Archive for October, 2010

Halloween Shenanigans…

October 29, 2010

We love Halloween at Zazzle and we love KISS!


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Coming Soon – Custom iPhone Cases and Custom iPad Cases

October 29, 2010

Get ready…custom cases are coming! I’m pleased to announce that starting November 15th we’ll be offering custom iPad and iPhone cases on Zazzle! Soon you’ll be able to create a case for your favorite Apple products with your art, text, and photos (maybe a custom case to match your custom t-shirt?). Of course these products will also be available to Sellers to create a marketplace full of great designs just in time for the holiday rush (download design templates for the iPhone). Learn more about the upcoming Custom Cases product launch on the iPhone cases page.

Sellers, what designs are you planning to make? Which do you think is going to be more popular this holiday season, the iPad cases or iPhone cases?

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Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

October 29, 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.


Black – Queens, New York City NYC T Shirt


game-over t shirts


Red Cartoon Monster Postcard


i shotgun zombies post cards


Jason Mraz – Red Logo T-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.

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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with sandygrafix

October 28, 2010

Sandra, from the Zazzle Store sandygrafik, answered some questions about her artistic style and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store sandygrafik!

Cowardly Lioness T-Shirt

Zazzle: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your artistic style.

Sandra: I’m a Peruvian born freelance graphic designer, self-taught illustrator and mom of two adorable kids, Zoey (3) and Fabricio (9), currently living in Denver, CO. I’m passionate especially on vector illustration using different textures and patterns that makes my illos richer and brighter. I really enjoy recreating characters from classic fairytales and giving birth to new magical creatures, sometimes bright and colorful, sometimes dark and gloomy, depending on my mood.

Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be more whimsical, are there other styles of art you enjoy as well?

Sandra: Oh sure! I love whimsical art but I also enjoy photography and conceptual art. As a graphic designer I really love vector illustration… it’s like creating intricate puzzles, giving each form different textures and patterns… I have so much fun! And little by little, I can see how the image grows and turns in a complete character. However I enjoy experimenting with traditional media such as inks and watercolors. Sometimes I mix all these medias and create my designs which I call digi-collage.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Sandra: I always have been a daytime dreamer, getting lost in classic fairytale books and fantasy movies like The Never Ending Story, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth… then I discovered Tim Burton and fell in love with his eerie-but-adorable characters… he is a big inspiration on my work!

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

Sandra: I’ll choose especially Queen of Hearts, Sakura Girl and Aquamarine Mermaid. Each girl has a little story to share! Queen of Hearts was such a challenge for me because I’ve always wanted to make caricatures or cartoons, and I guess this was my first good attempt!

Sakura Girl was another challenge for me! I remember this absolutely adorable Japanese figurine that my grandfather received as a gift before I was born… it was in my living room for years until it got lost when I was little. No pictures of my beloved figurine were left, just a blurry image in my mind, until Sakura Girl was born!

I guess Aquamarine was a recreation of my big-eyed dolls with curly hair drawings from my childhood, mixed with these fantastic imaginary sea creatures from fairytales. Turquoise and navy blue are my favorite colors, so I created this pattern for her tail which I love!

Sakura Girl Card

Zazzle: When you are not creating art, what are you other hobbies?

Sandra: I’m creating jewelry, handmade goodies and accesories featuring my girls and other designs which are currently on sale in my Etsy and ArtFire shops

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

Sandra: Zazzle is a great community that has become a fantastic meeting point with not only amazing Zazzle sellers but friends from other online galleries from around the world! Plus, Zazzle allows people to design & sell their own creations and make a profit. What else can I ask for?

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

Sandra: Once I found Zazzle I began to play with the easy-to-use editing tools, and found how cool the designs printed on such a variety of products looked… I decided to sell my work immediately! It’s very encouraging making money from a hobby that you love!

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

Sandra: – First and foremost… be friendly! Visit other Zazzlers stores leaving your good vibes and reply any comments made to you. Also share a little love with Today’s Best Awards winners. Much of them are new Zazzlers wishing to be known in the community.

- Keep your store organized! Organize your store content by theme, by products or by designs. Create categories and distribute your items the best way possible.

- Spread the word! Promote and advertise your Zazzle store in your blog, website and social network.

Thanks Sandra!

Seller Wedn – Wait, what do you mean it’s Thursday? Contest Time!

October 28, 2010

Seller Wednesday came and went without a post (I blame the Wrackspurts). To make up for our Seller Wed.. er Thursday, we’re going to have a quick little design contest!

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s coming up on the time when people are sending out Holiday Cards and Holiday Party Invitations.  With that in mind, our contest is going to be centered on Holiday Cards/Invitations.  We have 5 categories, and 3 product types – which means FIFTEEN sellers have the chance to win!

