Experience the 5 Senses with FALL!

Darling DJ Friends!

 

Happy Autumn!  It’s finally HERE and so spectacular (from the mountains of Utah)!

 

I just got home from a morning drive and hike through one of the most awesome displays of bright fall colors, savory sage smells and crunchy scurrying leaves sounds I have ever encountered.  It was completely inspiring.  Looked like mother nature got out the fluorescent crayon box and just went to town!

 

It couldn’t be a better time of year to teach and experience the five senses and share in the fabulousness of FALL!  Drum-roll please….SO happy to present our newest (and most requested) DJ-FiveSenses_web    clip art download the Five Senses.  I’ve had this on my ‘drawing bucket list’ for too long now.  And I’m thrilled and thankful for the comments and requests on what you need in the way of clip art and printables for your home and school.  Hope you enjoy this set and I can’t wait to see it ‘in use’ for your classroom and home.

 

custom bulletin boardsSpeaking of seeing what YOU are up to…thank you to the many over-the-top-FANTASTIC entries in the DJ Back to School contest.

I was a mess of smiles seeing what your rooms, decorations and creative efforts brought in.  I wish you could have heard my oooo’s and ahhhh’s and squeals of delight with every entry.  We have posted all of the contest entries in the DJ Gallery and the winners have been announced.  I loved them ALL!  Amazing work my DJ Friends… simply amazing.  I really think it was some of the best entries we’ve ever had in a contest before. Be sure you take a look…

 

Like this time of year inspires and delights me…so do YOU.  Thank you for your support of DJ Inkers.  What you share and do, triggers a great big smile and camaraderie for what I do as well.   Simply put… share those smiles.  They always come back to you.back to school worksheets

 

Well, I’m going to go make some gingersnap cookies and put the branch of brilliant red leaves in a vase.  Could this beautiful autumn day be any better!?!!

 

Huge heart and smiles

 

 

Dianne

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Getting the kids & classroom back to school!

Hi my darling DJ Friends!  DJI_Bounty_acorncorner

 

Hope this note finds you all fantastic and getting the kids and the classroom back to school!  Yeahooo!

 

Don’t you just love this time of year?!  It’s absolutely full of my favorite things.  Sweaters, fall leaves, harvesting, cooler days and nights, snuggling into the season.  I have a cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove right now to add the warm spicy scent to the air.  Ahhhh.  I just love it!

 

b2s_teachercontestI just wanted to write and remind you about the Back to School contest we have going on right now.  You can’t imagine how much inspiration we get from the entries of your projects, homes and classrooms when you enter our contests.  I know you probably don’t know this, but I subscribe to many of your classroom blogs and just peruse through the work you’re doing to teach children quite often.  I grin from ear to ear seeing the centers you set-up and the worksheets you create and think how fortunate the children that are in your classes and homes are.  What you’re doing ‘out there’ simply amazes me.  I’m so grateful to be part of what you’re creating.

 

Spread the smiles and ideas around.  Wouldn’t it be great to WIN a $100 DJ Inker’s gift certificate just for entering a snapshot of your room!?  There’s great prizes for 2nd & 3rd place too!  Entering is easy.  :)  Click here for more information on how to enter our 2014 Back to School Teacher Contest!

 

Looking forward to seeing what you’re doing!

 

bigsmiles

 

Dianne

Slip slidin’ Summer….

Hello My Darling DJ Friends!
It’s been a while since I’ve written on my DJ blog.  I really hope you’re having an incredible summer.  It’s seems to be slipping away one hot, sticky, fabulous day at a time.  I just returned from my summer vacation, completely renewed and ready to dive into Back to School smiles for the classroom.   Yeahooo!  Ready or not….here it comes!
I’d love to hear from you if you have a second to drop me a line and let me know what your ‘themes’ and ideas for decorating your classrooms are this year.  Are ‘owls’ still the popular thing?  (Seemed like owls were everywhere I looked for a couple of years?!).  I know many of you have written and asked if I could draw certain ‘school mascots’.  I smile every time I receive a request like that…my elementary school mascot was the ‘Lincoln Elementary Bobcats’, and I drew one in 5th grade that ‘won’ the tee-shirt contest that year.  I was SO proud to be seeing my design on the school shirt.  If I have enough ‘requests’ for a certain mascot or theme, I would love to get busy drawing a download for you.
Again… I’m back in the saddle and rarin’ to go.  I have some fun projects and downloads I’m working right now that I know you’re going to love.  Stay tuned…and do drop me a line here on the DJ blog to let me know how YOU are and what SMILES you need to get your Back to School groove started.
Big heart and more SMILES to you!!
Dianne

