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Old 04-22-2007, 02:16 PM   #1  
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I've been avidly using SU! for about 6 months....a group in town is going to start a CTMH card making club...I've been looking at the CTMH website and at some of the stamp sets on Ebay and I can;t stop noticing the similarities in some of the designs- i.e. CTMH thinking of you Acrylix and CU Delight in LIfe, CTMH Wonderful Winter Acrylix and SU! Frosty and there have been a couple of others aswell...anyways just curious if anyone had the inside scoop on that...
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good question...im subbing to find out the answer
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Well, SU is going on about 18-19 years or so~(give or take)if that helps.
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There is another thread about this somewhere on the board can't find the link right now but CTMH as DOTS was before SU. If you do a search you could probably find the thread.
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Old 04-22-2007, 02:34 PM   #5  
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I've noticed a huge similarity among a LOT of stamp companies' designs, not just SU and CTMH. I have no idea who did what first but it would be soo nice if not every where I looked I saw similar stuff. I love when a company breaks the mold and produces something really new and fresh!
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CTMH previously known as D.O.T.S. is 23 years old
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I think it is just like TV shows, if it's a hit, others copy.
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i oppsed in naming the first ones that are a like its the "Rustic FLowers" one that is similar to delight in life
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why did CTMH change their name?
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I just learned about CTMH about 5 years ago when we moved into our house, my next door neighbor is a CTMH consultant and she introduced me to CTMH.


I had no idea that they've been around for 23 years!
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why did CTMH change their name?
Some who's been around longer might need to correct me but my understanding is there used to be 2 companies one was for stamping (DOTS) the other for scrapbooking (CTMH), when they decided to merge the 2 together they kept the name CTMH.
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It's funny you should say that, I was with a friend the other day and we were noticing quite a few similarities, not only in the images on their stamps but also in the colors they used. I use the two together all the time.
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I often notice Hero Arts introducing something like Ribbons sets and then not so many months later many other companies come out with the same idea. HA also brought out lots of wild flower stamps before some of the others followed.
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Jeannette Lynton started DOTS in 1990 as a rubber stamp company. There was a scrapbooking program in the back of the DOTS catalog called Close to my Heart (started in 1994), which was based on a 10-page theme. (By the way, she invented 8 1/2x11 inch patterned paper, true 12x12 size, 9x9 albums, and tons of other great products!) The two merged to become Close to my Heart in June of 2000.
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Jeannette Lynton started DOTS in 1990 as a rubber stamp company. There was a scrapbooking program in the back of the DOTS catalog called Close to my Heart (started in 1994), which was based on a 10-page theme. (By the way, she invented 8 1/2x11 inch patterned paper, true 12x12 size, 9x9 albums, and tons of other great products!) The two merged to become Close to my Heart in June of 2000.
Tha would mean thatn CTMH is only 17 years old then...or have I not had enough coffee???
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I don't know anything about the number of years for the companies etc. (so I should probably keep my trap shut right? ) but as far as the image similarities, I think I read somewhere that some artwork designers can license their art to several vendors so sometimes those images may be very similar to each other through different companies... maybe someone knows for sure...
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I believe SU was first... 1988
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When I became a CTMH consultant the company was celebrating its 20th anniversary

This is from the CTMH corporate website -

Close To My Heart began as the inspiration of founder Jeanette Lynton, who started her first direct-sales decorative stamp business in 1984, eventually redirecting her success to form D.O.T.S. (Dozens of Terrific Stamps), a company featuring her own exclusive designs. In 1996, Jeanette introduced an exclusive line of scrapbooking products and techniques under the name "Close To My Heart." In 2000, the stamping and scrapbooking lines were combined under the same name.
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This is from the CTMH corporate website -

Close To My Heart began as the inspiration of founder Jeanette Lynton, who started her first direct-sales decorative stamp business in 1984, eventually redirecting her success to form D.O.T.S. (Dozens of Terrific Stamps), a company featuring her own exclusive designs. In 1996, Jeanette introduced an exclusive line of scrapbooking products and techniques under the name "Close To My Heart." In 2000, the stamping and scrapbooking lines were combined under the same name.
Well there it is! Thanks for answering!!!
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I think the confusion is just that they changed the company name to CTMH after so many years of being D.O.T.S.

They have always, though, been different styles. I remember way back when going to a Stampin Up party (back when they were called parties, lol), and then being amazed when I went to a DOTS party. The styles were SO different! SU was a little bit o'country, D.O.T.S. was 100%, lol! Their style stayed that way for a long time, so I gravitated towards SU.

I can't really see the point of a competition, though...they serve different needs as far as I can see. Heaven knows there are enough of us addicts to support a dozen more big home workshop companies!
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I still have some DOTS albums and stamps, great stuff, but now I like SU more.
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Here is a link to a message board that has an old SU catalog cover...interesting the history of stamp companies.


http://deegruenig.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3945
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Here is a link to a message board that has an old SU catalog cover...interesting the history of stamp companies.


http://deegruenig.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3945
Very interesting! Isn't it neat to see how much things have changed! Thanks for sharing!
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