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
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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.

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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

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

NEW DJ Fonts for Teachers!

Ohhh I LOVE a new DJ font!   There’s something SO amazing that happens inside my heart when I see the letters, doodles, critters and designs I draw come to life!  It’s, as my dear friend Julie says, “life changing”.

 

I designed our NEW DJ Fonts for Teachers months ago.  It’s been something we’ve been asked to put together for ages now… and for good reason.  Teachers love DJ Inkers FONTS and CLIP ART.   And my darling Alix (my daughter and the mother of my very cute grandson Jackson!) has been working her fingers to the bone in putting this whole NEW Fonts for Teachers package together.  She’s utterly amazing and works hard to keep things moving around DJ Inkers.   I couldn’t do it without her.

 

Fonts for TeachersWe’ve selected 5 font-astic fonts especially for teachers and smiles at school. There’s DJ Basic Block, DJ Chunky, DJ Handwriting, DJ Simple, and DJ Starstruck.  Here’s a sample of the fonts in this NEW collection.  I know for certain teachers will LOVE this set.  And…it’s just dang cute.  We took particular care to follow the ‘correct writing’ guidelines, but added that fun element that you love to design with.

 

Many of you may already have the DJ Chunky (modified) font and DJ Handwriting.  (Very popular DJ fonts!).  So we’ve also made all of the fonts in this collection available as single font downloads for your convenience.   Click here to shop all of our font-astic fonts!

 

Please share what you’re creating with our wonderful fonts & clip art.  I love to see what you’re doing!  Keep the ideas and comments coming.  We love hearing from you!

 

Hope February is fabulous!    Many smiles & heart!

 

Dianne

Having DJ Inker’s clip art & fonts at your SCHOOL is EASY!

Dear DJ Friends…

Attention all of our fabulous teachers out there!  Did you know that DJ Inker’s has a great way to have the most darling clip art in the world on your school computers too?  My darling Dee takes care of all the details in this area and she’s written this note for you.  (Currently trying to figure out how to have ‘guest bloggers’ on our site and don’t know quite how to do that yet?! LOL!)  Until we figure it out… here’s a note from Dee for schools and teachers.  We can’t wait to hear from YOU!

 

Dear Friends!

 

We hope you’re doing great and staying warm wherever you are! I love the month of February!! When I look out my window and see the snow on the ground it warms my heart to know that February is here and it really helps my frosty toes to know the air is filled with Love and Smiles! I love answering the phone and knowing there are always wonderful customers on the other end with hearts that are as big as the earth can measure.

 

Something that makes my heart Smile is the LOVE I have for our schools!! I LOVE it when I get the chance to talk to teachers.  With that being said…I would love to do something for our schools at this time of year to bring Smiles and heart for your classroom with DJ Inkers clip art and fonts.

 

My name is Dee and I am in charge of processing the school purchase orders and I would LOVE this chance to help your school out.  We are doing something special at this time that will surely warm any heart!! How about 20% off of any school purchase order you send me!  I know that will help any school budget!!

 

The code that needs to be on the purchase order is “School Smiles” and will discount the subtotal for 20% off. The sale will be for the month of February so you plenty of time to get those sent to me and it will be my pleasure to send the smiles your way!!

 

You can email it, call me, fax it or mail it to me.  I’m looking forward to working with YOU and your school soon! 

 

PO Box 467 / Coalville, UT  84017

Fax: 1-801-880-7509

Phone: 1-435-714-7007

dee@djinkers.com

 

A New Year of SMILES my Friends!

Happy New Year darling DJ Friends!!

 

A big part of me can hardly believe it’s New Year’s Eve.  Where oh whhhheeeere did this year go?  It was such a jam-packed year in every way for me.  My head is still spinning from all of the events and changes.  I am REALLY looking forward to 2014.  Not for any big particular reason, but for the sense of adventure and hopes that a New Year brings.   It always feels like it’s all possible at the start of a new year.

