Archive for November, 2011

Photos? It’s FOTO! Foto Friday on Zazzle!

November 18, 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.


Oak Tree Wedding Invitation


Pink Buttons & Brackets Birth Announcement


Rehearsals T-shirt


Pidgy Pinkfeet Tee Shirt


Summer style t shirt


Lyrical Artists (wht) T-Shirt


Mos Eisley Cantina – Star Wars T-shirt


Rose Top T-shirt

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

Coming to a radio near you – the Zazzle Holiday Ad!

November 17, 2011

Turn down the music and turn up the commercials to catch Zazzle’s 2011 holiday radio advertisement! We’re sending out the Zazzle message over-the-air this season to promote how Zazzle can help ANYONE find truly unique Christmas gifts that are custom-made by you, just for that special person in your life. Listen to the radio ad below and let us know what you think!

If you don’t hear it on the radio, feel free to play this MP3 as loud as you can from your car, phone, iPod and become an awesome Zazzle radio station.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with BubbSnugg

November 17, 2011

Lacy, from the Zazzle store BubbSnugg, talks with us about her artistic style and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store BubbSnugg!

Unicorn Power Fun Novelty Buttons

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

Lacy: I currently live in Michigan with my husband and 3 year old son. I have been drawing fairies and goddesses for just about as long as I can remember. In 2005 I started taking Middle Eastern dance classes with Riby Jazayre. All of the belly dancers were just such wonderful inspirations in different ways; belly dancer art became my passion. Now that is most of what I draw for my artwork shop.

I started designing on the computer back in 2007, when I was pregnant with my son, with the intent of learning how to use the software and Wacom tablet. It was (and still is) an uphill battle, but I am learning more every day. My husband and I both design for our BubbSnugg shop.

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

Lacy:  Alphonse Maria Mucha is my favorite dead artist and Jonathon Earl Bowser is my favorite living artist. His work is truly amazing. As far as graphic designers, I’d have to say my favorites are TheOatmeal and glennz.

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

Lacy: I spend a lot of time editing pictures. My Flickr photostream has gotten massive in the years since my son was born.

Zazzle: If you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?

Lacy: OK, gotta nerd it up a little bit here. I would want the powers of Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation. That would pretty much cover everything wouldn’t it?

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

Lacy:  My favorite belly dancer has got to be Violet Moon  - I have always been a fan of purple and the moon, so this one just works for me.

My favorite design for my bubbsnugg shop would be my double rainbow (all the way!) design.

Violet Moon Goddess Belly Dancer Art Poster

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of a future design?

Lacy: I’ve been really into space lately so I plan on adding lots to  my “universe” section of Bubbsnugg in the next few months. Though, I don’t know if I can ever top the space cupcakes. I bet they would taste out of this world.

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Lacy: My art store is mostly promoted through my art website www.lacychenault.com and my fanpage on facebook. My BubbSnugg shop is promoted through www.bubbsnugg.com and my twitter http://twitter.com/#!/bubbsnugg and tumblr http://bubbsnugg.tumblr.com/ pages.

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

Lacy: I have been working with print on demand companies for a while with my artwork. Zazzle offers the best service and pricing structure, they have also made the kinds of things necessary to stay relevant and on top. It’s the POD Company I truly feel the most valued at as an artist and shopkeeper as well.

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

Lacy: “If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid” – Q

Sorry got into nerd mode again there for a second. Really though, do your own thing. The original is always better than the sequel.

Thanks Lacy!

Eat, Drink, and Be Organized!

November 15, 2011

It’s that time of year again! You know, the time that forces you to buy larger pants in January – the holidays, of course! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, surely everyone has started digging through family recipes, trying to find their famous holiday staples. Make the search more relaxed with Zazzle recipe binders! These customizable organizers are a great way to sort and store those special dishes and desserts. Be assured your recipes will be shared generation after generation.

