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.
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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