Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Color Blog Hop!

2013 Retiring Colors bannerHello, stampers, and welcome to Stampin’ Addicts’ first-ever-one-day blog hop!  It came together really quickly:  after Stampin’ Up! announced the Color Refresh and we regained our composure, a bunch of us jumped at the idea of a hop focusing on the colors that are being discontinued.  So, jumping and hopping, here we are!  (Click the banner above to see the list of blogs in the hop, or use the buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate.)

Perhaps you’ve arrived here from Holly’s Rubber Redneck blog, where she featured More Mustard.  I could go on and on about how I love this 70s color, but I’ll hold back and just give her two thumbs up for her creations!

I chose River Rock for my farewell projects because — and it’s not like I haven’t said this about others — it’s one of my favorite colors.  As I said a few days ago, I’ve heard that people don’t like River Rock, and in its defense, I think it’s because they haven’t experimented enough with other colors.  Only because we had such a short time to set up this hop did I stop at three cards, because there are endless variations.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post, as A River Rock Runs Through It.

This Falling Leaves card was inspired by Chris Parker-Barnes.  It’s a variation of the popular Double-Time Stamping technique.  Knowing we were making a version of this for yesterday’s All-Occasion Stamp-a-Stack, I created this one with River Rock as a base.  Using Lucky Limeade for the leaves and Old Olive for the mat brings out the green in River Rock.

Debra Burgin River Rock 1I love using River Rock with blue, so this For You Tag card  (also from yesterday’s camp) was perfect for two other discontinued colors, Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy.

Debra Burgin 2013 SAS For you tagFinally, River Rock goes Girlie with hardly any encouragement!  I chose a retiring pink (Regal Rose) for sass, but added black for some sophistication.  A few dabs of Dazzling Details in the center of the flowers adds the bling we all need!

Debra Burgin Girlie River Rock As I said, it was hard to stop at three cards!  But it’s time for you to move on to the next stop in the hop — over to Lily’s Ink Pad to see Sara’s projects using tart and tasty Lucky Limeade.  See you next time!

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20 Responses to Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Color Blog Hop!

  1. Sally says:

    I love River Rock. As I do a lot of nature scrapbooking, I ordered an extra pack of paper yesterday. I am excited for the new smoke color coming in to replace it and hope they offer that in 12×12. I just love neutrals I guess;)

  2. Sally says:

    Oh, and that stamp you used with the little pink flowers is sweet.

  3. I love your cards! They are so beautiful!

  4. sue says:

    Great cards! RR was one of my favorites and the pink and black added with it looks fab!

  5. Heidi Baks says:

    Sigh, River Rock. I really like this color, but if there aren’t papers to go with it, I don’t use it. And now I feel “guilty” for letting this color down. You really rocked the projects!! Awesome.

  6. adriana B says:

    It really is a great color and in just three projects you’ve shown it’s versatility.
    Love the first “falling leaves” card – gorgeous!

  7. Debbi says:

    Great cards, Debra! I like River Rock, especially with greens, and will miss it. The falling leaves card is my favorite.

  8. Sara Mattson-Blume says:

    Sass and Sophistication = You! I love your cards. The leaves is my fave. I love how they go across the page!

  9. Tanya Boser says:

    Debra, you “rocked” it! I totally love River Rock and it is the only color that is retiring that I used on a regular basis. I will be hoarding this color! ALL of your cards are gorgeous, but my fav is the one with the leaves. I’m a sucker for leaves 🙂

  10. Yapha says:

    Such great cards! You really do show how lovely River Rock can be when paired with the right colors. The first card is my favorite, I love how the stamps flow through the center piece.

  11. I love all of these! You did a fabulous job showing off how versatile this color can be. Love the leaf card the most and pinned it so I could remember it.

  12. Jen Timko says:

    I am one who loves this color too! Love it with dark blue, with browns, and now apparently with pink!! Your first card is a real wow! All of these are fantastic, Debra!

  13. Tina Adams says:

    I love the cards. They all show case River Rock so well. I love the “girlie” card.

  14. Betty says:

    Ok I seriously love the color combo for the first card- would not have thought to put those together and the result is FUN! Cute layering on the second card- the two tags is perfect for the new little scallop punch!

  15. Wow – who knew River Rock could look so good! Beautiful cards! The leaves are gorgeous! And I love you banner picture!

  16. Cindy Elam says:

    Deb, I assure you, I was NOT one of the people who didn’t like River Rock! It’s a great neutral, and works so very well with so many other colors, as you have demonstrated here. It really pairs perfectly with pink (love that alliteration?), and adding the dash of black for sophistication was brilliant! That is definitely my fave….maybe because I’m sassy and sophisticated, too? Ha! Nahhhhhhh.

  17. Mary Beth Krakowski says:

    I LOVE this color and haven’t used it as much as would have liked. Your cards are just great!

  18. Twila Davis says:

    Oh my what beautiful cards. They really pop! Great job!

  19. katherine says:

    Wow! That River Rock pairs really well with those greens. I never noticed what a great color combo that is before. I love how you used the tag as a banner. What a great idea!

  20. Deb love all your projects but my favorite is the Falling Leaves card. Beautiful job showcasing this color!

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