If you are like me, you follow many different blogs, message boards, mailing lists, etc. related to stamping and will likely be hearing some rumors about a color renovation over at Stampin' Up!® So, I want to set the record straight and say that yes, beginning in the next Idea Book and Catalog (July 2010), we will see a color renovation for our color families.
Based on market trends, customer/demonstrator focus groups, and even suggestions, Stampin' Up! has decided to change the color families. We will be bidding farewell to some old favorites, welcoming back some former In Colors, and welcoming some brand new colors. I can't share images just yet, but I can list the new color collections and retiring colors (an * indicates new colors, ** is a returning In Color):
Say Hello to our Brights Collection: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo**, Rich Razzleberry**, Pacific Point**, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight*, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango**, and Real Red.
Our Neutrals Collection: River Rock**, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede**, Early Espresso*, Crumb Cake (formerly known as Kraft), Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Gray, and Basic Black.
Our Regals Collection: Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, More Mustard, Cajun Craze*, Riding Hood Red**, Cherry Cobbler*, and Bravo Burgundy.
And Our Subtles Collection: Pink Pirouette**, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist*, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze**, Wild Wasabi**, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron.
Stampin Up! will also offer a Getting Started Collection which draws 10 colors from the above collections that will be complimentary and help a new stamper get going without feeling like they need all 40 colors.
This means in July we will be saying our fond farewells to: Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Basic Brow, Going Gray, Glorious Green, Green Galore, Gable Green, YoYo Yellow, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Taken with Teal, Handsome Hunter, Pale Plum, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Almost Amehyst and Lavendar Lace.
What does this mean for you? Well, if some of your favorites are on the "Retiring List," consider buying them now. If you are excited to see some returning favorites or the new colors, then look forward to the new catalog and make room on your shelf. As we approach July, I'll have more information. Also, you can see the new color collections at any of my upcoming classes or workshops.
There will also be some changes with the In Colors. In July, Stampin' Up! will add 5 new In Colors as always. However, these colors will stay around for 2 years. In July 2011, Stampin' Up! will add 5 new In Colors for a total of 10. From that point, 10 In Colors will be maintained at any given time, with 5 retiring each year.
There will also be some changes regarding Craft Stamp pads, but I'm still getting all the details as this was just announced to demonstrators today. Feel free to email me with questions and I'll answer to them to the best of my ability.
With any change, there will be some anxiety and maybe some frustration, but I think overall, you will be excited about these new offerings. The new colors are great and I'm excited to see some favorites come back (HELLO BAJA BREEZE!). I hope you will join me in my excitement. I look forward to sharing more information as I receive it and will be happy to answer your questions.
God Bless and Happy Stampin!