 

What are you looking forward to in this new year?   How can I help you share a smile in your creations and projects?  I would love to hear from you on what you need that I can add to my drawing docket.  More calendarsSeasonal Clip Art? Fun Fonts?  Completed teacher projects that are ready to go?  I’m right here on the other side of the screen excited to  hear what will help YOU!

 

My darling crew (DeDJI_NewYear_bearballoonse and Alix) and I are working constantly to bring you fresh, new creative ideas to DJ Inkers.  I know you’re going to love the changes we have in store for you this year!   We are so grateful for our wonderful customers.  Your input and creativity absolutely inspire me!

 

Happy brand new 2014!

Smiles, heart and huge hugs…

 

Dianne

Happy HOLLY DAZE Friends!

Yeahooo my darling DJ Friends!!
It’s DJ HOLLY DAZE time….and that means twelve fabulous days of sales and smiles we have for YOU!  Just wanted to send you a reminder to check them out each day and pick up the FREEBIE I’ve created for this holiday for you as well.
Just a quick reminder…the sales only last 24 hours (same goes with the FREEBIE…which by the way if you collect them all during the HOLLY DAZE will be a coordinated darling set!) and each day is a new surprise on what we’ll have in store for you.  I promise you don’t want to miss a single day :)
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As for the many other things I’m sure going on in your life during this holiday season…know for sure we’re sending you much heart and a billion smiles that it’s ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ for you and your family.  Check out our Holiday and Christmas cards that you can easily download and put in your cute photo and send to loved ones.  I just have to brag a tiny bit here for a bit and show you my ooooohhhhhh-so-darling grandbabies and their first visit to see Santa.  Melts my heart every time I look at these two.  I love them so much!
Smiles Heart and Holly Daze!!
Dianne

Good Tidings! DJ Inker’s storewide SALE!

Dear Friends…

Taaaa Daaa!!!  Feels SO good that my holiday shopping is DONE!  All online and in my jammies no less.  There was a time (so long ago) that all the gifts I gave were homemade and took me months and sleepless nights to complete.  I was such a die-hard ‘accomplisher’ …and young and not 50 (lol!).   Those were the good ol’ days for sure.   My honey and I had more time to relax and laugh with family and eat leftovers all weekend because we did it all online.  I’ve definitely decided it’s the way to go!   More time for smiles, heart and enjoying the season’s blessings.

 

It’s why we love the DJ Inker’s once a year 25% off the entire store sale….because we know you look forward to getting all the grins and creative downloads your heart desires on SALE!

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It ends at midnight tonight…so click on over now and give the gift of a grin (for yourself too!) this year!

 

Holiday Happiness to YOU!!

 

Dianne

 

 

 

Smiles for the WORLD!

Happy ‘start’ of the Holidays my darling Friends!

Between you and me… I’ve got to say I’m so not ready for ‘it‘ quite yet.  I haven’t even eaten all the candy corn from the Halloween stash!  I know I sound like a broken record when I ramble on and on about the holiday seasons seeming to arrive earlier each year.  But it’s true DJ Inker’s has been around for a long time (over 20 years and counting!) and I swear each year we bump it up a wee bit more.  And it’s with a lot of sleepless nights and countless hours at the drawing desk that our DJ holiday smiles 2013 are ready for YOU!Holidays Around the World Sample

 

I’ve been working my doodling fingers to the bone on the NEW collection of HOLIDAYS around the WORLD clip art setsOhhh I hope you love them as much as I loved drawing creating them.  They’re just so darn cute and fun.  We’ve had a huge amount of requests for designs that feature holiday customs around the world and couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out.  Wish I could have drawn 20 more!  Who knows….keep watching DJ Inker’s through the holiday season…maybe I can sneak a couple more in!   Buy the entire set of 7 countries for a special discounted price and let the creations begin!!  Share what you’re doing with us… I love seeing and knowing what you’re creating too.  I’d love know the special customs you and your family celebrate this season.

 

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So….ready or not!  Let’s start celebrating the season of smiles my fabulous blog buddy friends!  I’m thinking… a peppermint hot cocoa will wash down those last few Halloween candies just fine!

 

Big AROUND the WORLD smiles and heart…

Dianne