New smartphone cases at Zazzle

Zazzle has been steadily adding new products to their lineup, and I’ve finally gotten a chance to add some of them to the Critterwings store. It’s hard to find the info about them on their website, so I ordered a few to see for myself and I wanted to share the pictures with you. Because all of the cases look amazing! I only ordered iPhone 4 cases, because that’s the phone I own, but they are also offering iPhone 3/3G, Blackberry Curve and Bold, and Samsung Galaxy cases in the Case-Mate style.

Hopefully I can get this posted in time for folks to take advantage of the  amazing coupon sale at Zazzle: 50% off of shirts, cards, calendars, necklaces, ornaments, phone cases, and more, through 4pm PST on Friday, November 18 with coupon code FFHSHUGEDEAL  If you miss out, the coupon is still good for 20% off for the rest of the weekend. And remember, everything at Zazzle can be customized, or you can make your own from scratch, and still get the same discount.

Originally, Zazzle only offered the Speck Fitted fabric-backed case, seen here.

Dragon of Autumn Speck iPhone 4 case
“Dragon of Autumn” on the Speck Fitted case

This is a hard-bodied clamshell case with rubberized edges and a fabric cover on the back, which is printed. It’s a very solid case, with good access to the buttons and feels like it can take a blow. There’s also a nice bezel around the screen to protect it from damage. The rubber edges make it the most comfortable style to hold, and it snaps very tightly together. I had to search YouTube to figure out how to open the Speck case back up again to change it. The buttons are easy to get to, and I was even able to use it with my docking stations without removing the case — without the docking adaptors in place, anyway. The colors printed nice and bright on the fabric, although not as brightly as the other cases, but because of the grain of the material my ink drawings lose a lot of sharpness and detail. I’m a little concerned about keeping the fabric clean, but so far the trimmed edges seem nicely sealed down and unlikely to fray any time soon. I bought this a little while ago, and at the time it shipped by itself in a small zipper bag with no other packaging, which might be a concern if you’re getting it as a gift for someone else.

Speck Pros:

  • Secure
  • Comfortable to use
  • Impact protection and screen bezel

Speck Cons:

  • Not as much detail in the artwork
  • Concern about the longevity of the fabric back
  • Does not come with box

Dragon of Winter Case-Mate Tough iPhone 4 case
“Dragon of Winter” on the Case-Mate Tough case

Recently, Zazzle started also offering Case-Mate brand phone cases, for many different kinds of phones. There are a few different styles available for iPhones: “Tough” and “Barely There” Both have a lightweight plastic body with a glossy finish that reproduces the colors gorgeously. The printing is crisp and bright and wraps around the sides. They ship in a display box with a screen-protector kit. Although in my case the boxes were not factory-sealed and had gotten a bit squashed in shipping, they are still nice if you’re buying them as a gift.

Dragon of Winter Case-Mate Tough iPhone 4 case - Details

Above is “Dragon of Winter” on the Case-Mate Tough case. This case includes a soft rubbery liner that protects most of the buttons and also provides a bezel to protect the screen. It seems very solid once it’s in place, and has a pretty good feel in the hand, but I find the plastic surface harder to hold on to. (Personally, I find the iPhone 4 by itself hard to hold onto, and I’ve been relying on my cases to keep it from leaping out of grasp like a live fish…) The buttons were easy to use through the rubber coating. I just got these cases in yesterday so I have yet to see how they hold up to scratches and scuffs.

Case-Mate Tough Pros:

  • Impact protection and screen bezel
  • Bright, crisp printing

Case-Mate Tough Cons:

  • A little slippery to hold

“S is for Sunflower” on Case-Mate Barely There ID case from Zazzle
“S is for Sunflower” on the Case-Mate ID case

The last case I have to share today is the Case-Mate Barely There ID case. This clever case includes a slot that can store 2 credit/ID cards, but is otherwise identical to the other Barely There case Zazzle sells. These cases have the same printing as the Tough case above, but are much more form-fitting to the phone so they’re very compact and take up hardly any extra bulk.

“S is for Sunflower” on Case-Mate Barely There ID case from Zazzle - Details

As you can see, the plastic is very thin, and does not include a bezel around the screen. All the ports are very open and while the bump of the card slot may cause some docking issues, I can’t imagine any docking station having a problem with the non-ID version of this case. If like me you have trouble holding onto your iPhone 4 this case won’t help you at all and it doesn’t seem to provide as much impact protection as the other models. However, despite appearances the case snaps on very tightly (I haven’t figured out the knack for removing it yet) and it ships with a screen-protector kit. If you’re just looking for something decorative it’s a nice economical option for a custom-printed case.

