Archive for October, 2011

The Bat is Back!

October 18, 2011

Batman lovers, the wait is officially over! Today marks the release of the highly-anticipated video game, Batman: Arkham City! So begins the countless hours fighting the slums of Arkham, trying to defeat some of Batman’s most sinister and twisted enemies. The Penguin, The Riddler, The Joker, and Two-Face don’t have a chance! Now that you have this action packed game (that will most likely consume your life), don’t forget to rep’ the Bat by sporting gear from Batman: Arkham City with Zazzle!

NEW ZAZZLE PRODUCTS – Tiles and Two Types of Gift Boxes!

October 17, 2011

The perfect touch for any upcoming holiday gifting (Christmas is almost here), we’ve added custom tiles, gift boxes, and premium gift boxes to Zazzle! These products vibrantly display photos, artwork, or designs in a beautiful 100% wood box that’s perfect for storing keepsakes and jewelry. Check out some of my favorite new gift boxes below from the three thousand already for sale in the Zazzle marketplace.

Tiles

Gift Boxes

Premium Gift Boxes

Want to share your favorite memory on a gift box or ceramic tile? Design a ceramic tile, gift box, or premium gift box now!

Customers with Fotos for Friday!

October 14, 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.


Vote C-3PO and R2-D2 Bumper Sticker


Kissed A Redneck Tank


sqp tshirt


MINISTA AFC, BEAUTIFUL SORROW HATS

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Kewzoo

October 13, 2011

Karen, from the Zazzle store Kewzoo, talks about her artistic style and her time as a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store Kewzoo!

Humpbacks 7 Mousepad

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

Karen: I am currently residing in Brisbane, Australia, but my husband and I are moving to Melbourne early in the new year to open our own little Gallery/Shop. Some of my friends I have met through Zazzle will be in featured there as well. We are also dragging all our pets with us. We have two dogs, three cats, three cockatiels and two galas coming with us.

I have two certificates and a Diploma in Animation. I have also studied in the areas of Ceramics, Sculpture and Illustration and will be continuing to discover new mediums when I get to Melbourne. We are moving there so I can become a full time Artist/Gallery Owner.

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

Karen: I have been interested in Art for as long as I can remember and have been making art for over 20 years.

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

Karen: As I still have to work to save for the Melbourne move, I only get to spend 10 – 15 hours a week on Zazzle. I intend to put a lot more time into it next year, and fully incorporate it into my business.

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

Karen: I have many interests.  I love reading, good movies, animals, good food, going to galleries and shows etc.

Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?

Karen: I have two main styles, for my drawings/paintings I tend to use water colour pencils, ink and acrylic paint. For the more collage/mixed media work I use paper, lino cut, ink, pencil and acrylic paint.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Karen: I love using a lot of mediums all mixed together. The more the better as long as I am having fun.

Christmas Owls Ornament

Zazzle: How do YOU eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup?

Karen: Now these Reeses Peanut Butter Cup things have only turned up in Australia recently. They come in a packet of two and I eat one with a coffee and save the other for the afternoon.

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

Karen: After seeing Woody Allen’s latest “Midnight in Paris” I think it would have to be the lovely Marion Cotillard.

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

Karen: I saw that some of my creative Facebook friends had some work on there and decided to give it a go.

Thanks Karen!

‘Cause I gotta have faith…

October 12, 2011

Today in 1987, George Michael, former member of the British pop duo Wham!, released his first solo album, “Faith.” Although lyrically controversial, Michael received great praise for this record, winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. Since then, it has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and has received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. In celebration for this anniversary, be sure to check George Michael on Zazzle. We have faith you’ll find something you like. Pun intended.

And for your viewing pleasure, the man himself:

Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street: Which will be Bigger?

October 11, 2011

American politics has a wonderful tradition of grassroots political organizations taking hold and influencing major policy. In fact, you could say that the American Revolution was really just a grassroots movement! In the past few years the movement dominating politics has been the Tea Party, in the past few weeks that movement has been Occupy Wall Street. So which is going to be bigger in the long run? Well, if the first 10 days of traffic on Zazzle are any indicator, it looks like Occupy Wall Street t-shirts are much more popular than Tea Party t-shirts were during the first 10 days of the start of that movement.

Of course this is very early data, but what do you think? Does the Occupy Wall Street Movement have the staying power to outlast the Tea Party? Is the Tea Party still considered a grassroots movement? What’s your favorite grassroots organization t-shirt? Share in the comments!

Zazzle Mobile Launches!

October 7, 2011

We are happy to announce that Zazzle Mobile has come to your smartphone! The new Zazzle Mobile web site allows you to search, browse, and purchase from the Zazzle Marketplace on your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile phone. It’s compatible with all major smartphone operating systems. Just go to www.zazzle.com on your smartphone to get the Zazzle Mobile experience.

If you are a Zazzle Seller, you can track your Earnings History and Earnings Summary right from your phone while you are out and about! We recommend bookmarking these pages for easy access.

Let us know what you think about Zazzle Mobile!

Foto Friday (with Foto Videos)!

October 7, 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.


Cupcake Apron


Live Life, Love Life Round Stickers


Ghost troop Wife shirt


Pocket Fighter Sakura 2 Tshirts

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

Halloween Case-Mate Design Contest

October 6, 2011

*** THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER!  THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED***

The air is getting colder, the leaves are changing colors, and pumpkins abound! That means that Halloween is just around the corner. To celebrate this ghoulish holiday as well as our recent launch of Case-Mate cases for the iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, and Android, we are hosting a design contest! These lightweight and stylish cases are the perfect medium for your designs… especially your Halloween themed designs, so give us your spookiest, scariest, ghostliest, Halloween Case-Mate case design for your chance to win a brand new iPhone 4S. Yep, you heard that right; the grand prize winner will be receiving a not-even-out-in-stores iPhone 4S. Two honorable mentions will also receive $25 Zazzle Gift Certificates.  See below for prize information and the details on how to enter the Zazzle Halloween Case-Mate Design Contest. Good luck!

