Fall’s FINALLY here!

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.


I’m back in the saddle on this blog action.  You’ll be hearing from me a bit more I promise.


Huge heart and SPOOKY SMILES to YOU!



Back to School Smiles!

Most AMAZING friends…
I can’t thank you enough for the incredibly thoughtful and sweet, dear blog comments on the new grandbabies.  It meant the world to me!  It was serious validation that you…(on the other side of this screen)… care!   Many of you wrote how precious this time is and how quickly it goes.  I couldn’t agree more.  Like the good ol’ summertime.  I don’t know about you but I’m on the very edge of ‘enough heat already!!’.  Sheeze…the temperatures have been scorching and I feel like I’m melting if I sit outside for an hour.   That’s why I love my work so much!  When it’s hot outside…. I’m inside working on Back to School and Fall fabulousness.  It’s coming up SO soon!  I know you’re getting ready for it too.  My big head’s up that Back to School time is HERE happens when I go to a store and new school supplies are out and on sale.  I start to get that giddy feeling inside thinking about new crayons and pencils and fresh blank notebooks.   I just love that sentimental morning when school starts and I see the school bus on the road and the air starts to turn cooler to those dog days of summer.
And just in time to create projects for Back to School we have the NEW School Wise Scrapbook digital kit.  I don’t know how many of you actually ‘do’ digital scrapbooking…but it’s SO much fun!  You should give it a try sometime.  And if scrapbooking isn’t your thing… use this colorful and bright set for  background papers for a great base of projects you’re creating for your class or home.  Bulletin boards, blog wear (like I’ve created for the DJ Blog), screen savers, student journals, smart board slides,  power points… or anything you give a ‘HOOT’ about.  (I’m still grinning over the OWL thing!  It’s amazing to me how popular owls are!).  Whooooo knew??!   And taaa-daaaa…. our Super Fontastic (on sale now) is a HIT for back to school time.  So many of the favorite fonts are on this collection.   Check out the DJ Back to School products and we’re sure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for to create smiles all year.
school wise scrapbook bannerslide
A happy shoutout to announce DJ Inker’s has been selected as one of the top BACK to SCHOOL websites from How to Learn.com on this wild wonderful web of ours (list publishes on August 8, 2013).  Yeahoo!  Thank you SO much for your support and suggestions!  I know I say this often, but I love hearing from you and what you’re needing in the way of DJ smiles for your creations.  We love our teachers!  We’re right here to help your classroom smile this year.
Big smiles and heart to YOU!

G’babies are HERE! And a FREEBIE for YOU!

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. 


And then. 


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!)

Cowgirl UP Y’all!

Yeahooo!  Happy summer y’all!
Giddy UP and yippie-ki-yi-yea all July long!!!  I don’t know how many of my blog buddies out there are cowboy fans… but I have to tell ya… I’ve always wanted to be a cowgirl deep down inside.  The rodeo’s, horses, riding home on the range, singing the good ol’ songs, campfires and the country comfort food.  YUM!  There’s just something so romantic to me about the whole ‘cowboy scene’.   That’s why I had to draw July’s SNIPPETS with the ‘cowgirl inside of me’, in mind.  It’s just all so dern cute!   I hope you enjoy it.  Fix up some notes for the family reunion, add some of the images to your blog, make a cute calendar, or an invite with your sweetheart to the rodeo .  And!  Hot-diggity-dog…. the DJ Cowboy Font that comes with the July Snippets clip art set is TOO cute!
July Snippets
June was over-the-top WILD and wonderful!!  I turned 50 (yeahoo!) and my honey threw the best birthday party I’ve ever had in my whole entire life.  I’m still ‘tear’d up’ (as grandpa would say) over the whole marvelous ordeal.  Loved ones all around, gifts and stories galore.  It was just the sweetest day of my life.  And if that weren’t enough… I know I’ve told you this, but my two oldest daughters are having their first babies.  I’m going to be a new grandma twice!!  In a month.  As I write this note to you, my daughter is in ‘pre-labor’  (whatever that means these days) and I’m waiting for ‘the call’ to meet her at the hospital.  It’s just about more happiness than this girl can take.  Good thing I keep my sketch book and drawing supplies close at hand and in all my back-and-forth craziness, drawing and putting together cute downloads is what I do to ‘settle down’.
So forgive me for not being right on top of this blog action.  I know you understand!  It’s all I can do to keep up with myself and my growing fabulous family and friends and the hot summer action.  And I certainly count you as one of them.  Thank you for the sweet comments and extremely kind words you’ve left on Face Book Pinterest and the DJ Blog.  It means SO much to me.  I’m thrilled that you liked the DJ BLOG FREEBIE.  Thank you again to everyone that participated and told your friends about us.  DJ Inker’s has the very best customers!
I’ll keep you posted on the new arrival!  Until then… I’ll have my DJ Crew backing me up to keep you in SMILES.  
Much LOVE and heart!  Cowgirl up y’all!

