Thursday, July 11, 2013

Interview with Marisu Valencia of Original Designs by Marisu Valencia

 
Marisu Valencia

Interview with Marisu Valencia



Rico:
What's Your Name?


Marisu Valencia 


Rico:
List your shop(s) -


Marisu Valencia :

Original Designs by Marisu Valencia

Marisu Valencia is my "primary" and (name) brand shop that specializes in customizable gifts where you will find original drawings and designs inspired by my love of nature, animals—and all kinds of art! My style ranges from whimsical to trendy to classic and this store features all of them. I went to school for graphic design and worked for well known companies such as Ralph Lauren, Discovery Communications and DC Comics--but started freelancing full-time six years ago to spend more time with my then, 8 year-old son, who is now 14. My cousin who is a successful licensed artist, suggested that I open a store on Zazzle -- and once I started applying my art to Zazzle products, I realized I found a "job" I really enjoyed and was hooked! When someone purchases one of my products on Zazzle, I feel such a sense of accomplishment I never felt when I was creating art for corporate America. My other store is Haute Dog which is completely pet driven. Each pet product is customizable with my original art exclusively for pets. One of the most fun items in this pet store are my designer parody dog tees.


Original designs for the Haute Dog

original drawings and designs inspired by my love of animals and fashion. Please don't hesitate to contact me for design requests. Remember to LIVE. LOVE. BARK. EVERYDAY. For home and gifting needs ... visit my other store... Whimsical designs for happiness and home by Marisu



Rico:
How long have you been at Zazzle? How Long did it take to achieve ProSeller status?


Marisu Valencia :
Since November 2012. ProSeller Since February 2013. 3 months.


Rico:
Who or what inspires you?


Marisu Valencia :
"In a world where you can be anyone you want to be, be yourself".


Rico:
How would you describe your design style?


Marisu Valencia :

Trendy, whimsical.


Rico:
What medium/tools do you use to create your designs?


Marisu Valencia :
My computer.


Rico:
What makes your shop stand out from the rest?


Marisu Valencia :
All the art in my store are my own original designs. I also have several wrapped canvas' with 7-8 areas to add photos to create a beautiful collage--these are my best sellers!


Rico:
What's the best advise you got when you were starting out?


Marisu Valencia :
Create art that is event/occasion driven.


Rico:
What's the best advise you can give someone just starting out on Zazzle?


Marisu Valencia :
Same advice I got starting out.


Rico:
Zazzle has helped many people meet goals that they otherwise wouldn’t have achieved. What has Zazzle helped you to achieve in your personal life?


Marisu Valencia :
Zazzle has given me the opportunity to be my own boss and know that with hard work, success can follow.


Rico:
Tell me 5 random things you want everyone to know about you?


1) I love my son more than anything in this world.
2) My niece Taylor is one of my best friends.
3) I love animals.
4) I am a foodie.
5) I was a tour dancer for The Beach Boys.


Rico:
Include links to 5 of your favorite designs you want me to feature. Tell me something about each design.


Marisu Valencia :

Personalized Mother's Day Photo Collage Gallery Wrap Canvas


You can add 7 photos to this collage with a beautiful graphic background containing different ways you say "Mom".


Add 7 of your personal photos to this canvas print and create a memorable token for a mom you know. High quality photos surrounded by the many ways to express MOM in pretty pink type and faded newsprint graphic on eggshell background. Add your photos in Personalize it section 2) Click Change and upload your image --no need to resize. Your image will fill up the space in the frame automatically. Customize text and you're done! Design by Marisu Valencia, copyright 2012.



Graduation Collage - Fully Customizable - Gallery Wrapped Canvas


Collage with a mod background filled with happy words and illustrations for a graduate! Customize with graduate's name.


Add 7 personalized photos to this beautiful glossy canvas wrap and create a memorable treasure for your graduate. Full-color high quality photos on a mod graphic background filled with happy words for the GRADUATE. To add photos: 1) Go to Personalize it section 2) Click Change and upload your image --no need to re-size. Your image will fill up the space in the frame automatically.


Personalized MR & MR Mugs


Mustache mugs for the gay couple who wants to declare their love! Customize with wedding date.


Adorable and whimsical design by Marisu Valencia. Mr. & Mr. Mustache mugs!! For the gay couple who wants to declare their love. Ready to PERSONALIZE with couple's surname and/or wedding date!



Saks Fifth Avenue Logo Parody Dog T Shirt


Parody on the luxury store with classic script molded after the original logo.


For the Haute Dog. Barks Fifth Avenue, a parody of the famous luxury store, Saks Fifth Avenue. Molded after the original logo, the classic script lettering is easily recognizable to any Saks fan. A must for dogs and their humans who love fashion! Customize with your pet's name!



Customizable Vintage Toy Dogs on Stripes Pet Bowl


Pet bowl with stripes and dog illustrations with vintage feel.


Colorful striped pattern with beautiful vintage dog illustrations. A customizable name plate makes it even more special. A great addition to any home decor.



Rico:
Where else can our readers find you online? (Facebook, Twitter, other blog or website)


Marisu Valencia : 
 
Marisu Valencia website

Facebook

Twitter @MarisuValencia



Rico:
Here are a few of my favorite designs;



Mrs. Always Right T Shirt


Mrs. Always Right T Shirt
Mrs. Always Right T Shirt by marisuvalencia
Design your own custom shirts online at Zazzle

Adorable and whimsical design by Marisu. She may be married to Mr. Right but she is Mrs. {Always} Right! Buy matching Mr. Right tee for the hubby!



Inspirational Vampire Girl & Black Cat Mug



Vampire may be a 200-year-old creature of nightmare and legend, but that doesn’t mean that she has to be uncivilized. She and her pet cat live and drink life to it's fullest. Drink your favorite beverage while making a statement with these mischievous characters!



Love Is Shabby Chic Pillow


Love Is Shabby Chic Pillow
Love Is Shabby Chic Pillow by marisuvalencia
Browse Love Pillows online at Zazzle.com


Love Is , a favorite Bible verse, covers the entire pillow in beautiful type. Distressed beige background with beautiful vintage pink flowers. Great for the shabby chic or french country home decor lover. Give this as a gift for that someone special. Design by Marisu Valencia™.



Personalized Floral Damask Photo Collage Stretched Canvas Prints



Beautiful canvas wrap decorated with gorgeous vintage flowers on a blue damask. Add 7 of your personal photos to this canvas print and create a memorable token. Add your photos in Personalize it section 2) Click Change and upload your image --no need to resize. Your image will fill up the space in the frame automatically. Customize text and you're done! Design by Marisu Valencia, copyright 2013



Customizable Safari Leopard & Zebra Animal Print iPhone 5 Covers



Safari Leopard and Zebra print in vibrant orange and magenta colors. Beautiful gold nameplate for you to personalize. Font style, size, colors and other adjustments are easily done by clicking on the "Customize it" button. Go ahead—show everyone your wild side!



5 comments:

  1. Great interview and fabulous product designs!! Congratulations on your Proseller status and ongoing success.

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  2. Besides being colorful, many of your items are very funny! "Life is a neck"..."Barks Fifth Avenue"...:)

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  3. Love your designs, and a great interview! Congrats!

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  4. Thank you so much for all the kind words!

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