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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

Our New Gift Center Makes Holiday Shopping a Cinch

November 28, 2012

What do you get for the crafty gal, the animal lover and the space cadet? If you’ve been following along on Facebook and Twitter the past few days, we’ve been showcasing personas from Zazzle’s brand-new Gift Center. We’ve filled it to the brim with all of our holiday gifts to make it easy to find the perfect present for every special person in your life, and to have your holiday shopping covered in one place.

We’ve got you covered for the people with real personality — the Crafty Gal, Mr. Mom, Vintage Betty and more.

We all know a Vintage Betty — someone who loves to wear red lipstick and curl her hair. How do you find her a nifty holiday gift?

Show her what’s buzzin’ with a Retro Cherry Wallclock:

Red Retro Cherry Wallclocks
Red Retro Cherry Wallclocks by opheliasart

Keep her phone hip with a Ringy Dingy iPhone Case:

One Ringy DIngy iPhone 5 Case
One Ringy DIngy iPhone 5 Case by digitalgirlies

And help her haul in style with a Red Cherries Gingham Messenger Bag:

Red Cherries Gingham Messenger Bag
Red Cherries Gingham Messenger Bag by suncookiez

Besides our fabulous Gift Center, remember to browse through our stocking stuffersfestive cardscustom postage and gifts for every holiday — from Christmas to Hanukkah to New Year’s.

Or create your own gift that’s made by you, just for them. Find Dad the perfect tieCreate an ornament with the latest family photo. Find the wristlet in your BFF’s favorite colors. Or customize a skateboard for your little bro.

Next up in our Gift Center series: the perfect presents for Young Bucks and Bros.

Seller Spotlight: Lora Severson

November 15, 2012

While some photographers opt for capturing the entire scene, Lora Severson (Lora Severson Photography) prefers the close-up. And for good reason — residing in the countryside of rural Illinois, she’s surrounded by vibrant meadows, colorful flowers and old barns, all of which are detailed subjects for her lens. Known for her original high resolution floral photography, she’s a lover of the rustic and the weathered. We’re glad that she turns her shots into invitations and greeting cards on Zazzle for all of us to enjoy.

I’ve always loved taking pictures, but I wasn’t really serious about it until my kids got older. I poked around some stock photography sites and it really piqued my interest. We have a fantastic arboretum near here that offers certified floral and nature photography classes. I decided to dive right in and it took me about two years at night to get my certification. I knew a lot about photography, but I didn’t know about the technical details, like how you lay out flowers to get the perfect micro-shot.

Soft White Daisy iPhone 5 Case-Mate
Soft White Daisy iPhone 5 Case-Mate by loraseverson

I especially love designing for rural farm, barn ranch and country weddings — they’re especially popular with Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Illinois residents. I’ll incorporate photos of antique farm equipment, rusted wagon wheels and aged saddles. Many customers love to order whole sets of invites, including matching envelopes, thank you notes and custom postage to create a coordinated set.

Rustic Daisy Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards
Rustic Daisy Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards by loraseverson

There’s a lot of thought and planning that goes into my invitations. I brainstorm how I want to position the space for words, how that fits with the flowers I want to incorporate, and which flower arrangements go well with others. We have all four seasons here, and sometimes when it’s cold and there’s nothing to do, I’ll go outside and look around to see what would make for great close-ups that I can later turn into wedding invites, greeting cards, special occasion announcements and even ornaments. One time I found an old barn that was being torn down, and decided that the barn wood would make for the perfect picture, especially with flowers against it. I find that some of my best photos (and later, products) come from creative serendipity.

Red Barn with Fence Greeting Card
Red Barn with Fence Greeting Card by loraseverson

Rustic Daffodils Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards
Rustic Daffodils Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards by loraseverson

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