Archive for February, 2011

Reunited and it feels so good – Ken and Barbie together again!

February 14, 2011

Love must be in the air today for Barbie to take Ken back on Valentine’s Day.  How romantic….and weird.

After being apart for 6 years, the couple announced today on Facebook that they are back together.  Barbie’s relationship status officially says “In a Relationship.”   As the saying goes, “It didn’t happen unless it’s on Facebook.”    In the grand scheme of things, this little dent in their relationship was exactly that, a little dent.  Barbie and Ken have been together for about 43 years….they’re meant for each other.

We hope this rekindled love will encourage others to be a little more loving and forgiving today.  It’s not too late, you can still get a belated Valentine’s gift for your special someone through Zazzle.  We also have the latest Barbie products on Zazzle!  Check them out below and see more at the Barbie Zazzle store.

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Latest and Greatest Warner Bros. Products – February

February 14, 2011

Zazzlers! It’s Zazzle Brandista here with an update on the latest Warner Bros. products on Zazzle.  Check them out below. I’ll be doing a monthly post about the latest designs from our various partners so be sure to check our blog regularly.

You can find more Tweety, Looney Tunes, Flintstones, and DC Comics products on Zazzle.com.

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Calling All Pool Trade Show Goers: We’re Looking for the Next Zazzle Brand!

February 12, 2011

While we’re hanging out at Pool, using our futuristic technology to co-create with all you designers and indie art types, we’ll be on the lookout for the next hot brand! Think you have a concept, designs, or an idea for a cool brand that could rise to prominence at POOL next season? Well, connect with us at this POOL show, we’d love to check it out! We’re all about supporting independent designers through technology and want to partner up with you to create products on the spot. (See our last blog post) But that’s just the beginning.

We’ll choose one promising designer and help them get their products to the masses. If you’re at POOL, come to the Zazzle Lounge and create an iPhone 4 case or 18”x18” print with one of your designs. Our curators will select one designer’s work and produce an online store of that designer’s custom designed products for sale worldwide!

The selected designer will become a featured Zazzle Brand:

  • We’ll promote your new brand on Zazzle.com.
    • Other Zazzle brands include MTV, Keds, VH1, OBEY, Speck, and many more.
  • Give you a $500 retailer credit so you can make even more stuff to use as samples or for resale.
  • Hook you up with access to our global customer base.

To submit your designs, stop by the Zazzle Lounge or send a digital file that’s ready to print to makestuff@zazzle.com Let’s make stuff happen together. See you there!

Zazzle’s Heading to POOL!

February 11, 2011

Nope, we’re not having a pool party (not yet, anyway), we’re going to the POOL Trade Show in Vegas next week! At POOL we’ll be sharing the Zazzle technology platform and connecting with friends, partner brands, and artists. We’re amped to be a part of POOL and can’t wait to hit Vegas with a little Silicon Valley tech juice. Are you going to POOL? Come hang with us in the Zazzle ‘Make Product’ Lounge, and make cool stuff! Bring files, pieces of art, even a cell phone camera, and experience how Zazzle is moving product customization into the future.

For those attending POOL, come to the Zazzle Lounge and plug your own digital images into the creative station, or send us a digital file in advance at makestuff@zazzle.com. Then come by and see us make your free product in real-time! Together we’ll turn your ideas into 18”x18” gallery art prints or iPhone 4 cases all day long.

The Zazzle Lounge at POOL is all about authentic collaboration and teaming up with the design community (you), brands, and manufacturers. Come by and make cool stuff with us! See you there…

One case to rule them all

February 11, 2011
For all those early adopters of the new Verizon iPhone 4, we’ve got great news for you: the Zazzle custom iPhone 4 case is 100% compatible with the AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4! No case redesigns needed (we’re psychic).

These universal cases, designed in partnership with Speck, feature a completely customizable fabric backing, two-piece clamshell hard plastic design, and easy access to all the ports and buttons. They’re perfect for protecting your iPhone 4 from day-to-day usage. The best part is you don’t have to wait in line to get them! Check out some of my favorite new iPhone 4 case designs in the marketplace below.

Foto Friday!

February 11, 2011

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.


Nick Cave Caricature (A2) Posters


Unspoken Poster
Baby Mermaid Posters
Tabby Kitty Cat and Mermaids Art Print

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 ArtMuvz

February 10, 2011

Carol, aka Zazzler artmuvz, answers some questions about her art, her inspirations, and her time as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store artmuvz!

