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THarkness82

THarkness82
Date Joined: August 18, 2017
Last Online: November 20, 2017
Birthday: April 19, 1982
Country: United States

About Me

Hello fellow crafters! I'm new to the swapping community, but am excited to be a part of something I enjoy. I love mixed media, art journaling, altering things, ATC's and other forms of fun little artistic creations, as well as sending happy mail. I may not yet have all the cool new toys to play with like I'm sure most of you do (I actually don't even have any of the cool old toys either, lol), but I've always been creative and can come up with many ways to express my love of art! My personal art style is vintage/grunge/steampunk/dark and "creepy", but I'm perfectly comfortable creating "happy" things as well. I love to play with watercolors (although I only have one of the cheap/basic walmart tube sets), paint with acrylics, doodle, and create pages in my art journal. One of my favorite things to do though, is to alter things. Especially tins and plaques. I love the style of "DeeDee Catron", "Mixed Media Jen" and "Shawn Petite", all can be found on YouTube. If I could think of one thing in the art world that I'm just not a fan of, it would be a page full of colors that don't typically go together just thrown down and all piled on top of each other. I like to call it "color vomit"πŸ˜…. If that's your particular artistic style, please don't take that the wrong way! Many people create beautiful pieces doing that, it's just not pleasing to MY eye. I don't care for children's stickers slapped onto something either.

Favorite Books

My favorite author thus far is Robert Liparulo, hands down. I would HIGHLY recommend The Dreamhouse Kings series. If you like YA sort of mystery type novels, you'll love these. If YA is not your thing, his other books are amazing as well!

Favorite Television

Anything historic or related to historical places. Anything about space, including the theory of Aliens having been/currently visiting us. All types of "ghost shows". My favorite is Paranormal Witness, but I'm not sure if it's still on.

About Me

On a more "get to know me" level, I am 35 years old (36 in April) and the mother of 2 beautiful girls. My oldest is 16 and my youngest turned 11 on July 1st. I have a gorgeous little black and white dog (she's a Black Lab/Pit bull mix) named Zelda, she's hilarious! I also have a generously sized orange tabby cat named Milo, whom we lovingly make fun of daily.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜They both answer to about a dozen different names.....(fyi: "generously sized" is a nice way of saying fat, lol). I consider them to be my children as well. They are, after all, our four-legged furry babies.😊🐢🐱
OK, back to me...I'm a former Army wife. I divorced my husband of almost 8 years a little over a year ago and it's been a constant struggle (financially speaking) ever since. I was a stay at home wife/mother for 10 years making it virtually impossible for me to find employment at this point in this web-based world. My resume looks like that of someone just starting out, not that of a grown woman. Therefore, when put next to anyone else my age, I'm guaranteed to be passed up. I've had to move back in with my mother (which no 35 year old woman wants to do) and my only "me" time is when I'm working in my art journal or crafting...it's become my escape. I love mixed media art and am branching out to ATCs and altering things, which I am thoroughly enjoying. As for happy mail/swapping, I love to send people a piece of myself. I think swapping is a great way to share a bit of who you are with others. Also, as I currently have no income and cannot afford many crafty items, I find it to be a wonderful way to share what I'm not using while acquiring something new to play with. Who doesn't love that?!? Even though I don't have much, I always give as much as possible...probably more than I should actually, lol. I just love giving others something new or different that they can play with! Lastly, because I have so few things (basically just things I've found around the house, 3 paper pads and a handful of .50 cent craft paints from Walmart), if anyone is feeling generous or simply wants to declutter/destash their craft room, I will GLADLY accept anything you're not using or plan to throw out!! I hope that doesn't come across wrong. I'm not expecting anything, it's just an offer to accept what some of you may not want or use anymore. I am extremely grateful for anyone who wants to share with a fellow, albeit "less fortunate", artist!

Wish list

****Embellishments!!****

*First and foremost, I need stamps...(of the UNused postage variety). I really do need them to continue participating in swaps. I know it's nobody's responsibility but my own, however I'd greatly appreciate the help.😞

*A Stabillo "All" pencil in black (I know...I'm dreaming. But it's a wish list, right?!?😁)

*Matte Medium!!!

