On April 18, a Super-anniversary …

April 18, 2014 by

Pop quiz: Later this week, someone special turns 76.

 

He grew up in Kansas. His favorite color is blue.

 

He wasn’t born on Earth. His dad’s a scientist, but he’s actually adopted. His (adoptive) dad is a farmer.

 

He’s not like the rest of us. He’s kind of superhuman — but he uses his powers for good.

 

He writes for a newspaper, and lives in a big city. He has an archenemy, a major crush, a deathly allergy and a second, secret night job.

 

Sounds like a spicy life, no?

 

It is: it’s Superman‘s. (Not bad for a senior citizen!)

 

On April 18, 1938, the very first Superman comic appeared. It was created by the writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, who were high school students in Cleveland (precocious much?).

 

We can’t get enough of this super-dude with a heart of gold, and a stylized shield on his chest. We want to visit Krypton. And Metropolis. And work at the Daily Planet. And fume at Lex Luthor, and have lunch with Lois Lane.

 

Who wouldn’t? And while we’re at it, who wouldn’t want to celebrate this birthday with a bang?

 

Bang number one: the Superman Stare Wall Clock. You know it’ll always be there — on time, in place, ready for action. Like our hero, it’s epic, fierce and definitely intense:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/superman_stare_wall_clocks-256646415456411881

Bang number two: the Superman Red Throw Pillow. For sitting back and devouring a comic, or pizza (but definitely not another superhero’s movie). Stay comfy, stay hungry, and most of all stay good:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/superman_red_throw_pillow-189617859393500669

 

Bang number three: the Superman U.S. Flag Wallet. Because when you leave the house, you’ll still need his protection and style. And when the man of steel’s with you, impossible is nothing:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/superman_us_flag_tri_fold_wallets-256146521731138860

 

And in case you need him around, don’t forget to say, “This looks like a job for Superman!”

Muppets Most Wanted: when it’s easy being green

April 17, 2014 by

If you’re anything like us, you legged it to the movies last month to catch the opening of the latest Muppet caper, Muppets Most Wanted. (We loved it!)

 

Adding Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais to the usual Muppet mix was a foolproof plan for hilarity. They get to be among the newest members of a franchise that’s now more than 60 years old (egad).

 

As Statler and Waldorf would say: That’s not half-bad … Nope, it’s all bad!

 

In honor of our longtime friends, we have some winning ways to celebrate everything Muppet — whether you’re a Kermit fan, Miss Piggy devotee or Statler and Waldorf soulmate. (Such a soft spot.)

 

Many of the Muppets we now love got their start on The Muppet Show, which started in 1976. Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal and Gonzo all made their debut there, along with the first celebrity guest stars.

 

The first slew of flicks came in the late-’70s, with the legendary Muppet Movie, Great Muppet Caper and Muppets Take Manhattan.

 

As of 2012, they even have a collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Envy!

 

And how to celebrate? We’ll start with a classic. Nothing spiffs up a room like a print of Kermit’s evil doppelganger. Case in point, the Constantine Print:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/constantine_print-228918940444926984

 

Next, here’s a way to spread the Muppet love. Travel the globe, stay at home, but tell your friends all about it with the Muppets Tour the Globe Post Cards. Tiny car, eight wild-eyed Muppets, careening through Europe — you could customize the text, but could you ever surpass them?

 

http://www.zazzle.com/the_muppets_tour_the_globe_post_cards-239509467878218949

 

Finally, a way to take our beloved Muppets out with you, everywhere and always. That is, after all, the key to happiness. The Animal World Tour Courier Bag is crazy devilish fun and rad, as it should be (and as you should be):

 

http://www.zazzle.com/animal_world_tour_courier_bag-210232904457301318

 

We’ll leave you with one last nod to our favorite two-man peanut gallery. They always put it best.

 

Statler: This is a very moving moment.

Waldorf: Yeah. I wish they’d move it to Pittsburgh!

Pretty Printables

April 16, 2014 by

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We’re so excited that Kori Clark is now on Zazzle! Kori offers free printables on her blog, which are fun patterns you can print for free. Now these printable patterns are available on Zazzle products in Kori’s Zazzle Store.

Let’s take look at some of these fabulous products:

Keep your favorite technology safe with these cute Orange You Glad and Doxie Pink pattern cases.

Drink some coffee from an adorable Doxie Dash Teal and Yellow mug while writing  down your notes in your Sweet Nothings journal.

Packing for a trip? Grab a Floral Fiesta compact for your purse and an Anchor Pattern luggage tags for your suitcase.

