Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2019 6:28 pm


Date Joined: August 7, 2010
Last Online: October 19, 2019
Birthday: April 19
Country: Canada
Flickr photos
my pintrest

About Me

HELLO to all my SB friends! I am Darcilena Deanne but many know me by Arty Darss on Flickr!! I have been here 9 years come August! Wow, how time flew by! I really enjoy meeting new people and swapping things all over the world!

I'm very eager to swap with those Swappers that put alot of "time" and "effort" in their work. Effort and care in ones "ART" is really key. I like to create Art that inspires others to "Think Outside the Box!" If you feel I have not sent a "Fab Swap" then please e-mail me and I will make it right. I always try to earn a Heart and do my absolute BEST work, sometimes life just gets in the way or I am under the weather and it just isn't the "Best Art week" so just let me know b/c I have no problems re-sending.

I especially "LOVE" setting up and doing Private swaps and have many swappy pals on Swap bot and Flickr now and ADORE them all!. Lately, I find myself going back to my old loves and one would surely be Collage Art and Distressing! My constant loves are Paris/Vintage, Shabby Chic, Steampunk and Somerset Style! Tim Holtz has surely sparked a "New Desire" in me the last couple years to create outside the Box! (and I love that) and all his new product lines!

I started doing hand~made cards years ago and have taught tons of various paper art classes over the last 10 years to adults,children and teens. The past 10 years have taken up my time with Scrapbooking and some ATC's. However, I have given up on the scrapbooking (since Dec/10) since finding SBot. There are just not enough hours in a day to do ALL the paper crafts I love! LOL!

I now spend "Hours" creating & trading my ATC's, Altered ART, Journals and Tags! I work hard to give you my A+ work ~ Always. ATC's amaze me as do altered art pieces. I also find old jewelery and love to make NEW creations!

About Me

I am a very busy, mom of 2 . Wahoo!

I was "OVERJOYED" at finding this site since people also get rated and I "LOVE" the hearts and comments! Something to "Always" strive for!!! You just can't receive enough Hearts and inspiring comments!!

Likes/Dislikes ~colors etc.

I guess I should say what I like where "SWAPPING" is concerned.

I just started buying some old wool to make flower pins etc! I'd love to see some RAW wool and make some items! I have pinned some fav'a on my pintrest and since making a stuffed heart for the Tim Holtz Feb Tag have been swooning over these small woollen pieces people make! I love hand stitching and have to learn to make silk flowers! I'd love to do any small stitched heart swap so please let me know if you want to see any hearts etc! I am blown away at the animals and ESP. Fairies people create from wool! I am in AWE with them! ❤️

I like to SWAP: * Vintage themed Atc's, skinny's, altered Art * Tim Holtz inspired art, papers and eye candy * Collage art - various themes * Steam Punk inspired art * Somerset inspired art * Marie inspired Art (Founder of a Marie Group) * Hand~made Post Cards * Shabby Chic & Altered items (even jewelry) * Unique, Quality & layered Art

Anyhoo... LOVE hand made paper, paper created with TH techniques, dry embossed, stamped and Glossy accents! My new technique, foiled tape!! I love Jolees and high quality stickers with these themes: Nature, Cherry blossoms, Spring, Vintage, Asian, Paris,London,Rome. Butterflies & Dragonflies! I love tiny dragonflies & fairies! I guess I'm a "Bling Girl" all the way but done in "good" taste. Not Stickles globbed all over or Mondo rhinestones! LOL! I love the old Vintage PC's, Clocks, GEARS and old WATCH faces & gears! I love Vintage portraits like Ophelia etc. and I guess I love Rosetti, too!!

I love papers such as cork, flocked, stitched, embossed etc. animal textures. Anything with a Whimsical feel,too! I love Flourished designs!

COLORS: I love Jewel colors, basically RICH colors like garnet, amethyst, copper. I love neutral/earthy colors, white and burnt orange. I love so, so many colors just not primary ones.

Things "I DO NOT LIKE": "CLOWNS/Gnomes" of any kind! religious themed (tho I like uplifting scriptures), Don't Do DARK themes or dark fairies! Anything eerie or creepy, like insects, scorpions. No kidsy cartoon characters, NO KWAI or Reward stickers. Don't care for BABY pink, or bright greens (Kelly Green), pastels or NEONS! Don't like Primary colors. Exceptions would be red on Asian or Christmas themed cards. I would prefer a photo on my atc's rather than just colored background from a poor marker or crayon. I don't like pictures of animals ie: baby horses, puppies Or fish like dolphins, whales and the like.Hope that helps a little in your choices. I look so forward to Swapping with you ALL!

Take Care & Craft ON! If you have any questions at all please send me a message!! I love mail!

