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My Sweet Petunia Sues Tonic over Tim Holtz Stamp Press

The question of whether competitor products infringe on the patent granted to My Sweet Petunia for its MISTI stamp platform has become a legal battle with the company’s filing of a patent infringement suit against Tonic Studios on April 3rd.

My Sweet Petunia was granted their patent on the MISTI tool on March 21st, after a more than two year application process that saw the patent request initially rejected but then subsequently granted after being revised and reconsidered.

The MISTI was an almost immediate hit when it was launched in 2015. In the interim period between the MISTI going on the market and being granted its patent, several similar looking products entered what appeared at the time to be a new tool market segment. The We R Memory Keepers Stamp Press launched in 2016, and late 2016 saw the announcement of the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect. Then January 2017 brought the announcement of the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, intended to be launched in late spring of this year.

Although popular, the MISTI’s premium price point left room for competitors, and the We R and Hampton Art tools quickly gained market share after their launches as more affordable options. The announcement of the Tonic Studios tool was also well received by consumers and the tool’s launch in stores was eagerly anticipated.

After My Sweet Petunia learned they would in fact be granted the MISTI patent, the We R Memory Keepers and Hampton Art tools rapidly disappeared from retail outlets. In a blog entry announcing the issuing of the patent to MISTI fans, My Sweet Petunia owner Iliana Myska wrote of the situation that “I was thankful that two companies accepted my design as unique and graciously withdrew copies from the market.”

This left only the question of whether Tonic Studios’ much-anticipated Tim Holtz Stamping Platform would launch as scheduled or not.

According to court filings made by My Sweet Petunia, Tonic Studios was notified of the impending patent issuance for the MISTI on March 13th. Around the end of the that month, bloggers began to post on social media about receiving shipments of the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, and post videos and reviews. On April 3rd, My Sweet Petunia filed suit against Tonic Studios for patent infringement in Federal Court in Delaware (where Tonic Studios USA is incorporated). The suit cites the activities of bloggers it names who posted about the Tonic tool (among other activities) as proof of patent infringing activity by Tonic.

On April 12th, shortly after receiving the suit, Tonic Studios issued a statement to its wholesale customers. The statement said that the Stamping Platform product was being delayed due to the MISTI patent being issued and the product being “redesigned” because “we do not want to expose our customers to any legal action from MSP” despite Tonic not considering their product to be infringing. The company said a new product, designated by a new product number as model 1707e, would ship within 6-8 weeks.

Patent litigation frequently is lengthy, and the initial stages of the suit between My Sweet Petunia and Tonic has already generated a lot of motions. My Sweet Petunia has amended its initial complaint once in response to a Tonic response motion, and Tonic has filed a motion requesting a change of venue to the court district near their California headquarters (a move opposed by My Sweet Petunia in its recent response). My Sweet Petunia is requesting a jury trial, a 3x multiplication of awarded damages for what it alleges is willful infringement, and attorney’s fees and expenses.

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Organization | Stamp Storage

I must have tried a half dozen different ways over the years to store my stamps. I was constantly stymied by the fact that I need to be able to see things to know I had them, because of my ADHD, so system after system devolved into chaos for me. I also need some that is not high maintenance or I can’t keep it up.

After years of trying, I think that I have finally come up with a system that will keep my stamps organized!

My new stamp storage system is a hybrid compiling several different methods I’ve seen other people using, to adapt it to my needs and my collection of stamps.

First up, I finally just gave in to displaying most of my wood stamps on a shelf in my work area. It’s so easy to see what I have this way!

Rubber stamps on shelfThe major components of my stamp storage system are the baskets that hold my acrylic stamps. These are something of a budget-conscious adaptation of the system that Jennifer McGuire uses currently. They sit on top of a cube unit across the room from my work table but can be easily picked up to move to my desk if I’d like. Continue Reading →

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Paperclipping Roundtable #89: Makes Me Want To Go Make Something

Ali Edwards and Nichol Magouirk joined us at the Roundtable this week for a fun and lively discussion all about stamping! And the title of this show is very appropriate because after taping it, my creative mojo (which had been AWOL for a couple of weeks) suddenly made a reappearance!

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Tim Holtz Distress Inks: 12 New Colors to Love!

When I first heard that Tim Holtz would be adding 12 new colors to his existing palette of 24 colors I cheered out loud and thanked the computer for giving me such great news. If this makes me a geek of the highest order – that’s fine. They’re that much fun to work with.

Since 2004, Distress Ink pads have been making my crafting life a better one, and it’s a product I wouldn’t consider working without. Not only are they great to work with, but the quality is outstanding as well. I have some of my original pads (purchased in 2004) that are still working just fine. Some have never been re-inked or replaced in all that time. In other words – they’re a good investment!

Initially I was going to try and tell you which colors are my favorites from this batch but they’re all too good. Wild Honey is a dark horse – a color I’d normally run away from, but I love how it looks on my projects. Victorian Velvet went on really dark, but lightens to a lovely shade. I’m also having a love affair with gray these days, so the addition of Pumice Stone is a welcome one. All twelve colors are now available, and working with them has been intensely fun.

These ink pads can be used as you would any regular ink pad, but they have added benefits. First off, when applied they have a slightly softer look than other inks. See this example of the image being stamped with the distress ink, and then a staz-on black pad:

You can see the difference. I love the softer look, and since I often don’t stamp even enough, it covers my light or ‘whoops’ spots better. The ink pads can be used with water too – here’s my sample board literally splashed with water-

Or you could stamp on already wet paper…

Another fun thing to do is to stamp on a craft mat, then add water to create a kind of wash.

Now you just press your paper down on it. Inexpensive photo paper is great for this. The look reminds me of Easter eggs, and you can mix-and-match various colors.

There is a lot more you can do with these ink pads, including stamping on photos. I strongly suggest checking out Tim Holtz at his website for more inspiration and ideas from a true master. If you’ve got the opportunity to take a class from him, I suggest that as well. I consider my class from him back in 2005 still the best class I ever took.

While getting funky and working with all kinds of fancy techniques is a lot of fun, sometimes I just like to use the ink pads as they are directly on my layouts and paper craft projects. They’re beautiful for edging papers, and are even better rubbed on an embossed cardstock like this damask patterned one.

In the layout below I used Distress ink to edge my photos, to stamp, to edge the scallop paper & journaling paper, to accent the floral strip, to ink the flowers, and to color the background paper.  I used four colors in total – and I really like how much ink can add to my page.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, and Bundled Sage were used on this layout as well as one of Tim’s stamps and filmstrip ribbon. Other supplies include American Crafts thickers uppercase and lowercase, pen, and cardstock; Melody Ross for GCD brad and flower strip, Prima Flowers, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, and a Pink Paislee rub-on.

I discovered that using the ink on the flower and spritzing it with a Glimmer Mist like Dazzling Diamonds resulted in a very pleasing effect much like water would have – except shiny. You can see how my once white flowers are a more all-over pink color.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my look at these twelve new awesome colors of distress ink. They truly do fill gaps that I hadn’t realized I so desperately needed in my inking, and I feel so inspired to craft with them! You will be seeing many projects to come with these, and my stash of older colors as well.

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