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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!)
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!
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!
Much LOVE and heart! Cowgirl up y’all!
Hope this note finds you smiling, happy and warming up with the weather! Summer and all it’s fun has definitely arrived! Anytime the high temperature is 90 degrees in the afternoon, that’s summertime to me.
And summertime means ‘beach’ time! I don’t know how this happened exactly…but every one of my children are ‘water babies’. They would be SO happy if every activity and place we went together had something to do with the water. It’s the biggest reason we all moved from the mountains in the west, to the beach crazed Florida (lol!).
So it was fabulous fun to create this month’s SNIPPET collection featuring mermaids and under the sea selections. Ohhh… I just love them! The first time my mom read ‘The Little Mermaid’ to me…I was obsessed! It seemed (and they still are to me) the best mythical creature ever created. I hope you enjoy this collection as much I did drawing it. And if you’re wondering….yes I did have the Little Mermaid soundtrack going on in the background while I was drawing this set :) !!
Enjoy the desktop background FREEBIE that my daughter Alixess created for you with the Snippets set too. It’s too cute! As well as the oobber darling other sea clip art collections we have for you.
Under the sea… under the sea!! Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter.. take it from me!
Sunshine and smiles to YOU
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!
Hey there friends…
We are so excited to be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week here at DJ Inkers!!! What a great holiday. It’s wonderful to have a little reminder to give a BIG smile & some serious appreciation to the teachers in our lives! We hope you teachers are being spoiled rotten by your students, co-workers & favorite stores!
We definitely want to extend our appreciation to the darling teachers who help make DJ Inkers successful! We know we couldn’t do it without you. So, in honor of teachers everywhere… our entire store is 20% off this week!!!
Hooray! All you have to do is ‘Shop for Smiles.’ The discount is automatic, & it couldn’t be easier to enjoy the savings. (Sale ends Sunday, May 12, 2013 at midnight EST.)
Smiles to YOU!
The DJ Inkers Crew
P.S. Sorry… DJ Inker’s commercial licenses are not included in the sale.
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!!