Archive for February, 2012

Foto Friday!

February 10, 2012

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.


Cartoon Cardigan Welsh Corgi Coffee Mug


Sasquatch Research Team Tee Shirts


Duel in the Dirt Print


Butterfly Refrigerator Magnet
Mice in cheese refrigerator magnet
Trees and houses fridge magnet
This one’s for my mom Magnet


Red Dianthus With Raindrops – Medium Postage


The New American Revolution Tshirt


I Love My Dingo T-Shirt

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with fancybelle

February 9, 2012

Ashley, from the Zazzle store fancybelle, talks with us about her hobbies and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store fancybelle!

Peacock Feathers Emmys Collection Speckcase

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

Ashley: I’m a small town girl from Louisiana, currently residing on the grounds of the State Penitentiary. For as long as I can remember I’ve been into art and designing. It was clear to my family members at an early age that I had a passion for art, just ask my poor Grandma whose house still showcases the designs I doodled onto her walls. I was always painting and doodling away. I took every art class I could in school and in my early teens I was introduced to digital design and would later fall in love with Photoshop. I’ve worked for various advertising agencies and companies as a freelance designer over the years.

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

Ashley: I really love Susana Parada (ParadaCreations) and Katie Daisy (thewheatfield.) Their art is amazing and so uplifting and motivating. It’s nice to see art remind you that it’s the little things in life that are important. Little reminders that tell you not take life too seriously and to just live. I admire artists who can send a message as well as create amazing art.

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

Ashley:  I love to curl up with a good book or slack off and watch really crappy reality tv shows. I spend the weekends exploring and thrifting… I’m obsessed with Ball mason jars and old books. My boyfriend is a bull rider and a stock contractor so I’ve grown a huge love and passion for cattle and bucking bulls. When I’m not in my office you can usually find me in my kitchen cooking up a huge meal or baking up a batch of anything. I love to be covered in flour!

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

Ashley:  I don’t really have a favorite. I’m completely critical of my designs and never satisfied but I guess if I HAD to pick, I’d go with something simple and striped!

Mod Ribbon Stripes Stationery

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

Ashley: I’d love to be able to freeze time (is that a super power?) I constantly complain that I can’t find enough hours in the day to get everything I want to get accomplished finished.

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

Ashley:

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Ashley: I try to use social media, but I’m really not that great of a Tweeter. I don’t have the time or the patience to tweet all day. I recently had the opportunity to showcase some of my designs at GBK Productions 2011 Emmy Awards Gift Lounge thanks to The Artisan Group and that was a very good move for my store.

Zazzle: What got you interest in selling your art Zazzle?

Ashley: I wanted to design and I wanted to make money but I couldn’t figure out how to combine the two without being completely swamped. A friend told me that she had recently purchased invitations from Zazzle and that I should check it out. I was completely skeptical. It sounded way too good to be true, but Zazzle was one of the best things that ever happened into my life.

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

Ashley: Be patient and be diligent. Watch the trends but don’t depend on them. Create designs that are really YOU. Designs that people will see and go, “That’s so YOU! I knew immediately it was your design!” And most of all don’t be discouraged if you don’t get 100 sales a day. It takes time. Create, create, create and promote your butt off!

Thanks Ashley!

Do You Have the Cutest Pet? Enter the HSUS Spay Day Pet Photo Contest!

February 8, 2012

Zazzle is proud to team up with HSUS again to help promote Spay Day with the HSUS Spay Day Pet Photo contest. But here’s the question, does your pet have a cuteness level high enough to win the HSUS Spay Day Pet Photo Contest? If so, enter your pet now! After you have entered the contest, share your pet’s photo and story with friends and family and ask them to vote with a $1 donation towards HSUS.  Every dollar vote helps spay and neuter animals in your own neighborhood and around the world (not to mention increase your chances of winning).

Best of all you can put your adorable pet’s photo on any of these great HSUS gifts!

The contest runs the month of February — get started now!

Zazzle leads the way with USA manufacturing – featured on NBC Bay Area

February 7, 2012

Jeff Beaver, Zazzle Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, was recently featured on a NBC piece about San Francisco Bay Area companies bringing manufacturing jobs back to the USA. A true testament to our commitment to high quality manufacturing in the US, the clips show Jeff talking about our production facility for custom t-shirts, mugs, and more in Santa Clara and our recent partnership with Rickshaw Bagworks (made in San Francisco). Check it out below.

Towards the end of the segment, the reporter makes the statement, “…And the outlook? More tags saying made somewhere else.” What do you think about that? I don’t think that’s the case. As personalization becomes the norm (what if your iPhone was partially designed by YOU?) and the cost of overseas labor and transportation rise, I believe there will be a demand for locally made/high quality products.

What do you think? Is American manufacturing coming back? Where do you want to see American manufacturing return?

New Seventeen Valentine’s Promotion!

February 6, 2012

If you know a teenage girl who has her hands on a new Seventeen magazine every month, have we got the gift for you — Zazzle is offering 20% off Valentine’s merchandise from Seventeen!  Seventeen is a great brand for the fashion forward and lively teenage girl.  This special offer is available for a limited time only, so grab it before it ends!  Don’t forget to enter SEVENTEENLUV  for 20% off!

