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Post  Alliecat on Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:10 am

Hey everyone!  It's July, and that means it's time for another monthly Daliversary event!  This month's activity is...  a design challenge!   Very Happy

Your country's postal service has recognized the great value of dolls (lol) and in honour of Dal's 10th birthday they have commissioned a commemorative stamp.  YOU have been chosen to be the designer!  What will you create??

This is open to ANY media -- photograph it, draw it, paint it, quilt it, collage it, anything goes.  Post a picture of your design here.  It should look like a stamp, so you need a country and postage amount on it, but don't worry if you don't have a "proper" scallopy Photoshop border.  Not all stamps have them.  And don't forget, not all stamps are rectangular either.


There will be, I hope, a prize.  I do NOT sew, and you wouldn't want an outfit made by me.  So I ordered something online, and it's already overdue and now we have a postal strike probably starting within days.  I hope before the month ends I'll have something I'll be able to post a photo of.

It's not a talent contest... don't be shy to post your designs.  Every one you post will get you a "ticket" and I will draw a name at the end of the month.  I know it's summer and people have lots to do.  But you have a whole month to design something -- or hopefully several somethings.  Let's see a bunch of nifty postage stamps!  Have fun!  Smile

July: Design an anniversary postage stamp! 27415148154_cc41a3a746Penny stamp for contest by Alliecat09, on Flickr


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Post  TrueFan on Sat Jul 02, 2016 4:43 pm

Love it!
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Post  KiraKira on Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:09 pm

Sounds like an intriguing contest...I hope I can think of something!

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Post  Alliecat on Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:11 am

...and I should add, if you're not a Photoshopper, there are free image-editing programs that will let you put text on a photo, if you're not drawing. If you have MS Windows, you already have "Paint" -- even that will work. If you have Mac, you probably have something better. Laughing
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Post  CornflowerBlue on Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:03 am

I have no idea what I'm going to do yet, but it still sounds like fun!

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Post  Alliecat on Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:01 pm

Hi everyone!
July is ticking along... don't forget about this month's Daliversary activity! You don't have to make something super-fancy... You don't even have to take a new photo! And if you're drawing or using some other medium, there's still lots of time to create something.
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Post  TrueFan on Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:17 pm

Thanks for the reminder! I will post this on the schedule for next weekend.
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Post  CornflowerBlue on Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:13 am

I'm still trying to come up with an idea.

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Post  Alliecat on Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:33 am

Finally after 6 weeks in the mail, here is the prize for this month's activity.  It's a really cute little handmade outfit from "Ninabella9" in Thailand.  I will also throw in some colourful hair clips, and these cute little bows, which currently have adhesive dots on them, and could be stuck on hair that way, but could also be sewn onto regular hairclips or clothes.  Plus, this nice bag to keep dolly stuff in.

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Petra hopes no one enters.  She would like to keep the prize.


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Post  TrueFan on Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:37 pm

Very cute, I've bought things from that shop. Here is my first stamp:
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Post  Alliecat on Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:32 am

Hahaha -- cute! Laughing
I guess Petra is out of luck.
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Post  TrueFan on Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:49 am

My second stamp is better than my first:
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National Be Sad Day stamp for the Dal House Forum by TrueFan, on Flickr
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Post  CornflowerBlue on Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:19 am

Bwahaha! That second one is a hoot! Very Happy

That prize outfit is adorable!

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Post  Alliecat on Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:25 am

That's so cute! and they are perfect models for it -- but there's actually a "National Be Sad Day"? Oh, I don't wanna know!! Laughing
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Post  TrueFan on Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:37 pm

Ha, I don't know that there is.
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Post  Gallagirl on Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:04 am

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Post  CornflowerBlue on Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:56 am

A PUDDLE photo! Perfect for a stamp, if you ask me. Smile

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Post  TrueFan on Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:09 am

DALS through time! love it!
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Post  Gallagirl on Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:16 am

Time traveling dals! mail
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Post  Alliecat on Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:20 am

That is a great idea for an anniversary stamp. Very Happy
And I wish I could mail anything anywhere for 47 cents!
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Post  CornflowerBlue on Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:37 pm

I found this stamp generator: http://bighugelabs.com/frame.php

But you can't take off the text or do a portrait oriented one.  Anyone else care to share what you're using?

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Post  TrueFan on Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:01 am

I just copied and pasted a stamp template like this one (found through Google images):
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into Publisher, inserted a photo on top, resized it so the scalloped edges were showing, and used text boxes for the text.
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Post  Alliecat on Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:25 am

Mine's just a Photoshop frame.  The scallopy traditional edge does add something to a design, but I hope no one will be held back by not having one.  Not all stamps have these either.  The peel-&-stick Canadian stamps now have just blah straight edges.
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Post  dargosmydaddy on Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:40 pm

I saw CornflowerBlue's stamps on flickr, and used the same website: bighugelabs.com/frame.php

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Post  TrueFan on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:01 pm

Nice! Always happy to see a Monomono.
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