A happy miracle…

Darling DJ Friends…

 

I want to share with you a ‘miracle’ that happened to me this week.

 

It’s been a long (weird?) month.  Busy, crazy schedules, everyone I know seems to have some problems and issues that are difficult and the weather outside in Florida is getting hotter and more humid every day.  Not my favorite for sure.  You know…not really awful stuff…just some ‘life crud’ stuff.

 

And then I received one of those little pink slips saying ‘come pick this up at the post office’ in my mailbox.  Thinking it was probably a free magazine subscription or something, I let it sit on my bill pile for a bit.  Then finally, after a week or so, could avoid it no longer and went to the post office and picked up a box from a name I didn’t know, from a city I’ve never heard of.

 

I hesitantly opened it up.  And what I found inside was nothing short of a miracle for me.  A big box full of projects a fabulous teacher had created with DJ Inker’s art and made throughout her 22 year career in teaching.  I’ve asked her if it was ok to blog about it, and she assured me that it was fine.  Penny…an angel for sure…sent me a letter and project after darling project she had made for her kids, church and school over the years.  And included a letter that had me in tears from the first sentence, and smiles the rest of the time.  I don’t know Penny personally, but I love her.  She is on a mission of kindness and love in her life that just made me stop in awe.  What a blessing to know people like she and her husband are doing.

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I’ve said this many times…no one has a better ‘job’ than I do.  I crazy love my work, the people  I meet and am able to draw for.  I am wildly blessed in this area.  But!  There are some challenges for sure, and one of them is loneliness on this side of the screen.  I spend a lot of hours alone with my work, wondering if I’m doing something that matters, and if I’ll be able to pay the bills.  So that is why… this incredible box from Penny was a miracle.   I could go on and on about the projects she created with DJ Inker’s art, but the heart, time and effort she took to send it to me and share what she made was the miracle for me!

 

I know it takes a lot of time to add heart and smiles to the things we do.  And there are days (many) that we all wonder if it’s worth it.  And I can promise you, for sure…that it is.  What we do matters.  How we care, create and pass along the love and smiles in our lives to those around us truly does matter.  Penny knows this.  I know this for sure about Penny and many of you that care about your efforts to make this world a better place.  One smile at a time.

 

Much love and thank you for letting me be part of your creations and know for sure that you’re in my heart and thoughts as well.

 

Here’s to a fabulous June!!

 

Dianne

 

P.S. Speaking of SMILES… did you know we’ve got a CONTEST going right now?  Yup… Just by taking a few minutes for your creative soul to make someone smile… you could WIN $25 to spend at DJ Inkers!!!

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It’s easy.  All you have to do is create a ‘Smile Today’ card (a little note to make someone smile).  Click here to see the daily smiles that we have created for some inspiration!  Your ‘Smile Today’ card must include:  a happy thought or quote, 1+ DJ image, and 1+ DJ font.  Please size approximately: 3.5″ x 5″ (or 500 pixels x 700 pixels), wide or tall… in jpg or PDF format.  Email your entries to smiles@djinkers.com by: June 10, 2014.  Limit 3 entries per person.

 

TWO LUCKY WINNERS will get a $25 DJ gift certificate!  And your friends will be the official judges!!!  We will post all of our entries on facebook and pintrest… and let the voting begin.  The 2 entries with the most likes/shares/comments in a week will be our winners.  :)  Winning entries will also be featured on next month’s Digital Crafting & Home Creations Email.  :)

I’m not sure when I got hooked on DJ Inkers…

We are so happy to introduce our guest blogger, Patty Rutenbar! Take it away Patty…

 

I’m not sure when I got hooked (Ha! No pun intended!) on DJ Inkers, but I do know it was a long time ago.   (The DJ behind DJ Inkers is Dianne Hook!)

