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#1 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:51:50 PM(UTC)
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Take a look at this:

http://www.closetomyheart.com.au/

(June 11, 2013 — PLEASANT GROVE, UT) Close To My Heart, Inc., a US-based leader in the direct sales scrapbooking and stamping industry, announced today its plans to expand in the Australia and New Zealand markets. The company expects to commence operations as soon as early July 2013.

The company is working with long-time in-country expert Brian O'Callaghan, former General Manager of Creative Memories Australasia, as well as Susan Wilmot and Diane Lampert, both successful former Senior Directors of Creative Memories Australia. Together, the US-based Close To My Heart team and Australia-based team have begun collaboration on product mix, pricing, compensation plans and anticipate offering a unique opportunity for former Creative Memories Consultants and their entire teams as well as others interested in a ground-floor business opportunity in scrapbooking and stamping.

"It's long been my vision to bring Close To My Heart to Australia and New Zealand," says Close To My Heart Founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton. "These are unusual circumstances, and we recognize the hardships many of the former Consultants of Creative Memories Australia have weathered. We honour their passion and enthusiasm and are thrilled to share our exclusive products and offer our business stability to this vibrant community."

O'Callaghan agrees, noting, "We had been searching for the right company—Close To My Heart had the exclusive line of products for real business potential. Plus they were already investigating expansion into the market and were agile enough to move quickly to support our needs. We're looking forward to an exceptional business and a strong launch effort."

Close To My Heart Australasia has legally acquired Creative Memories Australia’s databases of Consultant and customer names with contact information and distributor genealogy structure. Great care is being given to respect and comply with privacy rights. As part of the new business, Close To My Heart has agreed to offer relief to former Consultants and customers of Creative Memories Australia for certain unfulfilled obligations. This relief, which will include a programme to redeem sold vouchers for digital products, free e-commerce websites for Consultants, and a discount programme, for a limited time, to provide value to members of Creative Memories’ VIP Club, will help support Consultants and customers of Creative Memories Australia at a time of transition and give them some return on the investment left unfulfilled by the former company.

"These goodwill gestures show the commitment and integrity of Close To My Heart to this new venture," says O'Callaghan. "We appreciate that Close To My Heart understands the importance of great customer service and is starting off by doing more than expected."

The new Close To My Heart subsidiary will be known as Close To My Heart Australasia and will benefit from the operational strength, marketing resources, diverse product ranges, and the stability of its debt-free and profitable parent company, Close To My Heart, Inc. The company is committed to its focus of memory keeping and related crafts and is known for providing exceptional customer service, top quality products, and competitive pricing. The company plans to announce a schedule of launch and opportunity events slated for July, with a planned creative kickoff in mid-August in Melbourne to supplant the cancelled Creative Memories annual Convention.

For more information as it becomes available, or to review our preliminary frequently asked questions document, please visit www.closetomyheart.com.au

EXCITING!!!!!!
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#2 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2013 12:52:06 AM(UTC)
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I found this interesting though:

I have noticed that Close To My Heart markets Cricut cartridges. Will we be able to sell and market Cricut machines?
Close To My Heart has a great alliance with Cricut and sells both Cricut cartridges and coordinated decorative product but does not offer the Cricut machines for sale at this point in time.


This is from the FAQ on the CTMH Australian website.

To me this suggests that we may be able to purchase CTMH Cricut carts. We were not able to purchase the Creative Memories ones. NZ consultants were forbidden to import and sell them as it breached import laws or some such rot.

This is very exciting and I can't wait.
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#3 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2013 1:28:33 AM(UTC)
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I got the email from the Creative Memories liquidators today. (Not sure why, as I haven't been a consultant for over 4 years....)

Will be interesting to see how it all pans out. Smile
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#4 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2013 3:37:15 AM(UTC)
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I am excited about this. I have looked at what CTMH has to offer and I like what I see. I do hope that we will be able to get the cricut cartridges, have wanted these for ages but the cost of shipping was high on top of the price of the carts. Sad about CM though. Still think that their albums are the best on the market

I do hope that CTMH prices wont be too much higher when launched here innAustralia than that of USA. CM products were nearly double the price here. Hoping that this change will be a good one.
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#5 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2013 8:51:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Scrappy_Vee Go to Quoted Post
I found this interesting though:

I have noticed that Close To My Heart markets Cricut cartridges. Will we be able to sell and market Cricut machines?
Close To My Heart has a great alliance with Cricut and sells both Cricut cartridges and coordinated decorative product but does not offer the Cricut machines for sale at this point in time.


This is from the FAQ on the CTMH Australian website.

To me this suggests that we may be able to purchase CTMH Cricut carts. We were not able to purchase the Creative Memories ones. NZ consultants were forbidden to import and sell them as it breached import laws or some such rot.

This is very exciting and I can't wait.


You'll be able to purchase and sell the CTMH cricut carts- but we don't sell the machines. :) Very cool!!!

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#6 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2013 8:52:14 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Narelle Go to Quoted Post
I got the email from the Creative Memories liquidators today. (Not sure why, as I haven't been a consultant for over 4 years....)

Will be interesting to see how it all pans out. Smile


You'll be in GOOD hands with CTMH! They're a financially stable company who's not going anywhere. They are not in debt to anyone, zero debt! This is a solid move :)

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