality, integrity, supportive, caring about the community and environment and great costumer services, what else do you want. Stay who you are, a great stamping family, I stand with you, I love Hero Arts!

kathRyn Nobis
kathRyn Nobis

April 13, 2019

Standing with you 100%!

Sonia
Sonia

April 13, 2019

I perfectly agree with you! Isn’t it the philosophy of The Stamping Village at Creativation working together to relax, enjoy creating and share kindness? Out there exist many flower stamps does this means that X is copying from Y? And all creatives who watch Jennifer McGuire or K. Werner or, or, or many other amazing creatives on YouTube and then try to make a card, are they copying? I think they can just get inspired because in the crafty world nothing can be perfectly egual as the original.
💖🌎🌷😊💖

Tamara
Tamara

April 13, 2019

I stand with you all the way <3 always loved your products and your company!!

Laura
Laura

April 13, 2019

We are behind you x

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

April 13, 2019

Standing with you still! Deleted sizzix account. Let us know if there is more we/I can do to support your case.

Sally Sherfield
Sally Sherfield

April 13, 2019

I support you all the way, back in 2011 I was a Hero Hostess on the Flickr group page and your company supported me in my early card making days. You were all so friendly and welcoming and I love your products, I still have all my stamps from back then and couldn’t bear to part with them. Love you Hero Arts xx

Carol de Melo
Carol de Melo

April 13, 2019

We are a community. A pretty special one at…

Lisa Cisneros
Lisa Cisneros

April 13, 2019

Standing with you Hero Arts. The love of the crafting community that Aaron shows is amazing. We are truly better together. Much love to you all and prayers for a speedy resolution to this merit less lawsuit.

Cherie
Cherie

April 13, 2019

I’m stunned at this action taken by Ellison and it’s just makes me want to support hero arts even more. What about the companies involved putting together a kit for us supporters to buy and the proceeds go to your legal funds? Theme could be “stand by me” or “friendship” or “peace”.

Julie Ebersole
Julie Ebersole

April 13, 2019

I’m with you.

Sandy
Sandy

April 13, 2019

It’s just so sad! I have read the lawsuits and honestly don’t know what to think. I think if a patent is tried and true -it shouldn’t be copied but, that isn’t clear. I stand behind you Hero Arts-you are an amazing company and I love your products and customer service and designers! What can’t there be more than one great company? I support the small, talented industry and will continue to support the small businesses!

Deneen
Deneen

April 12, 2019

I stand with you! My very first stamp was a Hero Arts stamp. Great quality awesome integrity and priceless support of others. Your an inspiration. Praying for all of you.

Ellie Wilkins
Ellie Wilkins

April 12, 2019

Love you hero arts!! Have loved you for more than 30 years!!! You have my support. Keep on crafting!! 💜🌵

Nanette
Nanette

April 12, 2019

Some of my very first stamps way back when were Hero Arts. I still have a ton of the wood block sentiments from many years ago. I stand behind Hero Arts all the way!! Thank you for all you being such a great company. <3

Jennifer
Jennifer

April 12, 2019

I hope and pray that so many people help move this a long quickly. I now I will keep using and enjoying everyone of the companys that are involved. I wish I could fine a company that would make the fireman prayer into a background. And do more stamps like that.

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

April 12, 2019

Frustrated & sad to hear of this bullying. I stand with Hero Arts & the others (don’t know them yet). I am flabbergasted that Sizzix thinks this will help ANYONE in the crafting industry. Prayers this will be resolved to your satisfactiin sooner rather than later! Unfollowing sizzix now.

Charlotte Adams
Charlotte Adams

April 12, 2019

I stand up for hero arts wholeheartedly. I am very disappointed in Ellison. If it weren’t for Hero Arts and similar companies I would not be making cards or buying ANY dizziness products. I am saddened that a company I truly love is going through this. In my opinion Ellison can’t strive without the companies that create the need for their products. I am very disappointed as I have supported Ellison but these false accusations make me want to avoid them and their product lines: (

Linda E
Linda E

April 12, 2019

I stand with you 1000%!!!

Pam Roth
Pam Roth

April 12, 2019

I support Hero Arts.Will never buy another thing from Ellison.They are suing willy nilly and without merit.Their actions speak volumes to their business ethic.