Archive for October, 2011

Halloween Special: The 10 Scariest Mousepads on the Web

October 31, 2011

Since it’s Halloween, I thought it would be fun to find and share the 10 scariest mousepads on the web. These mousepads are better than a cup of coffee for waking up – just look down and you’ll be scared awake! Check out what I mean below. Warning: these are not for the faint of heart! These mousepads will haunt your dreams.

OK, not too bad…

Not sure if I should be more freaked out at the skull, or what’s scaring the skull.

The eyes are following me…


The birds…

I’m pretty sure I would be freaked out if I saw this person in the dark

This guy looks upset. I hope I wasn’t the one that upset him.


Doll with no hair = always scary.

BOOO! Come on, Sully is scary…scary CUTE!

What’s the scariest mousepad you can find on Zazzle? Post it in the comments!

Winner of the Halloween Case-Mate Design Contest

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!! We had a tremendous showing of witches, ghosts, skeletons, and more spooky designs in our recent Halloween Case-Mate Design Contest! There were so many fabulous entries, the judges had a really hard time selecting winners! Again, we thank you all for your patience with any tag issues that you may have expereinced. And now for the winners…

Our Grand Prize Winner:

AlRioArtSkull and Roses with Crown of Thorns

And here are the Honorable Mentions: –

VectorGraphics – Halloween Case

SandyspiderDead Tree Amongst an Orange Scary Sky

Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to all who participated!

Zazzle Foto Friday

October 28, 2011

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.

Fisher Go Team Wood T Shirts

Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Canvas Bag

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with DesignKandy

October 27, 2011

New Zazzler Simone, from the Zazzle store designkandy, talks about her art and what she’s looking forward to most on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store designkandy!

Vintage Postcard Colossal Cocktails

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Simone: I’ve been drawing and painting since I was little, but I fell in love with digital design when I got this ridiculously simple version of Photoshop with my first computer back in ’98. I have upgraded my ‘tools’ over the years and been working on my style and technique, which is always changing and seems to be a never ending work in progress.

Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?

Simone: My favorite designs to create are vintage with a modern twist.

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

Simone: I was so excited when I accidentally discovered Zazzle that I immediately opened a store and soon after sold my first product – a customized wedding postage stamp! It’s just so easy for customers to personalize the designs and it’s convenient for me to post my designs on Zazzle and not have to worry about fulfillment and customer relations, because Zazzle takes care of everything.

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

Simone: My favorite designs are my destination wedding invitations and the Zazzle products that I’ve been using for the invitations and supplies are the greeting, invitation and RSVP cards, postage stamps, address labels and small stickers as envelope seals. I also have a large collection of vintage prints and luggage stickers which are reproduced perfectly on the round and rectangular stickers, coasters and posters.

Luggage Tag Save the Date Invitation

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

Simone: I’m in the process of adding a lot more designs to my store, and I’m looking forward to a consistent increase in sales.

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

Simone: What I would advise someone who is just starting out is:  properly use keywords and tags not only on the product description, but also on the product images (click on ‘edit photo’ and add the photo description). This ensures that your images will eventually show up on search engine search results which will then lead to sales!

Thanks Simone!

Some people like fruitcake, but everyone loves cookies

October 26, 2011

While browsing through new holiday card designs, we were excited to see a unique and creative usage of holiday flat cards – cookie exchange invitations! What an awesome reason to throw a party! Swap your favorite festive cookies, sharing recipes and family traditions. What a sweet way to celebrate the holidays – in a cookie coma, fat and happy.

Plan a cookie potluck of your own and browse through Zazzle’s catalog of cookie exchange invitations. Have you been to a cookie exchange? What’s your favorite cookie invite on Zazzle? Share in the comments!

Shop Doodles on Demand

October 25, 2011

Attention fans of the creative and fun Google Doodles, get great Google Doodle t-shirts, Google Doodle mugs, Google Doodle skateboards, Google Doodle bags, and more featuring 500 different Doodles from around the world and throughout the years (more are being added RIGHT NOW…well, not really, but more are added weekly!). The Doodles on Demand store has got so many Doodles that you could get a different Doodle shirt for every day of the year and only do laundry once (I hear that Laundromats aren’t busy on New Year’s Day). Want to get started with that project? Check out some of my favorite t-shirts below.

