This is the most exciting time of year

This is the best time of year to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator; it’s the most exciting time of year, even more so than Christmas!  This is when the demonstrators get to see the new Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog and even get to order some sneak peak items!

Last weekend I attended the Stampin’ UP! OnStage event in Hartford, CT.  There the new catalog was unveiled, I got to meet up with some old friends, make new friends, partied a little bit, hear some exciting announcements from the home office, and take home some new, not yet released stamp sets and accessories.  And yes, I took home a new catalog too, along with some swag!  And of course, the swaps!  More on that in my next post.

Of course the new catalog brings new products which is very exciting.  In order to make way for new, some products will be retiring.  You can see the list of Retiring products here and here.

The announcement that created the most excitement was the Color Revamp for 2018! 2018 Stampin' UP! Color Revamp

In addition to the InColor program (where 5 new colors are added each year for a 2-year duration) several colors are being retired, and some new colors are being added, and some previously retired InColors are coming back for a permanent placement in the current color line-up.  So without any further adu, let’s take a look.

First, here are the In Color Collections. Each collection is available for a 2-year period.  Each color a set of 5 colors is cycled in, and a set of 5 colors is rotated out. This shows both In Color collection side by side.  Stampin' Up! InColorsNext we have some returning colors that will now have a permanent place in our color line-up.  Stampin' Up! Returning ColorsI’ve been pining the loss of Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss and have been hoping for their return.  So glad to welcome all of these colors back!

In order to keep up with current color trends and to keep our color palette fresh, several brand new colors are being introduced.  Here they are: Newly added colors to the Stampin' UP! Color CollectionWhen you put it all together, this is what the new color palette for 2018 will look like:  Stampin' Up! New Color CollectionsBasic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White have been moved out of the Neutrals Collection, into a Basics Collection, in order to keep all of the colors in each collection an exclusive Stampin’ Up! color.  This actually creates a total of 53 colors, versus the 50 that were available previously.

I told you this is the most exciting time of year!   As a demonstrator I can pre-order these colors and they are on their way to me.  I’ll be posting color swatches of the new colors along side current colors so you can see how they compare.

Of course to make room for new colors and returning colors, other colors had to be retired.  Colors that are no longer as fresh and trendy are retired.  The list of retiring colors is as follows:

Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, and Wisteria Wonder.  All items in these colors will be retired (cardstock, ink, ribbon, etc.) and will be available until May 30th or while supplies last.  My advice would be stock up on these retiring colors now before they are sold out.  You can shop your favorite color by color collection here.  Just click on the color you want and you’ll see every item in that color!  Pretty cool, right?

Now I know I just gave you a lot of information to digest.  You can get

Retiring Products graphic

Feel free to print out the Retiring Lists from both Catalogs here:

Annual Catalog Retiring Products     Occasions Catalog Retiring Products

Shop for your favorite Stampin’ UP! products here:

Questions?  Ask me!  I love to hear from you and am always happy to answer your questions.

Are you excited about all the new colors and new products too?  Want to get your hands on the new products now?  Why wait until June 1st, order your $99 Starter Kit now and get all the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I’d love to share with you why it may be the best decision you’ll ever make, and how you can make this the most exciting time of year for you too!

I’ll share all the swaps I made at OnStage in my next blog post, so come back. See you soon.

Nancy

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