Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2021 5:30 pm


Date Joined: August 7, 2010
Last Online: October 22, 2021
Birthday: April 19
Country: Canada
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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 11 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 "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 bc of fatigue and ptsd from my previous jobs 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 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 mom of 2 almost adults now. Both just graduated. Wahoo! Sadly I have been on leave from my job as A client service worker for over 2 years now. I would def be doing much more Art if fatigue, Ptsd & back issues etc didn't take up most of my hours. I look forward to any & all trades in the future. Covid has also stopped me from US trades BC mail has been so hit & miss this year. Stay safe out there & healthy my arty peeps.๐Ÿ’•

Likes/Dislikes ~colors etc.

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

I like to SWAP: * Vintage themed Atc's, altered Art * Tim Holtz inspired art * Collage art * Somerset inspired art * Marie inspired Art * Hand~made Post Cards * Shabby Chic & Altered items

Anyhoo... LOVE hand made paper, paper created with TH techniques, dry embossed, stamped and Glossy accents! My new technique, foiled tape!! I love these themes: Nature, Cherry blossoms, Spring, Vintage, Asian, Paris. Butterflies & Dragonflies! My new love fairies! ๐Ÿ’• Collecting Lavinia stamps now!! 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 & anything whimsical. Also love mushrooms and vines. 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. I love Flourished or flocked 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 bright colors like (Kelly Green), pastels or NEONS! Don't like Primary colors so much. Exceptions would be red on Asian art work. 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

Sadly I can't "ALWAYS" send out my swaps on time, as my fatigue has a mind if its own but I try my best. Also since Covid some mail to the US is taking up to 5 weeks since I moved to the Island. I live in a town so if swaps land on a SAT, Sunday or holiday Monday, my PO will post mark them for a day or two later. 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!

I haven't GIVEN a 3 yet but have "felt" I should have a few times. ๐Ÿ˜ข when I first joined I sadly did get many cards that were just sticker slapped, flimsy and cut all crooked. Yikes! It really made me sad. So Please put some time and effort in your art & I'll be thrilled! I esplove art deco envelopes. Sooo pretty!๐Ÿ’•

Oh and if not 100% satisfied , 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)


