Is it time for a Stampin' Up! Color Refresh? Speculation and recommendations by Shelly Godby of www.stampingsmiles.comIs this the year? Is it time for a Stampin’ Up! color refresh? Will some of your favorite exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors retire? I believe so and here’s why.

The number one reason is that Stampin’ Up! stated they would refresh, their word for change the core colors, every three to five years. It’s been five years since the last change to the four Color Collections.

Frankly, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t happen this year. Not because Stampin’ Up! has confided in me there will be a changing; I’m simply taking them at their word and seventeen years of color refreshes. We’ll know for sure when the retiring stamp sets and accessories lists are released in April. 

If we see ink pads, cardstock and refills from the Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles Collections on the retiring accessories list, there will be a frenzy of ordering! The reason is all retiring accessories become only while supplies last the moment the retiring list is released.  We’ve even seen retiring In Color refills selling out BEFORE the retiring list came out.

Ink refills are typically the first to sell out. 

Followed by cardstock.


This observation may help narrow down the colors to order first. The colors most likely to be “safe” are Stampin’ Blends colors. It doesn’t seem likely Stampin’ Up! would retire any of the colors of Stampin’ Blends with five months of their release. 

It may not be the year for a color change, but if it is you now have my speculations and recommendations. The 2018 Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration special will reward you for stocking up my March 31, 2018.


Is it time for a Stampin’ up! color refresh? Get ahead of the game by ordering ink pads, ink refills, cardstock, and accessories now in my online store

Exclusive Stampin’ Up! Colors

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2016-2018 In Colors





Stamping Smiles March 2018 Drawing for a Stampin' Up! Picnic with You BundleYour March 2018 order could win one of three prizes in my March Drawing! The first name randomly drawn will win a Picnic with You Bundle from the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog ($42.25 value)! The second name drawn will win one FREE month of Stamping Playground membership ($9.95 value)! The third name drawn will win one FREE month Hassle-Free Cards subscription ($4.95 value)!
One entry into the March Drawing will be given for every $35 in order totals due (before shipping and sales tax) placed in my online store March 1 through March 31, 2018, Mountain Time using Hostess Code A6QBNCVS.


Very Important: If your order is $150 or more (total due before shipping and sales tax), please DO NOT apply the Hostess Code to your order. Orders of $150 or more automatically earn at least $15 in Stampin’ Rewards to spend on additional Stampin’ Up! products of your choice, including hostess only products. Orders placed using a Hostess Code do not earn Stampin’ Rewards but will receive entries in my monthly drawings.


Click here for the full set of rules and alternative entry method.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you.


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