Case-Mate Barely There Pros:

  • Least expensive
  • Bright, crisp printing
  • Pocket for cards (in the ID model)
  • Most compact

Case-Mate Barely There Cons:

  • Slippery to hold
  • Minimal impact protection

I hope this is helpful. I have most of my designs on most of the models of cases Zazzle offers — iPhone, iPod Touch, Samsung, and Blackberry — but I’m still working through the backlog. Let me know if there’s something missing that you want!

All together now: The Floral Alphabet poster

The Floral Alphabet by Stephanie Smith

 So, it was inevitable, after going through the entire alphabet in flowers, that they’d all be reunited when all was said and done. I’m now offering “The Floral Alphabet” as a poster and/or art print in both of my shops: at RedBubble and at Zazzle.

 What’s the difference between the two sites? Basically, it depends on what kind of options you want, and if you were planning on buying anything else from either site. RedBubble’s printing is very high quality, but Zazzle has many more options to pick from.  And both companies are very good about exchanges and returns if you are at all unhappy with the quality of what you receive.

 I should be adding more gifts and housewares using the Floral Alphabet art  to my Zazzle store in the weeks to come, with and without the monograms. If you have any particular requests, please let me know!

Flower Alphabet in Bloom

April is almost over, and so is my alphabet of flowers!

The last few blossoms have finally bloomed at my RedBubble portfolio…

S is for Sunflower T is for Tulip U is for Ulster Mary V is for Violet W is for Water Lily X is for Xeranthemum Y is for Yarrow Z is for Zinnia

(where they are all available as prints, cards, shirts — including baby shirts — and die-cut stickers)

And the entire series is also fully stocked on customizable gift items at my Zazzle store!

As much fun as these were, I’m ready to move on to other projects. Tho I’m sure I’m not *quite* done with them, hee hee hee. In any case, stay tuned!

Showers of April flowers!

Critterwings Flower Alphabet

Over at my Zazzle store, I’m having a special event!

Starting April 1, every day will see the release of a new product line featuring my Floral Alphabet series. These are the same flowers that you’ve been seeing here and at my RedBubble site, now on a full product line that includes mugs, pendants, coasters keychains, iPhone and iPad cases, and even postage stamps.

Check out the Flower Alphabet section of my store, it all kicks off today, April 1 with “A for Azalea” … see you there!

Sales at RedBubble and Zazzle

Chinese Zodiac calendar 2011 at

If you read this blog, you know I have artwork on, a site that is both a gallery and a place to buy things. This week they are having a sale on their excellent calendars, including a few with art by yours truly.

If you buy 3 calendars you get 15% off; if you buy 6 or more you get 25% off! There’s no code, the discount automatically shows up in your shopping cart, but only until Thursday Oct 14.

Here’s a little something to sweeten the pot: if you want a calendar made of any combo of the images I have online (in this blog and at RedBubble) just let me know by Monday and I’ll put them together into a calendar for you to order!

Their calendars are pretty sweet; they have a wire ring binding with a built-in hanger, and the prints are crisp and bright. Here’s one of last year’s calendars for example.

Chinese Zodiac calendar 2010


Chinese Zodiac calendar 2010, interior

But wait, there’s more! If you want a calendar, but need a different size or style, I also have the Chinese Zodiac calendars for sale at my Zazzle store, where there are plenty of options to customize them to your liking. And Zazzle is having their calendars on sale too: use coupon code  2011CALENDAR at checkout to get 30% off the price of any calendar, now through November 4.

If you’re not in the market for calendars, Zazzle still has something for you. In honor of Columbus day, use coupon code 1492COLUMBUS to get 14.92% off your total order through October 11. See details here, and remember, at both RedBubble and Zazzle you can mix-and-match products from different artists and even make your own custom items and they’ll all apply to the same deal!

Autumn arrives… with a sale at

Chinese Zodiac 2011: The Year of the Rabbit calendar
Chinese Zodiac 2011: The Year of the Rabbit by critterwings

Before today is over, it will officially be autumn. To celebrate, Zazzle is having a sale through midnight (PST) Thursday Sept 23: use the coupon code AUTUMNZAZZLE to get 50% off cards, 40% off invitations, 30% off calendars, and 10% off shirts! This is good on all of your purchases at Zazzle, whether they’re from Critterwings, another Zazzle seller, or your own custom items.

