Archive for February, 2010

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

February 26, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


80s Retro Cartoon Truly outrageous Mugs


“Girl” Series Binder


Daddy Was a Jewel Thief Mousepad


Fade To Black Tee Shirt

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

New Zazzle Product: PRO-Keds Shoes!

February 25, 2010

Say hello to PRO-Keds shoes for men and women – the first ever fully customizable sneaker! PRO-Keds are a fashion staple of retro hip-hop, also worn by some of the most legendary players in basketball history. Now, thanks to THE POWER OF ZAZZLE (did you hear that echo?) these sneakers are customizable, individualizable, and personalizable. Of course you can create your own PRO-Keds shoes or shop some of the pattern shoes, vintage shoes, urban shoes and more in the Zazzle marketplace. Some of my newly created favorites are below.








Sellers, share your new PRO-Keds in the comments!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Liz Lorini

February 24, 2010

Liz, MissKika, was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions about her background as an illustrator, and the fun she has on Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store MissKika!

Little Candy Girls Fudge Sundae Photo Sculpture

Bio:  South Florida- and now San Francisco based freelance illustrator Liz Lorini has been drawing fashion girls since she was a little girl, using a paper doll as a stencil and drawing hair styles and clothing on the outline with paints and glitter. From the dreams of childhood our careers are made!

As Liz grew up, she became inspired a lot by graphic art styles she found on product packaging while she studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan during high school. It was such a visual place, everything had a cute/sexy/fun illustration on it, and every day she went out (even if it was to the grocery store) she was inspired and wanted to draw more and more. Because of this exciting and visual environment she rekindled her love for art and knew exactly what she wanted to study in college. Liz attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida with a concentration in Illustration and graduated with her BFA in 2006.

After finishing school she packed her pink paint brushes up and moved out to San Francisco, CA to work as a full-time freelance illustrator and gallery painter under the name “Miss Kika” for galleries across America and internationally. She enjoys strawberry tea, 1980′s girly nostalgia,  and creating fun and colorful pieces for girls of all ages to enjoy!

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Liz: I get a lot of my inspiration from random things I enjoy… patterns, sweets, old 1980′s girls shows, you name it!  I try to pull in everything I love into my work.

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

Liz: Right now I like my rainbow pieces, because they are so colorful and fun to work with.

Hail Rainbow Shirt

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

Liz: It’s really fun bumping into people I know while I am flipping through Zazzle items and sellers.  Often I am friends with them, or maybe read the art blogs they write, but have no idea they made products with the work.  It’s just a nice little surprise to search around and see something familiar you did not expect to find on the site

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

Liz: I really enjoy just making products in the builder! It’s so easy to get things loaded and looking great!  Since I work with really crisp lines, DPI and image quality are really important, so the builders (being so easy to use and clear) really help me get the best result with my product.

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

Liz: My boyfriend works next door to Zazzle, and brought home some shirts one day that the company had made as gifts!  I thought the quality was really awesome and decided to try offering some products myself!

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

Liz: Make items you would buy! If it’s something you would wear or use, chances are someone else will feel the same and stop by your shop!  Also, I found it very helpful to order a sample of the products I was selling. When you see what the final product looks like, it makes it easier to design online and create a nice result!

Thanks Liz!

Food is here!

February 23, 2010

One of the perks of working late night at Zazzle is the dinner service. For those Zazzle Team members that toil into the wee hours of the night, they have the option of ordering dinner from some of the local restaurants thanks to a lovely little service called Restaurants on the Run. Being an internet company, when the food arrives, employees announce it via email – hilarity ensues. We just had to share some of the more creative “food is here” emails that have been sent over the years.

Subject Lines:

  • food is here (eom)
  • (> (> (> Pizza! <) <) <)
  • nummies
  • Every time I come around the city…Jing! Jing! (the restaurant is called Jing Jing)
  • EFW = Eat From Work (a.k.a. The food is here)
  • ♨ ♨ ♨ ♨ ♨ ♨ ♨
  • If you ordered food…Max will sing opera for you now. (the restaurant is called Max’s Opera Cafe)
  • Food anyone???
  • .ereh si doof ehT (read in mirror)
  • das Essen ist hier
  • 0xF00D
  • http://www.zazzle.com/the_food_is_here_embroidered_hat-233350080736210186?modal=stitchplayer&area=front_middle
  • Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi are here. And no, it’s not a Lamonica family reunion. (the restaurant is called Frankie, Johnnie & Luigis)
  • Karns is not here, but the food is.
  • IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM tb_Dinners WITH (NOLOCK)) PRINT ‘Dinner is here’
  • 这里的食物 (The food is here)
  • Comida
  • Food.Location == ZazzlePlace.Kitchen
  • CFG FILECH4NGE: r77777 – z.1/dinner.zazzle.com/branches/z.1.000.0051/config
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1v4BYV-YvA

What’s your family’s creative way to call everyone to the dinner table?

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland now on Zazzle!

February 22, 2010

Travel down the rabbit hole with Disney and Zazzle! We just added tons of great products from Tim Burton’s re-imaging of Alice in Wonderland like Alice in Wonderland t-shirts, mugs, posters and more. So now you can customize designs from your favorite characters, like say the character that Anne Hathaway plays, or someone else (are their other people in the movie?). See below for some of my favorite designs. Shop here for all Alice in Wonderland Gifts.