Wish List

  • Dresden Trims! An Instant Heart! I love these trims esp the tiny ones! White, metallic and Royal colors are FAB!! Wahoo!
  • broken jewelery
  • Love:Paris, Italy, Rome, France, Greece and Costa Rica. Photos of:
    Asian ladies, trees and Apple blossoms, Chinese lanterns dragonflies & whimsical butterflies

    • whimsical fairies like "Nene". & "Stephen Mackay"
  • "Stamped" paper flowers with words

  • Vintage buttons (small and tiny)
  • NARROW vintage lace,sheer fabric to make die cut flowers (organza squares)
  • any "nearly flat" vintage minatures(Fleur des lis)
  • embossed BIRD cages, TEA CUPS, windows,
    gates, Vintage doors ~ Oh my!
  • International used STAMPS (Esp. with tropical pics on them)
  • mini clocks

About Me

I will "ALWAYS" send out my swaps on time, even if I am sick etc. I live in a town so if swaps land on a SAT or Sunday my PO will post mark them for Monday. Please let me know if you want me to mail earlier that week and I will.

I ALWAYS "Rate" my swaps (IF I know who sent them...some have no return addie or details) so if I somehow didn't rate you please PM me and I'll do it asap! (If your item has arrived! Some swaps from the US are taking 3-5 weeks, I know ~ unreal! I get my Australian swaps faster than US ones! Go figure!)

I haven't GIVEN a 3 yet but have "felt" I should have a # of times. I can't even count the cards I have gotten that are made the 1st 2 years I was on SB with no care at all. It really makes me sad. So Please put some time and effort in your art & I'll be thrilled! If you are new to a technique or a swap you joined send me a message and tell me about yourself! I love to give Arty advice and will rate you on your effort! I am very careful what groups I swap in now and many of my swap pals now really put their hearts into their work!

Oh and most importantly: I think each swap deserves my Very Best Efforts ever so please PM me asap if you are not 100% satisfied and I will gladly re-send your swap. I don't mind being critiqued, it only makes me a more creative crafter! I can't wait to send you a Rockin FAB swap!!! Until then...Take Care of YOU and Yours!

About Me

Thanx for your Time and reading my profile! Happy Crafting...

Always Arty ~ Darcilena Deanne (swap-bot) aka: Arty Darss (Flickr)


