Archive for July, 2012

Foto Friday!

July 13, 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.


I write a humor blog, and when friends and family annoy me I’ll frequently threaten that I’m going to blog about them. Soon they were taunting me back with, “Why don’t you blog about it,” any time I’d complain about something. One time my husband and I were joking around, and I mentioned that he didn’t quite know when to stop talking. He responded, “Aww, honey, I don’t mean anything by it – I’m just blogging out loud.” So I made him this shirt in my Zazzle Store and blogged about it. And then I gave him the shirt for Father’s Day. – Robyn
Blog Out Loud shirts


This spring, my 3.5 year old step daughter and I became obsessed with watching videos of volcanoes on YouTube together early in the morning while I drank my first few cups of coffee. After explaining how a volcano worked, she–always one to come up with fun and hilarious phrases–said, “I LAVA YOU!” It quickly became a catchphrase around the house. For my birthday and first Fathers Day we would celebrate together, my fiance and she designed this mug for me. How awesome! We are a Zazzle loving house! – William


My dad’s birthday – what to get him? Well, he loves to make spaghetti and meatballs, and loves to feed people. So… I found an apron with a design from abenoit with an Italian flag on it. I changed the text, and voila! Perfect birthday present for dad. – Loreen

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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with northamericanriot

July 12, 2012

Molly, from the Zazzle store northamericanriot, speaks with us about her appreciation of nature and how she illuminates the organic with bright detail. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store northamericanriot!

Zazzle: Hey Molly, tell us a little about yourself. When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Molly: To be honest Molly is just a nickname, but it might as well be the true one, I’ve gone by that almost my whole life. What really got me into art must have been the cartoons and the comic books I grew up with, Sailor Moon and Spider-man being my favorites. I’ve been drawing (and loving it) since I was a toddler, but only got serious about it around the age of twelve. So it’s been a long and rewarding seven years of practice.

Zazzle: How would you describe your personal art style?

Molly: I would say my style is a combination of youth concentrated, stylized characters (usually female) and bright energetic colors, preferably in organic patterns.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Molly: My favorite media to use are ink from pens and watercolor, even sometimes Photoshop.

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

Molly: My other hobbies are night swimming, photographing plants, and singing.

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

Molly: It was a year ago that I discovered Zazzle and it got me thinking, if my friends like my drawings I wonder how many other people out there would feel the same way. Best case scenario, someone actually likes my art well enough to purchase a product with my work on it. So in that case not only would I profit financially, but in addition my art is even more out there than before. Win win.

Zazzle: What inspires you?

Molly: My dreams are very inspiring, so is nature. For example, I absolutely adore roses. I think they’re one of the few things artistically that are unspoiled and always beautiful. I’d like to think that the feeling they give me is something I have embroiled into my art if only partially.

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

Molly: The best advice I can give to those just beginning to use Zazzle is to keep your page design simple, but memorable. Personalized your banner making it unique and pick a catchy store name (not just “so-and-so’s store”) with words or a phrase that really defines the style on your products.

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

Molly: I would be delighted to give a sneak peak of upcoming product designs

Thanks for sharing Molly!

Saving the World Before Bedtime!

July 7, 2012

Your three favorite crime fighters are now here at Zazzle! You guessed it, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles are here to save the world before bedtime – all while providing you with custom merch along the way!

Show off your favorite crime fighter with a t-shirt, mug, or keychain from the new Power Puff Girls shop on Zazzle!

Who is your favorite Powerpuff Girl?

Foto Friday!

July 6, 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.


This year on May 8, our daughter turned two. Her name is Ruby and the 8th of May was a Tuesday. I kept saying “it’s Ruby Tuesday soon for real!” without realizing the TWO part. Then it finally hit me and I thought “what are the chances?” I had to honor such an awesome coincidence and play on words so thanks to Zazzle I have this awesome shirt. I hope one day she can wear it too. I even out the date on the back if it for posterity. Thanks, Zazzle for making so many things super fun. – Dori


I designed these shirts (and menu boards) for an ice cream shop in Ohio. The customer purchased them for all her employees and is very happy. Thanks! – Karin


I am a biologist for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in Lake Jackson, Texas. We have a project studying American Oystercatchers which involves monitoring nests weekly to determine what the detriments are to successful breeding for this species. We also trap the birds and put individually numbered color bands on them so we can distinguish individuals in the field. I got two birdorable shirts with American Oystercatcher on them, one for me and one for the graduate student that is working with me since we have been working so closely with these birds. I thought you would enjoy seeing me wearing your shirt and holding an oystercatcher that we caught and banded. If you look closely you can see the bands on its legs which read 37. I thought it was pretty cute but I don’t think the bird agreed with me! – Susan
American Oystercatcher T Shirt


Hen Party-T- Shirt

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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with thaneeyamcardle

July 5, 2012

Thaneeya, from the Zazzle store thaneeyamcardle, shares with us her multicultural inspirations as well as her immense gratitude for online commerce. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store thaneeyamcardle!


