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Crafter's Companion Angel Policy

We have had a few questions recently about our Angel Policy, so we wanted to share it here for clarification. It is always on our web site for your reference, and can be found here: http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/angel_policy.html.

NOTICE TO ALL CRAFTERS REGARDING THE FAIR USAGE POLICY ON OUR RANGE OF CRAFT PRODUCTS

Crafter’s Companion’s huge range of craft products have been designed for crafters to be used for making cards and other paper-based crafts. All of the products produced by Crafter’s Companion are created using original artwork licensed to Crafter’s Companion. All the elements available in our range come under this Fair Usage Policy. Crafter’s Companion and the Licensing companies want you to get the most value out of the range, so give you permission to use the products for creating personal and resalable items as long as:

- Items are crafted by hand (no mechanical reproduction in any form is permitted)

- Items are sold to raise funds for local establishments (e.g. local schools, hospitals, community centres), or for registered charities

- Items are not sold for large-scale commercial gain (i.e. no more than 200 sold in any 12-month period)

- Items are not promoted or sold online at any time

- Items are not promoted or sold through retail outlets at any time

- Items sold give credit to Crafter’s Companion on the back

- Designs are not used as company logos, trademarks, or personal stationery

Copyright © Crafter’s Companion Limited 2013. All rights reserved.

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It's important to note that you can show your cards online to give inspiration to others, and show what you have been making recently. What you can’t do is promote them for sale. Yes, you can sell the cards you make at craft fairs (up to 200 per calendar year from a given range for personal profit, or unlimited if for charity).

24 thoughts on “Crafter's Companion Angel Policy”

  • Reva Campbell

    Can you help clarify angel policy .I bought papercrafting mag it had a free cd with the mag from yourselves .My granddaughter who is 8 and her friend held a little craft fair last year for clic sgnt they raised over £400 in 2 hrs they were so excited by this. Unfortunately my husband are both undergoing chemo at the Western General Hospital Edinburgh and the girls have decided they want to have a coffee /craft day to raise funds for a new trolly bed for Ward 1 and are busy making and doing for this event beg September. In the cd the prints are fabulous but one of the sections says its under licence its Party Paws & A Little Bear Called Bamboo can I use these images under your angel policy crediting the co for artwork or do I need special permission. The proceeds from this event are all for charity. If you could let me know asap I would be very gratefull. thanks Reva Campbell

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  • Christine Rose

    I hope you are going to be clear regarding the non selling of items made from your CDs on personal websites in your presentation of your new CD during the 4 day deal on C&C this week and not just hope that people will buy the CD and then point them towards your Angel policy, which is too late after they've bought it!

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  • Sarah

    Hi,

    I just wanted to ask why I wouldn't be able to sell items I make using your cd's online if I was to develop my own website?
    I am disabled and do my crafting mainly as something to do to keep me going when I can't get out and about, which is most of the time.
    I am not able to get out to markets and car boot sales to sell items there but I do need to start to at least cover the cost of materials, so a friend has offered to help me set up a website / blog of my own so I can sell my creations without having to leave the house.
    I love using your products and don't want to have to stop but if I can't sell the things I make through my own site. Other companies are allowing the sale of made items through your own sites but not auction sites. This is a fair compromise that would allow people like me to recoup the cost of the materials we use.

    I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hopefully to reply.

    Thank you,
    Sarah. Xxx

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    • Crafter's Companion
      Crafter's Companion 30th April 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Hi there, unfortunately this is a term that the licensing companies (the brands and creators of the artwork) impose when they agree to let us produce papercrafting items featuring their designs. We totally understand your frustration but we are unable to allow the sale of any projects which use licensed products online in any way, if you could let us know which companies you have seen selling items made using our licensed products we will certainly look into this.

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  • Melanie Gee

    Hi

    You say you can sell 200 cards does that mean all crafter companion products or for each cd?

    Just want to clarify if you display a picture online and someone asks to purchase it, is this illegal?

    Melanie Gee

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  • Tracy Moon

    Hi can you confirm for me, before I tell members of a card crafting stash selling group on face book the wrong information.
    How does this apply / effect die cuts made from the DIE'SIRE range ?
    Are just plain die cuts permitted to be sold ?
    Many thanks :) xx

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    • Crafter's Companion
      Crafter's Companion 23rd April 2015 at 3:02 pm

      You may not mechanically reproduce and sell the die-cuts - they must be part of a finished card or project.

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  • D rush

    You say items being sold for chairity are ok but also say they cannot be sold through a retail outlet. Does this restriction apply to a hospital "Friends of .... hospital" shops actually based in a hospital?

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  • Doreen

    Hi, I am not allowed selling any cards on online-marketplaces such as Dawanda? I´m very sad to hear this, because I like all the Images. Unfortunately I won´t purchase your stamps anymore. I do not understand, what makes the difference of where I will sell my cards and other artwork.
    I´m very dissapointed....