Halloween Case-Mate Contest is now over – Winners will be announced soon

October 21, 2011

A huge thanks to everyone that participated! The designs are amazing and it is going to be really tough for our panel of judges to choose a winner! Below is a list of entries that are correctly tagged and still not showing up on the contest page. If your design should be on this list but is not, please send an email to so that your entry can be considered in the judging! We apologize again for any technical difficulties that people are experiencing.

Here are the entries that are not showing up. These will all be judged along with the other entries! by ValleriesGallery by elledeegee by greendeer by Retrofort by Laurie77 by Visages by Westernpalomino by malibuitalian by daedreem by all_items by soulgazephotography byMobilePhoneCases by marlenedesigner by thatwhichisgood by sugaroverkill_ap by elizabethburton by lionwoods37 by TheInspiredEdge by Smarttaste by CreaseCrosseLacrosse by GHGHGHVentures by CMaddenArt by monstars by spookstation


Thanks again, and good luck to everyone!

Foto Friday!

October 21, 2011

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.


Scallywag Logo T-Shirt

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with reflections06

October 20, 2011

Carla, from the Zazzle store reflections06, talks about her favorite products, and what drew her to Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store reflections06!

Personalized Festive Christmas Card

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself

Carla: My name is Carla Rolfe, and originally I’m from Bremerton, Washington.  I married and moved to Southern Ontario, Canada about 14 years ago.  As for my art, I suppose I’m like most artists since I’ve always created in one way or another.  As a little girl I’d create little cartoon animals with great big eyes on my book covers at school, the phone book, my bedroom wall and anything else I could find to draw on. Oh the phone book was also covered with my abstract, interlocking diamond shapes as well. 🙂 Many of those little cartoon animals are now in my shop at Zazzle, and customers love them as much as my friends did in grade school.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Carla: Inspiration for my designs comes from just about everywhere.  From a mood, a funny or wonderfully sentimental thing someone said, or the feeling of a special event.  If I’m doing a custom design and I know the person I try to capture part of them in the design, their favorite colors, a font style they like, a certain personality trait and that sort of thing.

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Carla: I think if I had to pick a favorite Zazzle product to create, it would have to be custom invitations for the great big, monumental, milestone events in life.  When people are celebrating such events it’s a blessing and an honor to have my products selected to be the “come celebrate with us” image that people see when they open that envelope.  In a small way it’s like being a part of their celebration and that warms my heart.

Zazzle: Who is your favorite Zazzle seller (besides yourself, of course)?

Carla: I don’t know that I could say I have a “favorite” Zazzler because the Zazzle artist community has so many amazingly talented members.  There is one that comes to mind right away though and her shop is  When I see her work I’m always impressed with the way she captures depth and light and shading in her fantasy/mystical pieces. It’s a genre I don’t work in at all but if you could imagine living in a fantasy world filled with mystical creatures, they would be hers!

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Carla: I take advantage of the social networking tools out there to really just automate everything as much as possible. I had a friend recently email me and ask “were you REALLY up at 4 am creating new products in your Zazzle shop?!” 🙂 No, I was not really up at 4am, although it has happened, I confess. However, all new products are now set up on a feed at twitterfeed and then synced to post at my Facebook page as well. Another really good way to promote is to make sure you tweet every amazing sale Zazzle is running so that your circle of friends knows when their favorite design or product is on sale.  Everyone loves a good deal so I try to notify my little corner of the world when there’s a great sale on, and Zazzle has no shortage of really great sales! Beyond that, I also have a store blog where I can post longer articles of new items, sales, etc.  To top it off, I have a bumpersticker on both the family van and our car, and I hand out business cards all the time.

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

Carla: It’s really hard to pick a “favorite” out of my designs but this Baby’s First Christmas photo frame ornament was one that I was so delighted with when the product was finished.  Using a few different design elements I tried to capture festive, sentimental and simple and it worked beautifully.  I have over 900 ornaments in my shop and that was my best seller last Christmas. It’s a pretty special feeling knowing this ornament decorated so many Christmas trees last year, and hopefully will this Christmas time as well!

