I did a lot of stamping this week.   I mean, I always stamp but this week I stamped with a bunch of people!    What a a blast!   I had a technique class here at home in my new stamp room and the ladies were so much fun.   I showed them how to do Faux Metal and it was hysterical to see the embossing powder fly!  I even had some in my ears the next day and I’m sure they did, too!  At the end of the week,  I stamped with 64 Red Hat Queens! (they were all queens from their local chapters)  You haven’t stamped until you stamped with the Red Hat ladies.  I teamed up with Carolyn, one of the demonstrators on my team.  We needed at least 2 more of us to help but what a hoot and they sure did they entertain us!

So I’m behind a week in filling you in on a big announcement.  If you haven’t heard already, Stampin’ Up is rocking our stamp world a little with a Color Renovation!

Out with the Old, In with the New! Here are some of the new colors coming in:

Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight!

How about in with retired In Colors?  You heard it right!  Stampin’ Up has listened to all of us when we said we wanted some of our favorite In Colors to stay!

Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango, River Rock and Riding Hood Red! (I never saw this one coming!)

AND there will be 6 new In colors, too!  Those will stay for 2 years instead of one.

Here is a chart for what will be our new color collection beginning July 1st (not including the 5 new In Colors)

Click HERE to download and print

Exciting? You bet!  Sad to be losing some of my favorites?  You bet.  Happy that they are bringing back some of my favorite, retired In Colors?  Yep!  You know I always keep it real with you.   I’m all over the place with this big change.  One minute I’m so excited about getting some new colors and getting rid of the ones that I know are outdated.  The next minute I feel bad for my customers and demonstrators who were working towards completing their full collection over the years and now it’s all going to change.  I guess I can’t expect to walk into my favorite clothing store and see the same colors or style each year.  I sometimes force myself to use some of the colors I don’t like.  Isn’t that crazy?  I gradually bought all the colors simply because they were there. (I’m so goal oriented – check, check, check..)  Then all the papers, then all the markers.  I didn’t like all the colors but I bought them anyway. So going into this new color change, I’m buying what I like.  (and by the way, I do like a lot of the new colors!)  See what I mean? All over the place.

Overall, it’s going to bring more fun into my projects.  I can’t wait to play with some of the new colors!  Crumb Cake? Sounds yummy.

Stampin’ Up is a healthy, debt free, thriving business.  They make good business decisions with us in mind, our customers, demonstrators like me and of course for themselves and their employees.  They have researched and surveyed people for 2 years, coming to the conclusion that it was time to freshen & revive up the color palette.

It’s radical.  There isn’t any easing into it.  30 colors are retiring June 30th.   It’s like my friend Toni said, it’s better to just rip off the band aid quickly!   Here are the colors leaving and there is a link below the picture to print the PDF:

Click here to download the Farewell color PDF:  2010 Retiring Colors Chart

We all have 2-1/2 months to stock up on any favorites that will be retiring so take stock, make a list of any re-inkers you need or paper to go with those inks you want to keep using.

Stampin’ Up will be having some fill-in kits when the new colors come out.  I think I heard them say that the kits will be available to customers and demonstrators for a year.  There will be kits for markers, watercolor crayons and pastels to complete your current sets.

Matt and I will be heading to the Southern Caribbean (thanks to Stampin’ Up) next week and I hope I get to see some of the new colors in person!  It’s a little nuts to think that I’m more excited to see some ink pads rather than Barbados, right?

I’d love to hear your opinion on the new colors and retiring colors, good or not-s0-good, so leave me a comment!


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