lifetime membership to online classes GIVEAWAY!

Ok you guys! For my last giveaway I've got something fun! I am giving away a lifetime membership to my online classes to THREE people. This includes access to current classes and ALL future classes!

To enter:
Leave me a comment
Let me know something creative and new you are interested in learning!
I will announce the 3 winners at the bottom of this post on Saturday, March 19th.

art supply GIVEAWAY!

For today's giveaway I've got a $100 Dick Blick Gift card for one lucky winner! Leave me a comment- tell me your favorite art supply! I will announce the winner at the bottom of this post on Friday, March 18th.

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art print GIVEAWAY!

Ok you guys today I am giving 3 people a set of art prints that include 5 different collaborations by my husband Andy and I. 

In addition, Andy and I are also giving away a custom portrait. One person will win a custom portrait (subject matter is up to them) made by Andy and I.

To enter leave a comment below.

Tell me one thing that you are grateful for today!

I will randomly draw a winner and announce them at the bottom of this post on Thursday, March 17th.

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Winners of the sets of prints:

Winner of the custom portrait:

photography GIVEAWAY!

Photography is a HUGE part of my life: it the way that I find and document inspiration, it is the way that I capture memories, it how I share inspiration and it the #1 way that I have built my creative business. 

Over the years, photography has completely changed my creative routine. I don't go anywhere without some kind of camera because I know there will always be something that catches my eye and NEEDS to be captured. I keep thousands of photos on hand to use when I am looking for inspiration with color, shapes, texture, pattern and more! 

Today I am giving away a $100 gift card from my favorite place to shop for all of my photography gear (no this post is not sponsored) B & H Photo!

Leave me a comment below.

Tell me your favorite things to take photos of.

I will randomly draw a winner and announce them at the bottom of this post on Wednesday, March 16th.

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email me at and will get the gift card to you!

lets celebrate with a SALE and giveaways!

Today is my birthday, hello 41! And for the last few years t's been a good excuse to have a celebration here on the blog. Every day this week I've got a giveaway happening- I'll be giving away some fun stuff so check in each morning for a chance to win! 

Today I am kicking things off with a sale on all of my online classes and they are marked WAYYY down all week long until Sunday, March 20th.

You can view all of my online classes HERE

my favorite ways to cope with fear and anxiety

Back in January I got personal and shared a little bit about my struggles with anxiety. Since then I have received so much positive feedback from many of you and I've also received lots of questions about how I cope with my anxiety (medication free). While I am no expert and fear will always be a big part of my life I thought I would at least share a few of the things that have gotten me this far in my journey.

First I have to say that for those of you who struggle daily to overcome fear and anxiety, I want to let you know that it is SO possible to move forward through it all. I am here to tell you that pushing through fear has been the story of my life and thankfully that push has enabled me to be an artist, get married, become a mom, travel and do all kinds of things that a younger me would have been terrified of.

1. Feeling the fear and do it any way has been the #1 way that I battle anxiety. I know the minute I feel fear or anxiety, I have to move forward and conquer that fear. It is the only way that I know how to take my power and sanity back!

2. I am surrounded by people who encourage me, let me vent and be crazy but then they make me keep moving. I desperately need people in my life that help keep me on the fearless path.

3. My faith is something that I desperately need in order to keep my head on straight. When in doubt, fearful or anxious I pray...ALOT! 

4. Exercise is also a requirement for me. There is something about physical activity, walking, hiking, fresh air that make me feel powerful, strong and confident especially when I am in the midst of challenging times. 

5. Having something that I am passionate and confident about has also helped me conquer anxiety. My art and creative business is something I have never felt anxious about and I think it is because I am so grounded in my love and passion for making art. Art has been the constant in my life and it has been the thing that inspires joy, hope and confidence- all emotions that come in handy when you need to battle fear! 

 Ok there you have it! The ways that I battle fear and anxiety. Keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another. But becoming aware of your own methods to cope is truly the first step in taking your power back!

a collaboration

Up until 4 years ago my husband Andy and I (while happily married) had very separate lives- we had our own friends, our own hobbies and interests and our own identities. We would say goodbye in the morning and head off on our separate ways for the rest of the day, sometimes only spending time together on the weekends. For many years this worked for our marriage but these days we spend all day, every day together! We run a business together, co-parent together, homeschool together...and while we still love our alone time and still have our own identities and interests, we are around each other all the time. And let me tell you...this lifestyle is NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! It can be challenging, annoying and down right humbling! The transition into this set up has taken us a few difficult years to get used to. There are days when I am convinced that our marriage would be way easier if we only saw each other on the evenings and weekends but those moments are fleeting.

It is when we sit down and collaborate on creative projects together that I am reminded just what a gift it is to have someone that you love by your side. And while we struggle, we disagree, we are weary some days, there is magic when we put our heads and our hearts together.

andy draw from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

This print is now available over in the shop HERE

new online class and a GIVEAWAY!

My next online class Portrait Play goes live today, Monday, March 7th! 

I am teaming up with my talented husband Andy to share our favorite tools, tips and tricks to create portraits. From detailed and life like to whimsical, abstract and expressive, we will demonstrate a variety simple techniques to create a portrait. 

This class is what I like to call a "micro class" it is structured into 1 LARGE lesson.

Register for the $15 class HERE

Or register for the Bundle of Winter/Spring Micro Classes HERE for $50

Today I also giving away 10 free spots in this class!

Leave me a comment

Tell me what person in your life inspires you the most

I will randomly select 10 winners and announce them at the bottom of this post tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8th)

email me at and I will get you access to class!

stamped shoes

One of my all time favorite supplies is StazOn permanent ink. Is an acid free solvent based ink that you can use on metal, plastic, leather and acrylic! I love using it with stamps to transform all kinds of surfaces into something a little more unique.
After finding a pair of cute, cheap pleather sandals I used my ink pad and some of my own flower stamps and added a little pattern to the shoes!