Baby's First Christmas Photo Frame Ornament

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

Carla: The very first thing I created on Zazzle was a t-shirt, way back when Zazzle was just a baby 🙂 I’ve been with Zazzle for many years and in many ways we’ve both grown together.  I’ve learned a lot over the years and Zazzle has introduced so many amazing products that it’s just a phenomenal place to have a shop.  I’ve long since discontinued most of my “very first” products as my talent as a designer has improved drastically over the years.

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

Carla: What originally caught my attention at Zazzle years ago, was a mention on a discussion forum for another print on demand company.  I clicked the link, looked around and thought how much I liked the layout and the functionality of the site.  I was still using dial up internet at the time and Zazzle worked for me much better than the other print on demand site so I signed up, started creating and the rest is history.  I ditched dial up years ago and Zazzle has only improved by leaps and bounds since then.  I’ve tried many other PODs, still have shops at some of them, but my Zazzle shops are my most favorites. It’s home, and gets all my newest designs.

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

Carla: Keep your shop clean, easy to navigate and free of flashy/splashy things, design something new every day, offer it on as many products as it will fit nicely on, and keep it fresh.  What I mean by keeping it fresh is to not rely on something that sold well a year ago, to keep selling well now.  The buyer’s moods change, interests change, trends change so as artists we have to keep a finger on what folks want today, not always what they wanted a year ago.  Some designs are timeless and will sell on products no matter fickle trends, but it’s never a good idea to rely on those.  Rather, take a browse through the Zazzle marketplace and notice top selling items and pay particular attention to color schemes, genres, and that sort of thing.  Looking at top selling design elements like that gives you as an artist a good feel for what buyers are looking for now.  Is it grungy or classy, notice a lot of oranges and turquoise or honeysuckle pink? Things like that help point you in the right direction for what potential customers might like to see in YOUR shop as well.  Above all that, don’t get too discouraged when sales patterns fluctuate.  It happens, and one day (or one week) may not be so great and then the tide turns and things look up again.  Just keep doing what you love best, keep promoting and in time you’ll begin to see great things.

Thanks Carla!

Last Chance to Enter the Halloween Case-Mate Design Contest

October 19, 2011


If you haven’t entered our Halloween Case-Mate Design Contest, now is almost your last chance! The entry submission period ends tomorrow, October 20th at 11:59 PM PST, so don’t delay!

NOTE: For anyone that has tried to submit a design but is still having problems with their entry showing up on the entry page – We sincerely apologize for any technical issues! If you leave a comment (or have already left a comment) on the blog, we assure you that you entry will still be considered in the judging!

PLEASE NOTE: You may only submit ONE entry for this contest and must by a US Resident to receive the monetary prizes. International members are encouraged to participate and if chosen as the winner or runner-up will receive placement of their winning design on a Case-Mate cases page as well as a post in the blog.

Grand Prize = iPhone 4S

Honorable Mention Prizes = $25 Zazzle Gift Certificate

How to Enter the Halloween Case-Mate Contest:

  1. Create a Zazzle Account (It’s free!)
  2. Create an Entry: You may submit a design for any of the new Case-Mate products, just make sure it is Case-Mate and that your design is tagged appropriately. Only one entry will be allowed per person!
  3. “Post for Sale” your Case with the tag zazzlehalloweencasecontest2011 in the Zazzle Marketplace (learn how to tag your product here)
  4. You’re done, good luck!
  5.  View Entries

Contest entries must be received by October 20, 2011 at 11:59pm PT          View Entries   

Contest Rules:

  1. You may submit one entry for this contest.
  2. Entry must be a Case-Mate case product.
  3. Entries must be received by October 20, 2011 at 11:59pm PT, to be eligible.
  4. Entries will be judged on uniqueness of design, overall creativity, and best use of the case space.
  5. Entering a contest is done by tagging your product with a specific contest related keyword (or “tag”). If you don’t know how to do this, please read the instructions here. You should also leave a comment under the contest announcement with a link to your product to give it more visibility.
  6. Read the Official Halloween Case-Mate Case Contest Rules.

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