Chinese Zodiac 2011: The Year of the Rabbit calendar
Chinese Zodiac 2011: The Year of the Rabbit by critterwings

To celebrate the change of the seasons, I’ve added these two new calendars from my Chinese Zodiac art series, updated for 2011: the Year of the Rabbit. There are also a bunch of brand new mugs, and I’m adding updated pieces every week from this series and from others… get ready for your holiday shopping! If you prefer the vertical one-page style of calendar, I’ve also added these calendars to my RedBubble site — the RedBubble calendars look fantastic. And, as always, if there are any images from this blog, my portfolio, or from my RedBubble site that you’d really like to see for sale on a particular type of gift, let me know.

Memorial Day sale at is having a fantastic Memorial Day sale this weekend, good on many of the fine products at my Critterwings shop! In all cases you can mix-and-match styles, artwork, sellers, and even your own custom products, so whether you’re buying mugs, T-shirts, stamps, stickers, and aprons at Critterwings or have something else in mind now is the time to stock up and save!

30% off all aprons, 20% off postage stamps, 50% off posters, and 40% off business cards with sale code MEMORIALSALE, valid through June 1, 2010

There are also a few ongoing sales that are running through the end of June:

15OFFINVITES — 15% off all invitations

TSHIRTS10OFF — 10% off all T-shirts

MUGS15SAVER1 — 15% off three or more mugs

BIZCARDSAVE1 — 15% off business cards

POSTERS1DEAL — 10% off posters

1STICKERDEAL — 10% off all stickers

And remember, Zazzle always offers bulk discounts on almost all of their products if you need a lot of anything.

New Critterwings products from RedBubble

The folks over at RedBubble have been hard at work these days! First, they added postcards to their product list, along with the cards and prints. They’re letting YOU choose what month you want your calendars to start with, so if you needed one that starts any other month besides January you can do that too. Then they added hoodies to their lineup of shirts, and you can choose if you want the image on the front or the back. EDIT: And they’ve also added baby and kid’s T-shirts to the lineup too! RedBubble does some of the nicest on-demand T-shirt printing I’ve seen so this is great news.

But this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen by far: die-cut stickers.

Year of the Rooster StickerDragon of Autumn sticker at

That’s right, any one of the designs in my T-shirt gallery at Redbubble can be ordered as a large (about 3″) vinyl die-cut sticker. Just click on the “buy/preview” button for any T-shirt and choose the “sticker” option — I’m loving the way the Chinese Zodiac animals look! If I needed any more motivation to add more T-shirt designs to my collection, I have it now… 🙂

Happy New Year 2010!

Chinese Zodiac Calendar 2010: The Year of the Tiger
Chinese Zodiac 2010: The Year of the Tiger calendar

I hope that everyone has had/is having a wonderful holiday season! I’m still recovering from all of the festivities (and the preparation for the festivities) but I’ve been eager to get back to my beloved drawing board. My “New Year’s Resolution” this year is to post more new art to this blog, so starting this week there will be at least one brand-new piece of artwork every week. More ambitious plans are in the work, but logistics still need to be worked out.

This week’s post doesn’t count, by the way, although it is a little something new to celebrate the new year with. I’ve re-worked my Chinese Zodiac series into a handy calendar, available for sale on both my RedBubble gallery and my Zazzle store. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger so that big cat graces the cover of the calendar. The Zazzle calendars have more options, but the RedBubble calendars are gorgeous (and you get free shipping if you order 3 or more, from me or from any of the other fine artists there) so if you’re still looking for something to fill that bare spot on your wall now is your chance.

I’m adding new products to my Zazzle store and my CafePress store featuring the original versions of the artwork as well as these recolored versions, including special limited-edition gifts for Chinese New Year (February 15 this year)  so check back regularly… and if there’s something in particular you’re looking for, ask!

I’ll be back later this week with some more art to share… Happy New Year!

Chinese Zodiac series is finished!


Chinese Zodiac — Year of the Dragon
click to enlarge

All twelve of the zodiac animals can now be seen — and purchased — at my RedBubble portfolio.  Here’s an extra close-up detail of the Dragon.

Detail from “Year of the Dragon”

 I’ve already added ornaments of all the zodiac animals to my CafePress store, and started adding items to my Zazzle store. I’ll add the rest as soon as I can, so if you’re waiting for one in particular let me know and it’ll move to the front of the line!