Archive for December, 2011

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with VintageAppeal

December 15, 2011

New Zazzler Rachel, from the Zazzle store VintageAppeal, talks with us about her inspirations and what she’s looking forward to on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store VintageAppeal!

Mappe Monde Binder

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

Rachel: I am a Creative Designer based in New York, specializing in Print Design, Illustration and the occasional Website. These days, I spend my time working on my blogs and catching up with the latest in electronic and multimedia design.

Zazzle: What is your inspiration for your designs?

Rachel: I think nature in general inspires me to design. My designs are clean, appealing, and functional with a heavy focus on typography.

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

Rachel:  My hobbies include knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking, baking especially. I have a passion for knowledge, books and design among other things.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Rachel:  My Zazzle product to make would be the postcards. They’re like mini canvas with great works of art that are portable and easy to share.

Children's Winter Wear Postcards

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

Rachel: Not so much any specific artist, but I think nature in general. Just paying attention to nature and my surroundings is inspiration enough.

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

Rachel: My favorite Zazzle feature is the Quick Product Create. I use it to get the bulk of merchandise posted for sale and then I manually add a few of the products not added yet. It is so much easier than posting a single item at a time and a time saver.

Zazzle: What was the very first thing you made on Zazzle?

Rachel: Several years ago I had designed a civil engineer t-shirt for a friend of mine. At the time all I could do was print a copy for him off my home printer. When I found Zazzle the first thing I made was a t-shirt with that design. It’s actually one of my best sellers.

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

Rachel: What I’m looking forward to the most on Zazzle are the new products. It’s an opportunity to see your design on a product you probably never thought of.

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

Rachel:

-          Take your time and be patient. It takes a lot of work to get your store successful.

-          Customize your art to the product. If you wouldn’t buy your own product; chances are neither will anyone else.

-          Have question… ask! The forum is a great resource.

-          Most importantly, have fun!

Thanks Rachel!

Ring in 2012 with your favorite character poster calendars

December 15, 2011

Is it a poster? Is it a calendar? It’s the best of both worlds! Just like the Earl of Sandwich putting bread with meat, Zazzle combined your favorite characters with a beautiful poster/calendar to create something new, wonderful, and delicious. Featuring characters like Mickey Mouse, Superman, Batman, Cinderella, and more these character poster calendars are perfect for a kid’s room decoration or to adorn the wall of a super fan. Check out some of the newest additions to the marketplace below or see them all here.

Please note: These are not edible. Not sure I needed to say that but all this talk about sandwiches…

NTSB to Zazzle Sellers: Get those drivers off the phone!

December 14, 2011

Countless accidents/studies pushed the NTSB to conclude yesterday that, “States should ban all driver use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies,” to ensure maximum roadway safety. Zazzle Sellers, quick to help spread good messages, have been hard at work creating hang up and drive bumper stickers, hang up and drive shirts, and don’t text and drive device cases (good reminder) to make sure everyone knows the dangers of distracted driving. I think these are great gifts for everyone, but especially for those teenagers just about to enter the roadwarrior world and not fully aware of the dangers (can anyone say “informative Christmas gift?”). Check out some of my favorite designs below for your favorite distracted driver.



Election 2012 is Around the Corner!

December 13, 2011

The Race is On!
 
We at Zazzle are watching politics closely.
 
The 2012 Presidential Election is getting a lot of attention from people so we decided to make a simple little infographic. (Data is much more awesome in infographic form!)
 
Political Trends of 2011 infographic showing data on sales and searches for presidential candidates on Zazzle.com.
 
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that being popular doesn’t always mean you are liked and supported! While President Obama has received the most sales this year so far, a whopping 60% of year to date sales were Anti-Obama. Ouch!
 
Herman Cain, on the other hand, was on top about 8 weeks ago until his… well… issues from the past led him to drop out of the race.
 
Currently in the media spotlight, Newt Gingrich has seen a marked increase in searches and sales, but still pales in comparison to the likes (or dislikes) of Obama and the impressive sales of Ron Paul.
 
Although not featured here, that doesn’t mean the others have been forgotten! Honorable mentions go out to candidates Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, Buddy Roemer, and Michele Bachmann.
 