 

 

 

There is much more where these charming products came from – take a look at the whole selection here.

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day: say thanks for a lifetime of love

April 16, 2014 by

Think of all the things your mother has done for you. Try to remember them. Making you soup when you were sick. Driving you to so many activities, every day. Watching terrible dance recitals, music concerts, sports games – the worst – because they love you, and you’re their child.

 

Waking up so early on a Sunday morning to stand for three hours in the rain watching kids do nothing with a soccer ball, and cheering it on? That is unconditional love.

 

So every year, we spend one day thanking them for that. One day. That’s cute. Really, the only payback is having kids yourself and going through all of it again, from the other side. Ha.

 

But we can try. We can show our moms how big a deal they’ve been for our whole lives, and how pathetic we’d be without them.

 

We can start with the heartfelt: the Custom Family Photo Collage Canvas Print. Pick the photos that represent your favorite memories over the years, put them together, and give it to her with a handkerchief, just in case:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/custom_family_photo_collage_canvas_print-192708520257303914

 

Next, the hilarious. Because if you think about it, raising children is so intense that it’s actually ridiculous. And we can acknowledge that, with a Funny Coffee Mug for Mom that lets her off the hook completely for all those times when she just needed a moment, to get it together:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/funny_coffee_mug_for_mom-168975269843056469

 

Finally, we can spoil her. Because didn’t she spoil us for years? (Maybe she still does?) The Gray and Pink Custom Monogram Sandals are the most awesome flip-flops – perfect for the house or the beach, maybe a spa day, just life. They’re brightly colored, monogrammed for her, and as lazy and luxurious as a day without the kids:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/gray_and_pink_chevrons_with_custom_monogram_wrappingpaper-256551058560399112?pt=flipflops-256736389631256877

 

We have to have a shot-out to Grandma, too, because we all know she and Gramps sometimes took over when Mom and Dad needed a break (who could blame them?). And crucially, you and Grandma share a common enemy. The We Love You Nana Mother’s Day Mug gets straight to the point – we love you with all our hearts:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/we_love_you_nana_mothers_day_mug-168159863808824337

That’s what it’s all about. Loving them back for the love they’ve shown you your whole life. It’s only a day, and they’ve devoted to us so many.

Hashtag Happiness: Introducing the #ZazzleMade Sweepstakes

April 15, 2014 by

If you think that winning $50 to spend on your favorite Zazzle products sounds pretty amazing, we have some great news for you. We’re excited to announce our new photo contest: #Zazzlemade!

 

#zazzlemade FINAL

At Zazzle, we pair the Dreamers with the Makers. The result? Products that are as unique as the people who create them.

 

Simply share a photo of your favorite Zazzle product(s) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and tag it #zazzlemade.

Each week, we will randomly select one winner who will receive a code worth $50 on Zazzle.com!

 

*If you already have photos of Zazzle products on Instagram, simply go back and add #zazzlemade in the comments section!

More Traffic with Polyvore

April 14, 2014 by

Looking for a fresh and unique platform to show off your products? Polyvore is a stylish social shopping site where you can create collections and showcase your favorite products to more than 20 million users around the world.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we’ll give an overview on how to create a Polyvore account, and talk about ways to get greater visibility.

1.) Set up your Polyvore account 

Creating your Polyvore account is easy, just go to http://www.polyvore.com and sign up with your email or Facebook.

polyvore_sign_up

 

Once you’ve signed up, fill out your profile information by hovering over the  image icon in the right hand corner and clicking on “Settings”. Fill in your name, display name, image, URL (use your Zazzle store URL here), and description. Don’t forget to use keywords in your description, which will make your content more searchable on Polyvore.  You can connect your Polyvore account to your other social media accounts in the “Sharing” tab of the “Settings” section.

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Here is an example of a filled out account  from In Case Zazzle, a Zazzle designer.

polyvore_in_case

 

2.) Add Products

An easy way to add products from your favorite online stores, is to download the Polyvore clipper into your browser.

Once the Polyvore clipper is downloaded, you’ll be able to click “Clip to Polyvore” right from your browser to add any product or image from the web to your Polyvore. In the pop up window, you can add a title, tags and price for your Zazzle product. Make sure you double check all of your product information before clicking the “Like” button.

clip_to_polyvore

3.)  Sets, Collections, & Templates

Sets

Sets are collages where you can mix and match products and images from different online stores and websites.

To create a set,  go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Set”.  A window will open up where you can create, edit, save and publish your set.

