Saturday, April 28, 2012

Time to say Goodbye

Sadly, this is the time of year when we have to say "Goodbye" to the items retiring from the annual catalog, because the NEW CATALOG is coming out a month earlier this year - June 1!! It's always sad to say goodbye, but keep in mind that the retiring items are leaving in order to make room for even more new and exciting products!

So, you'll need to get the retiring items before they are gone! The retired accessories and Definitely Decorative (including D├ęcor Elements) lists are now available and won't stay around for long--these items are only available while supplies last, and some are even discounted from 25% up to 70% off!  If you haven't completed your collection of the 2010-2012 In Color ink pads, card stock, markers, refills, or ribbon, you'll want to get them NOW.
When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of the Stampin' Pads are listed -  but don't let it scare you! They are listed for two reasons: (1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white; and (2) Stampin' Up! is introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalog. The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.

Five ink colors have undergone formula changes to improve functionality and color stability with the new firm foam pads. These colors are:
  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Tempting Turquoise
All five colors of the reformulated inks have been fully tested and approved. While using the new ink formula in the old Stampin’ Pads is fine, Stampin' Up! does not recommend using the old ink formula in the new firm foam pads. Any refills purchased after April 30, 2012, will contain the new formulated ink.

Some other things to note:
  • Stampin' Write Markers will only be available in select individual colors, although they will still be offered in color collection assortment packs.
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock will no longer be offered.
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock will only be available in select individual colors and color collections assortment packs.
I am SO EXCITED to see what Stampin' Up! has in store for us in the new catalog, and will have a hard time waiting until June 1st. However, I HAVE gotten a sneak peak at some of the new products, and will be sharing them with you soon!

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