Archive for October, 2010

Seller Wednesday – Top 5 HOT Political Trends

October 20, 2010

Politics has always been huge inspiration for sellers to create merchandise (remember the 2008 election?) and this year is no different. Upcoming political races/rallies are heating up and rumors, gaffes, and political banter is great for t-shirts, hats, mugs, buttons and more!  See below for the top five most popular political trends gaining popularity in the marketplace RIGHT NOW.

1.       Rand Paul’s Aqua Buddha

2.       Jimmy McMillan and The Rent is too Damn High Party

3.       The Rally to Restore Sanity

4.       The March to Keep Fear Alive

5.       Christine O’Donnell is not a witch

Aqua Buddha ButtonThe Rent is Too Damn High T-ShirtRent is too Damn High Mug

Restore Sanity America T-ShirtRestore Sanity ButtonTeam Sanity T-Shirt

Keep Fear Alive T-ShirtFreedom is in Peril do your Part T-ShirtMarch to Keep Fear Alive T-Shirt

O'Donnell for Senate T-ShirtYes Wiccan Bumper StickerChristine O'Donnell Witch for Delaware Button

Create your own products for any one of these popular trends and share them in the comments below!

Jenn Brown & the ESPY Awards – All Eyes on Zazzle’s TheSpottedOlive!

October 19, 2010

This past July, ESPN’s celebrity sportscaster, Jenn Brown, rocked a Sexy Shoes note card from the thespottedolive Zazzle shop, at the 2010 ESPY awards! Extremely thin, sleek and sexy, this hotter than hot note card was one of five designs bundled together in a sample pack.  The cards were presented to guests attending the show. Other designs included the Merci Beau Cute, Hip Zebra Print Martinis, Kawaii Kokeshi and Trendy Leopard Chic.

Whether it’s award shows or trade shows, these hip and trendy events are fast becoming some of the more exciting ways to market your business!  Selllers take note!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

October 15, 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.


Temple of the Leaf Posters


Three Basenjis Stickers


We’re Brief on Twitter Shirt


Meow Meow Lau red 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 PascalCampion

October 14, 2010

Pascal, from the Zazzle Store PascalCampion, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about his hobbies and some great tips for new sellers. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store PascalCampion!

Pascal Campion 757 Poster

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

Pascal: I grew up in France and started doing art when my older brother would make me draw characters from a comic book. He would only lend me the comic book if I drew the characters – that’s how it all began.  A little later, I realized I wasn’t very good at drawing, but I loved telling stories, so I figured I need to learn how to draw JUST enough to be able to tell stories with my images – that’s what I’m still doing now.

Zazzle: How would you describe you style?

Pascal: Emotional and witty is how it has been described often. If I had to describe it myself, I’d say it’s intentional.  By intentional I mean that I consciously choose to tell stories, and focus more on the content rather than the form.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Pascal: My life, my family, my friends, movies, book, music, good and bad experiences, and sometimes (but not very often) other artists.

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

Pascal: One of my favorite designs is called Milk Mustaches. It’s not the most popular – it represents a father and a daughter drinking milk and having milk mustaches – it’s just dear to my heart. Other favorites of mine are all the images that feature my wife.  She’s in a lot of my images.

Big Times Poster

Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Pascal: I look up to EVERY artist out there. The famous ones, and the not so famous ones, the young and the old, the masters and the novices… everybody who is trying has something unique. It doesn’t matter what type of recognition they have, they all are inspiring to me.

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

Pascal: I can say this – I have the worse judgment ever when it comes to my own work.  When I really like a design I did, it usually doesn’t sell, and, of course, the best sellers are the ones I don’t care for too much. I think it comes from the fact that I tend to like the designs I put a lot of thoughts and efforts into, and they come out over labored. While the ones I breeze through benefit from freshness and spontaneity, and a few years of experience – they are sleeker and stronger.

