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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"The Mysterious Affair of Cody's Shower Curtain Inspired Accountant's Survival Kit!"- Shopping Our Stash

Good Morning, Crafty Peeples!
This week Shopping Our Stash, challenges you to take a picture of your SHOWER CURTAIN and create a project inspired by that curtain.  If your showers are glass enclosed (as most of mine are) Please use this shower curtain as your inspiration.  Include a picture of your shower curtain.
When asked what I thought of the theme, I said I was not thrilled. 
Mine was the minority opinion, my teammates were giddy.  I didn't say I hated it, 
didn't say it wasn't a good challenge, didn't say I wouldn't create, all I said was... not thrilled. 
But, as my girl in Frozen said: "The Cold Never Bothered Me,  Anyway!"
So here is my plain beige shower curtain in the cream and pink environment in which it lives.
See it hanging there all happy and stuff, just like Moses, minding it's own business.  The Burning Bush was somebody else's idea.

 A Short, Short Creating Story 
                                                                                                   by Chana Malkah Harris
 "The Mysterious Affair of Cody's Shower Curtain Inspired Accountant's Survival Kit!"
Chapter One
The shower curtain itself was not the problem.  Chana knew this, but still, she had a limited amount of time to complete the ASK's for her daughter's staff.  True, she had completed the desk set for the Company's President, but the actual ASK was still in DD (Design Development.)  The Rosh Hashanah gift for the Chairman of the Board was still in Concept, and now she had to do something with a shower curtain...a very drab shower curtain.  Chana was not thrilled.  Until her eyes fell on the lone remaining mock up of her designer tool box.  Now, she could be giddy! Now, she could be thrilled.  Now, she could become invigorated.   She would gather all the components, they would sit on her composition board for a day or two.  She would stare at them, but work on other would take days, but it would come, because that's how she designs. 
Chapter Two - Killing A Lot of Birds With One Stone
Bird #1 - Cody's Accountants Survival Kit
Bird #2 - Shopping Our Stash Challenge DT Make
Chana decided to approach this as a Concept design.  In Concept design, one can't actually transform the object, so elements of the object are reproduced in the paper, but elevated/transformed.  The original elements must remain identifiable (For Chana: Color, Shape, Texture and Rings.)  Concept design does not require the final product to LOOK like the original.  No Challenge There.
  But, let's face it, this is an arts and crafts challenge....not a real concept design challenge.  So either presentation works.  It depends on the Ability, Skills, Knowledge, taste and most importantly, the Desire and Fun of the designer.  Chana knew this and so she pressed on.
Chapter Three - The Final Chapter
Concept Design and How it Works in Chana's World
Survival Kit Components: Desk Pads,  BS Repellant, Round Tuits, Atta Boys/Girls, Note Pads.  
  It was important that the Design remain Vertical to match the Orientation of the shower curtain.
The Wallpaper used on the Tool Box is Satin. The Plastic Round Tuits represent the Shower Rings.
The Desk Pad /Note Pad - The basic color of the Shower Curtain is retained, but elevated.  
The Blotter Pad is covered with clear Shelf Liner to mimic the Satin texture and Water Repellant treatment on the Shower Curtain.
The BS Repellant Spray Bottle and Hitch Post Note Pad Base: 
Chana Chose plaid to contrast the vertical striped pattern used on Toolbox.  
This is called design elevation and color profile development.
Contrast is always good and adds interest. 
Always handy to counter the unnecessary BS you get from people over stuff, sometimes..
I think Cody will be pleased.  (Giddy and Thrilled are not in his Wheel House) Well, cuz, he's a man!

Just for fun, here is one of the Accountant's Survival Kits for the Female Staff.  
See, Mom, No Shower Curtains!!!
Murphy's Law in Mathematical Form
1+1 = = 2 where = = 2 is
the mathematical symbol for
"Rarely Ever"

Visit the SOS Team for more Shower Curtain Inspiration.

Can't wait to see your spin on our Shower Curtain Challenge.   
Visit my teammate's blog for additional inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by!

