Introducing……Designed To Color – the magazine completely devoted to stampers & paper crafters that love to color!

January 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm 20 comments

Welcome to Designed To Color where we inspire creativity through coloring!

I am SO excited for today. Well, excited and I have butterflies in my stomach because I’m so nervous to see this little idea I’ve had for about a year finally launch!! I want to give you a little background about myself & how this venture came to fruition. I first heard about stamping through a home party (I’m sure you’ve heard of them, too and maybe have been invited to a few yourself!) and thought wow, this is pretty cool! See, I always loved stamping and paper crafting as a kid….. I had this old stamp turner of vintage rubber stamps for invoice, paid, etc and just LOVED them. There was something about hitting that rubber to the ink pad and to paper that gave me such pleasure as a kid. I never in my wildest dreams it would have evolved to what it has today for me.

See, a few years after I went to that party, I started looking for stamps again because I had 2 little babies and was looking for a hobby. That’s when I discovered stamped images that you could color any way imaginable! Oh my, that opened up an entirely new world, because you see, as much as I loved stamping as a kid, I LOVED my big box of newly sharpened crayons that much more and oh, a fresh coloring book was the best! I loved bringing those black and white pages to life with color. Big, beautiful, BOLD colors. And then… luck would have it, I was introduced to Copic Markers which have become my favorite medium to use when coloring. After that, there really was no turning back, I learned about new techniques, found adorable images that I just HAD.TO.HAVE, joined online communities to meet OTHER stampers, started my own blog for posting pictures of cards I made and eventually wound up on some pretty amazing Design Teams and even got published a couple of times. It’s a pretty amazing day when you get an email from someone saying they love your work and want to put it in a magazine! And as I started looking out to different magazines to submit to I realized, that the cute, adorable & colored images were not the ones getting picked up! After obsessing over this with a couple of my coloring friends, we all had the same conclusion there just really wasn’t one magazine that you could flip through and drool over the most adorable characters colored to perfection page after page. So, jokingly, I said we should start our own!!! And that was all it took. On the drive home, this idea grew, as the days passed I kept coming back to this idea of a magazine completely devoted to coloring, tips, tutorials, & most of all just bringing beautiful inspiration to card makers and paper crafters of all levels! It was one of those ideas that just made me excited every time I thought about it and finally I decided to go for it.

I could not have done this without the support of my family & friends, especially my hubby. It’s pretty amazing when your family sees how passionate you are about something and give you their unwavering support 100%. Each time I brought the idea up to someone new, I would get the same reaction of excitement and thrill. There are many people who have encouraged me to keep pursuing this and I wish I could list them all here, but I’m sure you will be seeing them around the blog & Facebook as well as in the pages of the magazine itself. I do have to thank Lizzie Oakely for giving me that final push and much needed support. She’s been my right hand for the past month, helping me get things lifted off the ground beyond the planning stage. She designed my logo and our very first sketch for our very first call. Thank you, Lizzie, I am eternally grateful & beyond excited to have you on board!!

Our first issue will be unveiled Feb 1! I’m so excited and I have been SUPER busy collecting cards and projects from MANY talented crafters from all over the world! You are going to LOVE this premiere – each time I make a new page with a new card with such beautiful coloring, I’m just in awe and feel incredibly blessed that so many people have jumped on board to make this issue what it is. I couldn’t have done it without the talent of so many! If you love to color, you will fall head over heels in love with Designed To Color! I hope you will follow us on our FB page and here on our blog where we will continue to bring you updates right up to the release of the first issue as well as bringing you the latest from CHA. I still can’t believe I will be traveling to CHA 1 week from today where I plan to get the latest scoop on coloring, stamps, tools & more to bring to you all!!!

If you are interested in being published in our 2nd issue, please take a look at our current calls above. I am so excited to be able to bring something new to the crafting community and would love to hear your feedback. You can leave me comments here on our blog, on our FB page or email me direct at

Colorfully yours,

~Carisa Zglobicki



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Calling all color lovers!!