The categories are:

-          Hanukah Party Invitations

-          Kwanzaa

-          New Year’s Party Invitations

-         Holiday Office Party Invitations

-          First Christmas

Within each category we’re looking for 3 product types, Greeting Cards, Photo Cards, and Invitations. In other words, for Kwanzaa there will be a Greeting Card winner, a Photo Card winner, and an Invitations winner.

*note* Each seller may enter as many times as he or she likes for each category, but each seller may only win once overall regardless of the number of categories they enter in.

And what is the fabulous prize, you ask?

Next Seller Wednesday the winners will be featured in our next Holiday Prep blog, featured in our new holiday cards section, AND each winner will receive a Give Zazzle T-Shirt!

To enter, tag your product with the appropriate category entry tag.

ZAZZLEHANUKAHPARTY – to enter for Hanukah Party Invitations

ZAZZLEKWANZAA – to enter for Kwanzaa

ZAZZLENEWYEARSPARTY – to enter for New Year’s Party Invitations

ZAZZLEOFFICEPARTY – to enter for Office Party Invitations

ZAZZLEFIRSTCHRISTMAS – to enter for First Christmas

All entries must be submitted by 12pm PT on Tuesday, November 2nd in order to be eligible. **update – deadline extended to 12pm PT Tuesday, November 9th **

Happy creating!

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Meg Whitman at Zazzle – Updated with Video

October 26, 2010

For those that wanted to actually hear Meg talk about Zazzle (reading is overrated), check out the video below!

Again, thank you to Meg Whitman and Mayor Bloomberg for coming to Zazzle!

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800 Binders and Counting – Zazzle and Avery Donate to Afterschool College Prep Program

October 25, 2010

One thing we love about partnerships is the shared values of doing something good, giving back. Thanks to our partnership with Avery, we were able to donate binders to College Track (an after school college prep program with the goal of 100% college enrollment for all students that participate). We’re very proud to do our little bit in helping these students go to college. See below for pictures from the first batch of college prep binders delivered to the College Track program. The binders were designed by Zazzle staffer Andy (Artsprojekt).

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Meg Whitman and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tour Zazzle!

October 22, 2010

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured our production facility in San Jose today! Both stopped by to recognize the power of Zazzle’s business model and our commitment to growing in California. This was the first time Mayor Bloomberg visited our company, and he said that “Zazzle is a great example of the kind of innovative companies that thrive during the national recession.” Of course, this wasn’t the first visit to Zazzle for Meg; she visited Zazzle in 2005 when she was still CEO of eBay, and when Zazzle was just a tad bit smaller. She was thoroughly impressed with Zazzle’s growth since then and had this to say, “[Zazzle is] going to be one of the next great Silicon Valley success stories!” Thanks Meg and thanks Michael!

Other great photos from Yahoo

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Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

October 22, 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.


Fliptoppers Mug!


Art Cap: Smart Seagull Design Embroidered Baseball Cap

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.

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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Eventful Cards

October 21, 2010

Victoria, from the Zazzle Store EventfulCards, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her art and her time as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store EventfulCards!

Photo Holiday Card

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you are from and when you started making art.

Victoria: I had the good fortune to be born and raised in Laguna Beach, California.  Laguna has been known and recognized as an artists’ colony for over 100 years. I think growing up surrounded by such creativity fostered my initial interest in the arts. One of my earliest memories, when I was 4 or 5 years old, is attempting to create and bottle my own perfume from the flowers growing in my front yard.

Zazzle: When you are not creating art, what are you other hobbies?

Victoria: Photography is a real passion of mine. I love grabbing my camera and setting off to see what I can find. I suppose it’s like fishing in that the real fun is coming home, downloading the pictures and seeing if I “caught” anything good.

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

Victoria: It would probably have to be this Baby Announcement card. It’s certainly not my most creative but shortly after creating it I received a large order along with a very touching birth story… for that reason I have a special fondness for it.

New Baby Photo Announcement Photocard

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

Victoria: I’m not sure about “fun stories” but since I focus mostly on stationary, I will say I feel honored when someone trusts me to design, for example, their Wedding Invitations or their child’s First Birthday Party invites. It feels special to be even a tiny part of some of the biggest events in someone’s life.

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

Victoria: First of all, have fun! I think that in any creative endeavor your passion and individuality always shine through. From a business perspective a few key elements might help your store become even more successful.  Firstly, create, create, create! Having a large selection of products for your customers to choose from is important, as well as how you present your store. Make browsing a pleasure for your visitors. Treat it like you would a real brick and mortar shop. Keep the aisles clear of clutter, make it bright and cheerful and put your relevant or seasonal products up front.

Thanks Victoria!


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