Daffodil Dies: Add a POP of Color

Black & White is a classic, elegant color combination, but when you add a POP of color, a card becomes stunning!

In my LIVE broadcast today, I teach you how to stack the individual pieces from the Daffodil Dies to craft a bundle of flowers on top of a black & white polka-dot background. While I chose Melon Mambo as my “POP” of color, you could use yellow, purple or bright blue!

Having a few shades of the pink really helped these flowers feel real (lightest to darkest: Blushing Bride, Polished Pink, Melon Mambo).

It certainly brightened my day to make these fabulous cards!

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A Color Revamp

A question I fear: “What is your favorite color?”

Me: WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CHOOSE? It’s like asking which child is my favorite: It depends on which one is making me happy at the moment!!

Just kidding (kind of)…but colors are the same for me: If it’s fall, I’m using earth tones for my creations. Am I trying to cheer someone up? Then it’s bright, vibrant hues. My favorite changes as often as my underwear!

Speaking of changes, I’m looking forward to this one from Stampin’ Up! in June:

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Keeping things fresh and on-trend, we are updating our palette…and you are going to love it too.

First, let’s bid adieu to our 2016-2018 In-Colors:

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If you need refills for your ink pads, card stock and coordinating ribbon or embellishments of those colors, make sure you ORDER ASAP as they are always the first to be depleted!

We’ll continue our In-Color offerings, which are current and fresh hues that stick around for 2 years:

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Then we’ll say good-bye to a few classic colors and hello to new (and returning) ones:

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Are you going to miss some of the retiring colors? Remember to stock up quickly, as they are only while supplies last!

The NEW (and returning colors) will be available on June 1st, so start your wishlist.

Once we’ve done all the shuffling, the new color families will look like this, with Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Whisper White forming a new “Basic” Collection:

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Whew! That’s a LOT to process, but I hope you spy a few colors you can’t wait to get your hands on and your fingers in!

Check out all the items that are retiring from the current catalog by May 31st, or while supplies last, by visiting my Stampin’ Store.

Isn’t She Lovely? Isn’t She Wonderful?

It’s like Christmas morning when I get my hands on the new Stampin’ Up! catalog…do you feel the same way? This beautiful new cover makes me grin every time I see it!! What’s inside is just as freakin’ awesome (as my kids say).  To flip through the catalog virtually, click on the picture above. To order from it, CLICK HERE!

Along with the new catalog comes a few other fun announcements! First, the new “Best of” set for June:

Second, a chance to grab some greeting stamps at a discount:

And finally, a few updates for My Digital Studio: Get the new colors FREE next time you have an internet connection and update your software:

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Get Refreshed

I love change! And the newest announcement that the Stampin’ Up! color palette is being updated or “Refreshed” is good news! Say goodbye to these colors and make sure to order any card stock, ink refills, markers or ribbon quickly as they are only available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST:

 What will the new color palette look like? Here it is and it becomes official on June 1st:

What I love best: Most of the returning colors are past IN-COLORS, so you may already have them in your collection! The only truly NEW color will be Smoky Slate (in the Neutrals).

And of course, we’ll be welcoming five fresh new 2013-15 In-Colors in June, too, so stay tuned for that.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that today (April 8)  is the last day for free shipping on everything in the store, including print products!!
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Fresh Sketch and My Color Phase

Do you go through color phases? Meaning you are really drawn to a certain color palette for a while, then something else catches your eye and everything you create for a period is variations on a theme? Yep, that’s me. I found this color combination and pinned it to my Color Palette board on Pinterest, and I keep coming back to it because it makes me so happy:

In Stampin’ Up! colors, they are Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Baja Breeze. Thus, my submission for the Freshly Made Sketch at the top stamped with the Blooming with Kindness stamp set (page 87 of current catalog), another one of my current favorites. In fact, I’m teaching a class with this stamp set in September and would love to have you there!

So what is your current (Stampin’ Up!) color obsession? Do you have one color you are always drawn to or a set that you love to use? Share with me in the comments and one lucky person will get this card from me in the mail! It’s even prettier in person 🙂

(P.S. Today–August 31– is the last day to join my Stampin’ Family and get the Halloween Printer’s Tray FREE)


Color My World!

Why ARE there so many songs about rainbows?
My husband always teases me about referring to colors in Stampin’ Up! vernacular: “That’s not orange,” I’ll correct him, “That is PUMPKIN PIE!” Every color has a proper name, and I use it!

Well, Stampin’ Up! made a wonderful announcement on Monday about our new COLOR RENOVATION and I’m very excited to share it with you! If you have ever renovated a room or a whole home, you know that the new look is better than the old look…and the same is true here! As of July 1st, our new color COLLECTIONS will look like this:  

You will see some returning IN COLORS from years past, and a sneak peek at a few NEW colors that are surely part of every perfect rainbow 🙂 This renovation will help you look at colors in a whole new way, and I’m drooling with anticipation, myself.
But before you get too excited, we must also say farewell to some well-loved hues:

If these colors have been some of your favorites, you have until June 30th to order ink refills for your pads, stock up on card stock and matching accessories! Visit my website to order anytime. 

I guess the answer to the question is that a rainbows bring color and wonder to the world, and Stampin’ Up! is doing our best to bring that delight to you.