Monday, August 3, 2009

August Newsletter

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Memories of the Heart
Debra A Van Patten
Independent Consultant

August 2009


In This Issue
Thanks-a-bration!
Monthly Contest
National Stamping Month
Stamp of the Month
Classes, Workshops, & Events



Welcome to the August edition of my monthly newsletter. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. July was really hectic for me (moreso than normal). Carl and I had a wonderful vacation last month. I was told a couple days before we left that it was our honeymoon - not exactly what I would have chosen, but a vacation is a vacation. We came home in time for me to help set up the merry-go-round at the Knox County Fair - something I've been doing for 20 years. The boys love fair week more for the food and the demo, I think, than the carnival now. We also had a rough week last week in that my mother was hospitalized after an asthma attack and then diagnosed with pneumonia. Needless to say, I spent much of last week running back and forth to the hospital, as well as working full time. She is home and doing much better, for which we are thankful (I'm sure she is too). I know I'm behind on a lot of things, which I'm trying to catch up on this week.

Close To My Heart held it's Leadership Conference this past weekend in California. While I did not attend, I was lucky enough to get some of the inside scoop from fabulous sister consultants. There are some FABULOUS things in store for September and beyond! I can't wait to share them with you - which I'll do next month, because August has some AWESOME things in store for you as well. Okay, so there's a sneak peek at the bottom of this email.

We start off with a Thanks-a-bration promotion from August 3-17. You get a free Level 2 Paper Packet and the Stamp of the Month when you place $100 order. Be sure to check out the details.

There's also a new Stamp of the Month for August - It's Your Day! A definite must have for birthdays, weddings, and virtually any celebration you can think of!

August also kicks off our National Stamping Month promotion that runs from August 18 through September 30!

Don't forget my monthly contest. Yes, I know I'm behind in getting prizes out (see the first paragraph). But please know that you will get your prizes.

My August calendar is updated. I will update my September calendar once I get the boys back in school and figure out what extra activities they are going to be doing. One of the great things I do love about being a consultant is setting my own hours around my family.

August also marks my 6th anniversay as a Close To My Heart Consultant. Be sure to check your email later this month for a week long special to help me celebrate and as my thanks to you for your continued support.

It's a Thanks-a-bration!

As a special "Thank YOU!", from August 3-17, 2009, when you spend $100 on any of our great products, you'll receive a current My Reflections® Level 2 paper packet along with the August Stamp of the Month for FREE (a total retail value of $39.90). We're waiving the shipping/handling and tax on the free items as well!

For complete details, as well as a list of the paper packets you could receive, visit my calendar.


Monthly Contest

Congratulations to last months winners!

Lea L.
Margaret L.
Tonette S.
Marcia M.
Nancy S.

Ladies, I apologize again, as I know you have not yet received your prizes. July was really hectic. Your prizes will be mailed out by Tuesday.

This month's question...

How many stamps are in D1353 Campin' Fever?

Remember, most answers can be found in the
Idea Book. The first 5 people to email me with the correct answer will receive a small prize (albeit a little late apparently). Be sure to include your current mailing address.

National Stamping Month

Everyday Celebration

TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL STAMPING MONTH in September we are giving you 3 ways to get a FREE Everyday Celebration card kit for making 16 beautiful cards!
  • Purchase a minimum of $60 in stamp sets (includes A, B, C, D, and E-size) between August 18-September 30 (CC1006C)
  • Host a Home Gathering with minimum sales of $400 between September 1-30
  • Sign up as a new Consultant between September 1-30

You can also buy as many card kits as you'd like for $39.95 per kit (CC1006B). And there's more fun! Place any order between September 1-30 and you'll be automaticallyentered in our daily drawing for a FREE card kit! Winners will be announced on MyCTMH website and closetomyheart.com. Express your passion for stamping with this pretty new card kit today!

You can view complete details and photo on my calendar.



Stamp of the Month


It's Your Day
D1352 (Set of 26) $22.95


It's the perfect time to party! Use these versatile words and images to celebrate the best days of your year.

Available August 1-31, 2009 only.

Recommended Blocks:1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3 ½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003)

I hope to have the artwork from our Consulant swap posted to my website shortly. However, if you're looking for some inspiration, you can start with our monthly Blog Hop. The SOM Blog Hop is hosted by the talented Jena DeVries. Each month several consultants participate (this month there's 64!). We each create something using the Stamp of the Month and share on our blogs. I've started you at the beginning, and invite you to take a few minutes to "hop" all the way through.

Classes, Workshops, & Events

All classes and workshops are held at my home in Washington unless otherwise noted. If you cannot make my scheduled class/workshop, contact me to schedule one of your own with your friends. Minimum class size is 5 prepaid guests. Complete details and artwork can be viewed on my Calendar.

Card Night
Wednesday, August 12th, 6pm (please note time)
Back Country Level 2 Papers
Fee: $10.00
RSVP by August 7th


Workshop on the Go
Sunday, August 30th, 2pm
Back Country Level 2 Papers
Fee: Basic Workshop $27 when you RSVP & pay by August 14th
Basic Workshop after August 14th - $36


Open Dates

Saturday, August 22nd, 7pm ET
Sunday, August 23rd, 2pm ET
Saturday, August 29th, 7pm ET

Choose one of the dates above and get a FREE gift when you hold your Gathering. Contact me today to schedule your Gathering or Workshop (all workshops require 2 weeks notice and pre-payment for supplies).

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 9th, Card Night, 715pm ET
Saturday, September 12th, Card Night, 6pm ET
Sunday, September 27th, Twitterpated WOTG, 2pm ET

As always, I am here to help you preserve your memories and celebrate your relationships. If you have any questions, need some inspiration, want to schedule a workshop, class or gathering, or would like more information on becoming a consultant, please feel free to contact me.

Until next time...

Debra Van Patten

Independent Consultant

Memories of the Heart











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