Wednesday, May 5, 2010


With our recent Color Renovation announcement, Stampin' Up! has experienced a spike--much greater than anticipated--in demand for some of our retiring colors. A significant number of colors in both card stock and re-inkers have gone into backorder status and a few have even sold out completely. 

Stampin' Up! anticipated increased demand on retiring colors based on historical sales information for previous color transitions, as well as current buying behaviors. Obviously, even with the most careful planning, the response to a transition of this nature can surprise everyone--and it has!

For re-inkers in retiring colors, as we run out, they will be placed on backorder status and those orders will be filled as quickly as we receive the product. We will continue to do this to the best of our ability through May, and then the re-inkers will be available while supplies last in June.

Card stock presents a bit larger problem, as the process of ordering and producing new paper from the paper mills is very involved, and SU! can't order significant quantities at this point in time without putting the production of the new colors in jeopardy (and we know you want those!). To help us be able to provide you with the card stock in the retiring colors for as long as possible, SU! will be substituting textured paper for some of the smooth colors--including card stock in 8 ½ x 11 as well as 12 x 12--where the smooth is no longer available. When colors are out of stock, we will be filling as many of those as possible with textured card stock. Because the demand for each color varies, we are unable to provide a list of what colors of card stock will be substituted with textured, or at what point that will happen. However, if you receive a package of card stock that is textured instead of smooth, there will be a sticker on the package indicating that change. There will be no change in item code or price for these substitutions. Four colors have already sold out of smooth 8 ½ x 11 and we have no idea how fast cardstock will now sell out.

Please keep in mind that an instance may arise where we are unable to fill orders on a specific product, and it will become unavailable before the end of May, but we hope those cases will be minimal. Our main goal is to serve you the best that we can. 

If you had any plans to order to order any of our retiring colors, I strongly suggest you do so as soon as possible or you may find you will be unable to get your favorites very soon. 

If you are a fan of our full size Craft pads, remember that they will only be available in Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black beginning July 1 and they may also sell out quickly.  You will be able to purchase uninked large Craft pads and re-inkers to make your own pads and they will be available in Stampin' Spots.  However, you may want to purchase the full-size Craft pads before they are sold out (as well as the Craft Re-inkers for retiring colors).  They are fabulous for scrapbooking as they last longer and won't hurt your photographs.  Here is more information on our Craft Ink:
  • Pigment ink
  • Coordinate with exclusive card stock, pastels, and markers
  • Slightly raised foam pad
  • For use in scrapbooks as well as on wood, fabric (contact me for details), and other craft items
  • Opaque look on colored card stocks
  • Great for embossing
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about these issues and I will be happy to help you out.  If you want to see the retiring color list again, please CLICK HERE.  Happy Stamping!

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