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FANtastic Friday

It’s that time again guys… I’ve been hunting down some inspiring coloring projects on the interwebz ALL week and I have one awesome assortment for you!!





And here are a few creations from our Color Crew!!

Lou Mac



I hope you all have an amazing weekend!  And please tuned as our April/May issue will be up very, very, VERY soon!  I will post as soon as it’s available!!!  You can count on that!!!!

April 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm 5 comments

FANtastic Friday

Here at Designed To Color, we love our fans.  We love the way you take inspiration from us and just run wild!  We love your huge love to color.  WE LOVE YOU!  So with that said, I would like to introduce to you FANtastic Friday!  On Friday’s we will post a fun collect of creations that you all have posted on our Facebook Page, linked up to us on the blog, or that we have seen around on the interwebz!

And while we are getting ready for the new issue of Designed To Color to pop up, let’s take a gander what you guys have been up to!

By Lisa McKinney

By Carol Van Der Westhuizen

By Arabella

By Kellie

By Lori

By Carisa

By Eulanda

By Lou Mac

By Leah The Orange

I hope that each card here inspires you to go out and make something beautiful today!

April 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm 1 comment

Oh Noes! Technical Difficulties

I was hopping to not have to post this, but we are less then 18 hours of the new issue of DTC to go live.

Unfortunately the April/May issue will not be viewable until April 6th.  We are so sorry that we have to push back the date, but some technical issues came up that we just got resolved.  So please, just hold on a bit longer!  We know you are excited to see the new issue, but because of this set back, if we were to publish the magazine now, it will not be our best work.  And we want to present you with the best magazine, every single time we come out with a new issue.

Thank you so much for your understanding!  Don’t forget, APRIL 6th!!  That’s Friday!  

When you look at a calendar it doesn’t seem too far away!

March 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm 3 comments

Submission Call for June/July is up!

Are you itching to get a good look at our next issue (which will be out April 1st!)?  Here is a little something to take your mind off the anticipation.  The June/July submission call for Designed To Color!!


In every issue, we provide a sketch for you to have fun and play around with!  Remember, just b/c you see squares and other elements does not mean you have to copy them completely.  Have fun and come up with your own design based on this sketch!

Trending Mark

Have you seen all the amazing tapes out in the crafting world right now?  From washi to decorative, they are all fantastic!!  We want to see your colorific projects using washi/decorative tapes!

Hues Who

The wonderful and talented Lori Boyd will be featured in the June/July issue of Designed to Color.  If you are familiar with by LORI designs then you know just  how CUTE these digi’s are!!  Head over toher blog and snag some up for a very adorable coloring adventure!

Happy Father’s Day

June is the month when the Dad’s get put on display for everyone to thank.  Let’s see your lovely coloring skills put to use with creating some awesome manly dad cards!

A Time for Celebration!

June is a great time to bring out those congratulation creations!  If you have a student who is graduating or just a simple grats on a job well done, we want to see what you can do!

Fun in the Sun

For the northern half of the hemisphere, June is the beginning of sunny and warm months ahead.  We want to see your sun inspired projects!  Bring on your beachy, your pool party, and your bikini stamps!

Man Up

Let’s see your most manly colored projects!  From a brotherly birthday card to handsome thank you creations, show us how you can man up in crafting.


For all of the information on this call, head over to calls page to check it out!

The call will end April 15th and notification emails will be sent out no later then April 20th.

Please keep a look out, the new issue of Designed To Color is coming your way in less then a week!  And with this issue, we will have a few changes!  More blog updates, challenges, and a few other surprises!

March 25, 2012 at 11:07 am 1 comment

A Thank You Gift

We are so excited about how well everyone is enjoying the first issue of Designed To Color!  In case you haven’t subscribed to Design To Color yet on Issuu, here is your chance!  For all of those who have an account with Issuu (it’s free to sign up) and have subscribed to us, you will receive this very awesome digi stamp from The Greeting Farm!  Just so you know, you can only get this image here.  Chibi Bike is not available for purchase and exclusive to us at Designed To Color!!  I bet you want him even more now huh??

While you are subbing to our very amazing ezine, please look over the interview we did with Jessica from The Greeting Farm.  She is so fun ,spunky, and every so creative!  Oh, and you might want to have a tissue handy for all the drool worthy TGF projects featured!

And now, I would like you to meet Chibi Bike.

How cute is this image?   This card was made by Miss Lizzie using water colors and the new Tim Holtz Water Brush.

Want to know what you can do to get him?  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  Make sure that you are subscribed to us on Issuu.  If you don’t have an account, then it’s easy and free to make one!  After you have subscribed just send an email to Carisa ( and let her know that you have subbed to us on Issuu and what your user name is.  We will then check to make sure everything is in order and BAM!  Just like that you have yourself one adorable TGF digi stamp!  Which I would love to point out, would be amazing for this time of year with spring creeping up on us!!

Again, THANK YOU!!!  Thank you for all of your support and all of the lovely words you are all saying about us!

March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm 5 comments

It’s Colorful Monday

Hey there my color peeps!  It’s Lizzie.  I just wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to all that have submitted for our April/May issue!  It’s gonna be amazing, and I can not wait for you to see it!!  