LinSoles rated for **PBP โ€ฆ****Feathers** ** on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely page you made. Beautiful colors and details. Love it.
Response: ThanX souch! Glad you like it. Did you just get it?
monsbrick rated for Bees, Blossoms And Butterfly on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Hi Darc! Thank you for this amazing swap!!!! You blew me away. Iโ€™m speechless!!!
Response: Ahhh, that's great news! I will be so happy once we get this move over with and can settle down and start creating Art again! Thanx for the kind words๐Ÿ’•
lmacdavis93 rated for Vintage Steampunk Gentleman ATC on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: Hi Darcilena and thank you for the awesome Steampunk gentlemen! I love the intricate background you created with papers and the clock, gears and stamps. And also the metallic edging around the ATC as well. And a fine looking gentleman this guy is as well! I love a steampunk theme so am so pleased that you joined us for this swap. Thank you also for all the extra goodies you included!!
LavenderSprinkles rated for Altered Used Envelope on Jun 18, 2021
Comment: Very nice swap! Thank you!
megan1230 rated for Spain on Jun 17, 2021
Comment: STUNNING!!! You're journal page was absolutely gorgeous! Thank you SO much!! And thank you for all the goodies! Just a beautiful swap!
Aseret25 rated for HMPC: Bird love - May on Jun 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous postcard! I love all the details and the layers! :)
Response: You are so welcome. I just got mine in the mail too. Happy Summer๐Ÿ˜
Comment: This page is gorgeous!! I keep looking at it and seeing something new each time. Thank you sooooo much for such a beautiful addition to my journal. I really loved hearing about what you used and where they came from -- especially your Grandma's gold thread. That makes it extra special. :)
Response: Awww, well I do not use it in much of my art BC it's special to me but that page just had to have good. So Excited you loved it! I look forward to sending to you once I make Ve in July. Maybe a private swap with some awesome themes. I love getting book pages! Send me a messg in late Aug I'd love to write you & trade Art! Take care my Arty friend!
marymary914 rated for Vintage Steampunk Gentleman ATC on May 24, 2021
Comment: Beautiful ATC! Thanks for the extras and thoughtful packaging. ๐Ÿ˜€
1koolkrafter rated for East Meets West Tag Swap on May 17, 2021
Comment: I love it! Very nice! Thank you...๐Ÿ™‚
Response: You are very welcome. Just doing a 5x7 Asian swap right now! ThanX for swapping ๐Ÿ’•
quaisoir rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #15 on May 6, 2021
Comment: What a gorgeous envelope!! So striking to look at. Its a masterpiece!! Thanks for all the lovely items, Darci. The origami girl is so beautiful. Thank u so much for the effort in creating such a lovely package. Truly appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜˜
Response: Ohhh Yay. So Happy you got it! So far to travel! ThanX for the kind words & ๐Ÿ’–. Happy swapping this summer.
riviwriter rated for ๐Ÿ„MUSHROOMS๐Ÿ„ #4 on May 4, 2021
Comment: You did a freaking AMAZING job with this swap and theme! You are inspiring me to up the quality of my swaps :)
Response: Awww that's great.YOU Go Girl?!! I love whimsical forest type swaps! Maybe we can do a Paris themed swap soon. My fav't besides Vintage and Shabby Chic ๐Ÿ’•Happy Swapping!!
Carly rated for East Meets West Tag Swap on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: I would give ANYTHING to have your eye for presentation! The tag was wrapped so beautifully, it was a work of art in itself. But the tag...OMG...the TAG! Stunning! Darcilena, I was blown away by this gorgeous piece of art! It has a place on my shelf where I look at it everyday...thank you so much! I love it!
Response: Awww TY Carly! I am hoping my tags are here today. I can't remember which one I sent you but both I made were fun. I'm doing a 5x7 Asian book page, maybe we can do a private swap in May. I will make a few extra! I love tags as well. ThanX for the ๐Ÿ’–! Messg me!
Comment: What a fabulous swap! Every bit of it is wonderful from the envelope, to the handmade paper (I love it, too!!), to the little extras, and especially your ATC and PC!! They are awesome. I'm so excited. Thank you! And I loved your letter, too. Thank you so much for swapping with me!
Response: Aww you are so welcome. Wow did it ever get there fast! I get so Excited when ppl love all their swappy items! I just sent my second swappy Mushroom swap. I liked that ATC too. I might have to move suddenly again. So I will have to stop swapping until late summer if I am to get all this packed up again. Feel free to messg me here if you want to chat. Stay safe & happy๐Ÿ˜ ThanX so much for the ๐Ÿ’–!
laterdayze rated for SSM: Handmade Postcard - April SC on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: OMG!! I LOVE the postcard you made, it's so beautiful!! I'm a collage postcard maker too. Thank you!! <3
Response: Omg! So glad you loved it. We can be post card Besties. I'd love to do some swaps & letters too if you like writing! I need some new collage arty pals. Just trying to learn how to use a Gellie pad. Pm me and tell me your fav't themes! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’œ
Raven93 rated for Birthday Twins 2021 on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: This was so much fun to get in the mail and even more fun to open! So much fun stuff! Thank you. And I'm really touched you included your original art (ATC)!
Response: Awww TY! Sooo much. It was on the smaller side but I tried to give you some special wants from your Profile! I've already started making you goodies & getting your next pkg ready! I just used some Dresden trim from my pkg. You Rock!!!๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’“
Comment: Such lovely cards you sent! I just adore the colors and overall whimsy of these. The purple card is by fary favorite though and I've hung it up with my other favorite pieces and of mail. I look forward to swapping with you again soon. Have a most wonderful day. Oh, and happy belated birthday. <3
Response: Thanx so much for your kind words. I wasn't feeling so arty but enjoyed creating for you. I will let you know when I have extras made up & we can swap again soon! I love your gardens you collage! My birthday is on the 19th in 12 more days? ๐Ÿ˜˜ Happy swapping!
captkristi rated for AAA: Wings on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Super creative!! Thanks so much. I love your style.
Response: ThanX so much! What are your fav't swappy groups on here. I'm looking for some new places to swap!!??
marymary914 rated for Add A Hat Then Add Some Wings on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ATC and all the extras! ๐Ÿ˜Š
Response: You are so welcome. Happy swapping in 2021. I have had 1 whole swap in 4 months. Maybe I will get some creative juices flowing in the New Year. One must have hope:)
lmacdavis93 rated for Add A Hat Then Add Some Wings on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for this wonderful ATC. So many fun details and embellishments and love the bright pink that you have carried throughout. Thanks for joining this one!
donetta rated for MFF: Purple Collage + Purple Bird on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: Darci, thank you for this gorgeous purple ATC...itโ€™s truly spectacular! I love all the dimension, and your trademark extra-special embellishments. Itโ€™s just an amazing experience to receive a swap envelope from you!
Response: Not sure why this was a challenge for me? It's my fav color ever! Maybe just my health issues & sporadic sleep affecting my once flowing, creative mojo:( You can tell by my last 5's I got lately that my work is lacking. Always had all hearts!! Happy Swapping!!!!! But so happy you liked it. Pheeew. Always nervous when I send to you & Kristy. Lol! My mentors!! ๐Ÿ’•

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yvonne401 on Oct 11, 2021:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!



Raven93 on Apr 16, 2021:

Just received the lovely birthday card you sent. Thank you!!

Rainydancer on Dec 16, 2020:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

susiescottsdale on Sep 26, 2017:

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

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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 ;+)

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