HELLO to all my SB friends! I am Darcilena Deanne but many know me by Arty Darss on Flickr!! I have been here 5 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!" I will no longer be giving hearts for poor, sloppy work as I feel if you want to trade your art, then it should at least be neat and straight. 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!! can't ever seem to buy enough TH goodies! I completed his Creative Chemisty 101 on-line and soon after did 102!! Lots of creative tips forsure! I really encourage any on-line classes!
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!
I am a very busy, married mom of 2 and we are now on our 19th year of marriage! 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!!
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!
Love:Paris, Italy, Rome, France, Greece and Costa Rica.
Asian ladies, trees and Apple blossoms, Chinese lanterns dragonflies & whimsical butterflies
"Stamped" paper flowers with words
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!
Thanx for your Time and reading my profile! Happy Crafting...
Always Arty ~ Darcilena Deanne (swap-bot) aka: Arty Darss (Flickr)
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