Set Editor Overview

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A. Functions: Publish, open saved sets and templates, save your set, undo and zoom

B. Functions: Remove, flip/flop (turn your design sideways or upside down), clone (duplicate your design/product), forwards/backwards (choose whether that product/image will be in front or in back of an overlapping product/image)

C. Functions: Choose products and images from your items, collections  or other categories

To start creating, simply drag products from your items, collections or other categories onto your canvas. Once you have all of your items placed the way you want in your set, you can publish your set.

Here are a few examples of sets from In Case Zazzle, a Zazzle designer.

polyvore_sets1polyvore_sets2

Collections

Collections allow you to arrange your best sets and items together. Creating a collection is similar to creating a set. To create a collection, go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Collection.” Then, a window will open up where you can create and publish your collection. To start creating, drag the items and sets of your choice to the canvas.

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Here are examples of collections from Pepperberry and Sage, a Zazzle designer.

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Templates

Templates are pre-made patterns you can create, save, and use later to create sets. 

To create a template go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Template.” The template editor will open up, which will allow you to add placeholders in certain areas of the canvas. You can re-size, move, flip, and even name these placeholders. You can also add images (your logo for example) to your template, if  you would like to have a certain template that always contains that particular image.

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Once you publish your template, you can use it to create a set by going to create->set->open->my templates.

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4.)  Likes, Following, Followers

Likes

The Likes section will show all of the items, sets, and collections that you’ve liked either by adding them from other online stores or directly from Polyvore. Likes will show up in the  “my items” section of  your set, collection, and template editors.

Following

The Following section will show all of the Polyvore members you are following.

Followers

The Followers section will show all of the Polyvore members hat are following your account.

Here is an example of where you can find Likes,  Following, Followers and Views in your account from Pepperberry and Sage, a Zazzle designer.

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5.) Groups & Wins

Groups 

Polyvore groups, similar to Pinterest group boards, are groups of Polyvore members that come together to explore similar themes and topics. As a member, you can create a maximum of 5 groups once you have 30 followers. If you choose to create a group, it is suggested to look through the existing groups so you don’t create a group similar to one that already exists.

Here are examples of groups on Polyvore from Isabel Alfarrobinha, a Zazzle Designer.

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Wins

The Wins section of your account shows you all of your placements in the contests that you’ve entered. Find out more on how to enter a contests here.

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Now that you know the ins and outs of how to use Polyvore, give it a shot! Not only can it get you more visibility, but it also lets the public see how your products can be grouped with other products. Plus it’s a fresh and exciting experience – you never know what ideas you’ll get from creating your sets, collections and templates.

Until next time,

Elizabeth P.

 

Cases That Are Out of This World

April 11, 2014 by

We’re so happy to be able to buy the new Samsung Galaxy S®5, an amazing new smartphone that launches today.  We’ve all seen its powers – it’s got a fast, vibrant camera; an awesome screen for all of your HD movies and games; and even a heartbeat tracker for the fitness-minded folks.  Another interesting feature will create greater security because you can lock and unlock the phone with your fingerprint – you’ll feel safe and secure with your phone in your hands!  This phone is powered by Android, which is the world’s most popular mobile platform.  Android devices offer useful features and tons of apps so you’ll be fully entertained and in control of your mobile experience.

 

Why not add a fun case to your brand new phone?  Starting today, we’re offering custom cases for the Galaxy S®5!

 

We partnered with Case-Mate to offer an impact-resistant plastic case that protects the back and edges of the phone.  It maintains the slim profile of the S5 while adding a layer of plastic to make sure that your phone can withstand any dings, drops, or dips.  You can add the ultimate design or the perfect photo – this case has a glossy finish so you know that it will shine.  In addition, the case allows easy access to all ports, sensors, cameras and controls.

 

 

You can customize your case right away.  The price starts at only $39.95 and fits all U.S. and international models.  Now you can feel confident that your new phone will be as strong as you are – and live up to the challenges of daily use.

 

 

 

 

Happy Passover: Get ready for the Seder

April 11, 2014 by

Perhaps you know the story of Passover.  The Israelites were enslaved, so Moses (and brother Aaron) tell the Pharaoh, “Let my people go!” but he doesn’t. The Egyptians then get ten plagues, from locusts to boils to the death of their first-born sons (the name “Passover” comes from the Israelites’ homes being passed over during this plague, because they marked their front doors with lamb’s blood, an ancient “Do not enter”). The Pharaoh still won’t budge.

 

The Israelites flee, and of course have to take food with them. They don’t have time to wait for their bread to rise (who does, really?), so they flee with flat unleavened bread – hence, during Passover, the Jewish people eat matzoh and not leavened flour or grains.

