Posts Tagged ‘seller spotlight’

Seller Spotlight: Sm_business_cards

May 16, 2013

Maura Reed was born in Nashville, TN and received a BA in Interior Design with a minor in Fine Art. Her mother was an artist and enrolled Maura in formal art instruction at a very young age. Maura worked as a commercial interior designer for about 3 years, and then left to pursue abstract painting — a profession that would last two decades. In 2008, she decided to try her talent in digital art. Maura took some time to talk to us about her background and favorite products.

I found out about Zazzle after looking for some notecards to print my abstract photography. I’ve been designing since 2008 — that first year was a complete learning experience. I love designing for business cards — it’s my niche. I would describe my style as: elegant, professional and stylish. It’s mostly understated, but with a bold touch of either color or design.

Here are my top 10 tips for other designers and sellers on Zazzle:

1. Love what you do.

This is mandatory.

2. Be patient and persistent.

Understand it will not happen overnight.

3. Only post your best work.

In time your inventory will grow as you continue to sharpen your skills. If you have a store that only displays great designs, then the customer will have more trust and confidence in you as a designer.

4. Be true to yourself.

Always strive to be better….never stop educating and inspiring yourself. This is a constantly evolving industry. Surround yourself with great talent, read books, take a class, join great blogs and visit museums.

5. Be original.

Be known for what makes your work stand out.

6. “Know when to put the brush down.”

Every fine artist understands this. For me, the same goes with designing business cards. I try to keep my designs simple, yet memorable – not busy or overdone.

7. Find a niche and stick with it.

The longer you are with it, the better you will become. In time, you will be known for your talent and skill.

8. Create a smart and professional header.

Every single time your customer clicks on one of your Zazzle product pages, they will see it. It sets a stage and is an extension of your professionalism. It’s almost like an online business card in itself.

9. Get feedback.

If you’re not sure if it’s good enough, ask other designers on the forum. The forum is a wonderful place — very supportive and resourceful in so many ways. Make sure to visit it often.

10. Balance your life.

Balance keeps everything in perspective and keeps us from becoming stagnant, burnt out or stressed. It keeps you fresh.

Here are some of my favorite products:

Cosmetologist Elegant and Simple Blue Lotus Business Card Template
Cosmetologist Elegant and Simple Blue Lotus Business Card Template by sm_business_cards

This was a variation of an older lotus illustration that I wanted to give a more simple, elegant feel. Healing arts and cosmetology are a huge inspiration for many of my designs.

Chic Boutique Gold Circle Motif Faux Black Linen Business Cards
Chic Boutique Gold Circle Motif Faux Black Linen Business Cards by sm_business_cards

This circle motif was a design I created out of complete spontaneity. I only knew that I was going to do some kind of mandala design…so I began with one circle and “the rotate tool” in AI.

Chic Faux Gold Leaf Circles Pink Linen Look Business Cards
Chic Faux Gold Leaf Circles Pink Linen Look Business Cards by sm_business_cards

I love to incorporate texture, pattern and light into my designs.

Pink Cherry Blossoms Branch Fashion Boutique Business Card
Pink Cherry Blossoms Branch Fashion Boutique Business Card by sm_business_cards

I wanted to create something soft and feminine with a hand drawn style. I’m trying to add more hand-drawn work to my designs.

Event Planner Circle Wood Modern Business Card
Event Planner Circle Wood Modern Business Card by sm_business_cards

I love using the circle motif in my designs. The gold and wood texture gives warmth to this bold, mod design.

Seller Spotlight: Paisley in Paris

May 9, 2013

Dio (Paisley in Paris) always knew she was creative, and worked as a full-time graphic artist for well over a decade before stumbling onto Zazzle. She soon found her niche in stationery. Dio took some time to talk to us about her background and her favorite products.

I love stationery — invites, stickers and address labels. I love designing for baby showers and birthday parties, while keeping the designs minimalistic and whimsical with a pop of color.

I’ve always been a doodler and it shows in my work. I keep my designs the focal point and include minimal text.

Here are my favorite products:

TEA SET INVITATIONS

I like the versatility of this design. It’s great for a Mother’s Day tea, a Baby Shower or “Sip and Sea,” and of course, a Bridal Shower.

