Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2022 10:50 pm


Date Joined: August 7, 2010
Last Online: December 7, 2022
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 crisis worker (for a few 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 lots of US trades BC mail has been so hit & miss this year. Stay safe out there & healthy my arty peeps.💕

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 * journal paged

Anyhoo... LOVE hand made paper, dry embossed, stamped and Glossy accents! My any techniques with foil! I love these themes: Nature, Cherry blossoms, Spring, Vintage, Asian, Paris. Butterflies & Dragonflies! My new love fairies! 💕 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. And esp colors of the Ocean, underwater wonders and beach, shells etc esp more since we lived on Van Island for 8 years.

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 or more to arrive.

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. 😢 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 esp love Art Deco envelopes too. Sooo pretty!💕

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)


Shellyr rated for HMPC: Botanical love - September on Oct 17, 2022
Comment: Gorgeous PC. Thanks
Comment: TY
cynthiawhatever rated for Arty 30 Day Journal Swap on Oct 9, 2022
Comment: 5 months late but thank you so much for sending it! everything is amazing and such hard work went into it all. you definitely spoiled us, thank you so much!
Response: You are very welcome & sadly would not want to relive any of those awful months. Truly thankful for your patience! ThanX for the 'New' rating!! ❣️
PaperPassion rated for Doll Journal Page on Oct 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal page.It is awesome.Thank you also for the beautiful inbox card,it is one of my very favorites.
Response: So happy you liked them. I look forward to seeing you in my mail box in 2022!❣️
Ladyadybug rated for HME: Clusters! on Oct 2, 2022
Comment: Love the clusters you have sent my way - thank you very much!
ktk8 rated for WIYM: ATC Challenge! on Sep 13, 2022
Comment: What a beautiful piece of art work the WHOLE swap is.....thank you thank you ... starting with the envelope......then the ATC and the note...... many many hearts to you my friend...... this really made me smile~
Response: Tyou so much! Been having a creative block for awhile so I'm super happy you love it all!! 💕 Be Happy & Art On crafty sister.
Comment: Thanks very much for the decorated envelope and the pretty butterfly card/collage you sent me and the butterfly-themed enclosures. Enjoyed your note, sounds like you’re having fun!
Response: TYou so much! Happy Swapping 💕
LDeWitt rated for Faux Postage Stamps on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: Hi Darcilena, thank you so much for this envelope of fun and creativity. I really enjoyed your postage stamps and they were done so perfectly. You certainly have an eye for balance in your compositions. Thank you also for all the extra goodies. I'll look forward to swapping with you again soon, until then, stay well.
Response: Awww Tyou! I do prefer more negative space but on small items and cards you don't always have that option. So glad you liked them. I'd love to make a ton more to use in my collage art & on some mail Art too. 💕 Happy Fall🍂
simcoe54 rated for CTP: I Love This PC on Jul 30, 2022
Comment: I love this postcard, too. Thanks so much!
Response: 🥰💕
Comment: Thank you for all of these fun goodies! They will all go to great use! I just cleaned my desk and that sparks creativity so I am working in my journals today and this swap arrived in perfect timing for met to create~!! Thank you!!!
Response: Awww, so happy you were happy! I just love getting tissue wrapped goodies, especially whimsy stuff and these new vellum stickers I'm getting. So stinkin' cute. 💕 My Fav't swaps I think
Comment: Not sure why it took the post office 5 and a half weeks to deliver this but it was well worth the wait! The envelope is gorgeous and I love the goodies you included! What book are the pages from? Thank you so much for everything!
Response: I think it's just a pirate tale. I bought some books to do some fairy tale swaps but didn't use the books yet. I like the pages esp in that book. 🦋 What are your projects this month?
Trekky1 rated for flat mail in envelope swap on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: I finally got this!!! Thanks so much for your swap. I will also reply to your letter this weekend!
Sonya rated for AAA: Sparkle and Shine on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the cute beach-themed ATC.
Response: 🥰💕 YW!!
lylanni rated for HMPC: Botanical love - May on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard! I love the details all over it, it's stunning!
Response: Tyou so much!❤️
lloydp rated for Scrappy Circle Embellishments on Jun 10, 2022
Comment: Hi Darcilena I received and loved my swap. It was really nice to receive both fabric and paper ones. They both have their own characters. Thanks for swapping, I enjoyed receiving it and will surely use them. Pat
Comment: How lovely to see you in my mailbox after so long. Love the card you sent!
CheyanneB rated for AAA: Flowers on Jun 3, 2022
Comment: this card is GORGEOUS! thanks so much! I can't wait to add it to my collection :)
Response: Yay! So Glad you liked it!!💕
journalingrachel rated for Gardening on May 28, 2022
Comment: Thank-you so much for the absolutely gorgeous ATC! <3 There is so much detail & I am so in love omg. Also to answer your question, I think I've been trading ATC's on/off for 2-3yrs now :) I have a smaller collection, but I love each and every one.
Response: ThanX so much for your sweet words. I am over the moon with my botanical HM pc I made tonite. I wish I could send you a photo. My email is frozen rt now:( Are you on Pinterest or FB?
Gwillisinc rated for MAS: Ocean Theme #4 on May 17, 2022
Comment: It arrived! Thank you, can’t believe it got through most most of the bits & bobs still intact
Response: Ohhh my! Thank goodness ☺️. I am more than thrilled! Some mail takes forever! And I have had mail go missing 2X then I'm sure my partner thinks I'm a huge flaker. I'd never flake after hours of designing a swap! 😲 Happy swapping! Gonna to try & start sending 10 days early from now on... LoL 🤣
Comment: Thank you for the item you made for me. I got the package marked *resend*. The little pocket is cute and I like the way you incorporated the "1928" bracelet and made it look vintage. It was a pleasant surprise to get in the mail today. Happy swapping.
Response: So glad you finally got it! Not sure if I sent your note. It's called a whimsy pocket. It's made from a flattened paper towel roll. You can make them various sizes 💕

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Courtney on Nov 29, 2022:

Added CAN to the swap!

mymerakidesk on Aug 19, 2022:

Welcome to Wax Seals & Dried Flowers Enthusiasts! See you in the swaps.

yvonne401 on Jun 25, 2022:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!



MNJoviGirl on May 31, 2022:

Please check you messages and sign up for the private swap unless you have changed your mind.


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 ❤ 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:

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