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

Premiere Issue ***SOLD OUT***

Carisa here with a BIG HEARTFELT thank you for everyone that was so excited to purchase one of the limited premiere issues that were in print. I am THRILLED for each and every one of you that got one. I hope you enjoy it – quirks and all. First issue and all, it did come with its minor imperfections but that’s what makes it a ONE OF A KIND. I went ahead and signed each one that went out for an added thank you. If you didn’t get your hands on the premiere issue print copy – the online issue will always be available with just a click above.

Now…..Just a reminder our FIRST open call ends TOMORROW at 11:59 pm MST. It seems like a lot of you relate to me in getting those last minute entries in, my inbox has been flooded over the weekend and I’m so EXCITED! I haven’t been opening them until the call is closed so don’t despair if you haven’t heard from me. I won’t be sending out emails until Feb 24. For details on the call, as you still have ALL DAY tomorrow to make something can be found by clicking on the CALLS tab above or you can click HERE.

Thanks again everyone! I’m thrilled with the response we’ve had with our premiere issue and am excitedly working on making our 2nd issue BIGGER and BETTER!

Happy Coloring!


February 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm 1 comment

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

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

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