Pink Flowers, 5x7 Tea Party Invitations
Pink Flowers, 5×7 Tea Party Invitations by paisleyinparis

COUPLE WITH BABY

I created this thank you note card for a customer who had used my “Expecting Couple” design for her baby shower invitations. It’s basically the same design, except that the mom-to-be displays a lovely baby bump. My customer liked that design so much, she requested thank you cards, with the couple and their newborn baby.

New Parents with Baby Girl - Thank You Card
New Parents with Baby Girl – Thank You Card by paisleyinparis

MOMMY’S LITTLE PUMPKIN

A couple of years ago, one of my cousins asked me to create a “Mommy’s Little Pumpkin” invitation suite for her sister’s baby shower. This design is special to me because it was created with my cousin and mind, and because there’s nothing I love more than family time! Most baby showers in my family are coed. An event like this (an addition to the family) is something to be celebrated by all!

Mommy's Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Invitations
Mommy’s Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Invitations by paisleyinparis

BABY IN TEA CUP

This is one of my favorite designs. I love that it came about through a friend’s request, and since then, has become one of my popular designs. It just proves that no matter how creative you are, friends, family and customers will always be there to provide inspiration — with their input, requests, stationery needs and just by being who they are.

Baby in Tea Cup Baby Shower Invitations
Baby in Tea Cup Baby Shower Invitations by paisleyinparis

ALLIGATOR BABY SHOWER

I’m big on recycling. This little alligator was originally created as part of a mock-up for a customer who hired me to design his business logo. He opted for another design and this cute little fella, combined with whimsical font and bright colors, made for a cute baby shower invitation and postage.

Alligator Baby Shower Postage Stamps
Alligator Baby Shower Postage Stamps by paisleyinparis

TOTALLY 80′S PARTY INVITATION

Not only is this one of my favorite designs, it’s is also my best seller. I created the invitation for my sister’s 30th birthday party and we celebrated 80′s style! I believe that the invitations are the first glimpse your guests get of your event and I think this design definitely set the tone for this wonderful night!

Totally 80's Birthday Party Invitations
Totally 80′s Birthday Party Invitations by paisleyinparis
Here I am with my sister at her 80s party. Yes, I was a New Kids on the Block fan. Who wasn’t?

WHIMSICAL HOUSEWARMING PARTY

This design will always remind me of the day I discovered my own style. It was from this point on that I feel my work became a bit more refined and easier to identify as a Paisley In Paris™ piece. I still have quite a way to go as an artist. Creating is my passion. It takes me on a journey of growth and I can see myself evolving through my artwork. It’s what keeps this all fun and interesting.

5x7 Whimsical Housewarming Party Personalized Invitation
5×7 Whimsical Housewarming Party Personalized Invitation by paisleyinparis

Seller Spotlight: Wasootch

May 2, 2013

Shannon (wasootch) has quite a varied background. She started her career in the electronics field, providing technical support and programming for a variety of tech companies. She then decided to pursue psychology — but always kept an interest in art and design. She never thought to pursue art as a career until she stumbled upon Zazzle. Shannon took some time to tell us about her background and favorite products.

I found Zazzle in 2009 and decided to give it a try. It was a great way to hone my design skills and get an idea of what customers like and are willing to purchase.

My style:

My style varies depending on what I’m trying to accomplish, so I guess it’s fairly eclectic. I tend to do a lot of girly designs, but I love getting a chance to work on something more “man-focused,” as well as something cute for kids. I also like trying to get “out of my box” so to speak and will intentionally try to work on a different design style from time to time. I love designing for Zazzle because it gives me a lot of freedom and is suited to my personality.

My inspiration:

Nature inspires me. I love getting outside to hike and walk. I’m also a bit of a photography fan, so I like getting out to take photos. I love to travel. A couple of years back my husband and I went on a trip to Namibia and Botswana and it inspired a lot of my designs.

My tips for other designers:

There is no magic bullet for everyone. I’ve always tried to be as original as possible and offer designs and products that customers can’t easily find anywhere else. Others follow trends and seem to do well with that. In my opinion, you should try to design with integrity and not copy the designs or design styles of other sellers because you just end up undercutting yourself and the other designer in the process. There are always niches that you can look for and you should design for those. I also believe that having relevant titles, descriptions and keywords are just as important as the design.

