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DIY Birthday Series: Postcard Bunting

June 10, 2013

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For this DIY Series, we’ll teach you how to use products from our site to add the perfect, personalized touch to a birthday. 

First, using postcards to make birthday bunting. 

Bunting’s all the rage and you don’t need a lot of resources to pull it off in time for a birthday bash. “Bunting,” for those unfamiliar with the term, is usually a decoration with a number of flags sewn to rope webbing.

With the proper postcards from Zazzle, you can easily spell out a special birthday phrase, name or message.

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Supplies:

  1. Postcard bunting
  2. Twine or string of choice
  3. Mini-clothespins
  4. Scissors

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Step 1: After receiving your personalized bunting postcards, cut each postcard according to the decorative edge of the template.

Step 2: String an appropriate number of mini-clothes pins to match the number of cards.

Step 3: Attach postcards to clothespin.

Step 4: Spread the cards evenly on the twine (feel free to add a knot after each clothespin to secure the card’s placement).

Step 5: Cut the twine at the desired length and display on a wall in the center of your party.

You’re done!

In our next DIY Birthday Series, we’ll show you how to make cupcake wrappers with flyers.

Photography & Collage by: Aaron Calestar 
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner and Nicole Pittman
Postcard design by: kat_parrella

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Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

March 31, 2013

On this day in 1889, the city of Paris honored the centenary of the French Revolution by officially opening the Eiffel Tower. At 984 feet tall, it was the world’s tallest human-made structure (and stayed that way until the Chrysler Building was finished in 1930).

It’s hard to believe now, but in 1889, critics saw the tower as an eyesore or as structurally unsound. If they could only see it now – it’s one of the world’s most popular attractions, with almost 20,000 visitors every day!

It’s also one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, and for all those francophiles out there, we have a ton of options for carrying this architectural treasure with you.

Use our Basking Stationery Paper to send love notes, letters and more with a photo that encapsulates the tranquil bliss that Paris inspires:

Basking Stationery Paper
Basking Stationery Paper by thedustyphoenix

Capture the mystery and intrigue of misty Paris days with a poster of H. Armstrong Roberts’ print “Silhouetted woman, Paris,” overlooking the Eiffel Tower from the iconic Trocadéro plaza:

Silhouetted woman, Paris standing in trocadero Poster
Silhouetted woman, Paris standing in trocadero Poster by corbisimages

And go vintage with an iPhone case that says old-fashioned carnival! The Vintage Paris Postcard option shows off the Eiffel Tower during its inaugural Universal Exposition days:

Vintage Paris Postcard, Eiffel Tower Case For The iPhone 4
Vintage Paris Postcard, Eiffel Tower Case For The iPhone 4 by SaraSteingraber

Until you’re able to visit Paris and see, climb and take photos of the Eiffel Tower in-person, take a bit of it around with you and give a little lift to the everyday.

Artists’ Series: Happy Birthday, Van Gogh!

March 30, 2013

We should all count our lucky stars that Vincent van Gogh didn’t paint for the money, since he never sold a painting in his life. Only in the years after did people start to appreciate his impeccable technique, his distinctive style, and of course, the mystery behind his cut-off ear.

In just over a decade he completed more than 2,000 paintings – from landscapes and still lifes to portraits and self-portraits – and some of them rank among the most well-regarded art of all time. Many of us know and admire his Bedroom at Arles (1889), for instance, with its unusual perspective and striking use of color:

Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, 1889 Posters
Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles, 1889 Posters by bridgemanart

His still life Sunflowers (1888) is a lovely rendering of wild flowers, seemingly strewn together in a matching vase:

Sunflowers, 1888 poster
Sunflowers, 1888 poster by bridgemanart

famous swirls of blue and yellow over Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where van Gogh lived in southern France:

The Starry Night, June 1889 (oil on canvas) Print
The Starry Night, June 1889 (oil on canvas) Print by bridgemanart

That view is what he saw out his bedroom window. How lucky we are that he had it.

Seller Spotlight: Kate Tapley

January 10, 2013

Designer Kate Tapley has always been a doodler. From an early age, her father (an artist) encouraged her to draw and be creative. One day, she was perusing some greeting cards in the store when she decided that they were just…”a little too saccharine.” She started making her own cards for her friends with her signature doodles, and they were a hit. Kate took some time to talk about her epic doodles, Ninja Princess and the popularity behind Vladamir.

All of my friends love my doodles, so much so that they encouraged me to put them on products. I’m so glad I found Zazzle – it’s so user-friendly and I love all my options.

I started with just a couple of simple things on cards — just to see if anyone was interested. My humor is a little random and a bit irreverent. One of my first hits was my “Pregnant at Christmas” ornament, which has sold very well during the holidays (including this past season). A baby’s first Christmas is great, but what about all of the pregnant moms? I’ve been pregnant at Christmas and no one ever gives you ornaments for it. Being able to eat anything you want without guilt deserves some commemoration.

Pregnant at Christmas 2012 Christmas Ornaments
Pregnant at Christmas 2012 Christmas Ornaments by katetapley

When I’m dreaming up designs, usually the captions and art come into my head at the same time. For Vladamir, the design came first. I was over saccharine birthday cards and a friend requested something a little different. Vladamir is a dog smoking a Russian cigar, wearing a hat. It’s very popular — a lot of people love random weirdness and it makes them happy.

"Wery Happy Birthday" Card
“Wery Happy Birthday” Card by katetapley

There’s a bit of a story behind this next card. One of my good friends was diagnosed with cancer right after she turned 30. While most of us were stammering, another girlfriend just said flatly: “Well, this sucks.” And it was exactly the right thing to say. Because it did suck and sometimes people don’t need to hear words of encouragement — they just need to know that they’re not alone in hating their situation.

It's what you're feeling. cards
It’s what you’re feeling. cards by katetapley

Get Your Poker Face On

January 3, 2013

Are you a fish or a shark? Poker players know what that means, but we know that Bicycle® Playing Cards are for everyone. For the holidays, we can tell you without bluffing that Bicycle® Playing Cards were a big seller — Zazzle sold thousands of decks of cards.

Of course the most popular kind were the ones made by you with your photos, text or designs. It’s not surprising that most people want to make their own by adding their own personal photo or image, and there are many designs to choose from, including this popular deck for wedding favors –

Chevron Framed Photo Playing Cards
Chevron Framed Photo Playing Cards by NightOwlsMenagerie

Here are some other popular designs that are great for children, birthday party goodie bags, bachelor parties and much more:

Owl with Mustache and Hat Card Deck
Owl with Mustache and Hat Card Deck by cutencomfy
Grumpy Cat Fancy Cards Bicycle Poker Cards
Grumpy Cat Fancy Cards Bicycle Poker Cards by thegrumpycat

And of course by adding a personalized monogram, you’ll always know it’s your lucky deck –

Black White Gold Stripes Monogram Poker Deck
Black White Gold Stripes Monogram Poker Deck by ClownFishCafe
Modern monogram gift black chevron playing cards
Modern monogram gift black chevron playing cards by partyondesigns

Bicycle® Playing Cards are the world’s most well-known and respected playing cards. These cards are made with patented casino quality paper and a sophisticated color printing process. The cards are easy-to-shuffle, durable semi-gloss cards with 52 playing cards and 2 Jokers per deck. Each deck comes with a standard Bicycle® cardboard case and are made in Kansas City, Kansas.


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