Archive for August, 2011

5 New Ways to Dress Your Walls: New Custom Wall Art!

August 31, 2011

Custom wall art anyone?! Zazzle has just taken art to the next level with new professional photography prints, new wrapped canvas prints, new standard and custom framing, and a complete makeover of the posters tool. These new products feature unmatched real-time visualization and customization shown in highest level of detail. What do I mean? Try it out and see! Create a canvas print. Your image is rendered, wrapped, and texturized in real-time to give you a stunningly accurate representation of the final product. Want to make your canvas sepia? Go ahead! Black & white? No problem!

Similar to canvas, you can now see true-to-life detail on posters, photographic prints, and framing. Look at the level detail in these corner shots – stunning.

These new products combine with new content, from the Bridgeman Collection, Time Life, Danita Delimont, and more, makes this the most robust high-quality custom art offering the world over. Learn more about Zazzle’s 5 new ways to dress your walls.

Vote for Zazzle @ SXSW 2012

August 31, 2011

SXSW is one of the largest and most influential technology, music, and film conferences in the world.  Members of Zazzle team have long attended SXSW, but for the upcoming 2012 conference, our goal is to further cement our presence by hosting a number of influential panels.

Between March 9-18, 2012, the SXSW conference is divided between 3 specific conferences: Interactive, Music, and Film.  Each conference features compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging media and entertainment, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, and panel sessions showcasing the best new websites, digital projects, wireless applications, trends in music and film, video games, and start-up ideas.  The panel discussions are submitted by those interested in participating, and the public at large is able to vote and weigh-in on the selection process.  Zazzle has submitted 3 panels listed below, and we would appreciate your help insuring that our panels are among those selected.

You can vote for us whether or not you plan to attend!  More information about the specifics of our panels is included here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=244283005610780

Direct links to VOTE for each panel here:

Music Panel: DIY Merch Solutions / Crowdsourcing & Contesting

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/13273

Interactive Panel: Limited Edition of 1 – Collaboration in Product

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/10588

Film Panel: Product Placement and Inventive Marketing in Film

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/13300

More information on the PanelPicker process here: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/pages/faq.

Thank you from all of your friends at Zazzle!!

2011 Fall Fashion Trends

August 29, 2011

I know little, to nothing, about fashion. Let’s just say, at this very moment I am wearing jorts. For those of you unfamiliar with “jorts,” they are jean shorts you cut yourself – usually with very little precision. So, for a fashion trend blog, I decided to hand over the responsibility to two very fashionable Zazzlers, Elyse and Lisa (you may remember them from the Sombrero Challenge) – self-proclaimed Glam Gurus. I completely agree, their outfits tend to make me feel badly about myself. That must mean something. Take it away ladies…

Have you ever walked into a room and realized that your style was slightly reminiscent of the homeless gentleman that you saw rummaging through the trash a few blocks down?  Well fear not!  The Glam Gurus are about to break down this season’s hottest trends on our favorite celebrities and accompanied Zazzle products.

Animal Prints

Where do you stand on animal prints? Should this feisty pattern be confined to the bedroom, or can we let go of our inhibitions and dare to release our inner wild side?  Either way, animal prints are not only back in style, they are better than ever!

Light Gray

Move over basic black, there is a new hot (or cool) color trending for suits! Light gray is the color of choice for those who aren’t afraid to step outside of that black box.

Polka Dots

Okay girls, we all have those cringe-worthy pictures of us sporting a voluminous polka dot dress, usually accompanied with a gargantuan bow.  But now our favorite nostalgic pattern has re-emerged with not only more color, but a more flattering silhouette.

Herringbone and Houndstooth

Get ready and gear up for herringbone and houndstooth to make a Betty White-sized comeback!  These fun retro inspired prints can be found on everything from newsboy hats to sexy suits.

Lace

Lace — naughty or nice? For some of us, lace has us channeling the unfortunate “lingerie as outerwear” trend from last year.  But to our delight that trend has morphed into a more appropriate and classy version.

Hope this gives you an idea of what to expect in the fall. Leave us examples of these trends in the comments below and let us know if we left any of your favorites out!

Stay stylish Zazzlers ;)
xo Glam Gurus

Foto Friday Fun!

August 26, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

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? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


The Flaming Lemming Project Tee Shirt


Sailor’s Girl T Shirts


Mozart is God shirt


MardiGrass Festival Nimbin 2010 T Shirts


Love Birds Save the Date Postcard

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Greg vs. Gracie

August 25, 2011

Just a typical day at the office…

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with ronaldyork

August 25, 2011

Ronald, from the Zazzle store ronaldyork, talks about his artistic style and his time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store ronaldyork!

You Are My Music Card

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

Ronald: I’m a self-taught artist (former interior designer) that opened my first art gallery in 1990 and sold the business after 15 years to pursue my own art. However, I continued to represent a few artist/friends and eventually opened another gallery this past January representing over 40 artists.

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

Ronald: With my new business, it seems work and painting is all I have time for right now.

Zazzle: What is your favorite medium to use?

Ronald: I’ve always worked in acrylic on canvas and board, but most recently I’ve been using gallery-wrapped canvas.

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

Ronald: I think my musical themed shoes are pretty cool.

Artistic Piano Shoe

Zazzle: How many hours to you typically spend working on your Zazzle store?

Ronald: Recently I haven’t been able to create as much as I’d like. However, I’m very fortunate that my dear friend, Vicki Sawyer, who got me started with Zazzle, picks up the slack in helping me come up with new products. I call her the Queen of Zazzle and she has the most amazing Zazzle store.

