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Support. A Gofundme campaign has been established to help Bella Blvd founder Stephanie Smokovich with medical expenses. Stephanie, for those who haven’t heard, was diagnosed with brain cancer after experiencing a seizure shortly after Creativation. She has already undergone surgery (and a lengthy hospital stay) to remove the tumor and is now facing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. You can keep up with Stephanie’s progress on her Caring Bridge site.

[Sending you hugs and wishing you a speedy return to running marathons, Steph!]

Video. Craftsy Unlimited is now available for subscribers in the U.S. to watch on Roku streaming devices. At a cost of $14.95/month or $120/year, the channel is similar in price to other premium channels available on the device like HBO.

Moving On. SNAP! Conference founder Tauni Everett announced at the annual conference last weekend that she has sold the event and will be moving on to other projects. Mandy Beyeler of Sugar Bee Crafts and Kim West of A Girl & A Glue Gun are the event’s new owners.

Contests. Duck Brand has launched its annual Stuck At Prom contest awarding prizes for prom clothes made out of Duck Tape. This year, instead of awarding prizes to couples, Duck is awarding two grand prizes – one for a tux and one for a dress.

Revamp. Stampin’ Up! has announced their annual update to their color palette – and it’s a big one. In addition to announcing a new In Color palette, that company has completely revamped their core color palette as well. The palette still has four color groups with ten colors in them, but a new group of Basics has been created to hold the colors basic black, whisper white and vanilla. Thirteen core colors are being retired along with the In Color group that is due for retirement. Because of this, there are 21 new colors being added to the Stampin’ Up! color palette in the revamp. (Flirty Flamingo actually appears on both the retirement and new color lists. It is being retired as an In Color and added to the core collection.)

Along with the color revamp, Stampin’ Up! is also refreshing their iconic ink pads. The new cases are slightly smaller, stackable, open more easily, and close tighter. But the changes aren’t just cosmetic. Stampin’ Up! has also made a change to their ink formulation that they say will reduce bubbling in the ink and give better stamp impressions. For more details on all of these changes, visit Stamp Your Art Out.

Martha, Martha, Martha. Lifestyle icon Martha Stewart has several big new products rolling out at Michaels. Ten new themed collections are being added to the Martha Stewart Celebration line of party supplies. There’s classics like gold, or black & white, along with trendy Meyer Lemon and even Iridescent (complete with the requisite unicorns).

In addition to the party collection. Martha and Cricut are pairing up for a Martha Stewart special edition Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. The machine’s bundle includes a special Martha Stewart tool set and 25 free Ready to Make Martha Stewart projects. Currently available for order for $279.99 on the Michaels website, the machine bundle will be available in-store at Michaels on May 4th.

Martha Stewart Cricut Explore Air 2

Martha Stewart had previously partnered with Cricut for a Martha Stewart-branded version of the Cricut Cake machine.

Shopping. Bella Blvd has joined the ranks of manufacturers who are selling direct-to-consumer online. Their newly-launched retail store can be reached at www.bellablvd.net

Crime. A JOANN store in Lansing, Michigan was the site of a murder-suicide on March 26th. Store employee Rachel Renee Duncan’s ex-boyfriend, against whom she had recently secured a protective order, murdered her with a gun stolen from a local gun range before turning the gun on himself. At least 15 people were inside the store at the time of the murder, according to police. An unidentified store employee told the Lansing State Journal that counseling services were being made available to store employees by JOANN.

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Books. Designer Amy Tan’s publisher has republished her 2017 book Craft A Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun And Intention Into Your Everyday. The new edition hit stores earlier this month.

Lia Griffith Cutting Machine Crafts

Lia Griffith’s new book on digital die cutting will be available on May 1st. Cutting Machine Crafts with Your Cricut, Sizzix or Silhouette includes instructions for 50 projects and 60 downloadable SVG files for readers to use to create the projects.

Careers. Have you ever wondered how you could turn your career into a craft career? Brittany Luiz talked to PR Daily about how she turned a career as a journalist into a position as the PR and media relations manager at Tombow.

Cool Crafters. You never know who you might run into at your favorite craft store. ICYMI earlier this year, apparently when Dave Grohl isn’t busy being a rock star he hangs out at Michaels in his spare time. (Definitely worth clicking the link just for the crafty Foo Fighter lyric puns.)

Jobs. The following industry jobs are currently listed as available:

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Stampin’ Up! Overhauls Color Palette

Stampin’ Up! announced Tuesday that the company is overhauling their core color palette with the release of the 2010-2011 catalog this summer and making major changes to their product offerings.

The changes will go into effect on July 1st and will create a new 40 color core color palette at Stampin’ Up!. It will include five completely new colors: Marina Mist, Cajun Crazy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight.  Ten previous In Colors will be made part of the new core color palette: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, River Rock, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, and Wild Wasabi.

* new colors

Neutral colors will now be part of the core palette instead of a separate palette. Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Gray, and Basic Black from the former neutrals palette will be part of the new core palette. The existing color Kraft will be renamed Crumb Cake for the new palette. The rest of the 25 core palette colors will be drawn from the existing Stampin Up core palette: Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Pretty In Pink, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron.

Palette colors will be reorganized into four color collections, called Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles. In addition to the 40 core colors, each year there will be five new In Colors, which will have a life of two years.

The overhaul will also mean a large group of colors will be retiring. Thirty colors will be retiring in all, unavailable after the end of June 2010:

Kits of new colors for items such as card stock, markers, classic ink pads, pastels and watercolor crayons will be available for sale to help Stampin’ Up! fans fill in their color collections and transition to the new core colors.

The new color offerings will be smaller than previously, 50 in all when the second set of rotating In Colors is added next year. By comparison, the 2009-2010 catalog offers 62 colors. Stampin’ Up! explained the reasons for the reduction:

We retired colors based on sales history and focus group feedback. Members of our focus groups indicated that they had some colors they didn’t use; for instance, they purchased a whole family of ink pads and then rarely used some of the colors in that family. In addition, sales on many colors were very low, and the cost to support those colors was not worth the return. We were careful to choose the most popular and up-to-date colors.

Another reason we reduced the number of colors is that we wanted our collections to be less overwhelming to new demonstrators and customers—we wanted it to be easier for new stampers to get started. And with fewer colors in each collection, demonstrators and customers can save money and use that money to purchase more of what they love—stamps, accessories, and other items.

Stampin’ Up! is making other moves that seem influenced by the current economy as well. Besides reducing the selection of offered colors, Stampin’ Up! is also almost completely eliminating a long-offered product. Full sized Craft Stampin’ Pads will be available after July 1st only in Basic Black, Whisper White, and Very Vanilla. The Craft Stampin’ Spots mini ink pads will continue to be offered for the full core color palette, along with the ink refills for them.

The pigment ink Craft Stampin’ pads, at $7.50, have been the more expensive of the two ink options offered by Stampin’ Up!. Their dye ink Classic Stampin’ pads are priced at $5.95. A 12 count color collection set Classic Stampin’ Spots sells for $22.50, while the Craft Stampin’ Spots sell for $25.95. (These Stampin’ Spot collection prices will likely change in the new catalog since the new collections will have 10 instead of 12 colors in them.)

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