Archive for February, 2010

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with TheSpottedOlive

February 10, 2010

Debbie, from multiple Zazzle stores –  a few of which include: TheSpottedOlive, TwoHeartsShoppe, and MinkiDeluxe — was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her experience as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her stores TheSpottedOlive, TwoHeartsShoppe, and MinkiDeluxe!

Baroque Elegance Reception Card

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

Debbie: I’m Debbie from The Spotted Olive™, Two Hearts Wedding Shoppe™, Minki Deluxe™ and numerous other shops on Zazzle. I was an Air Force brat and traveled around the world and got to live in some pretty cool places like Germany and Okinawa, Japan as a kid. I am a professional graphic designer with over 14 years of creative experience in the hospitality, vacation rental, real estate, and leisure industries. My work on ads, logos, catalogs and other print media has garnered numerous awards as well as providing me with a great deal of pride and satisfaction. Although my design style is very simple and clean, there is an element of complexity and great thought put into each and every design I create. I have recently taken the plunge and officially started my own graphic design business—dp graphic design, llc. It is a big and exciting step for me, with Zazzle being a large part of my business.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Debbie: What doesn’t inspire my designs? Everything inspires me—music, movies, humor, the planet, color, shape, pattern, texture, typography, my collection of Japanese erasers… you name it. I love to see what my brain can come up with using simple shapes, patterns, type and other graphic elements. It’s not always that easy, but I enjoy the process and challenge. My designs are also influenced by how I feel or my mood at the time I am designing. Things that are funky, cute or cool will incite my creative spark; hence the tag line for my shop, The Spotted Olive™, was born.  I love things that are happy. I love things that are dark. They don’t always make their way into my designs, but those qualities definitely fuel my creative process.

This brilliant quote by Paul Rand has been an inspiration and motivation to me throughout my design career:“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”

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

Debbie: That’s a tough question. All my designs are very personal to me. I guess if I have to choose, one of my favorites would be my “Famous” design because it’s creation took me outside of my design comfort zone. Another favorite would be my “useLESS” design because the message is important and I believe it is effectively communicated with the subtly, yet boldness of the graphic elements. Oh yeah, and I do love my “Me So Corny” design because it is so playful, fun and cheeky. Plus I had a great time illustrating that one. Ok, I knew I couldn’t just pick one, they are all my babies.

Useless T-Shirt

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

Debbie: Hmmmm…. Fun stories. Let’s see.

I recently got the chance to meet up with another fellow Zazzler (Stacy aka rdwnggrl) at a Depeche Mode concert. That was definitely fun! And, if I wasn’t a seller on Zazzle, I never would have had the opportunity to meet such a super person!

I think this is fun too and is a direct result of being a seller on Zazzle… A fellow Zazzler (Marianne aka mariannegilliand) created an anime character in my likeness that she sells in her Girly Girls Club shop. I was so honored and flattered and I absolutely love her creation. Marianne is definitely among the many talented artists and designers here at Zazzle.

Additionally, I have developed a fun network of fellow Zazzle sellers that I am in contact with on a regular, if not daily basis. It’s a great feeling to have the support of others who understand your plight and goals as well as Zazzle “addiction.” It’s always a good time to communicate with them.

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

Debbie: Oh boy, there are so many features that I absolutely love here at Zazzle! I think I would have to say that one of my favorites is the design interface with the ability to create templates/customization. This is a feature that makes Zazzle stand out above and beyond all the other PODs. I use this feature on the majority of my products from t-shirts to letterhead. I think it’s a great option for a customer to be able to personalize a product.

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

Debbie: Initially my introduction to the POD world was primarily as a creative outlet. It was a way for me to get a break from the constraints of corporate advertising design. I was mesmerized by Zazzle’s slick design interface, customization options and the use of models to display the apparel. I thought it was brilliant and then when I discovered the stores on Zazzle were free, I immediately moved in. I opened my first Zazzle store, The Spotted Olive™, on April 3, 2008. Now I can’t keep track of all my Zazzle stores! Zazzle has always been very, very intuitive and easy for me to use. I just love it and it is most definitely my POD of choice.

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

Debbie: Realize that Zazzle isn’t a get rich quick scheme. Determine what you want Zazzle to be for you—a hobby, a second income, a business and treat it accordingly. Find the magical balance between creation and promotion, but always try to enjoy what you are doing. Remember “quality vs. quantity” and be cognizant of what you put into the marketplace; don’t arbitrarily put a design on every product available—most of the time it doesn’t work. As Henry Ford once said, “A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.” Respect other artists and designers whether they are Zazzle sellers or not—they work hard at what they do. Explore and develop your own talents and style. Be creative. Be inspired. Have fun!