20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lou  |  January 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    carisa hun I am so totally excited for you and i cannot wait to see it all!!! now get ready for CHA hun because we all love yah and are a zilllion times behind you xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • 2. Renee Aslette  |  January 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Congratulations Carisa!! So excited for you, and will be eagerly following your success. If I can do anything at all to help let me know! Good luck chickie!! xo Oh and how cool is it I get the first comment on your awesome site!! YAY for me. xo lol

  • 3. Lizzie Oakley  |  January 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I’m so excited I think I’m going to throw up!!!!!!

    • 4. thescrapmaster  |  January 21, 2012 at 4:01 am

      OMG, that made me laugh so hard!!

      • 5. ohsnaplizzie  |  January 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        glad to be able to entertain you! lol

  • 6. Terri  |  January 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    This sounds like a really greet idea. I can’t wait to see the first day of the new blog. And watch it grow from there.

  • 7. ConnieM  |  January 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I will be cheering you on!!!! I’m sure it will rock just like your cards do!!!

  • 8. angie blom  |  January 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Whoot Whoot.. AMAZING.. I am so excited for your new venture Carisa.. this is so needed.. I can’t wait to learn more from all your designers. Congrats Girl!!

  • 9. Leanne  |  January 21, 2012 at 12:02 am

    What an awesome adventure Carisa! It’s so nice to see people follow their dreams and make them come true. You give us that little inspiration that yes you can. I can’t wait to see the first issue, I’m positive it will be jam packed with beautiful work.

  • 10. Amy Y  |  January 21, 2012 at 2:40 am

    So awesome to see it all coming together Carisa! You know I totally agree about the lack of character and stamp coloring being represented in current publications so DTC is much needed in my opinion. Wishing you all the best in this new endeavor my friend! πŸ™‚

  • 11. thescrapmaster  |  January 21, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I am TOTALLY IN LOVE with this idea. It is about time, and I think you, Carisa, are the perfect one to bring this out. I am so proud of you and cannot wait to see that first issue. Way to go!

  • 12. Katie  |  January 21, 2012 at 4:51 am

    OMGosh! I’m soooo excited for this! What an amazing idea- I promise I’ve had those same conversations wondering why all these cards with breathtaking coloring weren’t getting published and can’t wait to see how this journey unfolds for you πŸ™‚ Well, I’m off to look at the open calls! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea with all of us! Hugs, Katie

  • 13. Annie Rose  |  January 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

    This is fantastic! Congratulations. I can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  • 14. Jacilynn  |  January 21, 2012 at 5:36 am

    congrats girlie! so excited for you!

  • 15. CHRISSY  |  January 21, 2012 at 6:05 am

    WOW!! Carisa, what an incredible achievment to bring your dream to life…I wish you all the very best, and congratulations. I cant wait to see it..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  • 16. Jill  |  January 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What a fantastic idea πŸ™‚
    So happy to see people that follows the dreams they have!
    Good luck and I will be following this and looking forward to see the first issue
    Lots of happy colouring hugs

  • 17. Denice  |  January 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    How exciting for you Carisa, I can’t wait to see the first issue! Congrats…you’re going to rock the stamping world!

  • 18. Lou Mac  |  January 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Found ya!!
    Yaaaay!! I cannot physically WAIT for the first issue!! What an amazing exciting venture!!

    Big squeezes. xo

  • 19. Theresa W.  |  January 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Congratulations Carisa – if you ever need anything give me a jingle!!

  • 20. Vicky xx  |  January 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    WOW….sweetie this is sooooooo exciting how thrilled you must be feeling to get this off the ground…wow…its just fantastic hun & I wish you all the luck in the world altho I know you are gonna be a huge success hun. Colouring images is my most favourite thing to do & I love looking at others fabulous colouring people amaze me with their skills all the time. Cant wait see your 1st mag.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx


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