I wish I had more to share with you, but then you wouldn’t be very surprised and in awe when the issue comes out!  We are busy lil colorful bees around here.  So don’t think we forgot about you!  If you want complete up to date info, check out our Facebook page and ‘Like’ us!  

Hope you are having a fab Monday!

And if you wanted to do a lil something fun today, check out the SMASH hop that me and Carisa are apart of this week.  Krista from Saturated canary is the leader in the hop so right off the bat you know it’s gonna be AMAZING!

Check it out here!

March 5, 2012 at 8:20 am 3 comments

Designed To Color Premier Issue In Print!

Some of you have wanted to get your crafty lil hands on the premier issue in print… well I have an announcement!  Your wish is granted!  Up for sale is the FIRST issue of Designed to Color in print!  How awesome is that!!?  For $6.99 you can get the premier issue with all it’s amazing coloring goodness and have it right at your finger tips whenever you need it!


That’s right… $6.99 and the issue is yours!  And this includes shipping if you live with in the United States!  If you want to purchase the issue and you live outside of the states, just pop an email to Carisa ( and she will give you a quote on shipping to wherever you are.  The print issue is a lil bit different from the online issue and that makes it SUPER special!

BUT HURRY!  There are only a limited supply of the premier issue and you don’t wanna miss out!  And once they are gone, they are gone.  There will be no 2nd prints.

And look out for all our issues to be available in print!  Same prices and details on future issues.  Once they are gone, that’s it.  They are gone.

So… what are you waiting for?  Send Miss Carisa an email to reserve your copy now! All transactions will be made through PayPal. (

And if you want, Miss Carisa can sign the issue for you!  How awesome possum is that?So hurry up!  Only a limited amount of issues remain, so snag up yours!!!

February 14, 2012 at 8:36 am 10 comments

We have a WINNER!!

With so much going on this week for us here at Designed to Color don’t think that we forgot about our winner!!!

The winner of the premier issue of Designed to Color is….

32. Janette G.  |  February 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

I love the concept of this magazine; thanks for putting it together. I look forward to the tutorials and just all about it. Loving that the colors are shared and also that it is a coloring magazine not specific to medium. I would love to see a high contrast DI coloring tutorial:0)


Congrats!!!  Please send an email to with your shipping info and she will have your copy of DtC out to you in no time at all!

Don’t forget to keep checking in with us on our Facebook page!!  We always have fun banter and once we reach 300 likes (almost there!) there will be an AWESOME giveaway!  You can find a link to our Facebook on the right sidebar of this blog!

And don’t forget about current submission call!!!  Only a few more weeks until it ends!!

February 9, 2012 at 8:07 am 1 comment

Do you wanna see our premier issue in print?

Then look NO FURTHER!  For our first issue of Deigned to Color we are going to give away ONE copy of the issue in PRINT!

Yes that’s right… one lucky person will win a physical, in print, amazing, full of inspiration, right at your finger tips magazine!!  And *gasp* it is signed by Carisa herself!!!  So what do you have to do in order to win this?

 Leave a comment

oh wait that’s it!  yup… leave a comment here on what you LOVED about our magazine!

Do you want extra entries?  Okay!

That’s a grand total of FOUR entries!!!  Just leave a seperate comment on each of the extra entries (Don’t forget to tell us your twitter name if following on twitter, your Issuu username, and of course the name for your Facebook)

Giveaway will close Sunday Feb 5th Midnight EST

February 2, 2012 at 7:00 am 35 comments

A Colorful CHA!

Our very lovely Carisa (Miss Boss Lady) went to CHA in California this week and she has been sharing tons of fun info and pictures on what is coming up in the coloring world!  I for one am SUPER excited!!  Let’s take a lookie loo at what she saw!

Why Everyone Is Excited About Mepxy Markers

Mepxy Markers employ an entirely new ink formulation. Mepxy Inks are translucent which permits drawings being colored to show through in detail. You can layer different colors or blend layered colors for 3D effects and subtle shadowing. Double ended illustration markers are available in two versions.

The Brush Marker:

This Marker has a remarkable brush tip which actually feels
like a paint brush, has a chisel tip on the other end.

The Design Marker:

For detail work use either the fine tip or the the chisel tip
located on opposite ends of the marker.

(insert from Mepxy website)

Tim Holtz® Distress™ Markers

Tim Holtz Distress Markers are water-based inks for coloring, journaling, stamping and more. The dual tip markers are ideal for many coloring techniques.

Distress Markers are available to match the Distress palette of 36 color and White Picket Fence.

• Acid free, non-toxic
• Available in Distress 37 color palette
• Available open stock or in canister set
• Use brush tip for coloring, stamping and shading

(insert from RangerInk website)

Chromatics Blending Markers

Chromatics are new inexpensive alcohol-based blending markers that add color, shading and detail to stamps and other paper crafting projects. There’s no hard-to-understand numbering system — it’s 1-2-3 easy! We’ve matched the most popular colors in light, medium and dark, making it a no-brainer when choosing which shades blend together.

(insert from AC studio blog)

I can’t wait until she gets home and can tell us all about her amazing trip and all the wonderful people she met!

What are you excited about that you have seen coming our way from CHA?

February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am 6 comments

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