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!
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!!
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!
I’ve been working my doodling fingers to the bone on the NEW collection of HOLIDAYS around the WORLD clip art sets! Ohhh 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.
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…
Happy wonderFALL Friends!
I wanted to start this note with a famous quote from Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities…”it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times”…It’s been a long, hot, non-stop, soul-changing, personally difficult (for reasons I won’t go on here about) summer for me. I am SO ready for ready for FALL. It really is my favorite time of the year. The colors, cool air, the fabulous smells, school’s in session… I could go on and on. It feels like a beautiful welcome relief to me.
In my various degrees of ‘stuff’ this summer…as we all know there’s certain things that get us through the tough and difficult times. For me, sharing a smile and creating art that I know you’ll love in your classroom or home is one of those things. Knowing there’s friends like YOU on the other side of the screen… that care about what you’re teaching, creating and sharing… really does matter. I’ve gotta tell you again, thank you for your love and support. It matters. You matter. What we’re doing matters a WHOLE LOT!
So have you got the Halloween costume all picked out? Have you filled your plastic pumpkin with candies for the trick-or-treaters? Have you downloaded one of the many BOOOO-tiful Halloween smiles, fonts and alphabets that we have for you? All good ghouls and boys should!! Tee hee. Check them out. I know you’ll find something SPOOKY and fun to add a grin for the holiday.
My dear, darling Blog Buddies…
My heart and head is too full to even think of what or how to write the most important DJ Blog post I’ve ever written (to date). I keep trying to come up with what’s not too mushy or impersonal to say about the two brand-spanking-new loves in my life. I can hardly wrap my heart around it all. Let alone words.
Holding my daughter Abby’s hand while she labored through 12 hours of contractions and seeing my first little grandson Devin come into this world was nothing short of a miracle. I have tears in my eyes again just thinking about it. Watching my daughter hold her new baby and sharing that moment was heaven on earth I tell you. Complete heaven.
Just barely as I caught my breath and helped Abby through the first week of Devin’s life…. daughter Alix called bright and early one morning a week later (they were due one MONTH apart from each other) and told me her water had broken and meet her at the hospital, because grandbaby number 2 was on his way here. Jackson arrived 5 hours and 2 orange popscicles later and I haven’t been able to stop tearing up since. Another perfect miracle. (and fyi… Alix is the DJ Office Manger and keeps the web going…I hardly know how to function without her!) Sharing this journey of birth and labor with my girls was life-altering. I heard from many friends that it would be, but being there holding their hands with their husbands and watching them go through it all was amazing.
There’s been much love, heart, memories, advice, diapers, laundry and wondering if they’ll ever sleep through a night again (remember those days?) for the past two weeks. Today’s been the first ‘day’ that I’ve not been with my girls and their babies, and I’m missing them already! I’ve got to figure out how to pace myself and this grandma gig!
I know this blog post is not very ‘business-y’ and I’m really wondering if I should attempt to write it again sans mush. But I’m not going to. So many of you have shared congratulations and sweet sentiments about my ‘grandma quest’ that I wanted to share this story with you. Because I really do feel we’re more connected than just ‘typical blog stuff’. I consider anyone that’s a supporter and fan of DJ Inker’s a friend. I know we may not know each other face to face. But we do share smiles, and a lot of heart for making the world a little better with our creations together. So bare with me on my personal stuff.
And for reading to the end of this post I want to share something fantastic with YOU!! Instead of passing out chocolate or bottles of champagne (do they still do that when a baby is born??) I want to give YOU a DJ BABY FREEBIE. DJ Special Delivery scrapbook set. Enjoy!! (leave a comment here on the blog and we’ll email you the link for the DJ Special Delivery FREEBIE). I’ll be giving them away for one week (offer ends July 23, 2013). Hope to hear from you! Here’s the sample I made using the set (soooooo cute!!) and thank you again for your comments and support. Here’s to miracles. And beautiful, enchanting grandbabies.
Love love love!!!
Dianne (and daughters and new babies!)
Hip Hip Hooray!! It’s finally here! The good ol’ summertime….