 

When I first started blogging and creating things the only clip art I had was DJ Inkers.  I knew that they would allow me to make anything I wanted with their clip art and use it with my class. But in the beginning, I really want to start sharing what I made to see if others might like my work. I spoke with the staff from DJ Inkers several times to be sure that I was doing the right thing. At the time, their rule was that if you made something with their clip art you could only give it away for free. That was fine at first, but then I realized that if I could sell it, I might make a bit of money too.

 

Not long after that, DJ Inkers introduced their commercial licenses for people who wanted to sell things with their clip art or fonts. I picked up their license right away. Again, I asked lots of questions and they were always, ALWAYS very easy to talk to and had answers for me. I never felt criticized or shamed because I asked a silly question or if I needed to make some changes to something I was doing.

 

I always encourage others to pick up their license if they want to use DJ Inkers clip art or fonts. You can read more about it here.

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If you go to my store, you’ll see that I do have a lot of their clip art and fonts in my work. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have them buy some of my work.

 

(There’s a boost to my morale! Thinking that THEY like MY stuff was so exciting!)   The first thing they bought from me was Fraction Frenzy.  They even bought a few others too!

 

I want to show you how I recently incorporated some of their clip art with that of some other artists.

This is actually something I made last year, but it needed to be updated. It’s funny how I just loved it when I first made it, but now, I love it even more.

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(Click the picture to go directly to my store.)

 

Because DJ fonts are so popular & great for making projects for school, we’ve decided to give away one ‘DJ Fonts for Teachers’ download!!! Hopefully this will help you with your creations.  Enter below…

 

Smiles to YOU…

Patty Rutenbar

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

Dear DJ Friends…

 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  It just makes me smile to type that out.  I know we sound like a broken record here at DJ Inker’s for our love of teachers (the many various sorts).  But…truly… we’re so grateful for the many teachers we’ve worked with over the years.  Your support and creativity with how you’ve used DJ clipart and fonts over the years inspires us and keeps me going.  Really…I can’t thank you enough!

 

Going to drop into the ol’ memory bank here for a bit and tell you about my first grade teacher Mrs. Merrill.  In my seven year old mind, she was the prettiest teacher in our elementary school, smelled like jasmine and spoke in a quiet singsong voice.  She was the teacher that when it was her turn to be the teacher on the playground, all we wanted to do for recess was hold her hand and listen to her stories about when she was young.  She also used a lot of Carson-Dellosa art work in her room and that’s when I fell deeply in love with big bold colors and cute smiles on the bulletin boards she decorated our room with.  I can’t thank Mrs. Merrill enough for ‘planting the seed of creativity’ in me at an early age.  And I wish I could buy the perfume she wore every day!  I know we all have that one special teacher that made a huge difference in our lives and sent us on a path we would have never gone on if they hadn’t presented a new way of learning and taught us the skills to achieve it.

To teach is to touch lives forever

As I’m sure every teacher has heard a million times, “to teach is to touch lives forever”.  It’s an old quote, but a true one.  One week during a year doesn’t seem like enough time to thank the teachers that have changed our lives forever.  So it’s my sincere hope that this week is a fabulous one for every teacher, parent and educator!

 

Our way of thanking you is putting the entire DJ Inker’s store on SALE.  Every single smile your heart desires at the DJ store is 25% off (excluding commercial licenses).  And we have a bunch of ‘freebies’ and thank you gifts as well.  It’s our way of saying how much we appreciate working with each of you.  Stop by our website before the end of the day May 7, 2014 to enjoy the sales & smiles of Teacher Appreciation Week!

 

Huge heart and THANK YOU for being a teacher!  You are so appreciated.

 

Dianne

Our Family Recipe Book

Dear friends…

 

Alix here… happy to be guest-blogging again.  :)  With Mother’s Day coming up, my siblings and I have been brainstorming some fun ideas for Mom.  After 30 years, it’s getting hard to continue being creative… coming up with new ideas & creations to impress Mom & let her know just how AWESOME she is!  But, it’s totally worth it… and we always think of something.  After having my first baby last year, I am constantly asking my mom how on earth she managed all 5 of us hoodlums.  What a brave soul.  Nothing makes you appreciate your parents like becoming one yourself.

