Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 10:55 pm


Date Joined: August 7, 2010
Last Online: February 18, 2020
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 "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 teens now. Both graduate in the next 18 months. Wahoo!

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 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

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)


luvbird rated for Romance Themed Glue Book Page Swap on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Hi Darcilena! Nice to swap with you again. Thank you so very much for the lovely glue book page... I love it...very pretty! I love all the little details you used to create something beautiful! Thanks for the extras too.
warheart rated for GAA: Christmas Gothic Arch ATC on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: The ATC was very pretty! Thank you!
Comment: Hi Darcilena and thank your for the lovely mermaid GA. Love the layers in your background and the pretty blue "water" below the mermaid. And the microbes in her hair are just perfect. Thank you so much for a fun swap and for the very pretty extra ATC - love it!
tigermousecat rated for MFF: Bird, Book Page, and Lace on Dec 23, 2019
Comment: So pleased to see you back in action creativity-wise! Love both the cards! Hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
gillman rated for MMA: ATC Sender's Choice- ORANGE on Nov 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC!!
Comment: Thanks for awesome swap
thequilterslink rated for MFF: Bird-Themed Pocket Tag on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
tampatha rated for CA : ATC Colour Palette #3562 on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: It's a lovely ATC! Thanks so much~!
dobie256 rated for MMA: ATC Sender's Choice- ORANGE on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous orange autumn ATC. It has so many beautiful details and delightful texture. I see new things every time I look at it. I am so happy to add it to my collection. Happy Fall! <3<3<3
Response: Yay! 💕So happy you liked it! I really struggled about 3 nites to make it all come together. So much better at, Vintage, Shabby Chic or anything Tim Holtz! Way more in my comfort zone. Lol! Enjoy!
Comment: Absolutely beautiful blue card! Thank you
diesel101 rated for CA : Receiver's choice on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely vintage themed ATC!
CinnamonSnow rated for Pen Pal Search # 1 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! I only got it today (although it might've gotten here Friday, I haven't checked the mailbox). It was lovely and I will happily write you back soon!
Response: Ahhh. That's great. So Excited for a new pal! See you in the mail real soon!:)
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
Response: Thanx so much! Having to redo a swap at 2am b/c I forgot it was a gothic arch! Trying to recover from a bad throat. Happy holidays my arty friend! 💕
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
Comment: Thank you very much for the notecard/letter!
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!

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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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