Chana Malkah

613 Avenue Create - Create Your Own Challenge - Win A Watermark

Good Morning, Crafty Peeples,

This week at 613 Avenue Create, we are celebrating the reveal of our new Team Watermarks and Our Facebook Page Designer of the Day Badge.   Our Graphic Designer, Kathyrne, from Stamp Art & Heart has teamed with us to offer the chance to win your own watermark.  Here is how it works:

1.  You will be responsible for providing art work (Like the image of the lady in our logo).
2.  Kathyrne will work with you to design your watermark.  You will receive one proof and 1 final Watermark.
3.  613 Avenue Create will make payment directly to Kathryne once your project is completed.

There are three ways to enter:
Leave a comment on our Facebook page on the Watermark Contest Posting.
Leave a comment on our current challenge
Enter a project in our Facebook Inspiration Challenge. 
We are pleased to rollout our new Team Watermarks! 
Our thanks to our graphic Designer,
Kathryne, of Stamp Art by Kathryne.
Kathryne Elizabeth is a certified Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Digital Artist for Whimsy Stamps.
She thanks you for inviting her into your creative world and welcomes the opportunity to work and create with you. Satisfaction is always guaranteed. Professional results with a personal touch.
You can follow Kathryne's blog and visit her on FB.
For more information please contact Kathryne:

The Winners will be announced on FB and on our Challenge Blog on Sunday, September 28th.

Here is the chart for this week's Optional Twist  and a look at last week's Winner and Top Three

We're Anything Goes but this weeks optional twist is to use our 

Challenge #89 Winners 
winner of the RICK ST. DENNIS  images
Beautiful technique, splendidly executed!  Great Job, Pat!

Our Top Three 
#208 - DANIELLE of  
Great Color Integration and Composition.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shopping Our Stash --Who's Who :The Greatest Gift

Good Morning, Crafty Peeples!

Our challenge for you this week at Shopping our Stash is that your create a project that includes a photograph of a person or a stamped image of a person (humans, people, etc.)

I have chosen to use an image that was given to me as a gift form Christine Armstrong.
Christine is a Digital Artist for Whimsy Stamps and the owner of  Crissy's Art and Heart Blog.

Daddy's Heartbeat

You can find Crissy's Whimsy Images HERE
I don't do a lot of Clean and Simple, but one of those 'happy accidents'  was to dictate the final design.  For the CAS purist, I am sure this card has too many layers and would be a major fail in the 
"ease of production" which is the keystone of any good CAS project.
I am working on a Stationery Project using this image and,  if what is in my head actually translates to paper in design development, I think it will do justice to Crissy's touching and beautiful rendering. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah

You could win your own personalized watermark!  Stop by our Facebook Page and find out how.

Challenges Entered:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

613 Avenue Create - ANYTHING GOES - Holly Hughes Collection

Good Morning, Crafty Peeples!

613 Avenue Create Facebook Contest Alert!!!!
Today we reveal our official Facebook Feature Badge.  In celebration, we will award one lucky Commenter the chance to work with Graphic / Digital Designer Kathyrne Elizabeth and develop their personal watermark. Best of all...We are footing the bill.
  Visit our Facebook Page and leave a comment.
Here is our new FB Feature Badge.  It will be awarded only on our FB page.

This week at 613 Avenue Create, our challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  So, the world is your oyster.

I am continuing my journey back to my first love....Stationery.  This week I designed this desk group It already has a home waiting for its delivery on Monday.

"The Holly Ensemble"

Element 1 - The Poetry Cards w/Carrier
The holder is made from a 5"x7" Kraft Paper bag.  
Carrier holds up to four cards depending on how heavily embellished.

Element II - Small Note Bookmark and Clip Board

Element III - Notecase
Holds 4-6 Notecards and Envelopes

Element IV - Desk Blotter
Made from old Fed-Ex Box

The "Faux Enamel" Butterfly was created by painting this FabScraps metal butterfly with TH Distress paints and then heat embossing with clear  embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah



Prima Fairy Rhymes
Santora  (London) - Trim Craft Premium Paper Pad
My Mind's Eye Lost and Found # - Oliver
Strathmore Blue Deckled Edge - Rag Paper
Neenah UV/Ultra II Translucent Printing Paper - Radiant White
Prima - Stationer's Desk
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Inks, Stains and Paints and Sealants
Tim Holtz
Zing Clear Embossing Powder
Aleene's Matte Finish
Wallpaper (optional)
Clear Shelf Liner

Challenges entered: (If I find any)
Crafting At The Weekend - Anything Goes
Crafting With The Dragon - Non Card Projects