Thanks Debbie!

Emma Roberts Gets Jersey Shore T-Shirt from Leno

February 9, 2010

Emma Roberts (from the new romantic comedy Valentine’s Day) celebrated her birthday on the Jay Leno Show last night, and Jay being the thoughtful person that he is, decided to get her presents from her favorite show, MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Of course the most cherished of these presents was the Gym Tan and Laundry t-shirt from the Zazzle Jersey Shore Store! Follow the link below for the Hulu clip of Emma and Jay from last night. Also see below for the t-shirt so you can be like Emma and celebrate the glory of the GTL fist pump.


http://www.hulu.com/watch/126844/the-jay-leno-show-emma-roberts

DATS WHO! Does Mardi Gras Start Early in New Orleans?

February 8, 2010

An epic contest between two great cities left the fans of New Orleans screaming, “DATS WHO!” to the fans of Indianapolis (no they weren’t talking about The Who Halftime Show). It was a great game that gave way to an even better celebration. You can bet the victory parties are still raging in the French Quarter with plenty of people wearing their Who Dat t-shirts and other Who Dat Gifts. My real question is, can the parties last until Mardi Gras? Come on New Orleans let’s see it! Below are some great t-shirts to celebrate the Who Dat Nation’s victory. What was your favorite moment from last night?

Who Are You? The Who Plays Halftime Show!

February 5, 2010

The gods of rock will be descending on Florida this weekend to witness The Who destroy ear drums and melt faces at the Halftime Show at the biggest sporting event of the year. And while most people will be wearing Who Dat t-shirts, I’ll be sporting my Who t-shirt (San Francisco never had a chance…) in support of one of the greatest bands of all time. Check out all the Who merch on Zazzle in our Official Who Store. Some of my favorites are below.

The Who T-Shirt the who band shirt Who Band Tees

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

February 5, 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.


Forss Fagerstrom T-shirts


Toy Story’s Rex Mousepads

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 Rebecca Czosnek

February 4, 2010

Rebecca, from the Zazzle store PeppersPolishMafia, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her experience as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store PeppersPolishMafia!

Love Chihuahua T-Shirt

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

Rebecca: I was born in South Dakota and moved to Maine several years ago. I got married to a wonderful, supportive man and had some amazing children. We own a family business on the coast of Maine that is surrounded by Art Museums.

I do ink drawings, paint with acrylics and graphic art. I love to add an odd imagination to my art. I was born with a smile on my face. I enjoy life and insist at the end of a day to find good in everything. I live by the rule of staying honest and true to myself and those around me. I believe everything we go through, be it good or bad, is something we can learn from, live by, and use in tomorrow’s adventure.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Rebecca: Every day I experience something unique, that seems to stay in my head until I draw it out. Most often this will be a family, friend, animal, or some shape I see in the clouds.  Then, of course, there are my dreams.  I will wake up and know I must draw whatever I was dreaming about.   My drawings may not come out the way I had thought it would from my dream, but it makes it more interesting to me.   Often when I start drawing, I go deep into my imagination and search for something odd. I really have no idea what the end result will be until I am completely done.  I love to draw emotions, and I’m always inspired by people just being people.

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

Rebecca: I really have three that stand out to me. The first would be one which I dreamt about called “Harvest Moon Baby”.  In my dream, I was asked to go to the moon and decorate it, but I wasn’t sure of the reason why. I got up to the moon and realized I had many issues. I was not sure how the moon really looked as I decorated it.  As I painted the moon, I had no way to step back and see how things were looking.  If I stepped back, I would forever fall into space.  So I had to trust in myself and wing it! I also realized that the moon was not always full, but that it had phases, and I knew I had to section the moon as much as I could.  When I was sent back to earth, I was so excited for nightfall so I could see the new moon. When nightfall came and finally showed the moon, I woke up. I only got a slight glimpse of it, so I knew I had to draw it.  The second is my “Tea Reader” design.  She just brightens my day.  Her friendly face with a cup of tea just calms me down!  Then, there is “Crows Feet”.  This design was based on the animals in life. My Yorkies, Sadie and Oliver, along with Howie (my daughter’s dog), all happened to be barking off and on one day at these crows.  The crows seemed to be deliberately flying in the yard, laughing at the gated dogs. Later that evening the dogs all charged outside like crazy, since they thought the crows were back, but instead it was a skunk.

