Archive for December, 2010

Foto Friday

December 17, 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.


Tough Being Famous Tee


Anti Gravity Hat

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 Rocky_Rocks_Designs

December 16, 2010

Kristien, from the Zazzle Store rocky_rocks_designs, was kind enough to answer 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 rocky_rocks_designs!

Beach Wedding Binder

Zazzle: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Kristien: My name is Kristien Crumley and I’m 31 years old. I’m married to my sweet husband Matthew and together we adopted a Cairn Terrier, named Rocky, 3 years ago. I was born in Belgium, Europe but live in sunny Florida at the moment. I love every minute of living in Florida but I do miss my friends, family and chocolates in Belgium.

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Kristien: I love to do crafts and have been interested in art and architecture since I was a young girl. I’ve dabbled with watercolor, glass painting, but found the constant maintenance of the supplies a burden.
My first Zazzle store was more character and child-oriented designs of animals. That was fun but I wanted to experiment with other categories – something for adults and with more sophistication. I started with the vector and print style about two years ago with my second store Rocky Rocks Designs.

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

Kristien: I experimented with other styles like watercolor but I feel my attention should be focused on one thing and digital media feels like the direction to go. Besides art, I like to cook, especially with chocolate. I make my own Belgian Pralines with all different types of fillings and I like to make Belgian Waffles from scratch. Anybody hungry yet?

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

Kristien: The invitations are my favorite because they are so versatile. You can use them for many other occasions like announcements. The different paper types are important – it gives the customer a lot of options. The matching envelopes can be designed inside and outside. Not many vendors can do that and it completes the product. I like creating a collection of products with similar designs, different colors, but with different purposes.

Colorful Flowers Invitations

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

Kristien: The template feature allows customers to change any text on my products. I try to make all the text fields customizable to maximize flexibility. As a customer I like to have options when I see a design I like. Usually for stationary that means text and photographs.

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

Kristien: I think it’s funny my husband was also pulled into Zazzle because he’s not really into vector art but he’s good with computers and web sites. He helped me design my rockyrocksdesigns.com website, which uses the Zazzle store builder. Maybe the funniest part is that my entire store name is centered around my pet Cairn terrier, Rocky. So, everyone in the house got involved with Zazzle in some way. It’s a family affair!

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

Kristien: I was looking to personalize an item with a photo of Rocky and that’s how I found Zazzle. I had no idea you could create artwork online, make it into a product, and make some money.

I like that Zazzle lets me sell products online, which I can make at any time I like, but go on vacation somewhere and totally forget about it. Sometimes I don’t consider it work because I feel like I’m always learning something new with digital media.

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

Kristien: Don’t give up. It takes a lot of work and dedication to make original products. Another tip: tag, describe, and visit the forums. Most of the questions you will encounter have been found by others. Finally, promote. You’re selling a product and you need to find ways to stand out in the crowd.

Thanks Kristien!

Zazzle on San Francisco’s Eye on the Bay TV Show!

December 15, 2010

Eye on the Bay, a local CBS TV show that features what’s hot in the Bay Area, did a feature on Zazzle! Check out the video of Eye on the Bay host Liam Mayclem exploring Zazzle with Zazzlers Mike and Charles.

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Design the Zazzle Holiday Party Invitations!

December 14, 2010

Due to the overwhelming success that our iPad Case Design Contest is having, we have decided to create another contest on Facebook for all of our amazing artists! For those of you without Facebook accounts, we apologize but we have found that this is an amazing way for Zazzle artists to promote their work and show off their talent!

At Zazzle, we’ve been working so hard to make everyone’s holiday season merry, what with our new iPhone cases, custom necklaces, ornaments and so many other products, that we haven’t had time to celebrate ourselves! We will be holding our Annual Holiday Party in January after all the craziness is over and are inviting you to design the invitations that will get sent out to hundreds of Zazzle employees!

To enter this contest, create or use a SQUARE invitation design (all other types will appear warped in the contest image) and enter your submission at http://apps.facebook.com/zazzleparty! Then get all your friends and family members to vote for your design.  Each person can vote once per day so tell them to come back often! The top 10 will become finalists and the Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a panel of Zazzle judges.  Entries will be accepted through 11:59 PM PST on January 3, 2011. The Winner will have 300 of their winning invitations ordered by Zazzle and receive the royalty as well as be featured in the Zazzle Blog and the Zazzle Facebook Fan Page!