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

Pascal: A few years ago I was contacted by someone at Zazzle asking if I wanted to put some prints up there.  Until then, I hadn’t thought about it, so I sent him a few images and he made a ton of products. I was very impressed! I then got busy with work/life, and forgot about it. Last year, one of my good and talented friends, Nidhi Chanani, was telling me how well her Zazzle store was working for her and it got me interested again. She’s actually helped a LOT in setting up the store as it is now. I have to say that she basically did it all – thank you Nidhi!

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

Pascal: Hang in there.

Thanks Pascal!

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Calling all gamers! New Capcom Sneakers and Skateboards.

October 14, 2010

Calling all gamers!  Or those who have a son or daughter, boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife that spend at least 8 hours a week playing video games, we have a special announcement for you.

Capcom and Zazzle just released some sweet video game designs on Skateboards and Pro Ked’s Sneakers just in time for the coming holiday season.  Do I hear classic Street Fighter Final Fight shoes?  Power Stone skateboards?  Yes, I do.  Check out more skateboards and sneakers at Capcom’s Zazzle store.

Take a look at Capcom’s blog about these products too!

captain commando custom high tops shoes1942 custom hightops shoespower stone custom high tops shoes

bionic commando custom hightops shoesfinal fight custom high top shoes

forgotten worlds skateboard1942 skateboard

final fight skateboardpower stone skateboardrival schools skateboard

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Seller Wednesday – Last Day to Submit your Designs

October 13, 2010

Today is the last day to submit designs for the Pink Ribbon store!  To submit a design, just send a high res version of your art to Community@Zazzle.com with the subject line “I want to submit my design BCA”.

Zazzle’s Pink Ribbon store is part of the Zazzle Community Giving program, and for every purchase from this store 20% of the net product sale goes towards breast cancer research.

Here are a few of the designs that have been submitted so far.

Pink Ribbon Tree of Hope BagHope Flower StickerPink Ribbon Set Me Free Mug

Pink Ribbon Women CardHope Chick ShirtCute Pink Ribbon Hope Binder

Save the Girls Give a Hoot MousepadPink Ribbon ApronPink Ribbon Awareness Card

Someone I Love is a Survivor Bumper StickerPink Ladybug KeychainPink Ribbon Owl Card

Pink Hope Ribbon T-ShirtPink Ribbon Female Pride MagnetMinnie Pink Ribbon Keychain

 

Pink Ribbons Heart of Love Support MugTerminate Breast Cancer ButtonPink Ribbon Hope Candle Sticker

Fight Like a Girl Pink Ribbon Design T-ShirtPink Ribbon Smiles That Help KeychainPink Ribbon Support the Cause Bumper Sticker

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

October 11, 2010

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, which is like American Thanksgiving but with more maple syrup and something called the Moose-Antler Shuffle (my guess it is looks like the Super Bowl Shuffle from the 80s). So celebrate with your favorite Canadian pride gifts from Zazzle and a great sale going on at Zazzle.ca!

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Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

October 8, 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.

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 PMACarlson

October 7, 2010

See Zazzle through the eyes of new seller, Patricia aka Zazzler pmacarlson! She has only been with Zazzle since February 2010, but was fabulous enough to answer some questions about what inspired her to become a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store pmacarlson!

PMACarlson Power Dance Poster

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

Patricia: I may have been born an artist, because I was drawing and experimenting with art as long as I can remember.
I live in Pennsylvania; have my whole life, in a lovely section of the country with access to camping and hiking, beautiful seasonal changes. It seems that part of my way of learning to process the world was through drawing it, and seeing how to depict what I saw. I got started at age 5, and never stopped. Once I got a grasp of how to show what I saw, I turned to combining that with what I felt and imagined. Much of my art is centered around nature, people, and the spirit and mysteries that lie in both. I aspire to paint a picture of something more than what is there.
I acquired a degree in art education, and have enjoyed many years as a private art teacher. Teaching comes very naturally to me; I much enjoy the creativity and spontaneity of children.  I have had the pleasure of working with many fine people over the years, and living in art on a regular basis has enriched my life. Being an artist is a compulsive profession, in order to be at peace with yourself, you can never stop creating.

Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be more paintings, when did you start painting? Are there other styles of art you enjoy as well?

