Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Win A $500 Gift Certificate!


As many of you may remember, last year I did a similar raffle because my husband and I were raising money for the Canadian Diabetes Association so we could go to Iceland in August of 2015. What you don't know is that we didn't make it on that trip last year. Almost a year this April my mom, who was going to watch our children for us while we were away, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At that time we decided it would be best to postpone the trip for a number of obvious reasons. The "unknown" being a big one. We had been well on our way with the fundraising but luckily Team Diabetes allows you to save the money you've raised and transfer it to another race at a different time when the circumstances are as ours were.

I'm happy to say that my mom is still with us and continues to fight her battle every day. (Insert #cancersucks hashtag here.) Postponing the trip has allowed us to get all our ducks in a row so to speak and now we're gearing up to try again this August! My sister will be coming to watch our kids and Iceland bound we shall be! But we still have money to raise!

We have a few fundraising events planned but this raffle was so successful last year I thought I'd give it a go again. So what is it exactly? What can you win? Only $500 of the best handmade, custom items out there of course!

Here's how it works:
You click here and purchase your  raffle tickets: RAFFLE TICKETS!!  
(Tickets are $10 each or 5 for $40)

We will randomly draw for a winner on April 30th, 2016. We will contact the winner via email and send them a gift certificate. Winner shops our store online for whatever their little heart desires! Easy!

Of course, you can also make a direct donation as well. I won't turn you away! Here's the link to my very own personal page: Kristina's Page

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

HAPPY!

Here in Alberta we've had a very mild, not-typical winter and it's felt like spring for all of February. Blue skies, warmer weather and sunshine inspired these new signs I created today! Measuring 21" x 12" and done in a rustic, barnboard style they're the perfect addition to brighten any room! I currently have these two in stock in my Etsy shop (where I put all the in stock stuff by the way!) so hurry over and grab one up!
Custom orders are always welcome as well!
I hope you're having a HAPPY day too!

~Kristina

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Football and Beaches

This time of year is always extremely busy for us. I always think people wouldn't be shopping so soon after Christmas but it always has been and remains as our busiest time period. Maybe because with the holidays behind us and a new year ahead a lot of us feel the need to purge, organize, finish projects and plan for what's ahead. Whatever the reason I find myself painting, painting, painting!

I thought I would take this opportunity to show off a few of the new designs that I've recently completed as often they hit the website without much showing off!

Believe it or not this is the very first strictly football themed anything I've done! I do sports all the time but never only football. I'm not sure how that has happened in an entire decade but perhaps now that people see this one I'll be doing more!

I will also have many new products coming up soon and I can't wait to show them off! In the meantime - Happy New Year!






Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Win $500 worth of Bouncing Off The Walls Product!


On August 22, 2015 the Bouncing Off The Walls team will be "Lacing Up" with Team Diabetes at the 2015 Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon to raise funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Making a difference in the lives of those affected by diabetes is a priority for us. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. Currently, more than nine million Canadians, or one in four, are living with diabetes or prediabetes - a number expected to rise to one in three by 2020. Funds that I raise as a member of Team Diabetes will be used for diabetes research, education, services and advocacy on behalf of those living with the disease.

To help us raise money and reach our goal we have put together a pretty awesome prize basket to raffle off to one lucky winner! Tickets are $10 each or 5 for $40 and you can purchase them HERE. The winner will be drawn on April 1, 2015 and contacted via email.

If you wish to donate to our team directly you can do so here:
Bouncing Off The Walls Team Diabetes Donation Page

Thank you for your support!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Barn Board Name Signs



The idea hit me on Saturday. I had the first one done on Wednesday! What can I say? When I get excited about a great idea I just have to DO IT! I think you'll love this one too.

They were added to the website today. Rustic barn board look wall signs. Although my first thought was for kids rooms with a child's name on them I had friends that quickly jumped all over the family name sign for their homes. In a matter of (literally) minutes they were waving hands in the air saying "Pick me! Pick me!" for samples. So with their influence for names and colours the first four samples were born this week. I'm really happy with the results and I can't wait to do more. So many options with this one.

The finer details? These barnboard look name signs are made from one solid piece of wood that is designed to look like rustic barnboard. The name is cut separately in the font of your choice and attached on top. There are three sizes to choose from depending on the name length, plenty of font options and whatever colours your little heart desires!
 
Small: 1 - 3 Letters - 22x13.5"
Medium: 4 - 8 Letters - 30x18.5"
Large: 9 - 13 Letters - 42x26"

So? What do you think? For pricing and details click here: Barn Board Name Signs




Saturday, April 5, 2014

New! Katerina Mertikas Wall Letters


 (This is my daughter Devyn. More than happy to model with this letter to show it's size she expects to become famous for having her picture on the internet.)

We artists are a funny bunch. For a lot of us it takes us years to actually admit that we even ARE artists. It's funny looking back. I've always been good at art. Always. My entire life people would say, "You're an artist!" and I'd feel uncomfortable with that title because I just didn't think I was good enough to deserve it. So I'd reply with, "Well, I can draw pretty good."