Elephant Floral Yellow Grey Baby Shower Invitation
Elephant Floral Yellow Grey Baby Shower Invitation by wasootch

I like elephants and I was playing around in Illustrator… just trying out the swirl tool options. I like this elephant design because the colors (yellow and grey) are unique. It’s not your typical baby shower invitation.

Top Secret Agent Mission Baby Gender Reveal Party Personalized Invites
Top Secret Agent Mission Baby Gender Reveal Party Personalized Invites by wasootch

A group of Zazzle designers have started a blog and we hold “design challenges” for blog posts. One of those challenges was gender reveal party invitations. Now, most of these are all baby pink and baby blue variations on baby shower designs. I thought I’d do something different and make a “secret agent” version. I figured why not? After all, these parties are for adults, not for kids.

Kid's Easter Activity Fun Sheet 8.5"x11" Notepad
Kid’s Easter Activity Fun Sheet 8.5″x11″ Notepad by wasootch

Sometimes I just want to try out new ideas on Zazzle’s different products. In this case, I used a notepad to create an Easter kid’s activity and coloring sheet.

Green Brown Personalized Bridal Shower Bingo Letterhead
Green Brown Personalized Bridal Shower Bingo Letterhead by wasootch

This is a new design where I used Zazzle’s letterhead paper to create a bridal shower bingo game. There is a matching brown and green floral bridal shower invitation for this design as well.

Tropical Toucan Destination Wedding Reception Only Cards
Tropical Toucan Destination Wedding Reception Only Cards by wasootch

Post-wedding reception only invitations are for couples who have had a destination wedding or a private ceremony, but still want to have a reception celebration at home with family and friends. A lot of the destination style designs feature beaches and sand. I wanted to do something a little different by designing a jungle featuring a toucan, butterflies and greenery.

Seller Spotlight: Paper_Girl

April 25, 2013

Paper_girl has loved art as long as she can remember. When she was young, her parents and art teachers were often impressed by the amount of details she put into her artwork. While most kids were drawing a rainbow or a doodle of a sun, Paper_girl was sketching countryside wineries or a 3D view of her bedroom.

I feel very lucky to have found what I love to do at such a young age. I found Zazzle 4 years ago when I was looking for an outlet to showcase my designs. Since then, I opened two Zazzle stores that are both very successful, Paper Girl Stationery Shop and Paper Girl’s Wedding Boutique.

Everything that I see inspires me. Once, I went to a wedding and fell in love with the bride’s dress. I decided to draw it for this Couture Gown bridal shower invitation. I do what I do because I love designing more than anything else. It’s my true passion and I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love.

My style is funky, modern, colorful and full of personality. Here are some of my favorite products:

Bring A Book Baby Shower Invitation

Bring A Book Baby Shower Invitation (Blue)
Bring A Book Baby Shower Invitation (Blue) by paper_girl

Both of my kids love books and have read on their own since they were 4 years old. It inspired me to create Bring A Book baby shower invites to help new moms introduce a love of reading to their babies.

So Proud Graduation Invitation

So Proud Graduation Invitation
So Proud Graduation Invitation by paper_girl

I remember the graduation announcements that my school offered for purchase. I couldn’t pick one since they were not me at all! Each grad has their own style and I wanted to offer them options, whether their style is simple and modern, funky and colorful, or vintage and unique.

Stylish Starfish Wedding Invitation

Stylish Starfish Wedding Invitations
Stylish Starfish Wedding Invitations by wedding_boutique

I love beach weddings! I didn’t get married on the beach, but if I did, this is what my invitation would look like: modern and elegant with the perfect coral and ocean water color schemes.

Cocktail Glasses Bachelorette Party or Bridal Shower Invitation

Cocktail Glasses Bachelorette/Bridal Shower Invite
Cocktail Glasses Bachelorette/Bridal Shower Invite by wedding_boutique

Planning a wedding can be stressful and brides-to-be deserve a fun night out with friends. This idea inspired me to design this particular invitation.

Ice Cream Sunday Birthday Invitation

Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party Invitation (Pink)
Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party Invitation (Pink) by paper_girl

This was inspired by an ice cream party that I threw for the neighborhood kids a few summers ago. The party was a big hit!

