Retiring Stampin’ Up! Colors/Color Revamp!

REMINDER!! Things are going away…..

REPEAT MESSAGE FROM LAST WEEK…….Please note that inks and paper will disappear fast. If there is something that you want, I suggest getting it sooner rather than later!CM100500B

Items from the occasions catalog that are retiring.

Items from the annual catalog that are retiring.

Please watch the ** and *** “asterisks” on the retirement lists. While some of these items are NOT going away, they will be un-bundled in the annual catalog and you will no longer be able to obtain them at the bundled 10 percent discount!

Repeat after me….change is good — change is very, very good!

Most everyone hates change, but there are times that change is a good thing. In this instance, it is going to be AWESOME!Generally, every five years, Stampin’ Up! does a color revamp as they pay attention to current trends in clothing, home decor, furniture, etc. The last time there was a revamp of colors was in 2013. I was a demo for about a year when that revamp happened–wished I had known it was coming as I had a LOT of ink pads, markers and re-inkers that I had just purchased disappear. Ah well, you live and you learn!

Retiring Colors

On May 31, 2018 — 13 colors are retiring.

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist (one of two that I will truly miss!)
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder (one of two that I will truly miss!)

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:

  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
  • Flirty Flamingo*
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugar Plum

*Please note that while Flirty Flamingo is retiring as an In Color, it will continue to be available as part of our core color collection.

There are no changes to the “In Color” program. Every two years Stampin Up! will continue to introduce five new “In Colors” that will be available for the next two years.These previous In Colors are returning and joining our core colors:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

2018-2020 “In Color” Collection & 2017-2019

“In Color” Collection

And now, the new colors….


The fully “revamped” color collections….

new stampin' up! colors


Ink pads are changing too….

Stampin’ Up! has redesigned the stamp case and formula for stamp pads.   The details behind this decision follows:

Why did Stampin’ Up! change the case? The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. Stampin’ Up! can only use a mold a limited number of times before it needs to replaced, so they had to decide if they wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. They decided to improve it!

Do I have to replace all of my old pads? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Your old pads will still work and the new ink refills can be used on the stamp pads in the old cases. The EXCEPTION to that is basic gray and basic black archival inks (Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed).

So, how did the case improve?

  • They will be less confusing to open. Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
  • They have a tighter fit between the lid and the base. With the new design, the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will be easier to slide open and close.
  • Stack-ability. Being able to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. We designed a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
  • Include improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
    • The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
    • The stickers include a new In Color icon.
    • We’ve continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
    • We’re introducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.

How is the ink different? Stampin’ Up! improved the ink formula because the old ink would sometimes bubble, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. The improved ink formula will:

  • Reduce ink bubbles.
  • Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Help lay down the ink better.

How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink? Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, if you  recently received an ink refill and it has the new branding label, it contains the improved ink formula.

Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad? Yes! You absolutely can with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ inks will work fine.

Where is the archival ink? Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StazOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of our ink offering.

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy? Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast.Please note that the color caddy will be retiring on May 31st or while supplies last – if you want it, you need to get it now!

If you have any questions about the color revamp, the new ink pads or the In Colors, please contact me by leaving a message in the comments section below or give me a call!



Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


Items Retiring Soon!

Just got a heads up about Stamping’ Up! items that are retiring soon. In an effort to make room for new product when our June, 2018 catalog gets released, some items will be disappearing.

Please note that inks and paper will disappear fast. If there is something that you want, I suggest getting it sooner rather than later!


Items from the occasions catalog that are retiring.

Items from the annual catalog that are retiring.




I was going to hold a card buffet on Saturday, April 14. However, this last month has been challenging and I am canceling the event — I need some time to take care of me. Thank you for your understanding! Watch for news of a May card buffet being scheduled soon!


Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


Last day…

Our new catalog will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1! WOO HOO… excited!!!

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After that time, product will no longer be available from the Occasions Catalog or the 2015-16 Annual Catalog. Get your items now before it is too late!

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Here is an update of the retiring products. Many of these have discounts that you can benefit from before they are all gone!

With the new catalog, there will be a price increase in card stock! All card stock will increase in price $1 ($7 to $8). Whisper White and Very Vanilla will go up 50 cents ($8.50 to $9). White Vellum Card Stock will have the biggest spike ($6.50 to $8). It is time to go through your card stock supplies and see what you need before prices increase on June 1!


NeXT CaRD BuFFeT — Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. Choose six cards to create for just $15. 

Let me know if you have specific cards that you are in need of (i.e. birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).

RSVP by Wednesday, June 22 so I will have enough materials on hand for you to create!

Hope to see you on June 25! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou

Happy Mother’s Day — Part II

Here is the second Mother’s Day card that we made at my last card buffet. I LOVE this one…it kind of has that “Shabby Chic” feel to it!

World's Best Mother

The card base is made using CRUMB CAKE (11 x 4 ¼ scored at 5 ½). The next layer is our WHISPER WHITE (5 ¼ x 4).

CRUMB CAKE ink was used with the various stamps in the TIMELESS TEXTURES Stamp Set. One of the rectangular stamps was used first by stamping a border all the way around the whisper white paper. Then other stamps from this set were used to fill in the middle. Lastly, I grabbed some TIP TOP TAUPE and added some splashes to the bottom left and top right corner. You can add as little or as much filler as you desire.

Next, one of the TEA LACE PAPER DOILIES was cut in half and adhered to the top layer of the card. The edge of that was covered using SAHARA SAND LACE TRIM** and tucked behind and secured with scotch tape to the top layer prior to adhering it to the card base.

The A NICE CUPPA PHOTOPOLYMER** Stamp Set was used for the sentiment. The tea cup was cut out using the BIG SHOT and the framelit dies (were on the “retired” list and are no longer available). The rectangular stamp that was used to make the border around the white card layer was used on the sides, top and bottom of the teacup to finish the look. The sentiment was stamped in CRUMB CAKE INK as well.

Last but not least, I made the little banner for the upper left-hand corner and secured one of our BOTANICAL GARDEN JEWELS with a GLUE DOT to give it some “bling”.

NOTE: Items that have ** behind them are on the “retired” listing. Items on the retired list are going fast so if you are interested, you might wish to order them soon! See the retired list here for what is still available!

So, which card do you like better? The one that I posted yesterday or the card above? Inquiring minds want to know–so make sure you leave a comment!

You can order the items above (AND MORE) from my store by clicking ORDER HERE or by clicking on the image below.

Both cards were a lot of fun to make. Why don’t you consider coming to my next card buffet where you can create such gorgeous works of art? I bring all of the ideas and the supplies, all you have to do it put them all together. I will be HAPPY to help you with tips and tricks of the trade (i.e. there are two sides of paper for a reason!).

My next card buffet is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. You can choose six cards to make for $15. 

Let me know if you have specific cards that you are in need of (i.e. birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).

RSVP by Thursday, May 19 so I am sure to have enough materials cut and ready for you to create!

Hope to see you on May 21! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou