Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Black Labrador Wall Clock

Recently we created a series of wall clocks.   One of the most viewed is the black Labrador Wall clock which bears the image of Leif my black Lab.

Take a look and see. If you like this shre it.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

American Ladies

Take a look at the new American Ladies Mug.

Americans love their ladies big and bold and which two ladies are the biggest and boldest of all?

The colossal statues one in New York Harbor, Lady Liberty herself. The other is 'Dignity' a giant statue of a Native American woman close by the banks of the Missouri River in South Dakota.

Available now on this charming mug. Great for mom's across the U.S.A.

Friday, September 30, 2016

OMG New American Citizen Greetings Card

Some of my favorite designs are my New American Citizen  Cards. We go back together quite away and they are my best sellers too. This year alone I have sold several hundred of them. One friend tells me, and he works at an education center teaching US Citizenship classes, that I have Donald Trump to thank. So thank you Mr Trump all the talk of curbing immigration has caused lots of permanent residents to opt for citizenship. This in turn has seen the rise in popularity of new citizen products.

This last week saw me working on yet another New Citizen design, this time incorporating the acronym "OMG".

greetings card showing the American flag over which is the slogan OMG you are an American Now with three stars made up of miniature flags, stars and stripes.
OMG You Are an American Now! Greetings Card

The card can be seen at "OMG You are an American" Greetings Card

Take a look today!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Mickey Mouse iPhone 7 Cases

On Wednesday September 8, 2016. Apple is expected to show it's new iPhone, the iPhone 7 to the public for the first time.
Mickey Mouse smiling waves his arms above his head
Mickey Mouse ((Image Disney and WikiMedia)

The iPhone 7 is thought to be being released and available in the next few weeks and from experience we know that the new phone will need a new case to protect it from the knocks and drops of day to day wera and tear.

Zazzle is an excellent place to buy a new iPhone 7 case for your new phone. They create phone cases for many makes of phones and specialize in producing cases that you can customize. One of the major sources of images for zazzle is Disney.

Yes the Walt Disney Corporation has a store with zazzle and here is a link to the Disney Store with images for the new iPhone 7.

You can order your new Disney designed case today and have it ready when you pick up your new
 iPhone in a few weeks time

Take a look at the new collection here,  .Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse iPhone 7 Collection

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Paris at Night All Over Print Tank Top

With the hot Summer days and even hotter Summer nights here it seems time to cool down.

A printed tank top with a picture of the floodlit Eiffel Tower at night in Paris France.

Ideal party wear for thos hot Summer BBQ's or for just resting beside the pool. This new shirt features a vibrant color image of the Eiffel Tower at night. The tower which stands over 1,000 feet high has dominated the Paris skyline for over a century and in recent years has been illuminated in the evenings.

Whether you have been to Paris on work or vacation this image will bring back memories. If you have only dreamed of taking a trip to Paris having this shirt will make you feel the dream has come just one step closer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How to Create a Greetings Card: Inspiration Can Be Found Anywhere

Do you ever find yourself saying "I wish I could find my inspiration"?

I do all the time.

The thing is we now often travel with tools that can make creating images for our zazzle items really easy. For instance do you carry a smart phone with you? Do you think of the phone as something to gather inspiration or do you see it as a fun gadget to create only selfies for Facebook or Snapchat?

I look to my phone and its camera as a essential tool.

For instance recently I made a trip to the Central Coast of California, to the college town of Santa Cruz to be precise. I have been there many times and it is a place of constant fascination. It has a boardwalk, lots of piers and a mission. A typical California coastal town.

This time I was inspired to take a walk in the evening around the marina. Now a marina is an exciting place for images. For instance there was also the working fish dock, then the more upscale private yacht marina. Blue sky meeting blue ocean and reflections galore of boats, sky and buildings. You cannot turn in such a place without seeing an image with which you can design a post card or greeting card.

We see boats moored in the marina, tall masts stand against a deep blue sky on the right is a grove of trees across the water all reflected in the waters surface which is calm and mirror like.
The Marina at Santa Cruz California
The image to the left is a photograph which I took with my phone while walking around the marina at Santa Cruz.

The image itself is quite pleasing on its own, but there are some areas which for me detract from the scene.

For example the stoney breakwater to the left of the image distracts the eye and the stand of trees on the far side of the marina looks a little sparse and small.

So can we improve the image?

Of course we can. Here's how I did it.

I uploaded the image to my desktop computer and opened the Paint program to my desk top. Then simply opened the image of the marina above in Paint.

Using the selct tool in the Home menu I selected a portion of the image which I selected and cropped the image to remove the breakwater and while still including the main stand of trees I removed everything to the right of the main stand of trees.

Creating this image:

The breakwater has been cropped from the lower left of the image and a portion of the Right side has been cropped to reduce empty spaces on that side.
Cropped Image of Santa Cruz Harbor

To my mind this is a much better photograph and so having updated the image name and saved that as a JPEG file I moved on to the website and uploaded this image to my images collection.

Having uploaded the image to zazzle, I had to decide what to do with the image. For me it said Greetins Card. So I opened the create greetings card option and added the image from the images collection.

Again the image looked a little imbalanced, the tree on it's own on the horizon made the  stand of trees look small so I enlarged the image a little and moved the stand of trees to the right hand edge of the card front. This made the stand of trees look more impressive and balanced the picture nicely.

Then all that needed to happen was to add my details in text to the back of the card: Where the image was, my name and zazzle store link address so a recipient can go and take a look at my store later if they wish.

Don't forget the plain space on the back of the card is prime advertising realty. Use it to direct prospective customers back to your store or at least to zazzle using your reference code so you can be credited for a 15% royalty or finders fee.

To view the finished Santa Cruz California Greetings Card Click HERE.