dobie256 rated for MMA: 2 ATCs-Sender's Choice on Oct 20, 2019
Comment: Wow what a beautiful ATC! I'm glad you are returning to your artwork. I have always found it to be quite comforting. Your ATC has so many beautiful little details. And you were very generous with your extra ephemera. All will be used with delight but I particularly love the floral postage stamps. I hope you have a wonderful autumn and holiday seasons and I look forward to swapping with you again soon! <3<3<3
gillman rated for MMA: 2 ATCs-Sender's Choice on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you!! Very pretty!
AlexandriaV rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #166 on Oct 18, 2019
tigermousecat rated for MFF: Birds and Teacups ATC on Oct 4, 2019
Comment: Oh girl, it is good to see you back crafting! It is good for the soul. Love, love, love the card and extras. You have such an eye for detail. Thanks so much for everything!
Response: I am so overjoyed you remember me! I miss my swappy pals so much. I feel my inspiration coming back so slowly but the spark is def there finally. I feel like I was gone forever! Boy you got that quickly. We have to Art out soon. You are only 1 ferry away! Lol! I'd love to go to a retreat in Seattle someday!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you - the colors are lovely and I like the sparkles :)
Response: Thanx so much. Hope to swap again soon!:)
bigmamabird rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 17, 2019
Comment: Your coins are so cool, love the colors and theme and the extra one! I too have been experiencing some challenges with the coin size and shape, ATCs are so familiar... So I have quite a few laying around my table just to normalize them..? I hope your tests were satisfactory, I know how unsettling health issues are... I seem to acquire a new one every six months since I turned 50!
Response: So glad ypu liked them!💕 I'm feeling a bit better as I've started probiotics now. See new Dr on 13th. Happy swapping!!
thevmatt rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
gillman rated for MMA: ATC Sender's Choice on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: Beautiful ATC!!! Thank you so much-and thank you for the tag and all the other arty bits! Wonderful package to receive!
Response: Thanx so much! Its great swapping again. Miss my arty pals. Feels awesome to get so much happy mail! See you in the mail real soon!
Comment: SO BEAUTIFUL!! You went over the top and I am SO pleased we were partners!!!Thank you. (Im sorry it took so long to rate, i have been away for awhile)
Response: Well Thanx for the late rate! I was surprized to see a rating & I always enjoy swapping with you. So sorry we both had so much to deal with the last year and had to leave SB for so long. Thanx so much for your empathy & keeping in touch. It means the world to me. May we both see great healing this year in mind, body & soul. Hugs my Arty friend! XO 💋
Pandd rated for AACG: Three Elements ATC #1 on Dec 2, 2016
Comment: Beautiful! Both of them. I am a lucky girl. A wonderful ATC and then an ATC rak! WOW! Thank you so very much. Love your work. I will get on face book and hook up. Pat💕💕
Response: So Happy they finally arrived safe N sound!! ❤ Look forward to some private swaps in 2017! And to chat on FB! Happy Holidays.
PaulaF rated for VC: Vintage ATC with a "Key" on Aug 11, 2016
Comment: Hi Dars! Your package just came with the two wonderful blingy ATCs and all the generous extras--thank you so much! (They were all great, but I particularly liked the die-cut (?) tag and the vintage photo of your mom and uncle!) I also appreciated the hand-calligraphed letter and getting to hear what's been going on in your life lately. I'm sorry it's been rough but so glad that art sets your spirit free. I really liked the package you sent and will look forward to next time. <3
Response: Thanx so much Paula! I can't wait to start collecting your art on my inspiration board. I will go set up those 2 private swaps soon!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! I would love to do a private swap with you!
Allegrae rated for Not My Style of ATCs on Jul 30, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the resend and extras.
Response: Thank for re-rating! Hope you liked the ones I picked out!
3rinn rated for Not My Style of ATCs on Jul 28, 2016
Comment: Hi darcilena, I received your atcs today. :) I absolutely love them!! Thank you for resending cards for this swap. :)
isabellasnow rated for VC: Three Elements ATC #8 on Jun 17, 2016
Comment: Darci, you haven't lost your touch! This is another stunning ATC in one of my favorite themes--OCEAN! I love your little glitter highlights and your sweet little seahorse! Even the Dresden matches (shells ;+) Just beautiful. Thank you for another great ATC to add to my collection!
Response: So sorry for the late reply! Its been a hard few years! You are so welcome for this swap. I love swapping with you & creating I tjink you will adore. Slowly making a few things after my lull since Nov. Pls send me a PM and let me know if I still owe you anything. I still feel bad I had to leave for so long. Also my computer won't keep older emails & I'd love ur email addie again! Miss you Arty souls so much! XO Write soon cute girl!! ❤
deblew rated for Oceanview on Jun 17, 2016
Comment: Thank for the lovely ATC! I love the seahorses! And the colors!
donetta rated for AACG: Sender's Choice Collage ATC on Jun 15, 2016
Comment: Another stunning work of art from my Canadian bestie! LOVE the bird theme...you do birds so beautifully. Thank you so much for a beautiful ATC, and for the stamps...I have several for you, too, but keep forgetting to include them in my swap envelopes (I am old, after all). xoxo
Comment: As always gorgeous! You do such lovely work!
Response: Ahhh, gee Thanx so much! Miss our private swaps since we are almost neighbors!! Lol!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Lady in Purple ATC on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: this has got to be one of the most gorgeous cards i''ve received! you are so talented...thank you also for the lovely note...I am so sorry about the mail...I am a lucky one to get such a lovely atc...thank you so very much
Response: Thats so great u love the card! Its not the big purple i had in mind but it seemed to work out! Its a great joy when your partner really loves what you create! Thanx so much for my heart!
123Poggy123 rated for VC: Three Elements ATC #7 on May 6, 2016
Comment: I absolutely love this ATC. You did such a good job with it. I also adore what you did to the back of the ATC.
Response: Awwww, that is so sweet!!! And considering everything - I thank you so much for the lovely Heart!! <3 You Rock!! Things just now getting a little better here. Better spirits to Create my Art now! Have a great wkend!! ;)

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susiescottsdale on Sep 26, 2017:

Hello there my arty friend! I got the gorgeous Paris pc u sent, i ❤ it! It is proudly displayed with my fav art from swap pals 😉 Life has been crazy here too... hoping to get something sent your way soon!


susiescottsdale on Jun 6, 2017:

Darss, Have a FAbTabUlous Day, my Arty Friend! xox Susie

raven on May 3, 2016:

susiescottsdale on Jan 3, 2016:

Happy New Year and wishing you many blessings in 2016! Susie

susiescottsdale on Nov 27, 2015:

hibiscus on Oct 11, 2015:

thank you again for the loveliest of atc's and the bits and pieces of wonderful that you included!

isabellasnow on Apr 26, 2015:

Thank you thank you thank you x infinity for all the sweet goodies you sent along in my goodie bag! What a lot of inspiration is inside just waiting to be used! I'm SO sorry I missed your birthday! I was still in San Francisco with my daughter. Just got back last evening . . . 4 weeks away! You're the best ;+)

AEK7300 on Apr 21, 2015:

I say, "WELCOME" to Bird Lovers Group - BLoG!

Lindor1770 on Apr 8, 2015:

Hope you are loving your new home!!! Are you up for a private swap? :) Miss you! All the best Linds :)

isabellasnow on Mar 21, 2015:

Spring Greetings!!

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