Patricia: I started painting in high school with my first formal education in technique and material usage. I learned to use oil, tempera, and watercolor paints, and then fell in love with watercolor in college. Experimenting with the medium, I’ve enjoyed adding collage, acrylic, pastel, powdered pigments, and textures to my paintings, all of which create unique effects. I also love working with clay and sculpture, and drawing in every medium is like breathing to me.

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

Patricia: I love nature, and hike and camp every chance I get. Study of plants, animals, birds, insects, habitats, geology all lead to more questions and better understanding of how everything fits together and serves its purpose. And the more I see, the more I imagine about what could be, and the more I want to paint. I am an avid reader, and love gardening. My husband and I have worked hard on our home and spend a lot of time in our back yard entertaining with friends and family and playing with our dogs.

Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Patricia: I’ve always been drawn to the drama and emotional expressionism of Paul Gauguin, and the beauty of Monet’s impressionism. .They seems to have painted on a different level than mere reality.  My focus has become not so much perfection of image as to giving a feeling of the place, person, or dream I might have. Here at Zazzle I am in awe of the work of many of the other artists . Browsing through the many stores, products inspire me to try new designs with my art. Some of the artists at Zazzle I enjoy are romanceworks, michaelcreese, and stwright044.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Patricia: I most enjoy creating shoes at Zazzle, it is challenging and fun to see them line up just right, and look the way I’d like to wear them. Same with tee shirts, I create the images on different styles I’d like to wear. Posters and prints are very easy to design with my painting images. Seeing the quality printing of Zazzle’s products is a pleasure, the colors are rich and intense and true to the art image. Greeting cards are also a pleasure to work with, as the art sometimes holds a deep meaning to me which invites expression of feelings in a card.

PMACarlson Red Flower Tropical Keds Shoes

Zazzle: Being a newer seller on Zazzle, what are you most looking forward to?

Patricia: I hope to continue to develop my skills as a designer here, creating unique products and beautiful images to share.  It is rewarding to have my art reach so many people. It is very nice to receive a positive comment from another vendor. I have made some good friendships with the real people who are Zazzlers. I always look forward to writing and sharing with these new friends, this is a very supportive community. But I think the most fun I have at Zazzle is posting a new image after I have just finished a painting in my studio, creating a poster and a card to start, and then watching the comments and reactions. Fun and exciting to an artist, and so gratifying when a Today’s Best award is bestowed!

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

Patricia: A friend had mentioned Zazzle, and it got me to brainstorming about new venues for my art work. I have accumulated a lifetime’s worth of work and hundreds of images over my years as an artist, and finding places to show and sell my watercolors was challenging. I have traveled about displaying at juried outdoor art festivals, placed and sold work from galleries, but felt that I wanted to seek out a larger audience. My husband built a fine web page, and it occurred to us that the cyber-world would provide the largest audience that could be. We researched several other sites, but came to Zazzle because of the formats, products, and ease of design it provides. Working through Zazzle has been an overall rewarding experience

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

Patricia: Bide your time, reactions and sales evolve slowly, but steadily. Enjoy your products as you create them, and gage their success by the other member’s reactions. There is much to learn in this creating community, and people very supportive and helpful. Try new things, learn the tools provided, it comes together beautifully. Also, reach out to other artists and creators on this site. There is so much talent to be seen, and some real friendships to be forged. Ideas shared can benefit all involved, and the more you share, the more you receive. Just like life.

Thanks Patricia!

Seller Wednesday – Submit your designs

October 6, 2010

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and to celebrate we’re opening up our store Pink Ribbon to seller submissions.  Zazzle’s Pink Ribbon store is part of the Zazzle Community Giving program, and for every purchase from this store 20% of the net product sale goes towards breast cancer research.

So if you have a design you’d like to submit to be a part of the Pink Ribbon store, send a high res photo of your design to Community@Zazzle.com with the subject line “I want to submit my design BCA”.

Pink it Pink Ribbon T-ShirtBreast Cancer Hope ButtonHope Pink Ribbon T-Shirt

Submissions are open until next Seller Wednesday (Oct. 13) at 12:00pm PT.


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