PLEASE NOTE: You may only submit ONE entry for this contest and must by a US Resident to receive the monetary prizes. International members are encouraged to participate and if chosen as the winner or runner-up will receive placement of their winning design on a Case-Mate cases page as well as a post in the blog.

Prizes:
Grand Prize = iPhone 4S

Honorable Mention Prizes = $25 Zazzle Gift Certificate

How to Enter the Halloween Case-Mate Contest:

  1. Create a Zazzle Account (It’s free!)
  2. Create an Entry: You may submit a design for any of the new Case-Mate products, just make sure it is Case-Mate and that your design is tagged appropriately. Only one entry will be allowed per person!
  3. “Post for Sale” your Case with the tag zazzlehalloweencasecontest2011 in the Zazzle Marketplace (learn how to tag your product here)
  4. You’re done, good luck!
  5.  View Entries

Contest entries must be received by October 20, 2011 at 11:59pm PT          View Entries   

Contest Rules:

  1. You may submit one entry for this contest.
  2. Entry must be a Case-Mate case product.
  3. Entries must be received by October 20, 2011 at 11:59pm PT, to be eligible.
  4. Entries will be judged on uniqueness of design, overall creativity, and best use of the case space.
  5. Entering a contest is done by tagging your product with a specific contest related keyword (or “tag”). If you don’t know how to do this, please read the instructions here. You should also leave a comment under the contest announcement with a link to your product to give it more visibility.
  6. Read the Official Halloween Case-Mate Case Contest Rules.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with RossiCards

October 6, 2011

Rossi, from the Zazzle store RossiCards, talks about her inspirations and what she’s looking forward to doing on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store RossiCards!

Halloween Boo Pumpkin Card

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

Rossi: Hi, my name is Rossi and I currently live in Houston, TX. I first became interested in art when I was 5. My grandma showed me pictures that my dad and my uncle had drawn when they were little, and that’s when I decided that I wanted to be just like them and draw! However, I quickly found out that I had zero talent, when it came to drawing. To make things worse, at the age of 10, I realized that even my little 3-year-old cousin could draw better than me (and she has become pretty amazing at it over the years). When I was 11, I got my first (film) camera as a gift for my birthday and last year I purchased my very first DSLR. Over the years I have always loved photography, but it was only recently that I decided to take a more creative approach. And I am also now the proud owner of Adobe Illustrator, which I am still learning how to use.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Rossi: I am drawn to things that are simple, yet elegant, and that is exactly how I would describe my style. Perhaps “minimalistic” is another adjective I would use.  I love photography and my photos are the basis of most of my products.

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

Rossi: I love making note cards because they look amazing in person! Recently I have been enjoying working on double sided postcards and also using the RSVP size invitations to design small flat notes (linen felt are my favorite). I am also a fan of the new canvas prints and slowly building my collection.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Rossi: I draw inspiration from everything around me. I often see patterns and ideas in everyday life and try to make a mental note of them for later, when I am working on new designs. I also get very inspired by the incredible artists here at Zazzle. I have learned so much from them!

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

Rossi: Since I am a full time science nerd, I only get to spend a couple of hours a day (on average) on Zazzle.  My store is currently my #1 hobby though and I try to squeeze in Zazzle time whenever possible…even while chatting on the phone.

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

Rossi: This is a very difficult question. I have a few new designs that I am very proud of, including the Wall of Books and the Abstract Stargazer Lilly collections. However, if I have to pick only one, I will have to pick my Pink Power Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon design. To me that design is colorful, lively and also very powerful. Each year I either participate in or sponsor someone who is participating in a breast cancer awareness event. Last year I started my Awareness line with the intention that any proceeds from my Awareness products will be donated for research and I intend to do the same this year as well.

Pink Power Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Mug

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

Rossi: I am looking forward to growing as an artist. I recently looked back at some of my designs from a year ago and my style has changed and improved so much in such a short period of time.

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

Rossi: I first discovered Zazzle, when I was trying to make a custom birthday card for a friend of mine. According to my records, that was back in August of 2007.  That year I had made and purchased two custom greeting cards. I had posted a few products back then and throughout the next two years and I had even magically managed to sell four items.

I have always wanted to have my own line of greeting cards, and in the spring of 2010, I actually started to look around online to get ideas how I could make that dream come true.  That is when I remembered Zazzle and started doing some more digging around. I like the Zazzle print-on-demand model, since it allows me create items without worrying about the production and shipping aspects. That is how RossiCards was born.

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

Rossi: Just have fun with it! People open stores on Zazzle for different reasons, but what I noticed about myself was that the more obsessed I became with trying to reach a certain product count and checking obsessively product views and store views, the less fun I had. So, I had to step back and remember why I was on here in the first place. Now I am just taking things one design at a time and not worrying too much about reaching an “x” number of products by a certain deadline. I make it a point to create a few designs each week and I also try to spend some time browsing around and gathering ideas about what is “in” and trendy during the current season….or even looking ahead to the next season. Of course, the Zazzle forums are always a great motivation and inspiration. Also, be patient. Most new sellers (myself included) are eager to see that very first, second, third sale. It will happen, just give it time!

Thanks Rossi!


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