Archive for July, 2012

The new dart boards and the revamped t-shirts really give me a headache.
For example, I add a photo to a dart board and this is how it looks like then:

I only get a coloured dart board instead of the photo Crying


Hurray, I have sold my first travel/commuter mug on Brian from Knoxville in Texas will be the (hopefully) happy owner of a great mug. The photo shows my hometown Amberg in Bavaria, Germany. It features the St. Martin’s church, the river Vils and some pretty houses. In the middle of the photo, you can even see the grammar school I was on for 9 years ๐Ÿ™‚

I feel kind of honored that someone liked this photo and bought a gift with it.

This is the mug, Brian ordered:

Amberg Coffee Mugs
Amberg Coffee Mugs by stineshop
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This sale earned me $1.70 in royalty and I think that’s pretty cool!

If you are interested in some more photos of us from my hometown Amberg, you can check them out in my free online photo album on Gather here:

My hometown Amberg, Germany

I hope you liked reading this post, please tell me what you think about the photo. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

A few weeks ago, I thought I should also create some kind of template products for potential customers. You know, I had seen many successful sales with a “your own photo here” placeholder graphic and it seemed they would sell very good. So I designed some products with my own version of this placeholder and now, less than one month later, I have sold postage stamps!

Thanks to Rebecca from Carthage, MO for purchasing 2 sheets of these stamps:

Design your photo product postage stamp
Design your photo product postage stamp by stineshop
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The picture I used is public domain and free for anyone to use. Two sheets of stamps earned me $2.02 in royalty as I have set my royalty percentage to 10.1%. That’s a little trick I learned from my mentor minx267 to earn a few cents more. The standard royalty is set to 10% but when you use 10.1%, the customer only has to pay a few cents more (e.g. $20 instead of $19.95) but you also earn a few cents more which adds up over the year.

I hope you find this tip useful ๐Ÿ™‚



Ok, so I have received an email from Zazzle support about one of the images I had used yesterday to create new products in bulk (through quick create templates) and I honestly do not understand the reason. This is the email they had sent me:

Dear stineshop,

Thank you for being a Zazzle Seller.

You recently used our Quick Product Create tool to upload a number of new designs. Unfortunately, one or more of your designs is in violation of Zazzle’s content guidelines. Because of the way that our Quick Product Create tool works, we are unable to accept parts of an upload. We must either accept all of it or none of it. Therefore, in this case, we cannot accept the entire batch of products in your recent upload.

Below, we have listed all of the products in your upload and have identified, with reasons, the image(s) that are a problem. If you make corrections to the products with problems, or delete them from the batch, we will be happy to accept your products and designs.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment that you may have experienced. Please see our User Agreement, Content Guidelines and Copyright Policies for a more detailed explanation of our policies. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at and reference the Batch ID below.

Best Regards,
The Zazzle Content Review Team


Reason Not Approved: Intellectual PropertyDesign contains an image or text that may infringe on intellectual property rights. We have been contacted by the intellectual property right holder and we will be removing your product from Zazzleโ€™s Marketplace due to infringement claims.

Batch ID: 2467952
Number of Products: 86
Product Title: Lone Cypress Tree – California Coast

Do you understand how a photo of a (famous) tree can violate intellectual property rights? We had shot this exact photography ourselves during May 2010. We were on our USA vacation and this tree is a famous photo spot on the 17-Mile Drive along the Californian coast.


This post will be your chance for a little advertising. You may comment with your Zazzle shop link included which will generate a backlink and hopefully a little promotion for your store.

I will also spread the word about this post, so that we all get the most and best possible exposure. Maybe you could help with sharing this one? ๐Ÿ™‚

Zazzle Content Review gone wild!

Ok, I just had a very good laugh when checking my emails.

Zazzle has removed one of my new designs. You can see it attached to this topic.
It is one of the altars from Cologne Cathedral.

Guess what the reason for deletion is?

“Design may contain nudity, depicts artistic nudity and/or be considered sexually suggestive, pornographic or obscene”

Uhm, yeah…

Am I the only one not understanding this?

What do you – Zazzler or not – think about this?

I must say, I have learned to love templates on Zazzle as they make it so much easier to create products with the same photo or piece of art. I cannot thank Barb enough for helping me and giving a great guide on how to create templates.

The only negative thing I can report is that you 1) cannot use more than 100 templates at once and that 2) items with more than 1 side (e.g. many new skins) are not really compatible and you need to add the photo manually to the other sides.

What do you think about the templates?

(This one is orginally 3 months ol)


Zazzle now let’s you create belt buckles with your photos or artwork.

I am eager to know how they will sell. I myself find the price of at least $31 a bit high, but who knows?

What would you like to have as a motive on your personal belt buckle and what do you think about these?

So lately, Zazzle throws out new products like crazy. You can now design wall clocks, luggge labels, dry erase boards, cake toppers and whatnot. Did I mention the magnetic photo frames and the playing cards? lol

I hardly catch up with designing templates for the new products and designing products itself *lol*

What do you think about all the new products?

I would like to start a new series where I present you the best Zazzle shops around. The honor of the first recommendation belongs to minx267 as she is the one who had brought me to Zazzle.

Cheers to minx267 for making me start to sell on Zazzle. You rock, girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is how minx267 describes herself in her member profile:

I’m an animal lover, and have lots of them, dogs and cats. I have 2 collies and 2 Collie Mixes 14 cats, 3 roommates. I Have a little Piece of Green in Hartford, where my Roommates and I grow our Garden, I love my (Pontiac) Aztek , I work 3rd shift answering phones. Love to Snap pictures or read a good book in my free time. Love gardening (vegetables and flowers) , Wolves, Aliens and the Paranormal.

And that is exactly what you can expect in her shop Collie Love. She has the most beautiful flower photos and the most funny dog photos. I love it when her dogs accidentally get in her way while trying to shoot a photo of a flower. Here is an example:

Tri Collie N the Tulips Gel MousePad
Tri Collie N the Tulips Gel MousePad by minx267
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Haha, this is so cute!

Her flower photos also do have a special “touch” I can hardly describe. She also plays around with the colours a bit and if I ever win in the lottery, I will buy all her coffee mugs!

These are my three favourite coffee mugs from her shop:

Purple N Turquoise Daisies Mugs Extra Large Mugs
Purple N Turquoise Daisies Mugs Extra Large Mugs by minx267
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Pansy and friends Mug
Pansy and friends Mug by minx267
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Panoramic Pansies Mug
Panoramic Pansies Mug by minx267
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Aren’t these gorgeous?

minx267 can also be found on Pinterest in case you would like to check her out there.