Modern Band Save The Date Postcard

Modern Band Save The Date Postcard (Turquoise)
Modern Band Save The Date Postcard (Turquoise) by wedding_boutique

Sending out save-the-dates is more important that most people think. I’m glad I sent out mine since most of my relatives live far away and they told me the save the dates helped them make early travel arrangements and save money!

Seller Spotlight: CuteNComfy

April 18, 2013

Angela (CuteNComfy) received a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and then ran a successful business, handling both residential and commercial design. Once she had kids, she decided to spend more time at home. Having an eye for color, style and design placement, she decided to try her hand at Zazzle. 

I have been designing on Zazzle since 2007. I love photography and am often taking pictures of flowers, landscapes and interesting objects.

I love the thought of someone wearing a t-shirt or having coffee in a mug that I designed. When a gift becomes someone’s “favorite hat” or “favorite keychain,” it makes me feel like I helped make someone’s day a little brighter. I also love doing party and wedding invitations of all sorts. It’s always amazing when someone chooses my design to represent their special event.

I love working with colors of all sorts. I think bright neon colors are extremely fun and refreshing, but there are times I design in bold black and white, or use lots of neutrals and muted shades. It just depends on what I am working on. In general, my style would be “elegant simplicity.” I also enjoy integrating black into a lot of my designs. I think it adds a certain element of sophistication. Sometimes I like to keep things fun and light if I’m designing around a special occasion.

My advice to other sellers would be to find what you enjoy and are good at, and go from there. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to be successful in anything, and the same applies to Zazzle.

Here are some of my favorite products:

I have been venturing more into creating my own animals and character illustrations and this cute baby fox is one of my favorites.

Cute Baby Fox Necklace
Cute Baby Fox Necklace by cutencomfy

I love bright colors, especially contrasted with black. This print reminds me of growing up in the ’80s.

Neon Rainbow Leopard Pattern Print iPhone 5 Cover
Neon Rainbow Leopard Pattern Print iPhone 5 Cover by cutencomfy

This design is great for Earth Day, or just for anyone who loves nature. I love creating apparel designs like this with some character and a vintage, worn look.

Hot Pink Swirly Vine Photo Graduation Announcement
Hot Pink Swirly Vine Photo Graduation Announcement by CustomInvites

I enjoy creating products where a customer can add their own photo or text. I really like this because it’s so fresh and bright.

Pink Glitter Zebra Bow Sweet Sixteen Personalized Invitation
Pink Glitter Zebra Bow Sweet Sixteen Personalized Invitation by CustomInvites

This sweet sixteen invitation birthday party invitation incorporates lots of bold and bright design elements.

Dramatic Black Orchid 40th Birthday Cards
Dramatic Black Orchid 40th Birthday Cards by CustomInvites

I love incorporating photography into my designs. This orchid lasted much longer in print than it did in my house.

Seller Spotlight: GirlyTemplate

March 14, 2013

Three years ago, Julia (GirlyTemplate) would never have imagined that she could have fun designing — and get paid for it. By designing on Zazzle, she can! Though she grew up in a creative family of artists, apart from a few doodles as a child, she focused her professional endeavors in tourism and hotel management. “I didn’t know that life had other plans for me,” explains Julia. 

After I graduated, I decided to move to France with my husband. I left my family in Brazil and looked for a job that would allow me to work from home and from anywhere in the world.

I found Zazzle by chance. I saw that I could open a shop and sell my designs — the idea intrigued me. It was so much fun to open my store! I started on Zazzle in July 2011 and it’s been a dream ever since.

It wasn’t without obstacles. Thankfully, I had some basic knowledge with vector images and photo editing. I also had to learn how to describe and tag my products. But as soon as I sold my first product, I was so motivated.

I usually go for pink, damask, glitter, animal prints, pastel colors, polka dots and flowers. I like to mix these elements and create a design where people can incorporate their photo, message or name.

I have a few tips for new sellers — first of all, don’t ever give up! When I opened my store it didn’t take me very long to make one sale or two, but after some time, sales disappeared, and I started to doubt my work and creativity. The most important thing I did was to search for help in the forums. I asked what I could be doing wrong and where I could improve. I got help from many other sellers on Zazzle. They took the time to visit my store and give me a feedback. They told me not to give up — to describe and tag my products well. I remember one person even told me to use more colors in my designs!

