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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

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

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

The Greeting Farm!

As many of you know, we have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off here at Designed to Color!  We were so busy in fact that we totally forgot to post an amazing interview with Jessica Diedrich from The Greeting Farm!  Silly us!  So without further ado, please read on and enjoy our little editorial on Miss Jessica!

Do you remember where you were when you first heard about The Greeting Farm?  I sure do!  I was browsing thru some blogs back in the summer of 2008 and I saw a super cute stamp, a version of Anya I believe.  I followed to link to Pink Skullies Stamps (I think that’s what they use to be called), and I pressed that cute little follow button.  I’ve been a fan ever since!  A few months later, they changed the name to The Greeting Farm and it’s been history making for their adorable stamp company.  With their unique take on amazing images from animals to their signature Ian’s and Anya’s; they have grown a new crop of amazing designers.  Our very own Carisa has had the honor of being on their amazing and talented design team.  If you take a look around their website and blogs, it becomes very obvious that they sure do love to color!  Using all type of coloring mediums, The Greeting Farm embodies what we here at Designed to Color love.  COLORING!

We are so lucky to have Jessica Diedrich, Creative Coordinator of The Greeting Farm here with us to give us a little inside look into her crafty brain, TGF, and how much she loves to color.

Tell our readers about yourself & background.

I am a 35 year old work-at-home Mom of four amazing children and wife to a man who makes me laugh every day.  I grew up with several creative outlets although paper crafting didn’t come into play until my adult years.  I spent my childhood and especially high school years in performing arts and ran the gamut between singing and dancing in musical theatre, marching band, and was even captain of the pompom squad, can you believe it?  I sang in several variety shows, plays, and every Sunday in the church choir, too 🙂   As for my love affair with paper crafting?  Well, my story is probably much like many crafters out there… it all starts with a little at-home party, right?   Well, beyond that I have found that blogging and designing for companies like TGF not only allow me a creative outlet, but they have allowed opportunity.  The opportunity to stay at home, do what I love, put my marketing and management skills to good use, and all the while meet some amazing women along the way and provide THEM w/ opportunity to design and be a part of something that is just for them…sometime that defines them a little bit more than mom, wife, friend.   That has truly been the best part of the job and something I will cherish for years to come 🙂

How do you come up with new ideas for new stamps?

Marie and I love to chat and brainstorm about what Anya or a Sprout is going to do next.   Although we do like to base ideas on what is trending from time to time, we really just have so many ideas based on our own life experiences, what our kids are doing, and what customers ask to see so it just all kind of comes full circle.  Brainstorming the next character or what their next theme will be is one of my favorite parts of the job!

What is your favorite part about stamping?

My favorite thing about stamping is the process of how it all is going to come together.   Sometimes I color an image and then choose the paper, etc. based on the colors I used…sometimes I do exactly the opposite and choose the papers, card stock, etc. first.   I love being able to look at the exact same desk of supplies each day and yet see them totally different each day, depending on what I want to create 🙂

What medium to you prefer for coloring?

Hands down, I love Copic markers.  I love the ability to control, blend, and shade with them and have tried other coloring mediums but just don’t love anything as much!

Where do you find inspiration?

All over the place.   Honestly, I could look at patterned paper all day long and it TOTALLY depends on my mood as to what pad I reach for.   I love having so much variety. That in itself is inspiring 🙂

Describe your craft room.

My little studio is mostly my big desk, which folds up and down and becomes a ‘hutch’ type piece of furniture when the desktop isn’t down.  It’s really nice for being able to hide the absolute mess I make when company comes over-all I have to do is close it!  I love it- my favorite part about my desk is all of the paper slots on the top shelf so I can separate my card stock.  I love seeing a “Skittles’ type rainbow of nicely organized paper the minute I open it.  Love that!  It’s the little things, right?

Do you like to color with music or without?

Most of the time, I color when the kids are in school and I rarely have the TV on, so yes, most of the time it’s just me, my Copics, some coffee, and my iPod speaker dock 🙂

Give our readers a sneak peek of what we can expect in the coming months for The Greeting Farm!

Hmmm, well, with CHA right around the corner, you won’t have to wait TOO long for a sneak peek….so let me just give you a little hint and say that you just might fall out (or back into) of your SEATS next month!  😉

Thank you Jessica for an amazing interview!  You can follow Jessica’s blog at The Whimsical Butterfly and check for her work with The Greeting Farm on their website.

January 31, 2012 at 7:49 am 1 comment

Hot off the Presses!!

If you have been following us on our Facebook page, then you will remember that we said we had a SURPRISE for you!!!  What oh what could us colorful girls have up our sleeves?

Introducing… Designed to Color Premier Issue Feb/March 2012

Please follow the link to our FIRST ISSUE!  Yes that right!  We are bringing you the first issue a few days early!!  How exciting!

So please, find a comfy spot and grab something yummy to sip on and enjoy our premier issue.

January 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm 31 comments


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