Here are some great recipe binders from our vast selection:

The holidays are about enjoying friends, spending time with family, and eating seconds, thirds and fourths. So, delight in yours – without hassle and with an excess of yummy food. Have a, “What’s a calorie? I’ve forgotten.” mentality! Because, let’s be honest, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for.

What’s your favorite holiday recipe? Share in the comments below. You may inspire new traditions!

Harry Potter DVD Sweepstakes

November 11, 2011

*** THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 13th***

In honor of the final dvd release in the Harry Potter series, Zazzle is offering you the chance to win the entire Harry Potter DVD collection! One lucky grand prize winner will receive Harry Potter™: The Complete 8-Film Collection and five additional winners will win a copy of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack!

To enter, all you have to do is vote on your favorite Harry Potter product featured here by leaving a comment below, telling us why that product is your favorite! It’s that easy, so go ahead and tell us your choice!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows T-shirt

Muggle T-shirt

Dobby T-shirt

Prizes:
1 Grand Prize = Harry Potter™: The Complete 8-Film Collection

5 Additional Winners = Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack

How to Enter the Harry Potter DVD Sweepstakes:

Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know which of the 3 Harry Potter products shown here is your favorite, and why. We will select the winners randomly from all valid entrants.

Rules and Regulations:

  1. Entries must be received by December 9th, 2011 at 11:59 pm PST
  2. You may only be entered once for this sweepstakes
  3. Read the Official Harry Potter DVD Sweepstakes Rules and Regulations

Send a Free Holiday Cards to the Troops with Zazzle!

November 11, 2011

In honor of our troops on Veteran’s Day, we’ve launched our Free Military Holiday Cards Program! This program gives everyone the opportunity to share holiday joy and love by sending a completely FREE holiday card (we even pay the shipping) to their friends and family serving the USA overseas. Just choose one of our special free Military Holiday Cards, then add your personal message and photos. Our heroes overseas deserve all the holiday wishes we can send and Zazzle is proud to be able to bring them some good cheer. Start customizing your holiday card now.


Foto Friday!

November 11, 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.


CapoeiraIrmandade Kids Shirts


Vintage Advertising 2012 Calendar
Vintage Timely Clothes Ad from 1937 Poster
Vintage Mexico Tour Ad from 1899 Poster
Vintage Gunboat Roadster Automobile Ad from 1919
Android Ornament


Dragon Sight Poster
Tribal Dragon Pencil Drawing Posters


PEOPLE ARE GAY T SHIRTS


Mellow Beast Shirts


Pro Voca Snowboarding T Shirt


Mimi Tshirts


The Full Frontal T Shirt

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

Rick Perry’s “Oops.”

November 10, 2011

This blog post is about 3 things:

  1. With the 2012 Presidential Election around the corner, politics is a great theme for creating stores and products.
  2. I watched the Republican debate last night in hopes of finding ideas that sellers could cash in on.
  3. The third… uhm, the uhh… Let’s see. The third one, I can’t…

If you missed the debate last night, no need to worry! The following graph shows the percentage of speaking time per candidate. Mitt Romney was given considerably more chances to speak than any other candidate,  including one of Zazzle’s bestsellers, Ron Paul.

Graph of Nov 9, 2011 Republican Debate Speaking Time per Candidate

Although Mitt Romney was under the spotlight for most of the debate, Rick Perry is the candidate that everyone is talking about. The internet is making sure that this mega-gaffe by Rick Perry will be talked about for quite some time. Here is the clip proving a lot can happen within 53 seconds:

“The third agency of government I would do away with – education, uhh the, commerce, and let’s see, I can’t. The third one I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”
- Rick Perry

We took a look at the Marketplace to see if Sellers were inspired by this opportunity and we have to say… Zazzlers are some of the most creative and adept people at creating humor infused designs.

Rick Perry OopsRick Perry Oops

Did you watch the debate last night? Can anyone tell me how many times Herman Cain said “9-9-9″? Share your comments and creative political themed gifts below!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Meg_Stewart

November 10, 2011

New Zazzler Meg, from the Zazzle store meg_stewart, talks about her art, her love of chipmunks, and what she’s looking forward to most on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store meg_stewart!

