Burke Decor Holiday Giveaway

I am beyond excited to offer you, my lovely readers, a giveaway sponsored by Burke Decor. One lucky winner will win a prize package worth $165. How’s that for a stocking stuffer surprise?

Holiday Giveaway - Burke Decor X The Walkup

Burke Decor and I have put together an animal themed, blue and white prize package including artisan scissors, a chevron tote, a gorgeous decorative pillow and porcelain animal canisters. For those of you not in the know, Burke Decor is an online boutique featuring curios, gift sets, modern furniture and other home furnishings. Their items are expertly curated. From gorgeous coffee table books to swoon worthy knickknacks, I have yet to find a page of items at Burke Decor that is not swoon-worthy.


You will win ALL of the items shown above:

Amalfi Whale Pillow in Aqua by Thomas Paul / Blue Chevron Tote by Sabine + Sailor / Animal Body Container Design by imm Living / Walen Pond Hand-Carved Bone Scissors by Two’s Company

I bet you could do all of your holiday shopping at this site alone!

Looking for unique Xmas gifts or “just because” treats? Explore Burke Decor to your hearts content! Only 15 days left until the holiday, get to it! Save 15% off at Burke Decor all month long using the code THEWALKUP.

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*Sorry, limited to U.S. and Canada readers only. $165 USD total value. Winner will be announced at the bottom of this post after the giveaway closes. If you do not leave a comment but check the comments field, your entry will be disqualified. 
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Decoupaged Frame DIY

Today I bring you a guest post from the uber crafty Lisa Hazell. 
Lisa: I’m so excited to be sharing a fun and simple tutorial with you here at The Walkup Blog today!!  I love all things crafty, especially projects that incorporate vintage paper ephemera!!  My Etsy Shoppe specializes in vintage craft supplies, including a nice assortment of ephemera such as tickets, coupons, tags, labels, and other paper pieces.  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a super fun and easy decoupage project that incorporates these types of vintage items!!
Let’s get started by gathering some supplies…

Supplies Needed:

  • Unfinished Wooden Frame (my frame was $1.00)
  • Acrylic Paints (to match your ephemera)
  • Assorted Paper Ephemera (I prefer vintage)
  • Decoupage Medium (your favorite brand is fine)
  • Foam Brush (a regular brush may work)
  • Craft Knife (I like my X-acto knife)
  • Varnish (I really like the “Satin” finish)
  • Find a color of acrylic paint that matches your ephemera.  I had to mix a few colors together to get just right shade of teal blue.
  • Paint the front of the frame.  Don’t worry about the sides just yet.
  • Let it dry completely.
  • Gather a bunch of ephemera in your color choice, such as tickets, tags, stamps, labels, play money, coupons, etc. You can theme the photo frame based on events you want to remember – like every concert you’ve gone to with a best friend!
  • Decoupage these pieces, one by one, onto the front of your frame, but don’t fold the excess over the sides.
  • Keep adding your ephemera until the entire frame front is covered.
  • Let dry.
  • Using your craft knife, very carefully trim the excess paper off the edges of the frame.
  • Using the same color acrylic paint you used earlier, paint the outside and inside edges of the frame.
  • Two to three coats will completely cover the wood grain, but if you’d like that to show through, only use one coat.
  • Let the paint dry completely before starting the next step.
  • Add at least two coats of varnish to the front and sides of the frame.
  • If bubbles form, just blog on them and they should pop.
  • Be sure to let the varnish dry completely.
  • If your frame didn’t come with a way to hang it, just add a nice ribbon to hang it by.
  • Add your picture, image, or other focal piece to the finished frame.
Since I know everyone doesn’t have a huge collection of vintage ephemera (tickets, bingo boards, bottle caps, just lying around, here’s a coupon code so you can get 10% your entire order (before S&H) at Lisa’s Craft Shoppe
Just click the shoppe button below, add your items to your cart.  When you’re ready to check out, go to your cart, click on “Add shop coupon code” and add the above coupon code to receive your 10% discount!!
Thanks so much, Keren, for having me over today!!  I’ve had such a wonderful time and hope to be back soon!!


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An Artist’s Dwelling (12) – Keren Richter

Keren Richter is an illustrator and designer who works within a wide range of mediums and industries. Her work has appeared in the form of textiles and signature products and she loves working in collaboration with fashion (for Opening Ceremony), music, and lifestyle brands.

What first drew me to this artist, let’s be honest, is that we both shared the rather rare name “Keren”.

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Doug, Gouache paintings on paper. 
From Giant Artists group show at THIS gallery show, 2012, Keren Richter

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tile 1 // tile 2 // tile 3 // flower hook // dipped vase // sofa // rug // table // 

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Deeply saturated and richly pigmented, the unique portrait by Keren Richter is both folksy and modern. The geometric patterns and monochromatic palette give the room a whimsical and bright outlook. The cool blue recounts oceans, skies and sapphires.

A bouquet of hydrangeas, delphinium, hyacinth, bluestar and bellflower; not included.