Zazzle: What was the first product you ever sold on Zazzle?

Ronald: I’m not sure, but I think cards. They continue to be my best sellers, especially the music themed ones.

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

Ronald: Again, an artist/friend (Vicki Sawyer) that was so excited and pleased with the response to her work that she encouraged me (and many other artists) to try.

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

Ronald: Keep creating and adding to your inventory. The more you have to offer the better the response and it will just continue to grow.

Thanks Ronald!

Biggest T-Shirt Aftershock? East Coast or West Coast Earthquake?

August 24, 2011

Yesterday, the East Coast was rocked by the strongest quake they’ve felt in over 50 years. On the West Coast, we had a much smaller quake hit in the evening of the same day (I think the Hayward Fault didn’t want to be left out of the party). Thankfully no one was hurt and precautions are being taken to ensure all buildings/structures are safe on both coasts. So which caused the biggest aftershock in the Zazzle marketplace?

Unsurprisingly, the rarity of an East Coast earthquake whipped Zazzle Sellers into a rush to design East Coast earthquake t-shirts to commemorate the occasion. In fact, the occurrence of a West Coast earthquake seems to be such common-place that no one designed a single shirt for it (any takers out there?). Check out some of my favorite shirts made after yesterday’s seismic activity.

Did you feel either earthquake? What shirt would you wear to commemorate the occasion?

¡Sombreros Candidas!

August 22, 2011

3/5 are still participating in the Sombrero Challenge.

Here’s Erik doing some extra credit off site. I think he’s forgotten where the somb ends and he begins.

Lisa’s crashing a meeting with some VIPs. They don’t respect her.

And here I am blogging about this trying and ridiculous experience. I really miss headbands.

Elyse’s penalty will be held at the end of this week and, PLEASE BELIEVE, I will be video taping! Poor Elyse.

Foto Friday Customer Pictures!

August 19, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

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? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Toy Story Alien standing Tshirt


Helicopter Submission T Shirt


irepnaija tshirts

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with CherylsArt

August 18, 2011

Cheryl, from the Zazzle store CherylsArt, talks about her art and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store CherylsArt!

Ice Cream Cows Ice Cream Party Invitation Postcard

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

Cheryl: I first became interested in art and color as a kid. I so looked forward to the day when I could help my father change the colors of the walls with a paint brush.  I especially liked making crafty things and painting paint by number kits. I also enjoyed doing liquid embroidery, which was painting pre-drawn designs on table cloths, pictures, and napkins, using paint tubes.

Art was seen more as a hobby than a job or career choice. After graduating high school, I worked mostly in the office world. Once my husband and I became parents, I decided to stay home to raise our daughter. Somehow I knew I wouldn’t be going back to the office world, I didn’t know what I was going to do yet, but I knew I would figure it out. When our daughter was four, she and I were out doing errands. On the way home I saw a yard sale with a two sided easel in the yard. One side was higher than the other! My heart sang. She could create on one side while I could paint on the other.

So began my journey of giving myself permission to make art my career choice. I purchased lots of painting books and practiced for a good number of years and then opened up my art business, Creative Brushstrokes, LLC, in 2004.

Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?

Cheryl: Free flow is my favorite style to create, when there are no lines to consider.

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

Cheryl: When I’m not creating art, I like reading and writing. I like creating Squidoo lenses on things that I like. I also like walking and dancing; it feels good doing something physical.

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

Cheryl: Wow, to pick a favorite! In looking back through what I’ve created so far, I would pick the earth bouquet design.

I like thinking positive and looking forward. Since God was supposed to have created the world with words and thoughts, then I think it’s better to focus upon that which we would like to have. If God looked backwards instead of forwards, then there would still only be a vast open space. So I choose to imagine having a pleasant world.

Earth Bouquet Keep it Alive Earth Day Stickers

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

Cheryl: I love that Zazzle now fills in familiar lines of keywords when adding tags. When adding new tags, I browse through the latest options that show up and pick the most appropriate one and then make any changes to it. It saves me a world of time.

Zazzle: Who is your favorite Zazzle seller (besides yourself, of course)?

Cheryl: My other favorite Zazzle seller, one of many, is itty_bitty_keds. She creates such cute and happy designs.

Zazzle: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play you?

Cheryl: I would pick Meryl Streep. She is so versatile. I once took an acting class in which I played a part by Meryl Streep, so it would be fitting that she could play me as well.

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

Cheryl: Trial and error was my motivation. When I first decided to make art my career, I started out with making floor cloths and painting murals. After doing some of both, I realized that I didn’t like as many aspects of it to keep going with that. When painting murals, I had to pack up supplies, load and unload the car, consider heights, etc. When painting floor cloths, I also had to glue, hem, get down on my knees on the basement floor, etc. So I decided to continue with art without all the things that I didn’t want to do.

I had a computer and a scanner, and a couple of people online that I knew had mentioned Zazzle. I checked Zazzle out and it seemed like a perfect match. I could still paint and create, all my supplies are handy, and I no longer had to glue and ship. And Zazzle did the billing too. I love it!

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

Cheryl: To stay focused on your goals, to add good keywords and descriptions to your products, to promote (it doesn’t have to be just your own), and to invest in a professional art software program. A professional program allows one to erase backgrounds, giving individual items a cleaner, professional look. Customers can then also choose a different color background for the item, on products that allow them to do that.

Thanks Cheryl!


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