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Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Carol: Long answer to a short question….My degree is in art, with special emphasis on traditional art training in drawing, painting and lithography (printmaking by hand).  I was very fortunate to have extremely professional and highly trained teachers and professors. My traditional art skills established a solid base for my digital art skills.  My inspiration comes from my brain, which seems to be always on, even when I sleep. I wake up to some really interesting and unique ideas. In creating I have always been able to use divergent thinking, which is the ability to generate multiple solutions to a problem, rather than convergent thinking. My left-handed dyslexia also contributes to how I see things and how I compose. Dyslexia can be a good thing, it’s all in how you perceive it, whether blessing or hindrance.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite style to create?

Carol: The closest word I have found that describes my style is eclectic, which is usually driven by the subject matter that speaks to me when I am creating.

I create with the customer in mind. I ask myself, would the customer like, want, need?

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

Carol: Since I am a long-time illustrator, I lean toward past master illustrators, and also anything to do with animals. Maxfield Parrish, Mary Engelbreit, Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak, Trina Schart Hyman, and most of the Caldecott Medal winners

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

Carol: I don’t have a particular favorite illustration that I have done. I enjoy creating anthropomorphic animals illustrations, animals dressed like humans, doing something human.

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

Carol: I started selling my art on apparel long before personalization PODs became en vogue. The best way to sum up how I came to Zazzle is the vintage phrase “out of crisis comes opportunity”. See crisis as an opportunity. There were major changes and ensuing crisis in another POD, I began at that time selling my art at Zazzle.  I like the ability to personalize products; it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities.  Zazzle has unique products, such as the new necklaces, iPad case, iPad case, ornaments, and the premium keychains. Zazzle business cards are very high quality; I use them for my businesses.

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

Carol: If you are just starting out on Zazzle, make the decision to get serious. Life is too short to do something unless you have a passion for it. Commit to a strong work ethic and put your heart into your work.  Make sure you love to draw and paint, and realize that you will work long hours. If not, find something else to do that does make you want to get up in the morning looking forward to what you do.  Also, use a spell checker. Learn to spell correctly and use punctuation properly. Spelling and punctuation can make the difference between amateur descriptions and polished professionally done writing.  Proofread for errors before you post in forums or on blogs.  What you write stays there, unless you have the ability to delete it.

Thanks Carol!

Show Off Your Valentine’s Day Creativity!

February 10, 2011

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we are seeing some amazing Valentine’s Day and even anti-Valentine’s Day products pop up! We know how creative you all are, so we want to hear your best idea for a Valentine’s Day gift (for a girl or a guy) using a Zazzle product! Think sweet, thoughtful, outrageous, mushy, cute, off-the-wall, lovey-dovey, unique and everything in between! The possibilities of things to do are endless… we’ll give you a few to get your creative juices flowing. If you and your mate have a song, put some of the lyrics on a mug alongside a picture of the two of you. Or, create a custom wordsearch-style keychain design with your lover’s name and other secret messages hidden in it to add a little fun to their boring keys! Post your ideas in a comment below!

Also, don’t forget that there is still time to leave your mark in the Zazzle Valentine’s Day world by entering our V-Day Necklace Design Contest! We even have an international version of this contest so that EVERYONE can participate! You can view all the current entries below and create your own!

View US Entries | View International Entries | Create Your Own Entry

Zazzle <3′s Seventeen Magazine!

February 9, 2011

Hey, fashionistas: Seventeen just launched a store on Zazzle! You now have a one-stop shop for cute tops, totes, mugs, and more from your favorite fashion magazine for teens.

Seventeen’s Zazzle store has lots of trendy designs for you and all of your friends! If your BFF’s birthday is coming up soon, be sure to check out the stylin’ Aquarius tees, or with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not send your crush a hint with a custom Seventeen card!

You can now have Seventeen with you all the time, so pick up the latest issue, then head over to the Seventeen store to start shopping!

Top 10 Cutest Valentine’s Day Cards

February 7, 2011

Cutest Valentine’s Day cards? I know what you’re thinking, “how can he know the cutest Valentine’s Day cards? He’s just one man!” It’s true that cuteness is subjective for most people, unless you’re a cuteologist like me. I’ve spent six months training with puppies, sunshine, and lollypops to ensure that I have a cute-o-meter that is highly tuned to the cutest things on this planet. Just last week I came up with a new, cuter word for kitten (the Cuteness Board of America is still reviewing it). It’s been hard work, but worth it to ensure a perfect response to all things Valentine’s Day. That’s why I submit to you the 10 cutest Valentine’s Day cards ever in full confidence that there will be many “Awwwwww” comments at the end of this blog post. Enjoy.











You have to click on this one to realize it’s full cuteness potential

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