My best tip is to look at what is trending in your niche. You will have more chances to sell. Be creative and try to mix your personal style with the latest fashions. Keep posting often on your store and look for new ideas. If you’re stumped for ideas, take some time, read a good book, go for a walk — you’ll get new ideas.

Here are some of my favorite products:

Girly Vintage Pink Roses Monogrammed iPad Mini Cover
Girly Vintage Pink Roses Monogrammed iPad Mini Cover by GirlyTemplate

I think that half of the products on my stores are made with flowers designs — modern and vintage flower illustrations.

Hello Sailor! Retro Vintage Girly Nautical Anchors iPhone 4 Cover
Hello Sailor! Retro Vintage Girly Nautical Anchors iPhone 4 Cover by GirlyTemplate

It’s great when you recognize your products on the internet. I always look for trends on social media and blogs. I was so happy to find that this iPhone case got more than 2000 likes on weheartit.com.

Personalized Kawaii Bird and Flowers Placemat
Personalized Kawaii Bird and Flowers Placemat by GirlyTemplate

Designing for kids is always fun! I have a little sister and when creating for little girls, I try to think if she would like it or not.

Modern Pink & Grey Elegant Chevron Bridal Shower Custom Announcement
Modern Pink & Grey Elegant Chevron Bridal Shower Custom Announcement by GirlyTemplate

Invitations can take a long time to design, but it’s very rewarding to see when someone has chosen your design to announce their big event.

Keep Calm and Sparkle Glitter LookLike Rainbow iPad Mini Cover
Keep Calm and Sparkle Glitter LookLike Rainbow iPad Mini Cover by GirlyTemplate

What girl doesn’t like a bit of glamour? This mix of the well-known “keep calm” designs with the fake glitter look is great for fashion girls. Girls often give these cases to their best friends.

Seller Spotlight: ThePaperMill

March 7, 2013

Sandy (ThePaperMill on Zazzle) lives on a beautiful island off the coast of Washington state. After spending years snapping pictures of the scenery, she came across Zazzle and decided to brush up on her photoshop skills. She decided to turn her love of photography and weddings into a successful venture on Zazzle.

I spent many years in risk management and insurance, and decided it was time to try out Zazzle.

I’ve found my niche with rustic themes, the outdoors and weddings. I spend a lot of time researching wedding trends, thinking how I can best create save-the-dates, invites, etc. I know how important this day is for the bride, and it’s an honor designing something that will be significant on such a special day.

Here are some of my favorites:

Rustic Wedding Save the Date Swallows and Fence Square Stickers
Rustic Wedding Save the Date Swallows and Fence Square Stickers by ThePaperMill

I try to incorporate my passion for living here into my design work. Rustic fences and tree silhouettes dot the landscape of our island everywhere you go. All of my designs are created in photoshop — allowing me to incorporate layer after layer to bring the viewer into the design.

Modern Campground Camping Inspired Wedding Announcements
Modern Campground Camping Inspired Wedding Announcements by ThePaperMill

Mixing textures like the burlap background with a minimalist design keeps this invite contemporary (but it still maintains that rustic feel).

Mason Jar Rustic and Modern Wedding Aqua Red Invitations
Mason Jar Rustic and Modern Wedding Aqua Red Invitations by ThePaperMill

I love to evoke memories from childhood when creating designs, and I love the fact that today’s bride feels comfortable enough to add her unique interpretation to the day.

Birds On Wire Inspiring Quote Wall Decor
Birds On Wire Inspiring Quote Wall Decor by walldesigns

I try to keep up with all of Zazzle’s great product offerings and try to dedicate time to creating different products. Sometimes we need to be aware of what sells in our overall marketing scheme and head in other directions to encompass other markets.

Vintage Birdcage Love Bird Wedding Dessert Buffet Card
Vintage Birdcage Love Bird Wedding Dessert Buffet Card by dessertbuffet

I love the idea of using candy buffets and wedding dessert bars. I try to make brides’ planning easier, while also sticking to my goal of incorporating the beauty in our everyday lives.

Seller Spotlight: TreasureTheMoments

February 28, 2013

After graduating with a degree in psychology and spending some time job-hunting, TreasureTheMoments found out about Zazzle and turned a hobby of designing in her downtime into a lucrative store on our site. She took some time to talk to us about her products and why — when in doubt — leopard print and pink are her go-to patterns and colors. 