*Charcoal pencil/charcoal (not the kind from Dollar Tree, they don't work well at allπŸ™)

*Gears/cogs (pretty much anything that could be considered "Steampunk")

*Keys (metal/chipboard/resin/whatever!)

*Doilies (believe it or not, I have none!)

*Paper flowers

*Washi!! I only have one small tube of Tim Holtz washi (only because it was on sale).....I like anything that feels "vintage", Halloweenish or "dark"...not really into the "cutesy" stuff or anything with seasonal sayings.

*Pretty much anything metal.πŸ˜† Embellishments, Trinkets, ect...

*Resin pieces

*Chipboard

*frames

*Die cuts

*Ephemera (as much as possible!)

*Anything by Tim Holtz😍

*Napkins (please no birthday or children's type napkins. IE: Disney Princesses, minions...ect.)

*Alpha/adhesive gems/stickers

*Scrapbooking paper (I LOVE paper!!)

*Glitter

*A cheap watercolor set maybe? (The Artists Loft set from Michael's would be AMAZING!)

*colored pencils/wax or oil pastels (water activated only!)

*stamps/stencils

*acrylic block/any kind of mount for stamping. I don't have one. (Also, to anyone lucky enough to own the new Tim Holtz stamping platform or a new Misti.....I will GLADLY take off your hands an old one you may have and not be using anymore!)

β™₯πŸ’œβ™₯Maps, encyclopedia pages, book pages, sheet music, Ephemera, lace, papers of all kinds!!! (Please nothing with Disney characters or children's themes. I'm just not a Disney Princess/Minions/Mickey Mouse kind of artist. I do LOVE The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland though!!β™₯πŸ’œβ™₯

*Anything "dark", "creepy", anything you would see/expect from Tim Burton!

πŸ›‡πŸ›‡πŸ›‡NO CLOWNS!!πŸ›‡πŸ›‡πŸ›‡πŸ˜¨πŸ˜±

I do not own a single distress ink (not even one of the mini's), sprays of any kind or alcohol markers. They would definitely be on my "dream item" list...although I'm definitely NOT anticipating receiving any of them.

I will NOT be one of the people with a like/dislike list that takes 30 minutes to read!! I, personally, feel grateful for anything and everything I receive and I refuse to put that kind of pressure on anyone. As long as you don't send trash/broken or dirty things, I'll be a very happy girl. Taking the time to send anything from my list, although I don't expect it, would absolutely make my day (maybe even my month, lol!πŸ˜†). I love; Stars/script and numbers(paper or stamps)/anything that feels vintage/butterflies/steampunk/scrapbook paper, anything and everything "creepy" or for Halloween...you get the idea! I'm pretty easy to please and 100% thankful for everything!!😊

Favorite holiday

Halloween!! I love things most find "creepy". Tim Holtz Halloween items are my preferred style...but the things Martha Stewart puts out this time of year, I also love. Paper, ephemera, embellishments...all things Halloween, all year round. Can't get enough!!