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So last year, before I gave birth to my now-very-busy son (that time long ago when I still had time on my hands to really get creative)… I did something pretty cool for my mom.  (It was for our entire family, actually.)  I made the ‘Hook Family Recipe Book.’   Hopefully reading a little bit about this will give you some ideas of your own!  Maybe you can use this concept for YOUR recipes!  Make one as a wonderful Mother’s Day gift idea this year… or as a Christmas gift for the entire family.

 

What gave me the inspiration was actually my Grandma (my mom’s mom).  She gave a book of her recipes to my mom many years ago.  To this day, it is one of the few items my sisters and I all want to call DIBS on to inherit someday.  It is such a treasure.  It’s handwritten, and full of not only incredible recipes… but also pages and pages of stories!  She wrote about her kitchen experiences growing-up… learning to cook for a house-full of boys (10 brothers!!!).   There were so many difficult things that she had to figure out (like how to kill & pluck a chicken) in order to cook.  Things that we take for granted as we run to the store for a package of chicken that’s clean and ready to go.  Phew.  Well, I talked my mom into letting me borrow the book for a bit so that I could scan in all those priceless stories and select a few recipes to add to this recipe book I was making.

 

From there it was quite the collaborative effort.  I dedicated the whole first section to my grandma, and then gave every member of my immediate family a section too.  I asked everyone to hand-write (if legible) a few of their favorite recipes and add a story about why the recipe was a favorite.  So, everyone knew what I was making (sort of), they just didn’t know the details of what anyone else was doing.

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I used adorable DJ Kitchen Doodles’ clip art to create the cover and the section pages for each person.  Of course, DJ fonts are used throughout the book for the table of contents, index, a dedication letter from me AND for those few members of my family with doctor-y handwriting.  Haha!

 

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 I must say… it turned out really neat.  I wish I could post the entire book for you to see.  The gals who helped me print it at the copy-shop were even asking me for details.  I refer to the book often and I hope my family does too.  It’s been fun to try out everyone’s different recipes and learn more about them through reading the stories we shared & our fun little doodles.  (We are our mother’s children.)  It is a project that I will always hold dear… and hope that someday, my kids will beg for a copy.

 

Should you decide to make one for yourself & your family, I give you fair warning… it was a LOT of work.  Far more than I ever anticipated.  But, again, totally worth it.  And it definitely made Mom smile… which was why I came-up with the crazy plan in the first place.  I love you, Mom!  :)

 

Serious kudos and major respect to ALL the dedicated mothers out there!  I hope you are spoiled rotten on Mother’s Day.

 

Smiles to YOU!

~Alix

 

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30-40-50 and almost 60

Dear Friends…
I just got home from an incredible journey (it took me 10 minutes to think of the right ‘word’ to describe this journey).  Incredible sort of describes it.  Exhausting and overwhelming and magnificent also somewhat come close!

 

A couple of years ago…my daughter suggested that when she, her husband, and I all turn 30,40, and 50 (in the same year) that we go on a trip to celebrate the decades we’ve all been alive and very blessed to be on planet earth together.  Being as my sweetheart is ‘almost’ 60 he was coming too.  Fortunately (most of the trip) my ‘almost 1 year old’ grandson came along as well.

 

We went to the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.  Having never been to any of those countries before I gotta say that I was only ‘very‘ excited to see where the Sound of Music (favorite film of ALL time!) took place and NOT eat sauerkraut.  Ohhhh how wrong I was.  Two weeks, roaming around from train to train with my loved ones and seeing some of the most beautiful places on planet earth (that I’ve ever seen in my entire life!) was just about too much happiness.  I was on beauty-stimuli overload!  The people, history, art, cobble-stone streets, the fantastic food (don’t get me started on how amazing french fries are in this part of the world!) and the sheer stunning-ness of the locations we went to was….well, I’ve already use all the words I know how to use to describe it.  I’m just now, after being home for a couple of days, catching my breath.  Let me just add a little p.s. to this….if you’re in Salzburg Austria, go on the Sound of Music tour.  I cried like a baby over every song and gazebo I saw while on it.  And…go to Hallstatt Austria for a look at what I imagine heaven to be like.  Send me a postcard when you do.  I’ll completely understand how it’s difficult to come up with the right ‘words’ to describe it.