I’m mostly self-taught — I taught myself how to use photoshop and took some time to inspect Zazzle, the products and the design tool.

I love making products that are pink and girly. I gravitate towards as much “bling” as possible and animal print. My designs are bold, sassy and loud — it’s for the “confident and popular woman — who owns it.” It’s been a hit, especially with women in their teens to women in their late 20s and early 30s.

Chic Bowed Zebra Print Invite [Pink]
Chic Bowed Zebra Print Invite [Pink] by TreasureTheMoments
Floral Damask Invite with Purple Bow
Floral Damask Invite with Purple Bow by TreasureTheMoments
Sassy Leopard Sweet Sixteen Photo Invite [Brown]
Sassy Leopard Sweet Sixteen Photo Invite [Brown] by TreasureTheMoments

Invites are my most popular products. People have also requested coordinating products, in addition to the invites, for events spanning from weddings to baby showers. Designing coordinated products for events is my specialty — I’ll usually design a whole set around a customer’s tastes and vision.

My advice to others on Zazzle is to be persistent and have faith in yourself. Be authentic and be true to your own style. Someone out there will like it.

Pink Glitter Invite With Zebra Print Bow
Pink Glitter Invite With Zebra Print Bow by TreasureTheMoments

Floral Lace Invite with Diamond Bow
Floral Lace Invite with Diamond Bow by TreasureTheMoments
Admission Ticket Invite [Gold]
Admission Ticket Invite [Gold] by TreasureTheMoments

Seller Spotlight: SquirrelHugger

February 21, 2013

Teri Francis (otherwise known as SquirrelHugger on Zazzle) took up photography in 2004, practicing her camera angles on squirrels in her backyard. Besides her passion for photography, she was also a marketing consultant for 30 years, handling everything from copywriting to graphics to design. She quickly found her niche creating “streamlined and corporate designs” — parlaying her years of designing for “urbanistic and contemporary” advertising and executive events. 

When I started on Zazzle, I saw that there was an opportunity to put more corporate, streamlined designs out there. That’s my main piece of advice for designers out there — do what you know. If you’re a schoolteacher, design for schoolteachers, if you’re a fisherman, design fisherman-related things. It’s a great place to start.

My designs are influenced by my 30 years of corporate marketing, and I love creating for birthday parties and anniversary parties. I get a lot of male clients — for them I try to stay with darker colors. It’s no surprise, but they don’t love fancy, frilly or cute. It’s all about minimalistic designs and blocks of darker color.

Here are some of my favorite designs:

65th Birthday Party Invitation 

65th Birthday Party Invitations
65th Birthday Party Invitations by SquirrelHugger

Working mostly with men for many years, I learned that their favorite colors are usually black, red, maroon, deep blues, textured browns, and gold-tones.  They often miss (or dismiss) fine lines and fancy detail work, so I try to use large block-style accents of color or trim.  The tricky thing to remember with masculine designs is that the product you’re creating may very likely be purchased by the woman in his life — so, it’s important to a put a measured balance in your style that will appeal to his lady and make her say “Oh, that’s just perfect for him!”

Sweet 16 Birthday Party Invitation

Sweet 16 - Personalized Birthday Party Invitations
Sweet 16 – Personalized Birthday Party Invitations by SquirrelHugger

A customer requested a very specific theme of pink and white “Ice Cream Parlor” style invites for her daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday party. I used pink and white stripes to reference the typical ice cream parlor awning, and used a vintage style “menu” board for the invitation text. I also added the big pink bow because she said her daughter was very “girly”. This became a best-seller for me, and I still get requests to duplicate it for other birthday years. One bride had me create her entire wedding ensemble for her with this design.

50th Anniversary Party 

Fancy 50th Anniversary Invitations - Your Photos
Fancy 50th Anniversary Invitations – Your Photos by SquirrelHugger
50th Anniversary - Personalized Photo Album Binder
50th Anniversary – Personalized Photo Album Binder by SquirrelHugger

50th anniversary celebrations have a special place in my heart. I designed the invites and theme for my own parents’ anniversary party — it was one of the most memorable events in our family’s history. My dad passed away shortly after, but we found great comfort in remembering how happy he was and the wonderful memories we have of that day continue to make us smile. I do every anniversary invitation as if it was for my parents. Fun fact: the 1940′s era couple I use in most of my 50th anniversary invites are indeed my parents on their wedding day.