Years into a life where I've made my art my actual profession I can finally admit that yes, I am indeed an artist and a professional one at that. But man, I am hard on myself. We sure are our own worst critics. I'm constantly picking my own work apart, figuring out what I would do differently the next time and looking for ways to improve. The worst is looking at other artist's work. EVERYONE seems better than me!

So I have to admit that I got a kick out of Katerina Mertikas when we first started chatting. Here was this FAMOUS, PROFESSIONAL, AWARD-WINNING artist and she was telling me how great MY art was! What?!?! I LOVE her stuff. I did not feel worthy to be in the company of such greatness! SHE is great. Me? Meh, I'm ok I guess.....

We chatted back and forth quite a bit. We wanted to make sure we could created a product that everyone would love and after a few days I believe we accomplished what we set out to do. Actually, I didn't do much. All I did was send her some BIG letters (30 inches high these babies stand!) and she worked her magic! It has to be magic. I'm not sure how else to explain their beauty!

We started with three designs and this is what they are. Aren't they beautiful? Pictures do not do them justice. They are so vivid, so bold. As a color-lover I can't stop staring at them!


 Ballet Tutus which features REAL gems stones and lots of glitter!

 Practicing With My Puppy Nearby a personal favorite. My son wants this one! Also, a little-known secret about me? I HATE painting hockey scenes. I don't know why but I just don't like it! This should work out well since she loves painting hockey!


New Umbrella which also has sparkly glitter and the most vivid colors you will see!

 These letters are exclusive to Bouncing Off The Walls so you will not find them anywhere else. We welcome commissions so please let us know if there's something you would like to see.

To learn more about Katerina Mertikas and her work click here.
To purchase click here.
And of course, you are also welcome to pin!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Why I Won't Paint Disney Princesses

"Can you do a Winnie The Pooh theme? "My son really likes Pokemon. Can you do Pokemon letters?"
These are questions I get asked A LOT. My answer is always no. No, I will not paint Winnie the Pooh, Pokemon, Superman or even your favorite NHL logo. Why? I'll give you  some great reasons why I won't paint these or any other COPYRIGHTED characters.

First and foremost is the big one that I already mentioned - If it's copyrighted by another person or company I will not paint it. Period. Aside from the fact that I value my business enough that I don't wish it to be shut down by the high and mighty powers that rule our children these days, all of these characters were created by another artist. Another artist! As an artist I don't want people to copy my work so why would I do it to someone else? This also includes exact matches of bedding. As pretty as bedding is - fabric is also created by an artist and copyrighted.

When I tell people that I don't do copyright artwork I often have them say, "but I see other people doing it." Yes, other people do. I am not them. I cannot speak for them to say why they do it. I will not tell them to stop and I will not report them to shut them down. I would rather focus my energy on bettering my own business and working hard at creating unique products that are not the same as what you can find everywhere.

Being creative is the fun part. I love the challenge of creating my own designs and just letting the paint and brush guide me. Often times I'm making up the picture or design as I go. It's how I work best. It's why my products are different than any others you see out there. To copy someone else's work is to crush my creative flow. Trust me. It shuts down the fun, creative side of my brain and makes me have to work the other part. The part that does math and all the other boring stuff that makes me stress. No thank you! If you want an original, unique piece of work that has my heart and soul in it then let me create! You're hiring an artist not just a letter painter.



Here's another big reason: If you're the mother of any kid over two you get this. Kids grow fast and they change their minds constantly! That character that rules their world today? Forgotten as soon as the next big movie or trend comes out. My artwork isn't cheap. It's meant to last and withstand room makeovers. If we paint today's character on there how happy will you be when tomorrow they pronounce someone different as their new fav? Choose something that will stand the test of time and the changing of bedding.

Bedding. We all did it. It's our first pregnancy and we're sucked in by all the SO CUTE bedding for babies out there. We have time. Lots of time. Time to shop, time to plan the room, time to create the perfect nursery for our new bundle of joy to come home to.


Fast forward a couple of years and baby number two is on the way. That time thing? Haha. Who has that anymore? Baby one has to change rooms so baby two can move into the nursery. Now baby one needs toddler bedding. But the letters! The letters match the baby bedding that will now be used for baby two.  Well that was a lot of money for letters that don't match anything now! 


So what to do? You have a theme picked out. Gorgeous bedding. You want the letters to match. I dislike the word match. Let's coordinate. Pull a colour out of the bedding and go with solid letters. Solid letters will last through any room change. They will always go. They will withstand the stages your child goes through as they grow. 




You REALLY love your bedding and you want the letters to match. I get that, but let's coordinate. I can use some of the colours in the bedding and we can create something that will coordinate and still work even if the bedding changes down the road.

Here's some great examples of letters I have created for people that coordinate with their room or theme WITHOUT copying. Hopefully this will inspire you, too.








If characters are your thing, well, I can coordinate with that too. See if you can guess what the room themes were that inspired these designs!