SwagStation – Instant Zazzle Store on Your Facebook Pages!

February 6, 2012

Listen up Zazzle Sellers, Swag.io has got some good news for you and it’s called the SwagStation. This new Silicon Valley startup just created the SwagStation app for Facebook pages that allows you to create a Zazzle Store on a fan page in just three easy steps! The value? Instantly port Zazzle Stores into Facebook to monetize Facebook traffic on Facebook (and just in time for the Facebook IPO). More information about how to use this app is on Swag.io.

The app is still a bit young and the Swag.io Team is looking for some great feedback from the Zazzle Seller community. If you want to help improve the app (and by doing so improve your Facebook Zazzle stores powered by the app), give ‘em feedback on the SwagStation Facebook page wall.

Who’s going to be the first Zazzle Seller to open a SwagStation? Share in the comments below!

Foto Friday

February 3, 2012

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.


Trendy Chevron Pattern Business Card


Fluorescence Shirts


Animals on Parade Tshirts and Gifts


Bardic Guild Mug


Tall Ship Sailing Mug


Assassins Guild Coffee Mugs


gotowork tshirts


Wild Pack Enterprise T-Shirt

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

New Mae West Collection!

February 2, 2012

Tis the season to express your love, and Mae West can teach us a thing or two about free expression.  West is best known for pushing the envelope and rewriting her parts in theater and film to best fit her style.  A quick Hollywood sensation in the 1930’s, only 3 years into her film career, she was the second-highest paid person in the United States.  Impressive, right?  With clever sayings like, “Save a boyfriend for a rainy day, and another in case it doesn’t rain,” and “When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her,” Mae West’s independent style and alluring nature landed her a hot spot in our Valentine’s exhibition with a special 20% off promotion!

Check out the Mae West collection and don’t forget to enter MAEWESTLOVER at checkout for 20% off !

Curious to learn more about Mae? Check out her website!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Sarita_K

February 2, 2012

New Zazzler Sarita, from the Artsprojekt store sarita_k, talks with us about her artistic inspirations and what she’s looking forward to.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store sarita_k!

Music and the Whale Mousepad

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

Sarita: I studied my art education at San Jose State University’s School of Art and Design in California, where I graduated with a BFA in Animation and Illustration in 2007. After graduation, I worked in Seattle, Washington for ArenaNet and gained valuable experience working on the game, Guild Wars 2 as an Environment Artist. Eventually moved back to Dubai and began working as a full-time illustrator and concept artist. Currently, I’m working at a casual gaming studio and will have two ipad games releasing soon. In addition to gaming, I also love illustrating children’s books and will have my first e-book published very soon.

Zazzle: What is your inspiration for your designs?

Sarita: A lot of my work is inspired by animals and nature; I think they’re wonderful creatures and I’m just in awe of their beauty and tenderness. When I lived in the Bay Area, I used to visit the San Francisco Zoo often and draw the animals – my favorite were the polar bears because they were so playful! I also love watching the National Geographic Channel, and there’s always something in there that instantly inspires me, whether it’s an elephant or a cute little beetle.  Plus, I think animals a great way to connect with children, whether is trying to get a message across or reading them a story.

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

Sarita:  I’m a movie-junkie and love going for film festivals whenever I can. I also swim and play guitar regularly.

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

Sarita:  Wow, there’s so many! But some of my favorites are Lisa Frank, Pascal Campion, Daniel Krall, Charuca Vargas, Sam Bosma, Jon Klassen, Buff Monster and Daniel Dociu.

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

Sarita:  Tweetfering! – You can really use it to promote your products directly. It’s a great way to market yourself!

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

Sarita: My favorite design so far has been “Dragon Love”. It’s this cute little dragon I made that can’t breathe fire, but only exudes little hearts from her mouth. This piece was inspired by a crush I have on someone. lol!

Dragon Love T-Shirt

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

Sarita: The first thing I made on Zazzle was my Capricorn Mug – I thought it would be a fun illustration to start with!

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

Sarita: Getting more recognition and also being able to put my designs on new products! I was so excited when Zazzle started offering iPad and iPhone cases, and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

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

Sarita: I was actually invited to join ArtsProjekt, and I noticed how many phenomenal artists were posting their work on Zazzle. I knew I had to be a part of that! Plus it’s a great platform to market yourself and also make a some money too!

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

Sarita: Be sure to check out Zazzle University! I was really lost when I first joined, but once I thoroughly read through all the tutorials and I was able to get around much better.

Thanks Sarita!

Save San Francisco’s Gold Dust Lounge Open Zazzle Store to Support Cause

February 1, 2012

The Gold Dust Lounge, a San Francisco Landmark since 1933, will be closing its doors on March 6th…or will it? Scheduled for eviction from the Union Square area, the purveyors of this famous watering hole are fighting back with a petition, website, Facebook page, and a Zazzle Store! Like many boot-strap political movements, the Gold Dust understands the power of free technology to spread their message. Zazzle’s free store architecture and zero inventory system gives the Gold Dusters an easy way to supply patrons with campaign merchandise and take the message to the streets (and bars) of the world. Check out some of the Save the Gold Dust Lounge t-shirts below. If you’re in San Francisco, stop by the bar to wet your whistle and support the cause (if you’re over 21 that is).


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