Favorite Crafts

Art Journaling

Mixed Media

Paper Crafts

ATC'S

Altering Things

Canvas Art

Painting

Does attempting to create a "stash" count as a craft?!? πŸ˜†

Ratings

Conni59 rated for ATC #6: Month of November (USA only) on Nov 20, 2017
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Comment: I love the November ATC. Thank you so much! I also will enjoy using the awesome extras ❀️
AmazingAlex rated for ATC: Newspaper Cityscape on Nov 17, 2017
5
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Comment: Omg! Thank you so much!
gojenn rated for Craft Destash 11/11 on Nov 10, 2017
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Comment: Your note said you'd sent for "Just Randomness Nov 17" & I couldn't see where I'd joined that one & I was so confused! Lol. Here you are & im so glad to find you. Thanks for your swap!!
Response: Oh no!πŸ˜‚ I've been very sick for the last week, I guess I got the notes mixed up for the 2 envelopes. Sorry!! So glad you liked everything though!
Astahl rated for Just Randomness on Nov 10, 2017
5
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Comment: love everything thanks
Response: You're welcome!
JudalineZ rated for Spooky Eyeball ATC Swap - USA on Oct 25, 2017
5
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Comment: cool ATC
Response: Thanks! Glad you liked it.
Marcie24 rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!! End Oct. on Oct 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies. Just an FYI the address label was almost completely off the envelope. The sticky stuff didn't stick enough
Response: Oh no! It was a new double-sided tape...guess I won't be using that again! Thanks for letting me know. Hope everything else was good!
em1023 rated for 3 oz Halloween Ephemera on Oct 19, 2017
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Comment: I love everything you sent!! Thank you so much. I’m excited to put it all to use in my crafts :)
Response: Yay!! I'm so happy you liked it and will be able to use it! Happy Creating!!
CraftyCC rated for ATC#5 - Month of October on Oct 14, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the ATC, I love the spiders and web. It's scary good! Thanks also for the extra goodies. I will be using them for sure.
Response: You're so welcome! I had so much fun with that one! I literally wish the vibes of Halloween could last all year! So glad you liked everything...happy creating!!βœ‚πŸ“”πŸ–Œβœ‰πŸ“¬
luv2kraft rated for Unrelated Quote ATC Swap - USA on Oct 11, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for a superb ATC. I appreciate the wealth of extras.
Response: Glad you liked everything! I had fun with that ATC....it's the first "unrelated" I've done. Might not have been "out there" enough, but I tried, lol.
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Comment: Thank you for all of the fantastic items you sent! The Alice images on tissue paper inspired a great idea for Christmas ornaments and I can't wait to try it out!
Response: That's awesome! I'm so glad you were inspired by something I sent, that makes it even more special!!❀
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Comment: First off: thank you so much for going through all the trouble to get the envelope my way! I was super happy to see that it arrived safely today, and I like all the different types of paper. Thank you! ------ by the way, thank you for all the butterfly items! Love them!
Response: I'm so glad you finally got it!! Still no idea why it took 5 stamps though, lol. I'm super happy that you liked it, but even happier that you were so patient! πŸ˜†
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Comment: Thank you for all the good stuff! I will enjoy using it (except the spiders, EEK!.) ;-D ....... I do like the feathers you made....... ETA - I can use the spiders in Halloween crafts and swaps, also I have some practical joke ideas to pull on someone with those plastic ones that look so realistic!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I was worried about the spiders after reading your profile, but was hoping you could use them on a Halloween project, lol. Happy creating!!
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Comment: Thanks for the nice puffy envelope. The vintage theme was really nice. I love the enclosed stickers. Have a nice day. Happy swapping.
Response: Oh I'm so happy you got it safely! Have fun playing with everything! You're welcome.....happy swapping!!
Eel9585 rated for ATC newbie and beginner friendly #8 on Sep 21, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for my ATC and extra goodies, remember to write you name and the name of the swap on the back of the card
Response: I could have sworn I did! I'm so sorry!! Thank you for the feedback!
basykes rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #6 on Sep 18, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks! I loved the variety. One thing I like about these swaps is seeing how different people interpret them!
Response: You're welcome! So glad you liked it!
annielou rated for ATC #4 - Month of September on Sep 16, 2017
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Comment: An absolutely gorgeous detailed ATC!!! You are so correct. --- now is the time we see butterflies. We had 2 dozen painted ladies on our Sedum last Weekend. A gorgeous site. Interestingly you added a bee. There were just as many bees as butterflies last weekend!! It's like you could see my backyard with this card. You were so Generous with your Extras. I will use everything. THANK YOU!! WONDERFUL SWAP PARTNER!!!
Response: Awww! You're very welcome! I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you so, so much for taking a chance and allowing this newbie to join your swaps!! I'm already done and ready to send next month!πŸ˜„
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty card and the extras!! Remember to put the swap name somewhere so people don't rate you down have a great safe weekend
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for letting me know!

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Yakima1955 on Sep 26, 2017:

Excited to be your partner again have a great week!!

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