Good luck and we can’t wait to see your designs! Click here to view the Contest Rules and Regulations.

New Custom Necklaces!

December 14, 2010

Check out the newest product in the Zazzle family – custom necklaces! Hot on the heels of the release of iPhone cases, these sterling silver-plated bad boys come in square and round charms with am 18” chain. They’re the perfect size for photos, designs, and even text. They also happen to be the perfect holiday gift (coincidence?). Check out some of my favorite new necklace designs below or start creating your keepsake necklace now!

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Don’t Forget… Enter the iPad Case Design Contest For a Chance to Win a FREE iPad!

December 13, 2010

In case you haven’t heard, we are celebrating the launch of our amazing custom iPhone and iPad Cases with a chance for you to win a FREE iPad! Our iPad Case Design Contest will be running until December 19th 11:59 PM PST using our brand new Facebook Contest Engine. To submit your design, view the entries, and vote for your favorite, go to http://apps.facebook.com/designandvote! Invite your friends to vote on your design and you could be the proud owner of a brand new iPad. Each person can vote once per day so tell everyone to come back often!

Not a big “Facebook person”? Don’t worry – if you are involved in any online (or offline) forums, groups, communities, etc., let them know about your design and how to vote for it. In addition to getting great exposure for your art and designs, this is a great opportunity to increase your sales, since everyone who views your iPad case has the option to purchase your product as they view it.  So, get busy designing and asking friends and fellow artists to vote for your case design!

Zazzle and Santa Claus Partner to Make Custom Gifts for Christmas

December 13, 2010

On the eve of Christmas we’re pleased to announce our partnership with Santa to supply custom gifts for Christmas! Below is our official press statement.

In a groundbreaking new deal, Zazzle, the world’s leading platform for quality custom products, and Santa Claus, the world’s foremost gift giver and CEO of Christmas, today announced that the Zazzle custom products factory in San Jose, California will serve as an official “Auxiliary Santa’s Workshop” throughout the 2010 Christmas season. All requests for custom gifts sent to the North Pole this year will be rerouted to Zazzle’s factory, where the custom gifts will be made by Zazzle employees. The arrangement marks the first time in history that Santa’s Workshop has diverted a portion of its volume to a partner company for fulfillment.

The deal is expected to fill a major hole in Santa’s Christmas operations. Santa’s main factory in the North Pole was designed several hundred years ago to manufacture mass quantities of popular gifts. But in recent years, more and more children send letters to Santa requesting custom gifts which cannot be manufactured by Santa’s traditional Elfish workforce without causing major disruptions to efficiency. Zazzle, however, has made it their mission to offer all of the world’s custom products on their platform, and their unique focus since 2005 has been to make extremely high quality custom gifts for children and adults all over the world.

Santa also took a tour of our production facility, which we recorded for all those non-believers out there (Santa is real!).

P.S. There are only three days left on standard shipping so start shopping today!

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Foto Friday!

December 10, 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.


cupcake, suck it up cupcake! 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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Give Zazzle: Give Unique Video

December 9, 2010

So far we’ve talked about using Zazzle to share love and creativity with custom gifts. Today, I’d like to show you how one family used Zazzle to make unique products for every aspect of their lives. The below video tells the story of how Kelli has completely integrated Zazzle into her family’s lives, from framed prints for the living room to baby creepers for the birth of their first child. Check it out! It’s amazing to see how Zazzle is uniquely integrated into all aspects of their lives.

Want to give a unique gift? Get started in the Give Unique section of the Give Center!

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Zazzle Loves Boo – The Cutest Dog in the World!

December 8, 2010

If you haven’t already seen Boo the Dog… here’s Boo! Isn’t Boo adorable!  You can see Boo all year long with your very own Boo the Dog Calendar! Today only, we are giving you 60% off of all Calendar orders, so take advantage of this opportunity and prepare yourself for 2011 with this calendar filled with the cutest photos you’ve ever seen!

 


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