win my favorite watercolor set!

A lot of people have asked what watercolors I use, and it's none other than the somewhat "beginner" set you see here. It's not the fanciest thing around, but I love it. The colors are vibrant and plentiful, it's easy to use, and if you want to mix up new colors you can do it right on the paper. Well, guess what...we're giving away a FREE set! And not just any set...a set that has been re-branded with a lovely new label. (FYI :: this is what I spend Sundays doing. Re-branding things I own. ;) )

The rules are simple. All you have to do is comment on our Facebook post HERE, and you'll get 1 entry - no purchase necessary. If you purchase something from this week's Pop-Up Shop, mention it in your comment and we'll multiply your entry by FIVE. We'll choose a winner by random drawing, then announce it on our Facebook page Friday, May 9th.

Win this from Akula Kreative!

This giveaway has ended. Thank you for playing!

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Watercolor | Wood | Scrap Paper | Confetti-Filled Coin Envelopes

Happy Monday + Cinco de Mayo!

a valentine-inspired color palette

a Valentine-inspired color palette // yellow, orange, pink, dusty miller [pinit]


I love that, in lieu of flowers today, Andrew brought home cupcakes for me, cookies for the dog, and offered to wash my car. For me, creativity is more romantic than all the red roses in the world. :)

In my quest for something a bit unexpected, I offer up this Valentine's Day color palette based on an arrangement I made myself! (I'm kind of proud of it.) It's a mix of peach and pink garden roses, yellow daffodils, dusty miller, and a "nodding pincushion" protea. To quickly "style" it, I used gold paper letters custom cut by Barney Design.


Happy Friday to everyone we love, including our families, friends, and wonderful clients! I hope this bouquet brightens your day.

Happy Valentine's Day from Akula Kreative


This one can be used as a Facebook Cover Photo. Just right-click to download!

Free LOVE-inspired Facebook Cover Photo // Akula Kreative

photo contest!

Color Palette Photo Contest [pinit]


So here's the deal: the holidays are quickly approaching. To prepare for our much-needed vacation, we're lining up some posts to keep you warm + inspired while we're away. This includes Friday Color Palettes for which we do not have inspirational photos yet. Here's where YOU come in...


Submit a photo, and if we choose it for a color palette this winter, we'll give you 1 FREE HOUR OF DESIGN. We can make you a custom pattern, define your color palette, create a few social media icons, or even whip up a stamp design. Whatever you want, we'll make it if we can do it in an hour. Each winning photo that is used in a Friday Color Palette will be credited to you with watermark text, a hyperlink, and a shout-out on Facebook.

What kind of photos are we looking for? Anything pretty with nice light and, of course, great colors! Flowers, animals, winter landscapes... If you're a photographer, we're confident you can find beauty in anything. :)

HERE'S THE BONUS! Every photo submitted, whether we choose it or not, will count as 1 entry for the giveaway of a Needle-Felted Owl Ornament by ScratchCraft. Yep, we had this little guy custom-made for our photography friends, and we think he'd be the perfect addition to your Christmas tree.

Ready for the rules?

  • Limit of 4 entries per person, please
  • No purchase necessary
  • No substitutions and no cash value
  • Professional and amateur photographers welcome
  • Contest and Giveaway end **EXTENDED** November 15, 2013 at 11:59pm CST

We’ll choose 1-4 winning photos and announce the winner(s) on our Facebook Page in November. "Guest Photographer" Color Palettes will be published on the blog between mid December and mid January. If you win, please allow up to 3 weeks to receive your design freebie after we know what you want. We will make no more than 2 attempts to contact you via email. Free hour of design expires January 1, 2014.

Good luck!!!


This contest is now closed. THANK YOU to all of our participants! We received so many lovely photos it was very tough to pick only 4. Check out our Facebook Page for winners!


mini giveaway to celebrate our opening in austin!

Rubber Stamp Giveaway [pinit]

We are officially open in Austin now! Relocating was somewhat of a process, but we've found a new home and we're looking forward to exploring this awesome city. To celebrate, we're having a mini contest AND a mini giveaway! Details and entry form below:


Tell us your favorite 1-2 line joke. Example: What is brown and sticky? A stick.


A 2" x 1" CUSTOM return address stamp (as designed above).


Winners chosen by random drawing. No joke is necessary, but if you'd like to tell us one anyway, you're awesome.


A cute little 1" x 1" anchor stamp (perfect for nautical summer parties).

All of our rubber stamps are CLEAR so you can place the design exactly where you want it.

Here are the rules:

  • 1 entry per person, please
  • Open to U.S. residents only
  • No purchase necessary
  • To be eligible for the custom stamp, you must submit a joke.
  • All entries (joke or no joke) will be added to our random drawing for the anchor stamp.
  • No substitutions and no cash value
  • Contest and Giveaway end 7.21.13 at 11:59pm CST

We'll choose the best joke and draw 3 names on Monday. Please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your stamps (if you win).

>> This contest and giveaway is now closed. For more giveaways and fun little freebies, check us out on Facebook!


Below is the winning joke from Ron B.! Simple, funny, and TRUE.