Textured Paris in Lavender Blackberry Case

Bio: Hi! My name is Meg and I’m a Zazzleholic. I’m also a microstock photographer who lives in the beautiful countryside of Northeastern Pennsylvania with my husband and our band of rascally wildlife.  I love chipmunks, nature, peanut butter, and pestering my husband. Life is good.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Meg: I draw inspiration from everything…. the nature around me, the changing seasons, colors, textures, patterns. I see art everywhere and I love looking at things from different perspectives. When working on a concept for a microstock shoot it will springboard into other ideas. I keep a notebook with all ideas written down! Recently I found a website, Shadowhouse Creations, with free textures for commercial use – it has completely inspired me in a whole new direction. My art is on another level because of it – the inspiration is endless.  The man behind it is an amazing artist/photographer!

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Meg: My style is very varied – I don’t like boxing myself in to one thing. I swing from cute & cuddly to fun & quirky to rather creepy! I’m also fond of abstracts and inspirational quotes.

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

Meg: I have been interested in art forever, it seems. As a young child my favorite gifts were always crayons and a new doodle pad/coloring book (I still have crayons from when I was 5!) Photography was a natural extension of my love for painting & drawing. Once I went digital in 2004, there was no stopping me! I’ve never looked back. The possibilities are endless. (And crayons are still a favorite gift – a girl can never have too many crayons!)

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle feature?

Meg: My favorite Zazzle feature would have to be the “Customize It” function when creating products. It is so easy to use, and combined with the fonts offered,  I am able to really maximize every design’s potential – picking just the right font and color.

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

Meg: Wow, this is a tough one! It would have to be one of my little Furballs of Happiness designs. Chipmunks are the second greatest love of my life. Cute and cuddly, fat and fluffy… oh so adorable! The sweet little baby chipmunks wearing Santa hats is an all-time favorite.

Merry Christmas Santa Chipmunks Card

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

Meg: I’m looking forward to growing my business on Zazzle, expanding my store & creating better products, networking more. And definitely working my way up the Pro Seller badge scale!

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

Meg: As a microstock photographer I have a vast portfolio of work already being sold that is well suited to Zazzle designs. A fellow Microstocker and Zazzler, Stacey Lynn Payne, turned me on to Zazzle. It’s a great outlet for all of my standard stock images, but also my more adventurous and artsy work that is not suitable for microstock. It’s wonderful and exciting to have someplace to feature these other works of art/photographs that would otherwise never be seen!

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

Meg: Some of my tips would be:

#1 – Treat  it like the business it is. Spend time on it, daily (even if it’s not a lot of time!).

#2 – Don’t rush. Don’t blow through Quick Create (which is great tool, used correctly) and slap your image on everything Zazzle offers. Take your time, don’t leave white borders, etc. Sometimes I leave a design “In Progress” for days, tweaking it, refining it. Now I return to my very first designs at Zazzle and think *ugh* time to re-do!

#3 – Write good descriptions and keywords. Don’t be shy!

#4 – Use the forums! The Zazzle community is a wonderful, knowledgeable, very giving community. Every time I have a question or problem, the answer is somewhere in the forum!

#5 – Promote yourself. Start at the forums, Squidoo, blogs, etc….

#6 Have Fun! It’s the most important tip of all!

Thanks Meg!

Raiders Custom Gear – The Time Is NOW!

November 9, 2011

Attention Raiders fans! This season is one to remember – THE TIME IS NOW. Zazzle has donned Raiders gear this season to offer Raiders Custom Merchandise through an official customizable products store. There are 5 great product types to choose from – Raider buttons and keychains, Raiders mousepads, Raiders mugs, Raiders speakers, and Raiders cards; all of which offer CUSTOMIZABLE options for text, fan photos or both.

What are you waiting for? Show your appreciation for the Silver and Black – YOUR OWN WAY!


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