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It’s good to be home, and not smell like a street urchin and have Wi-Fi available anytime I want.  And to be with my loved ones here whom I can describe with the same words as I did the trip. I guess always the important lesson to remember is… love exactly where you are and who you’re with.  Life and trips of a lifetime go by so quickly.  I can’t remember who said “be here now”.  But what a good statement to live by.

 

I love traveling.  Always have.  Near or far…I’m a gypsy at heart it seems.  Traveling has been the best education of my life.  It changes and inspires me to draw and write more and to just be a better person towards all people.  I believe with all of my heart that around the world, we pretty much want the same thing.  To be happy and have our loved ones happy as well.

 

I’m back to the drawing board for DJ Inkers to share with you what inspired me on this journey…and throwing in another load of wash right as soon as I send this off.

Here’s ‘to 50′ being the BEST year ever!

Big ALPS smiles and heart….
Dianne

Let the MAGIC begin!!

My Magical DJ Friends!

I finally did it!  I’ve had ‘draw SUPER HEROES’ on my list for far too long now.  Ohhh my gosh…it’s TOO CUTE!  I love love LOVE it.  Seems like when I’m creating designs that I can find bazillions of ‘uses’ for and are fun to connect with, the creation process is even more magical.  I certainly appreciated the inspiration friends, family and YOU provide me with.  I have many SUPER HEROES in my life and with each little character I drew, I would smile and thing “that’s perfect!”.  Hope you enjoy and create super smiles with the new super hero set!  (Wham POW Zing!).  I know it will be a hit at your home and classroom.  (You can even use the bonus papers & blank comic strip to really let loose!)

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And what I know for sure….creating anything is a magical process!  And to help you out we have all kinds of MAGICAL designs on sale this week.  The Fairytale Collection is available now for your DJ Magic sampleimmediate  downloading pleasure as well as our BORDERS CD (a customer favorite!!).  You’ll find hours of fun creating projects for spring with these great collections.

 

We have a longtime, darling friend of DJ Inkers named Weezie that created a family storybook for her grandchildren with the Fairytale collection designs which absolutely melted my heart.  She was generous enough to send us a copy.  I can only imagine how much her children love it.  What a fun thing to make for your family.  I’ve got to get busy making one for MY grandbabies now!

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I absolutely love seeing what you’re creating with DJ Inker’s art. It’s what sharing a smile is all about.  Sprinkle some fairy dust on your imagination and enjoy!!

 

Hope your weekend is filled with springtime MAGIC!

Dianne

Smile today!

Hooray!!  The weekend is finally here!

 

And to kick it off ‘right’…I wanted to send you a happy little thought we’d like to call:  ‘Smile Today.’  I’ve posted a few of these DJ Daily Smiles to our gallery, Facebook and Pinterest.  (I know the word ‘daily’ is deceiving…but DJ whenever-I-can-get-to-it just didn’t sound right!)  It makes me SO happy when I can pass on a smile and see them pop-up DJ Smile Today 5on all the social media places. I created this one with DJ Early Years Art (which is, happily, on SALE this week! Yeahoo!) and our NEW DJ Simple font.

 

Will you help me out?  Please leave me a comment on the DJ Blog with your favorite saying or quote. I’d love to use some of YOUR inspiring words to create future DJ Daily Smiles.  There’s a CONTEST below with a great prize involved if you DO!  ;)

 

If you want to create your own DJ Daily smile with your favorite DJ clip art and DJ fonts (ohhh please do!!), simply save it as a jpg and email it to smiles@djinkers.com.  We will share it with the whole fabulous DJ world!

 

May your weekend be restful and full of whatever helps your recover from a long week!

 

Big heart and smiles to YOU!

 

Dianne

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