First Family Obama 2012 OrnamentRon Paul Revolution Poster
Newt Gingrich 2012 MugMitt Romney 2012 Button

 
With politics getting a lot of attention, savvy Sellers should jump on the bandwagon and ride it all the way to the Presidential Election!

ZAZZLE ON ICE!

December 12, 2011

Before you get your hopes up, we’re not going on an ice skating tour, gallivanting t-shirts and mugs. We are, however, trapped inside an icy tundra! Last night, a happy customer shared with us, via Twitter, their creative usage of a customized Zazzle poster – ice sculpture! This is literally the coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile!

Have you used Zazzle in an unique way? Share in the comments below! Pictures or it didn’t happen! ;)

Dan Vs. – Align Yourself With Dan!

December 9, 2011

Dan Vs. is the new hit show by Starz featured on The HUB TV Channel (Dan Vs. Hub TV Website). Dan feels the world is against him and Zazzle is here to help give fans an opportunity to show this simply isn’t the case. To align yourself with Dan visit the Dan Vs. Zazzle Store where you can buy customizable T-ShirtsiPhone Cases, Coffee Mugs and much more! Each item can be CUSTOMIZED from the set of personalized Dan Vs. products. The possibilities are endless! With new products being added all the time, you have numerous mediums to support Dan in all his edgy defiantness!

To sweeten the deal you will be able to Save 20% off ALL Dan Vs. products through January 15, 2012.

Enter code DANVSPROMO11 at checkout.

 

A 20% discount will be deducted from the net sale price when one or more Zazzle products are purchased from http://www.zazzle.com/danvsshop and the coupon code DANVSPROMO11 is applied at checkout.  For most products, the net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes).  For Zazzle Custom Stamps, the net sale price is the difference between the price of the Zazzle Custom Stamps (excluding shipping and taxes) and the face value of the postage.  Offer is valid through January 15, 2012.  This offer does not apply to past purchases and may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers.  If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater.  Offer valid on Zazzle.com only.

Foto Friday!

December 9, 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.


Single? Shirt


El Chupacabra Tee Shirts

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with KimchiKawaii

December 8, 2011

Holly, from the Zazzle store kimchikawaii, talks with us about her illustrations, her inspirations and her time as a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store kimchikawaii!

Brownie Sundae Mug

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

Holly: I have always loved drawing since I knew that crayons weren’t just colorful chew toys :) I am pretty much self-taught (learned to do portraits by drawing many pictures of New Kids on the Block when I was a teenager, lol). I majored in Studio Art at the University of California, Davis. I started out with traditional media – colored pencils, acrylics, and pen – but have expanded to vector art in Illustrator which makes up the majority of art I turn out now. I like to keep most of my designs humorous and light. Who doesn’t love a bad pun?

Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be more kawaii vector art, when did you start illustrating? Are there other styles of art you enjoy creating as well?

Holly: My kawaii style art is actually fairly new in regards to how long I have been doing art. I started doing vector kawaii pieces about 3 years ago when I began selling my work. The styles I like to work with are kind of all over the place. I do a lot of fantasy artwork with traditional media (my favorite is colored pencil). I also have pieces that dabble in art nouveau and realism. I’m working on getting more of those types of designs and pieces into my Zazzle shop under the K2 section.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Holly:  I can get inspired from many things. I really like puns that make people roll their eyes at how bad it is, but still laugh. I do a lot of walking and during that time, I come up with a lot of random ideas that will just pop into my head from experiences, things I like or something I see on my route. I also belong to an online art community and I’ll sometimes get suggestions from there that sound fun to try. A recent example was a conversation I had with a friend on there who said I should do a chupacabra (legendary monster) in my kawaii style. If you have seen pictures of those things, they are UGLY, but I liked the challenge and so came up with a design that has been well received.

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

Holly:  Hm, that’s a tough one. I would have to say that currently it’s a tie between my Ice Cream Carousel and the Brownie Sundae design. The carousel one was one of the most detailed pieces I’ve done on Illustrator to date and I was really happy with the way everything came together. The sundae didn’t take as long, but lately, I’ve been addicted to trying to portray shiny things with vectors. It was fun to work on the chocolate syrup and cherry. Only bad thing was that both designs made me crave ice cream!

Ice Cream Carousel T-Shirt

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

Holly: I pretty much admire anyone who can make a complete living off of their artwork. I would love to reach that level someday.

Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?

Holly: I used to be a HUGE perfectionist and I would get into creative ruts by putting all kinds of pressure on myself to create a totally polished piece right off the bat. I’ve overcome that by making full use of a sketchbook and using ball point pen instead of pencil. If I can erase, I start to focus too much on making it perfect and not just letting things flow. Just sitting and randomly doodling really helps. Sometimes, I’ll cover 5 pages in sketches in various stages of completion. If I don’t like how one idea is fleshing out, I just stop that one and start doodling again in a different place on the page. My sketchbook is the artist’s equivalent of when writers do the stream of conscious writing or the brainstorm charts. And if all that doesn’t work, I’ll go walking with my camera or watch something that strikes me as creative – like Cirque du Soleil shows. Those rarely fail to get my own creativity flowing!

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

Holly: I would have to say The Cute Institute. I love their fun, kawaii inspired designs and clean lines.

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

Holly: As fast as possible? LOL! Mmmm, I LOVE Reeses! I was always willing to trade any candy from trick or treating for Reeses :) That reminds me, I think I have one in my snack stash…

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

Holly: I’ve always wanted to make a living off of selling my original artwork and I liked how Zazzle gives me access to a wide range of products that I can place my designs on, increasing the chance that people will find something that they like and can use. I also really like the design tools that I can’t find on other sites – like the ability to add a background color through the website instead of having to save a separate file with a background to fit each specific item.

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

Holly: Don’t get frustrated and give up if you don’t see your sales immediately skyrocket when you first start. Studies show that it can take about a year or two for a business to start seeing a profit and I have found this to be true with my shop. In the meantime, make use all the social marketing tools that are available out there through both Zazzle and on the web. Like any brick and mortar store, it’s all about getting your brand out there. I would say it’s even more important when you sell online as there isn’t a physical store front for people to happen to pass by. Also, work at having a wide variety of designs in your shop.

Thanks Holly!

20% OFF Custom Doodle Speakers

December 8, 2011

The Doodle Custom Speaker

Rock out to your favorite holiday tunes in style this year with your very own custom Doodle speaker!

Great as gifts, or as a special treat for yourself, you can create your own speakers using uploaded images and text, or pick out your favorite design from the marketplace. No matter type of music you listen to, you’ll surely find the right speaker design for you. With a vibrantly-printed fabric face and kickstand for easy propping, the Doodle speaker by OrigAudio is fun, compact, and ultra portable. Powered by USB cable (included) via your computer or 2 AAA batteries (not included), this lightweight custom speaker works with any standard music device (including iPods, laptops, and iPads). Jam out in style this year and order your custom speaker today!

From now until Sunday 12/11/2011 at 11:59pm PT, take 20% off you speaker order when you use the code: DOODLETWENTY.

retro boom box ghetto blaster boombox doodle

Zazzle’s Holiday Wishlist Sweepstakes

December 7, 2011

Wishes do come true! Check back each day to see who’s won their wishlist from the “Make A Wish Wishlist Sweepstakes.”

12/7 Winner:

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12/15 Winner:

12/16 Winner:

What is your favorite product from the wishlist? Do you have a favorite wishlist?

The holidays are about making dreams come true; and we’re going to make your Zazzle dreams come true with the Wishlist Sweepstakes! We’re giving one person a day EVERYTHING on their Zazzle Wishlist (up to $500 value) for 10 days to celebrate the launch of Zazzle Wishlists. All you have to do is create a wishlist, fill it with your favorite Zazzle products, and leave some cookies out for Santa (not really, but it might help!). It’s fast, easy, fun and absolutely…MAGICAL! But you’d better hurry; all eligible wishlists must be received by December 15th!

How To Enter:

  1. Log in or create an account: https://www.zazzle.com/lgn/signin
  2. Go to: http://www.zazzle.com/my/lists
  3. Create a wishlist(s) and add “Zazzle’s Wishlist Sweepstakes” into the description which will enter you magically into the sweepstakes.
  4. Add all your favorite products & designs to your wishlist(s) by pressing the “Add to wishlist” on all product page or the overlay in search.
  5. Start making your wishes in your wishlist and zazzle will pick a winner daily for 10 days!
Enter the Sweepstakes

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