Harvest Moon Baby Poster

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

Rebecca: Not as a seller, but as a buyer… I bought a pair of Washington D.C. slip on Keds from dlgray. I bought them for a friend who had said she was going to make a run for the Whitehouse.  I knew she would enjoy wearing them and have fun too, but I got the wrong size.  So there was a silent auction coming for an annual charity event, and we donated them to the silent auction. Later on that evening, I had someone come up to me asking about the shoes. They told me that they wished they would have known we had donated them, because they had an auction coming up for the local school, so the children would be able to go to Washington D.C.  They said those shoes would be a popular attraction! My husband and I talked about the fact that we really should bid on them ourselves, so that we could donate them to the students. We had to stand by the silent auction signup paper all night, running back each time to bid higher. We ended up winning the shoes back, and we donated them to the school auction.  I will not say how much the shoes cost us in the end, but I told dlgray. It’s sort of thrilling to think that those shoes made it to Washington D.C, but I will leave the rest of this story to others’ imagination.

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

Rebecca: Create a Product! This is so easy and smooth. I love to push that button! I am happy with everything Zazzle offers. I also love the Zazzle watermark.

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

Rebecca: I had been searching for a site that let me place my art on products. I bumped into Zazzle.com and took a look around. My first question was how safe is Zazzle.com?  I thought I would try it out and see what happens. By the time I put up my first product, I found how easy it was. I just knew there was no turning back. I felt very safe here.  I am a busy person, like so many people, so when I realized I had just found a place that offered making a store very easy; uploading, selling, and buying… I knew it was my kind of place.

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

Rebecca: Enjoy the Zazzle Community.  I have always thought, if the world could run as smooth and easy as Zazzle does it would be a great piece of art! Fellow Zazzlers are always so supportive, and they offer great input.  I find it a treat to get up early every morning, have my coffee, feed my doggies and go directly to Zazzle. Everyone has the art of being creative, and Zazzle is a great place to let it show.

Thanks Rebecca!

Zazzle Screen Design Challenge Winners

February 4, 2010

The challenge is over!!  It’s time to reveal which images will become new cubicle screens here at the Zazzle office. I would like to take a moment, before you scroll down, to say thank you to all the Sellers that participated in the challenge.. it was (as with any challenge/contest) a very hard choice for the judges.  And now, without further ado, here are the winners!!

Jungle Fun Poster
Jungle Fun by mousearte

Ngorongoro Sunset Poster
Ngorongoro Sunset by katkuzma

Realms, etc. Poster
Realms, etc. by BeckCalli

Sydney Dog Art Poster
Sydney Dog Art by mkbostic

Aarrggh Poster
Aarrggh by Butchertwin

Thanks again to everyone that participated!!  Cheers!

Urban Dictionary + Facebook + Zazzle

February 3, 2010

Facebook trend alert! Be cool. Do this:

Go to urbandictionary.com, type in your first name, copy and paste this as your status, and put the first entry for your name under comments.

Everyone is doing it…Also, post your name definition in the comments below to share with your Zazzle friends!

Your Pet Could be a Winner!

February 2, 2010

Enter your pet’s photo in The 2010 Spay Day Pet Photo Contest and compete to win great prizes! Zazzle has teamed up with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to save animals’ lives by providing support and awareness for efforts to spay and neuter pets around the world. Submitting your pet’s best photo to this year’s Spay Day Pet Photo Contest will help to continue to spread the spay and neuter message. So help animals around the world and compete to win great prizes for you and your furry friend by entering the Spay Day Pet Photo Contest now!

  1. Upload a digital photo of your pet here
  2. Share a few details about his or her personality (If your pet has passed away, share a fond memory)
  3. Then, share your pet’s photo with friends and family and ask them to vote for your pet! Every $1 donation earns one vote and helps get animals spayed or neutered!

Also, don’t forget to check out the HSUS Store for great Spay Day Postage

Last Day For Entries – Screen Design Challenge

February 1, 2010

This is the last day to submit a design for the Zazzle Screen Design Challenge.  If you haven’t already designed and submitted a poster, what are you waiting for?

Zazzle Screen Design Challenge

Your Image Could Be Here!!

We need you to create, or retag, any colassal sized posters you’d like to see displayed in our office.  The only rules are:  it has to be available in the colossal size (at least 56″ x 56″ and square), and it has to be tagged IWANTMYARTATZAZZLE10 in order to be eligible.

We’ll be picking 5 designs tomorrow (Feb 2nd) that will be turned into screens, so get to Zazzling!!

How to Enter:

  1. Create a Zazzle Account (It’s free!)
  2. Create your Poster
  3. “Post for Sale” your Poster with the tag IWANTMYARTATZAZZLE10 in the Zazzle Marketplace (learn how to tag your product here)
  4. You’re done, good luck!

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