Bride Binder

A girlfriend who was getting married and could not find bridal cards and accessories specifically for women of color, so I created cards, binders and magnets with her in mind.

African American Bride - Wedding Planner Binder
African American Bride – Wedding Planner Binder by SquirrelHugger

Christmas Greeting Card for a Special Friend

Christmas Card - Special Friend
Christmas Card – Special Friend by SquirrelHugger

I created this for a very dear friend who was going through a tough time. When creating greeting cards for any occasion, my best advice is to write the words you would like to hear if you were the one receiving the card. Those are always my best sellers.

Seller Spotlight: Plush Paper

February 14, 2013

Kathleen from Plush Paper was able to parlay her advertising and marketing background into designing beautiful invites for weddings and events on Zazzle. Kathleen took some time to talk to us about her love of design and how she got started on Zazzle. 

I became interested in weddings and invitations as I planned my wedding in 2007. I remember the excitement I had mailing out our wedding save the dates and invitations. It made everything very official, and I loved checking the mail everyday for RSVP cards. My wedding stationery was special to me because I took great care in personalizing everything. I made sure that it would make a great first impression and be a true reflection of our wedding day.

After our wedding, our photographer referred a client to me who had a unique vision for her wedding invitations. I continued working with other clients on custom stationery orders and my business, and Plush Paper Creations was quickly established (early 2008).

I developed my stationery line that I sell through the Plush Paper Design Shop on Zazzle to complement my custom order business. I am focused on design, which I love, and Zazzle fulfills my orders, providing great customer service and quality finished products to my customers. Zazzle has really helped my business to grow, and it is an incredible feeling knowing that my designs have been selected by customers worldwide for their special events.

Wedding Save the Date Card | Movie Poster Design Custom Invites
Wedding Save the Date Card | Movie Poster Design Custom Invites by Plush_Paper

This wedding save the date card was inspired by the first custom wedding invitation that I created five years ago, which was designed to look like a movie poster. The original invitation was a small poster size that was actually rolled up and mailed to guests in mailing tubes. I designed this save the date version that features a classic black and white color scheme, an engagement photo of thebride and groom, and whimsical wording like “A Happily Ever After Production” that can be personalized.

Wedding Save the Date | Classic Elegance Postage
Wedding Save the Date | Classic Elegance Postage by Plush_Paper

Custom postage stamps are one of my favorite products to design on Zazzle. I designed stamps for my wedding, which is how I first discovered Zazzle, and many of my custom order clients have requestedthem to complete the look of their invitations. These elegant and formal save the date stamps can be customized with a wedding date and they are available in many colors, but this champagne gold metallic color is my personal favorite.

Wedding Invitation | Autumn Leaf Frame
Wedding Invitation | Autumn Leaf Frame by Plush_Paper

Here in Michigan, we have a beautiful fall season and it is a popular time of year to get married. Many couples incorporate vibrant autumn colors in their color scheme and natural elements, such as branches and leaves, in their stationery and decor. This wedding invitation, which is part of my Leaf Frame wedding collection, was created with a contemporary and chic fall-themed wedding in mind.

Wedding Bridal Shower | Wine Event Theme Personalized Invitations
Wedding Bridal Shower | Wine Event Theme Personalized Invitations by Plush_Paper

This bridal shower invitation was designed for a wine-themed event, a party I would love to attend! The burgundy wine color has a textured appearance that I think adds depth and a slight rustic feel to the design. I have been experimenting more with textured backgrounds in many of my recent stationery designs.

Big News Birth Announcement | Gray & Charcoal
Big News Birth Announcement | Gray & Charcoal by Plush_Paper

Beyond wedding events, I have really enjoyed developing stationery designs for baby showers and new babies. This birth announcement is a unique and fun way to share the big news of a baby’s arrival, with the look of a front-page newspaper story.

Graduation Party Invitation | Grad Class of 2013
Graduation Party Invitation | Grad Class of 2013 by Plush_Paper
I am also focused on new graduation announcements and party invitations, as spring and summer near. My husband will be receiving his master’s degree in a few months, so I am featuring a graduation party invitation in honor of his school colors, University of Michigan maize and blue.

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