Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Kris Havlicek


Kris, of the design firm Kustom by Kris, has been a Zazzler since 2006. She was kind enough to answer some questions about her inspirations, her new design studio, and her time with Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store KrispysKingdom!

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Kris: I’m a California girl finding success in the Midwest. Between being mom to three kids (14, 6, and 2), planning my 2010 wedding, and breaking my toes while playing tag with my cat, I am opening a design studio and consignment shop in the downtown shopping district. Customers will be able to browse and purchase handmade crafts, as well as see many of the designs I have created for clients. Dominating my live-action portfolio will be many products I have purchased from Zazzle! When I’m not creating new designs, I like to drive my ’07 Mustang (I’m a car lover), go off-roading, watch tons of movies, and stalk bakeries.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Kris: First and foremost, my family inspires me. Every funny t-shirt in my store is something that my fiancé or kids have said. My business cards are inspired primarily by trends and my wedding products are designed for me (i.e. I design what I would use myself and if others like it, then that is an extra bonus).

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Kris: It is hard to pick just one! I’m super picky and it seems my favorite design changes every month or even week when I create something new. The design that is closest to my heart is the set of Portrait Prints I created of my daughter ( and niece ( The one of my daughter is hanging in my dining room and the print of my niece will be hung in my design studio for the August 1 opening.


Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Kris: I would have to say my favorite feature is the beta Advanced Customization. I used the Zazzle Store Builder, which is awesome, but it is easier for me to make my Zazzle store look like my website and integrate the two. It saves me so much time!

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Kris: I don’t really have any fun stories about Zazzle, but I would like to thank everyone for making me feel like I am part of something greater than myself. I feel like I have made some awesome online friends. Their support and encouragement has definitely contributed to where I am today as a Pro-Seller! Oh – and Steve, A.K.A. softproduct, made a YouTube video about the Contributor Toolbar that I created. It is hilarious!

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Kris: I started creating designs for Zazzle’s products so I could have creative control over something. I have been creating designs for others since 2003. I started with website design and construction, which has lead to designing products for all occasions, logos, and marketing materials. After three years of only designing what my clients told me to design, I was excited to find Zazzle and have the opportunity to create new designs based on what I like. Now my Zazzle store is an extension of my portfolio and shows potential clients the true extent of my creative style.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Kris: If you are looking for a successful second (or first) income from your store, you have to take it seriously and treat it like a ‘real’ business. I opened my store July 23, 2006, but did not start earning a regular monthly paycheck until I considered Zazzle part of my everyday routine late last year. Also, keep your designs fresh and create each design individually for the product you intend to place it on. Remember quality over quantity.

Thanks Kris!

11 Responses to “Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Kris Havlicek”

  1. trish Says:

    Hey Kris!
    Been a fan of yours for as long as I have zazzled!

    So cool to learn more about you! Congrats on your upcoming wedding and all the fun in your life!

    You have amazing talent!

    Live * Love * Laugh


  2. Lydia Says:

    Go Kris!
    You’re an inspiration to all us aspiring Zazzlers who hope to make a living doing what we love! Whenever someone tells me I can’t hope to make a living on Zazzle, I tell them about you and your success. You not only remind us, the designers, that we can be something more, but you prove to our naysayers that there is such a thing out there as a successful artist!

    I wish you much continued success! May you always love what you do and find happiness in your life!

    Lydia “PrairieGhost” Jacobs aka Customizables

  3. Tee Zazzle Says:

    Congrats Kris! You deserve it!

  4. Sunita aka "worldofcreations" Says:

    Hi Kris,
    I have been a part of Zazzle since Feb 2009 and have always looked up to designers like you.
    As they say it right ” The perfect combination” in a place like this is “Talent + Variety” , & that’s exactly what you have.
    You have an amazing gallery. I always admired you as a fellow designer & was a Fan of your work, but today after reading your interview, I admire you as a person too —- A simple family girl who is successful just because she believes in herself & most important of all enjoys what she does.
    You are a true Inspiration to us fellow zazzlers.
    Good Luck.

  5. Veronica Says:

    Hi Kris,
    Congratulations~on your store, and your wedding~I am in the process of creating my shop. You are a true inspiration.

    Best of Luck,

    Houston, Texas

  6. Julie Farrell (Paper_Robot Store) Says:

    Love your store & even more all your designs. You are very talented and have a great variety of fun products!

  7. Tina Yandle Says:

    Howdy Kris,

    My name is Tina from Texas. Congratulations for the Zazzle Featured Seller, and your wedding. I am so happy for you. Your gallery is AWESOME!
    I’m new to Zazzle’s, little over a month. I love it, only wish I would had known about it sooner. I love to design I have so many designs
    in my mind. My sales are not so good right now, but I will not give up! I am very dedicated to my store. It’s my baby, I eat it/sleep it & drink it…lol
    I work at it all waking hourse 7 days a week, it is a job to me, not just something to do or a hobbie…it is a business. Would love for you to stop by my store sometime.

    Best of luck,
    Tina in Texas

    • Lydia Says:

      Tina Yandle–I tried to visit your shop, but it seems you have it set to private. You may want to set it to public if you’d like for us to take a look! :)

  8. maura Says:

    I am so happy and impressed by your bio. Congratulations for a job well done.

    I am trying to get my gallery back up and running. They have taken it offline due to me using an image of someone elses. I have written several times to ask them to please give me another chance, as I have been here awhile. SO far, no luck, so please keep your fingers crossed.

    In the meantime, I say again CONGRATULATIONS. You have done a wonderful job and so very creative!

  9. Elaine B. Says:

    Lovely items!!! Congrats on your feature!!!

  10. Aunt Bean Says:

    Congratulations! Of course, I have always known that you have talent and now the rest of the world knows, too.
    We are very proud of your accomplishments. We love you.

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