 

Therefore, the big question of Passover is: what does freedom mean today, and what does it mean to you?

 

The other big question is: how are you doing Seder? (“Seder,” meaning order, is the ceremonial dinner of the first two nights of Passover, with ritualistic foods and storytelling and songs, and a lot of wine.)

 

Everyone’s Seder is different. Some are intimate; some are enormous. Some skim through the Exodus story; others detail it with glee. Some go for hours and hours; others go straight to the food.

 

Whatever your way, you’re going to have a guest list. Who are you inviting, and how will you get to yes? The technicolor Seder Invitation pops with color and vibrancy that even Pharaoh couldn’t refuse:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/seder_invitation-161550280572295150

Once you get them to the table, how’s it going to look? How do you make it awesome and festive, yet also functional? The Seder plate is crucial. You need your bitter herb, your hard-boiled egg, your shank bone, and they need to be plated in style. The Jerusalem At Last Seder Plate is artful, ordered and mega fun, like the Seder itself:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/jerusalem_at_last_seder_plate-115598441209423714

 

With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, you’ll still need to use your phone – not during the Seders, but for a lot of the holiday. With the Matzoh iPhone 5 Case, you can carry your matzoh around all day, and not even have to eat it:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/sale_matzo_iphone_5_case-179101461776064260

Chag sameach, and next year in Jerusalem!

When life gives you lemons … it’s all good

April 10, 2014 by

We really don’t know why lemons get a bad rap. If life gives you lemons, you’re probably the healthiest person possible. They boost digestion, balance blood sugar, help burn fat, reduce the body’s acidity, and ooze with Vitamin C, a vital antioxidant (literally).

 

And if Kate Spade‘s any guide, lemons are huge right now. They’re a pretty big deal — and they should be. They could basically save your life, and they look amazing on any accessory.

 

If we had the Citrus Slices Wristlet, we’d go out much more often. It’s bright green and yellow, the perfect size for nighttime, made of satin — can we marry this thing?

http://www.zazzle.com/citrus_slices_1_wristlet_clutches-223024376813119342

 

The Lemon Recipe Postcard is reason number eighty for us to make lemon squares, or lemon-meringue pie, or lemon tarts again. I mean, you have to get the recipe right before you send it to someone, right? And can we just say, it looks as delicious as your dish will taste:

http://www.zazzle.com/lemon_recipe_card_post_card-239652300824826103

 

Squeeze this — an iPhone case bursting with the freshest-looking lemons, polka dots and leaves for a background, and your name swirled along the bottom. Can your iPhone 5 please get wrapped in the Retro Lemons Case already, and make our day?

http://www.zazzle.com/retro_lemons_ready_to_be_squeezed_iphone_5_case-256507251125398456

 

As far as we’re concerned, all lemons are as delicious as lemonade.

Four steps to the Easter egg hunt of a lifetime

April 9, 2014 by

Easter is almost upon us, and with it the hallowed ritual of … the egg hunt!

 

Not that it was a thing in Biblical days, but it has been around (and beloved) since at least the 17th century. So we’re in good company.

 

Hunting for Easter eggs – the classic symbol of rebirth – is supposed to be for kids, but we can do it too, right? ’Cause we do anyway …

 

And if you’re going to do it, do it right. None of this last-minute throwing together a gathering. No no. There are steps, there is gear, there are prizes; there might even be a strategic map made before the hiding.

 

We start with the Easter Tree Easter Party Invitation. It goes something like: “Dear best friends and family, we want you at our backyard on Easter to hunt with us for so many chocolate eggs. We’ll make it worth your while, between the prizes and the foods. If you don’t come, we’ll probably never forgive you.” That should do the trick:

http://www.zazzle.com/easter_tree_easter_party_invitation-161897296248508546

 

Then we give each hunter a basket. We can’t have people eating the eggs in the hunt! There must be a tally at the end, prizes won, and an Official Easter Egg Hunter Tote Bag for every reveler:

 

 

http://www.zazzle.com/official_easter_egg_hunter_tote_bags-149765719534627097

 

(Plus a special one for the champ!)

http://www.zazzle.com/easter_egg_hunt_champ_tote_bag-149982674774661986

 

And if there’s a baby in the house, who could resist officially making them the cutest Easter bunny in history with the Happy Easter Bunny Pacifier?

 

 

http://www.zazzle.com/happy_easter_bunny_smile_and_nose_baby_pacifier-256156183071852401

 

OK, the hunt’s over. Baby clearly wins.


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