And it’s time to share the summer love with a FREEBIE for my dear ‘blog followers.’ (I don’t know what the term for my friends on the other side of this screen is?! Blog buddy??) How about a darling download of beach and summer fun?! Make a cute packing list for your summer vacation, a scrapbook page, or a book mark for summer camp. Whatever your creative heart desires! We have such a great selection of darling clip art for summer… check it out and see how many CUTE SUMMER SMILES we have waiting for you!
Would you please do me a favor? Will you tell other friends of yours to follow the DJ BLOG? Pretty please??! I laugh every time I see the FaceBook posts where someone is holding up a poster saying something like ‘I get a kitten if I get a million likes’. And while I don’t want a kitten… I do want to see and know from you if and how to make the DJ Inker’s BLOG a good place for us to share ideas and smiles. So… be sure to hit the FOLLOW button… tell a friend that they can get a darling DJ download for FREE if they follow the DJ BLOG. It’ll be fun!!
To make this very easy for you… I’ll send everyone that is FOLLOWING the DJ BLOG a FREE download link for the Beach Bums clip art download on June 11th. So tell your friends, co-workers, and family about us and we’ll all share in the love!
Hope things are sunny and bright in your corner of the world my darling blog buddy!
Billions of SMILES and heart!!
Hello my DARLING DJ Friends…
I’ve gotta tell you…. it’s getting pretty crazy and exciting around here with the coming arrival of TWO new grandbabies! The past month has been filled with baby showers, growing bellies, shocking discoveries on what it takes to ‘grow a baby, questions on “how did you do this??” and more from my two daughters that are just about ready to POP! I’m so excited!! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to simply smelling that ‘new baby smell’ again. And that’s just one of a million things that I’m excited for with new grandbabies! It makes me smile BIG just thinking about it. And all the cute toys, baby things and fun gifts they’ve received from family and friends have been more than inspiring on the artistic side of things. Ahhh!! So. Dang. Cute!!
Which leads me to this weeks’ fabulous ‘new’ DJ collection of downloads. DJ Baby Bundles. It’s no surprise that’s where my head and heart are right now with my grandbabies on their way! This is a baby collection I drew a bunch of years ago that we’ve completely re-colored and re-formatted for YOU and your clip art needs today. So… some of you might have some of these images in your collection from the past…but I promise you, you’ll want them again! They’re just a LOT better and easy to use in the updated formats and colors. So… whether you have a new one on the way, or you’re looking for darling art to create a shower invite, baby scrapbook, wall plaque or something OHHH-SO-CUTE for a little new one in your life…you’ll love the Baby Bundles designs. There’s four darling baby downloads you’ll just LOVE for creating and making NEW SMILES for the babies in your home and heart!
I’ll keep you posted on how MY babies are progressing, and the smiles I have in the works for the ubber darling things I’m making for my precious ones…and I hope you’ll do the same! Stay in touch with me and let me know what you’re creating and posting to FaceBook and Pinterest with the DJ Baby Bundles collection. Oh! I’m SO excited.
Smiles Heart and Love to YOU!
Hooray!!! It’s the weekend my Friends!
Just wanted to share a little ‘smile thought’ with you that I’ve made with the NEW Snippets set for May. I definitely have a ‘thing’ for birds. Their feathers, colors, song, nesting techniques and the way they surprise me when I am not even expecting to see them. In Florida, where I currently am, I go outside every morning and see my backyard full of bright red little cardinals (ok…’full’ might be an exaggeration! but always 4 or 5!). It thrills me every time. Hope you like my version of the birds in this month’s collection. Ahhh…. so cute.
Here’s a thought for your weekend made with one of the ready to go projects in May Snippets collection. The scrapbook page I shrunk down and put a quote that I love in it. Think outside the (bird) box with these fun designs. Tweet your friends and share a smile with them too. I’ll be sharing some of the other projects I’ve made with this collection soon (on Pinterest and Facebook as well), and hope you’ll share with me as well. I love hearing from you!!!
Hope your weekend is relaxing, fun and full of SMILES!!