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    • lizwalker

      Doreen if you give the ladies a call in customer services they would be very happy to talk to you about this. 01388 663251

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  • susan wilson

    dear sara and colleges ,have been watching scancut programme did not mention about having permission to use your desire and sheenas die cuts on brother scancut. I was wondering if you had withdrawn your permission, I realise that this channel will not wish to inadvertly advertise your products.could you please clear this up. thankyou susan wilson

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    • lizwalker

      Susan if you give the ladies a call in customer services they would be happy to talk to you about this. 01388 663251

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  • Sharon

    I'm writing on behalf of most crafters (I couldn't possibly say all)

    Why on earth can I not sell the cards that I create from these products online or at least in small retail shops in small quantities.
    The latter especially seems like a more than reasonable request.
    There's a Huge range of dies this restricts and when I bought any of these there was NO MENTION that I couldn't sell them online or in retail outlets.

    Being new to die cutting I didn't look this up before buying them, as with the nature of dies being to create handmade cards, I didn't think for a second that there would be such a restriction, or even imagine that this could be allowed! especially when selling them without this information being in any way obvious! As this is one of the only Angel policies I have come across that has such a massive restrictions it would only be fair that this information is directly accompanied with the product, all other companies seem to have normal reasonable usage restrictions which is fair.

    I don't understand the reasoning for this from the artists point of view, which is why, I read further down, that these restrictions apply... They create a die, and get paid presumably the more dies that sell, but yet people are discouraged from them when they find out they basically CANT USE them for anything other than family cards or charity, how is this in any way in anyone's best interests? the artist, crafters companion, or the poor suckers that are duped into buying the products (they they can't actually use them to create and sell cards - which should be a reasonable assumption)

    I'm sure you'll come back with some list of excuses, but what it boils down to is that this is a completely unfair and unrealistic restriction, Why cant there be some compromise, if you're not willing to slightly change the angel policy then why cant there be some other compromise found, like a license that could be bought to sell the cards produced using these dies, either based on a number of cards, or for a time period or even a one off license, there's lots of compromises that are possible, and still obviously keep things from being available everywhere etc, but none seem to be available?? please comment

    Also, where are the rest of the comments/complaints, which I am more than sure there are hundreds more of. There's A LOT of free room on this webpage (pc and mobile versions) where they could be shown and options to page through them, these should be made visible, So we can and you can see how many people are unhappy with these restrictions.

    The outcome I would like from this and I would think many others would too, is that you will reply to at least say you are thinking of making some changes or some options available to people.
    Thank you for your time

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    • Crafter's Companion
      Crafter's Companion 22nd June 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Sharon, so sorry, we have just seen this! Can you please if you give the ladies a call in customer services they would be happy to talk to you about your comment - our social media team is separate from Customer Services so they'll know all the answers to your questions. Their number is 01388 663251. Have a great day! x

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    • Esther

      Hi Sharon, I COMPLETELY agree with your comments, I am new also and I didn't realise there were such restrictions, specially after spending a substantial amount of hard earned money buying their dies. Needless to say I will not again buy one of the Crafter's Companions dies again. I have checked the angel policy now for other competitors and theirs is just and fair, so this policy of not being able to sell my cards online is shocking.

      I must like Sharon reiterate that this angel policy is not in any way set out on the products you sell. I am appalled to read this and extremely disappointed.

      Regards,
      Esther.

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      • Crafter's Companion
        Crafter's Companion 8th July 2016 at 12:03 pm

        Good Morning Esther,

        On our own brands, Crafter's Companion, Die'sire, Sara Sig, Sheena etc - there are no restrictions. Please, get crafty and do what you'd like with our products :). However, third party products, Clarity, Morgan Fitzsimmons and Sue Wilson for example, you cannot as this is covered under the fair usage policy as it's licensed product. We have no control over their fair usage policies. You can always get in touch with the companies that own our third party products if you have any queries. Have a great day, CCUK :) x

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    • Crafter's Companion
      Crafter's Companion 8th July 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Sharon,

      As explained to Esther,

      On our own brand, Crafter's Companion, Die'sire, Sara Sig, Sheena etc - there are no restrictions. Please, get crafty and do what you'd like with our products :). However, third party products, Clarity, Morgan Fitzsimmons and Sue Wilson for example, you cannot as this is covered under the fair usage policy as it's licensed product. We have no control over their fair usage policies. You can always get in touch with the companies that own our third party products if you have any queries. Have a great day, CCUK :) x

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  • Esther

    Could someone also please clarify if this includes the Sue Wilson dies?

    Regards,
    Esther

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    • Crafter's Companion
      Crafter's Companion 8th July 2016 at 10:53 am

      Hi Esther, you'll have to get in touch with Creative Expressions as this is a third party product of ours. You can contact them here: http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/aboutus/contactus/index.php

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  • Judy

    Hi. I have been reading these posts and answers with interest. I have been making cards for 7 years and just recently been asked by the shop where I work if I would like to sell commissioned cards to customers. So as not to be in breach of any copy right laws I have researched angel policies from the companies that I own CDs, dies, stamps and even embossing folders for. Most are extremely clear and generous but I was disappointed to read that yours states that retail outlets are not permitted. Then in answer to a post by Esther it is stated that your own and a few named products have unlimited use. I am now completely confused. Am I allowed to sell cards in the little family run shop I work in using your own brand or not? and please would you amend the above angel policy statement so that this is made clear. Thank you in advance

    Regards Judy

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    • Crafter's Companion
      Crafter's Companion 4th August 2016 at 9:12 am

      Hi Judy, you are able to use our own brands such as Die'sire, Embossalicious, Sara Signature etc to your heart's content. Just not the licensed products that we sell! Happy crafting!

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