Jolly holiday projects & FREEBIES by DJ's teacher friends!
Happy Holidays my DJ Friends! Hope this note finds you happy and healthy this winter...and enjoying all of DJ Inker's holiday specials! (Yeahooo!!! We have SO many SALES and FREEBIES this year!). I've probably written this before (forgive me if I'm on repeat)...but I live in Florida now and coming from the mountains of Utah where there's snow, cold, beautiful mountains and real need for a warm fireplace (that's not just decoration!) I'm....well....naturally confused this time of year. As I'm writing it's 75 degrees outside and flowers are blooming all over the yard. If I put on a sweater, I sweat!! So getting into the spirit of Christmas and all the holiday happenings has taken some serious attitude acclamation. I put up the tree (and no, it's not a palm tree... although I've thought about that!)... turn on holiday music, drink hot cocoa (and stir it with a candy cane), pull out all the red, green and sparkly things AND light all the evergreen scented candles I can find to get myself in the holiday zone! Then I draw and doodle all the images that dance through my head... and that puts me in the right frame of mind for the season of love and smiles. What do YOU do to get in the holiday mood? Tell me what you cook, create and smell, watch and do this time of year. I would love to hear from you! It's been such a treat this year to work with some fabulous teachers/bloggers that are creating AMAZING projects with DJ Inker's designs. Take a look (if you haven't already) at what they've put together... many of these links & projects also include freebies! We all know it takes effort and extra time to make projects like this...and the results are incredible! We are truly inspired. I only wish we had the space & time to share ALL of the great ideas we've seen. Here are a few of our favorites... This fun and ADORABLE idea comes from Ashley at justreedblog.com. She has created a darling behavior incentive for kids & classrooms during the holidays! (Click on the image above to go to this holiday post directly.) Patty at 2ndinline.blogspot.com has made a unique, super-cute & action-packed learning game for the season of smiles. What kid doesn't want to ZOOM around the room?!? :) (Click on the image above to go to this holiday post directly.) Our crafty souls delighted when we saw this warm & whimsical quilt block created by Marian at seamstobesew.com. She used our Jolly Holly images to create a quilting pattern! (Click on the above image to go to this holiday post directly.) You'll love the delightfully simple Christmas printable from Mary Catherine at fun-a-day.com. We hope the cute clip art on these holiday activities will help get kids motivated to learn & play nice this holiday! (Click on the above image to go to this holiday post directly.) AND finally... I have to share my personal project yesterday. I decided to make Christmas cards to mail to friends and family.....and I just wanted to make something easy-peasy this year. (I've had those years where I spent weeks stamping, water coloring, stitching, glittering, etc. etc. ....you remember!!) So, I chose a few of my favorite images from our Jolly Holly collection, printed them off in color, cut a square around the image & mounted them to plain green and red cards. Voila!! So cute, so simple, and....best of all....finished in 20 minutes! The toughest part was choosing which images to print off...there's over 350 'Jolly' images to choose from and they'll all add just the right 'touch' to your holiday creations. By the way... Jolly Holly Days & ALL of DJ Inker's CD's are on SALE through the end of December! They make great gift ideas... and it's a great time to shop! We hope some of these ideas will inspire YOU to create a smile this Christmas... and we'd love it even MORE if you'd take a moment to share your creations with us. :) Seeing your projects really makes us SOOO very happy! Huge smiles and heart to you wherever you are in the world! -Dianne