Welcome the Five New In Colors

I really love the concept of Stampin’ Up!’s In Colors. They really watch the color trends for us and respond with five colors that will stick around for 2 years. Some might then go away, while others are validated with an entry into the permanent color collection. When I joined Stampin’ Up! last year, I was not impressed with Calypso Coral or Pool Party. They already had one foot in the grave (so to speak), so I gave all my attention to the 2012-2014 In Colors. As time passed, though, I became more and more attracted to these soft shades. Now I am happy that they are included in the permanent color collections, along with Island Indigo and Wysteria Wonder.

Today’s card is not a genius design but it’s a great way to showcase the five new 2013-2015 In Colors. Here’s my card, followed by my assessment of each new color:Just Believe, Stampin' Up!, 2013-2015 In Colors, Brian King

Stamp Sets: Just Believe Inks: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding Papers: Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White Accessories: 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch

And now my thoughts about these five colors. Each color is aptly named as you will see:

  • Coastal Cabana. As the name indicates, this shade of blue-green feels like a cool summer day in the middle of clear ocean water. Not a dirty beach with sand and heat. I’m talking about an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora where the water radiates with this color. This color is crisp and gorgeous, somewhere between Pool Party and Island Indigo.
  • Strawberry Slush. If you sliced some strawberries and added them to crushed ice, you’d get this rich shade of red. It’s brighter than Primrose Petals but not nearly as electric as Melon Mambo. This color is refreshing and rich.
  • Crisp Cantaloupe. I grew up with lots of fresh cantaloupe from Grandma’s field, fresh as can be but chilled a little bit in the refrigerator. You can almost taste a cold piece of melon when you see this orange/pinkish shade. My only issue is this – the color should be called Crisp-ish Cantaloupe. Who wants a crisp piece of melon? Don’t we want it to be somewhere between crisp and smooshy?
  • Baked Brown Sugar. Again, just what my Southern roots expect from this shade of brown. This color can best be described as cardboard box, but I somehow don’t think Box Brown would be an attractive name. I will be using lots of this brown – no doubt, I’ll be layering it somewhere between Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.
  • Pistachio Pudding. My only association with pistachio pudding is the artificial, mint green stuff that comes in a little box. Not exactly a beautiful color. This green, though, is a muted version of that artificial shade. In the end, it’s a really soft color, a mixture of two OLD colors – Mint Melody and Mellow Moss.

Why am I so hungry?

These colors will be available in the new catalog. Lots of great treats in that book! I’ve introduced them with a retiring stamp set, Just Believe. Time is running out for you to grab this set before it’s gone.

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  1. Love your card, Brian! I have to say, Baked Brown Sugar is my favorite “In Color”, but all of the new colors are keepers 🙂

  2. Jayne Halligan

    Very Pretty card – and am just loving your thoughts (and lush pictures) on the new ‘in’ colours!

  3. Maria Rodriguez

    Beautiful card Brian, I love this stamp set and the way you showcased the new colors with it. From the moment I read the words Crisp Cantaloupe a picture much like the one you showed here, came to my mind. I love this fruit, specially if it’s chilled, on a hot summer day, this is my favorite color of this new in colors and your comparison of them with this luscious pictures is great. I specially love the one with those gorgeous bungalows on that pristine beach….. oh boy!! I need a vacation!!!!!

  4. I love the concept of In Colors, coming and going every two years -thanks to Stampin’ Up! for keeping us Fresh! Strawberry Slush, ooh I’m in Love! And Coastal Cabana don’t we enjoy these lighter shades of some of your other favs! I’m so excited! Bring on the New Catty!

  5. Fantastic Card, Brian!! Love the new colors and this much over-looked stamp in the stamp set.
    Great Job and a brilliant way to show them off. I never realized how beautifully they compliment each other!

  6. My pack of new paper and inks comes today and I’m thinking I need to “borrow” this card idea…it’s GREAT! TGIF….enjoy the weekend.

  7. I LOVE the new InColors … each one of them!
    And your descriptions were very enjoyable. 🙂
    I, too, love cantaloupe with fond memories from childhood, too. Unlike you, Brian, I have good memories Pistachio Pudding conjures up! It was introduced when our children were young … 🙂 Thanks, Brian!

  8. tammy fletcher

    Thanks Brian for the heads up as to what each color really looks like…can’t wait

  9. I love your presentations of these beautiful colors . I am really curious to see how Strawberry Slush looks next to Melon Mambo . And I think I am going to really like the Crisp Cantaloupe. I agree with you about the “Crisp” . I thought at first they had called it “Crushed Cantaloupe” !! And I still wonder why SU retired Just Believe ,Circle Circus and French Foliage ? I
    Thank you for a fun frolic through these new arrivals. Can`t wait to get mine !!

  10. What a great blog entry today, Brian! Your descriptions of the new colors are luscious! I love the card and will have to CASE that one too. This batch of “In Colors” is definitely my favorite ever.

  11. sharonjjones51

    Oy, Brian…now you have ME hungry! I don’t eat when I first get up, but I’m going to have to rush for breakfast this morning…LOL! I adore these wonderful colors and they look so great on your card together…wonderful way to display them all! I’ve been drooling over my new Catty and can’t wait until we can start all the orders! ;D

  12. I like what you did with the colors. Truly they’re a little lacking in depth for my tastes, but you make them look lovely on your card.

  13. I just love your blog!! Love your style and creation..

  14. Love the photo comparisons! 🙂

  15. what a beautiful way to showcase the new in-colors!

  16. I love your card–and your commentary on all the new SU colors. I am eager to try some of them out.

  17. Brian, I think you just inspired my menu for my Open House. I think it sounds like a fruit tart with a brown sugar pistachio crust 🙂
    Yummy card 😛

  18. Finally, an acceptable green!

  19. Carol Carriveau

    I was very excited to see our new in colors and fell in love when I had them in hand….loving your wonderful descriptions and fabulous pictures! I always picked out the cool cantaloupe from fruit salads as a kid and still do! These remind me of sherbets as well as crisp fruit! Wonderful card…I love this set… Have a great rest of the weekend…I had a fun stamping day with friends and got to emails late…time to slide into bed….we went out to dinner and saw the new Star Trek tonite…long day into evening into night…sorry, I am a bit rummy!…yawn!

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