Tuesday, April 6, 2010

BIG Changes

The winds of change have swept me up today. Since before I was a demonstrator (over 10 years) Stampin' Up!'s color families have been the cornerstone of my crafting. Today, SU announced that the color families are being replaced with new Color Collections. 40 colors total, including the neutrals. WOW is all I can say. I am one who likes to embrace change in general, but this one leaves me a little stunned. I love the new colors, I just wish there were MORE :) The theory is that less colors will be less overwhelming to new customers and demonstrators. OK, I get that....but not all of us are "new". Oh well. I am happy to report that many of the past favorite In Colors are coming back as part of the new color offerings.

The In Color program is also getting a makeover. Starting with the 2010-2011 catalog, there will 5 In Colors offered each year. The In Colors will be available for 2 years rather than 1. So after this next catalog there will always be 10 in the book. i.e. the 2011-2012 catalog will have the 5 new In Colors from this July plus 5 more.

Stampin' Up! will be watching color trends and sales of the different colors. Every 3-5 years they may update the core color list. Nothing as drastic as this year, but a few here and there.

The 2010-2011 catalog will include many transition packages for those of us who have the full collections already. This will include things like assorted marker boxes with that include only new colors, a package of pastels that includes the new colors, box and insert etc.

The current colors are still available until June 30th. If something you love dearly is retiring I recommend stocking up. Once the retired list hits things will only be available while supplies last. I believe the retired list will be out in a month or so.

I know that's a lot to chew on. I hope I explained it clearly. If not, give me a call or email me. I am happy to answer questions.

I am fairly visual, so I am going to try and post a list of the new colors, as well as, a list of the 29 retiring colors.

Like I said- Big Changes. Thinking to myself- "change is good, change is good, change is good...."

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