If you had a chance to look at the retired accessories list (you can see a visual list by going to my online store here), you might feel a bit overwhelmed. However, I like to look at these changes in a positive light. Stampin' Up! is always trying to give us the best product available, and sometimes that means changing things we are comfortable with.
If you prefer the list by page number you can see the accessories list here. Items marked with an * are being reconfigured.
For the stamp list go here. All of the Decor Elements and Simply Adorned are also retiring.
In order to break the changes down a bit I wanted to add the following. When you look at the retired accessories list you will see that all of the Stampin' Pads are retiring. The reasons for this is that Stampin' Up! is introducing new, firm foam pads. Some of the benefits of these new ink pads are:
..they provide better ink coverage for your stamps
..light-tap stamping produces flawless images
..pad stays juicier for longer, resulting in better ink pad longevity
In addition, the new Stampin' Pads
..have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top that is easier to read.
..come with color name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, German). Just choose your language, peel it off the back and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification.
..use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down so the pad surface stays moist.
..are available in all colors, including the exclusive In Colors.
And, five ink colors have undergone formula changes to improve functionality and color stability with the new firm foam pads. These colors are:
Note: You can use your current ink refills in the new style pads with the exception of the five ink colors listed above that have undergone formula changes.
I personally will not be replacing all of my current ink pads with the exception of the five ink colors undergoing change, but am happy to know that when I need to replace an ink pad, I will be getting an even better quality product. And since my current ink refills can be used in any new style pads I do order, (with the exception of the five listed above) I have no need to waste what ink refills I already have in stock.
Other news for the new catalog:
..Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white.
..Only select Stampin' Write Markers will be available individually (Stampin' Write Markers in color collections WILL continued to be offered)
..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.
If you like any of the products that will be leaving, you can still order while supplies last. So if craft ink, 12" x 12" Textured Cardstock, or single colors of 12" x 12" Smooth Cardstock is something you use, place your orders now because I don't know how long any of these products will last. And, while you are checking out the list, make sure you see the savings on some select items too.
My last thoughts on all of this is it makes me even more excited to see the new catalog. With some of my favorite ribbons, Big Shot Dies, punches, and embellishments retiring, I know Stampin' Up! will be featuring new and exciting products to replace what is leaving. I can and will still continue to use retiring products for my own personal use, and as a demonstrator will not be using any of them in workshops, but I buy products I love, and just because it can no longer be ordered, doesn't mean I can't use it. And, what I haven't used in awhile will find a good home when I have an Open House for my customers to show them the new catalog.
Change is not always easy, but in the end, we usually find out that it is what we needed. Free free to leave your own personal comments on these changes, or e-mail me if you have any questions.