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

February 19, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Builder of a new society shirt


Semi Sweet Sixteen t-shirt


MythBusters T-Shirt


80s Roots Shirt

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Melissa Hamilton

February 18, 2010

Melissa, who has six Zazzle stores, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her inspirations, and her experience as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her stores Whupsadaisy, Noteworthy, LifeThroughALens, ArtForTheSole, TVaddict, and MHamiltonDesigns!

Proud Peacock Mousepad

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

Melissa: Maryland based Graphic Designer, Photographer, Aspiring Writer, Fantabulous Cook, Insomniac, Cat Lover, Internet Junkie and Work-at-Home Mom–that’s Melissa Hamilton, in a nutshell.

Born and raised in Central Michigan, Melissa left the Midwest at age 19 and moved to Washington DC. There she studied fine art at a community college and worked in retail management. Ten years later, she moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she went back to school full-time and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing at Salisbury University.

In 2006, Melissa discovered Zazzle while on maternity leave and her company, M. Hamilton Designs was also born! Starting with one store and a zazillion ideas, her company soon grew to six stores on the Zazzle website.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Melissa: My inspiration often comes from the contrasts in my life. I love nature, but I also enjoy the bustle of big city life. I like fast and furious, as well as slow and reflective.  People-watching is a great inspiration; our fellow humans are so honest when they don’t know anyone is paying attention. Having a sense of humor is also very important to a person’s creativity. My three-year old daughter, Shelby, is funny, honest, and beautiful – being her Mom inspires me on a daily basis!

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

Melissa: I have six stores on Zazzle, and many favorites among my eclectic variety of designs.  One of my favorites is from my store Whupsadaisy Creations; it’s a mixed media print of my daughter Shelby, called Innocence and Possibilities.

Out of all of my Zazzle stores, my favorite is my Noteworthy shop.  Some of my favorite designs from that gallery include my Baby Girl Birth Announcement, Modern Baby Birth Announcement, Makeup Artist Business Card, and my Salon & Spa Business Card.

Photography has been one of my passions since I was a little girl.  A few of my favorites from my Life Through a Lens store are my Flamingos Poster, Frangipanis Poster, Sailing on Assateague Island National Seashore Print, and my Union Station Arches Poster.

I absolutely love creating shoes… so much so, I devoted an entire store solely to that purpose.  Some of my favorites from my Art for the Sole store are my School Girl Pink Plaid Shoes, Patio Terrace Custom Shoe, and my Modern Bubbles Custom Shoe.

From my newest store, M. Hamilton Designs, opened in January 2010 – it’s all about bright colors and a variety of textures for these whimsical creations!  A few of my favorites are my Pink Giraffe Mousepad, Power Politics: Cats vs. Mice Mousepad, Tabitha the Tabby Cat Mousepad, and my Think Green Mousepad.

Blogger Profile Card

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

Melissa: I feel extremely lucky to have become acquainted with a great group of sellers on Zazzle. We’re very supportive of one another, considering we are also competitors.  On Facebook and Twitter, we have a group of Zazzlers who have bonded and become truly good friends.  I am inspired by all of them, and appreciate their daily support and friendship.  I think it’s completely awesome that cyberspace has opened an amazing opportunity for us to “meet” people we would have never known otherwise.  Once of my best friends, Jamie Wogan Edwards (aka jamiecreates1), is someone I met through Zazzle .  I’ve never met Jamie in person, but we often joke about being sisters separated at birth because we are so alike.

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

Melissa: One of my favorite Zazzle tools is the SHARE link, which enables you to share any creation with a variety of venues. I promote other artists work, as well as my own, on my Facebook group page, so this tool makes it easy to market my own designs and share fellow artists’ work as well.

There is so much you can do on Zazzle. Over the past three years, I have seen the website grow extensively and the seller community has been provided with the tools for complete product customization and therefore endless creative opportunities.

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

Melissa: In December 2006, I was on maternity leave after my daughter was born and dreading going back to work. I had purchased some items from Zazzle for Christmas presents that year, but was unaware what Zazzle was all about at the time. My husband was the one who began poking around on the site and said to me, “This is your calling, you have to do this!” I started out with one store back in 2006, and now I have six stores. I love what I do and I think that’s rare in this world – being able to design this way is an amazing opportunity!

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

Melissa: 1. Try new things, there’s always the delete button if it doesn’t work out!

2. Explore and enjoy the Zazzle community! Got a question? Ask! My door is always open, I have helped many Zazzle beginners and it makes me feel good to lend a helping hand.

3. You should be your own biggest fan, be proud of your work and tell the world about it!

Thanks Melissa!

Do I play Hockey?

February 16, 2010

Well I play air hockey, ball hockey, field hockey, barn hockey, bubble hockey, field hockey, hockey all the time! The Winter Games are now in full swing which means two things to me, Team USA hockey and doubles figure skating (singles just isn’t the same without Brian Boitano). Many people are leaning towards our neighbor to the north (Ahem Canadians, support your country using Zazzle.ca) to win the whole thing but I think we can pull off the gold medal with a little extra fan support. So join me and support all of Team USA with some great Team USA t-shirts from Zazzle. Check out some of my favorites below.

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

February 12, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


At the Zoo 2010 Wall Calendar

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Customizable Shuffleboards? Heck yeah!

February 11, 2010

We decided to do a little R&D (research and delight) at the Zazzle HQ yesterday by installing a brand new shuffleboard table complete with Zazzle customization. Check out the pictures below; is that the Zazzle logo as an inlay in the wood? I think so! Not sure if we’re planning on adding this to the product offering onsite anytime soon….it could come down to a game of shuffleboard to decide. I’ll be sure to post some video of people playing as soon as we can find the pucks.


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