Zazzle: Hi, start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Thaneeya: My name is Thaneeya McArdle and I’m a full-time artist and entrepreneur.  In addition to creating art, I run several art-related websites: an art instruction website, an online art community, as well as my online storefront that showcases my products for sale, the majority of which are Zazzle products! Aside from my art obsession, I am also addicted to travel and books.

Zazzle: When did you decide to create art professionally?

Thaneeya: At the end of 1999, I decided to major in Art in college.  That’s when I knew I’d need to sell my art to survive.  There was no other lifestyle I could imagine, so I knew I had to make it work.  Thanks to the Internet, my dream became a reality.  I am so grateful for having been born in this time and place, because if I’d have been born a generation earlier, I’d probably be stuck in a job I hated just to pay the bills, with little time to do art on the side.  But the Internet provides the tools for artists – even emerging artists – to make a healthy living.  It’s awesome!

Zazzle: What inspires you?

Thaneeya: So many things inspire me!  Anything with vivid colors and detailed patterns, such as alebrije (Mexican folk art sculptures), Tibetan thangkas, Persian miniatures, Indian textiles, Mexican Huichol art, Peruvian retablos, Aboriginal art, modern abstract art (particularly Paul Klee, Hundertwasser and Kandinsky)…

I’m also inspired by the materiality of my art materials – the texture and viscosity of the paint, the waxy quality of my colored pencils, and the glittery sheen of patterned craft paper.  Just looking at art materials makes me want to create with them!

fZazzle: How would you describe your style?

Thaneeya: Funky, eclectic, and detailed!  I love detail – whether it’s an intricate abstract or hyper-realism.  I could never stick to just one style (that would be too stifling), so I swing between making abstract art, whimsical art, photorealistic art, and combinations of these different styles.  Each style offers so many different opportunities for self-expression.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Thaneeya: For painting, acrylics are my favorite medium.  For drawing, I prefer colored pencils.  I love the rich colors that can be created with both.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Thaneeya: Anywhere!  I paint on a tabletop easel in our lanai overlooking a sleepy bayou, which is a quiet, inspirational place to make art.  When I’m drawing I often like to just sit on the couch with my colored pencils or pens, because it’s so comfortable.  Since my drawing materials are portable, I like to take them with me when I travel, to sketch or draw from different locations.

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

Thaneeya: It just seemed like such a cool idea.  In the beginning it was such a novelty to see my art on t-shirts and products, so I did it for fun… when I first started, I never realized that it would grow to be a genuine source of income over the years!

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

Thaneeya: My very first sale on Zazzle was actually a batch order of 105 Day of the Dead sugar skull shirts, all sold to the same customer on October 4, 2006.  What an encouraging first sale that was!  This was one of the shirts he ordered:

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

Thaneeya: First of all, create great art!  That’s the most important thing.

Another thing to keep in mind when you’re just starting out is that Zazzle offers an overwhelming amount of different products, so don’t try to put your art on every single product available.  Be discerning and only post an item for sale if the artwork actually looks good on that item.  For instance, a landscape painting probably wouldn’t look good on a hat, but it might look great as a mousepad.  You get the idea!

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

Thaneeya: I don’t have any images ready to share yet, but I am currently working on more sugar skulls and more funky owls.

Thanks for sharing Thaneeya!

New Product Alert – Custom Wristlets, Purses, and More Bags!

July 3, 2012

BOOM! Fireworks have come early to Zazzle with the launch of custom wristlets, coin purses, accessory bags, and cosmetic bags! The latest product partner to join the Zazzle platform, Bagettes is a manufacturer that makes custom bags for any occasion (weddings, reunions, a girls’ night out) with high quality materials right here in the USA. How’s that for a 4th of July celebration!? Check out some of my favorite new bags (my girlfriend picked them for me) and post your favorites in the comments!

What do you think of the new bags? Excited to have a night out with a personalized wristlet? Share in the comments!

The Black Eyed Peas Are Back!

July 2, 2012

No, I am not phunking with your heart. You can now shop for custom Black Eyed Peas gear in the new BEP shop on Zazzle! I gotta feeling you’re gonna love what you see, so why don’t you meet me halfway and take a look at the new Black Eyed Peas store?

Rock out to your favorite BEP album with a doodle speaker, show off your love at work with a new mug, or turn some heads with a custom BEP phone case!

Boom boom powwwww. What’s your favorite Black Eyed Peas song?


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