Summer Fun FREEBIE if you FOLLOW :)

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!!




Babies Babies Everywhere!

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!



A little smile goes a long way

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!!




Get a whole lotta cute for a dollar!

Happy Springtime my Friends…


Hooray!!  I’m so excited that we have GREAT new ‘DJ Quick Pics’ just in time for your new spring creations .  Check them all out!  For a dollar you can get a WHOLE lot of CUTE!  Decorate your calendar, add a smile to your blog, use it for a background screen on your phone or notepad,  make a scrapbook page of your Easter memories, print off the ‘dress up bunny’ for your kids or grandkids and teach them how to play ‘paper dolls’ (like we did in the ‘olden days’ lol!!).    And while you’re looking through all the cute you can get for a dollar… check out the new MAGICAL Storybook Alphabet and see how well it coordinates with the Magic Garden Clip Art set.     Just makes me grin from ear to ear thinking of all the cute things to create!



I’ve been traveling for the past couple of weeks in the NorthWest part of the US.  Seeing springtime signs every where I go.   I couldn’t love it more!  The lime green new leaves on the trees, tulips and daffodils and light spring rain… ahh.  It’s energizing and beautiful to my soul.    I hope spring is popping up with love and heart where you are too!


Spring Smiles and Hugs



Fun new DJ Font

Howdy Friends!


Wanted to let you all know about the NEW DJ Crayon Block font and Crayon Borders clip art set available for YOU at DJ Inkers.

I know I’ve said this before….BUT!  I love creating new fonts.  And this one has me smiling all over the place.   Lettering and alphabets have always been my favorite ‘thing’ to draw.  And  this font…is SO good!  If you’re a teacher or someone with small children then you will especially LOVE it!

dj crayon block font sample

Give it a try.  We often get a lot of requests for the ‘crayon look’… for great reason.  It’s just so dern cute!  Now with a NEW DJ Crayon Block font to go with it.  There’ll be no end to the fun you’re going to create!


Hope your week is absolutely wonderful and sweet!

Big heart and SMILES!

NEW Border Covers

Darling Friends…


Just wanted you to drop you a little line and let you know about our NEW set of Border Covers featured on the DJ email this week.   This digital download in response to a frequent request we hear at DJ Inker’s… (and thank you for letting me know what is helpful to YOU in making your creations!  We really do listen and appreciate your help and comments).  I wanted to put something bright, cute and simple together for the ‘cover page’ of the many PDF teacher projects being created ‘out there’.     But!  You can use them for so many other things too.  Let your imagination run wild!   Here’s a sample using Border Covers, my daughter put together for a baby book she’s creating.   Use a DJ Font, combine your favorite DJ designs and waaaaalaaa!  So cute and easy.


I know many of teachers and crafters are looking more toward building and creating things ‘electronically’ and we are constantly trying to keep up with you and create SMILES and projects to help you.   If there are sizes and formats that work particularly well for you, please let us know and we’ll incorporate that into the downloads we offer too.


Hope you’re week is spectacular!

Big heart and bigger SMILES to YOU!