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Date Joined: February 25, 2011
Last Online: May 19, 2018
Birthday: June 13
Country: Canada
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FYI - You all maybe aware of the fact that during the weekend of April 13, 14 & 15, 2018 there was a massive ice storm that hit which happened to be on the weekend of scrapfest in Kitchener. I had a serious fall that broke my ankle in 3 places, the tibia and the fibula and split the fibula as well. So I am in a cast for the next few months of my life and unable to do much but sit on my butt and craft when I am up for it, which is not often, trust me, medications are many and harsh so I am sleeping a lot. I am however getting a bit stronger again every day. Its only coming to the end of the FIRST week!



Wow I am up to 40 members now sadly not everyone plays, but were a strong mighty group! Everyone is very talented and very reliable. We all get that sometimes life happens and we all know that we will get our happy mail sooner or later with out any negative grief or drama.

4.5 years of living in beautiful Northern Ontario. I cannot believe it, my how time flies when your having fun. I absolutely love it here and I don't even like it when we have to leave our beautiful bush to go to the city anymore.

The only thing about living here in the North is that I do not like how far away my mailbox is, it is rural route and everyone who gets their mail there, has to help "take care of it" like when it snows we all have to take turns shovelling it, etc. I really miss the home delivery that we once had. With all of my health issues, I can't even walk to it. It takes more than an hour, in the winter it is just unsafe and in the summer you get eaten alive by mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies, deer flies and whatever other critters maybe about.

I have confirmed that depending on when your package to me is mailed and where it comes from that it is hit and miss, it can take either 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months. I have had all happen, there was one time that a small package that came to me from Australia (to Ontario Canada) took 6 months, or was it more like 9?!!! We had completely given up on it, and then boom all of a sudden it was here! So Crazy!!!

Anyway, no matter what happens, I am looking very forward to seeing you IN THE MAIL


My name is

which is short for Darlene.

I swear, sometimes I think that If I hear my whole name from anyone, it sounds like I'm in trouble or something...lol

I am a fun-loving individual and happily married. People either like me, or they don't. There is no sitting on the fence with me!

I do the very best that I can to have the same face for everyone. That is not always easy to achieve because of different personality clashes but I strive like everyone in hopes that everyone likes me back.

Since I have moved to beautiful Northern, Ontario many things about me have changed greatly...so, I am filling you in!


Abby and I met in 2005, and we got married in 2007. We have been attached to the hips ever since! We had a lovely church wedding where our dogs (we had 2 of them at the time) were our ring bears! They really did carry the rings! lol It was cute and fun! A lovely day.

Abby is a very special woman! She is transgender female. She has even had her surgery. She was born male but she has legally been female since about 2000. So, this we are in a same sex marriage...and very happy together. We do almost absolutely everything together.

If there is anyone who reads this who has any questions on the topic whether they know someone who has transitioned, or thinking about it themselves please feel free to ask questions, or even if you'd just like to correspond that would be cool, too.


We were caregivers to a wonderful man named Alan. This guy was like a brother to us; we even all had magic birthday dates. His Birthday was January 13, my birthday is June 13 and Abby's birthday is July 13...amazing, huh? He had terminal kidney cancer. We were all very good friends with him. He saw that we all got along so well that he decided he wanted to buy a house, for us all to live in together. He always wanted to own his own home. So we all went house shopping together and we bought one.

We all moved into the house together, and three days after we moved in Alan had to go and have a kidney removed. As time went on, he got sicker and sicker. He passed away on the day of his 56th birthday, btw, he was born in 1956. so we have this interesting number thing going on.

My favorite story to share regarding Alan is one day before he was really sick we were out for a drive somewhere. He was gazing out the window up at the sky, and he mumbled "Sun dog" I said, a what? He said, a Sun Dog. He explained to us what a sun dog is, which is a piece of rainbow that appears between a cloud and the sun. They are amazing things to see! And Alan told us that they were one of his favorite things, too! (Google Sun Dog if you don't know what they are) And when you see them they jump right out at you. At least they do for me.

From time to time If I am having a really bad day or sometimes even by coincidence, I will see a sun dog, and that for me is as good as a hug from Alan, or him letting us know he is still watching over us. In fact, on the day of the anniversary of his death, Abby and I decided we would celebrate his life, and go to the movies to see the Hobbit. We knew he would have approved because he LOVED the Lord of the Rings series and he also LOVED the 3D effect movies.

Well we went out for the afternoon Matinee, and when we came out of the theatre and wow, what did we see? We saw one of the most incredible Sun dogs we EVER saw! It was just like as though Alan were right there with us! It was so incredible! (here is another type of sundog, cool, or what????


If you are still reading this here are some things that I love....In short...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE happy mail, especially if it includes an ATC, or a piece of art of any kind, anything Halloween anytime of year, or dies or die cuts, or anything rainbows!!!

Other perfect flat gifts for me would be unused postage stamps & address labels with my own address on them.

BUT if you need more detail read on!

  • ATCs (I am an avid ATC maker since August 2010) so I love anything paper. -I never get enough of Halloween stuff, Halloween die cuts, good Halloween stickers, Halloween stamps etc Halloween any thing any time of year!

  • Ephemera any thing and everything for ATC making, journal-ling, greeting cards, and rolodex
  • dies and die cuts
  • rubber stamp images
  • rubber stamps
  • betty boop

  • clocks
  • hot air balloon
  • unusual brads
  • unusual stickers (not cheap looking)
  • new techniques
  • silver earrings
  • charms
  • recipes
  • letters
  • post cards (blank or written on)
  • hummingbirds

  • castles

  • butterflies
  • dragonflies
  • anything rainbow, transgender or pride

  • word search puzzles
  • wild life sightings esp moose or bear


I live in Canada, so there are some strict border crossing rules that you must be weary of regarding food items, and also CD's or DVD's. These items will just increase the amount of time it will take for your envelope to arrive. So it is best to just not send food of any kind period.


Please inbox me if you did not receive anything that I owe you for any swaps we were partners in so we can negotiate a make up, and I promise I will reply as quickly as I can. And finally, last but not least,

Sometimes life gets in the way, and I totally understand that. Nine times out of ten your 5 and your heart are safe with me as long as you let me know if your going to be late. The only way I will ever not rate you a 5 is if you don't follow the instructions of the swap for whatever reason, and same as giving you a heart, and I will always change your rating if you come clean on a swap I've rated you a 1 or 3 on. Please consider this when rating me, I am a very easy going person, everyone one of my partners will automatically get a heart unless its not what your supposed to send without an explanation....Remember, communication is ALWAYS the key! And that when things go amuck its probably just a matter of a misunderstanding.


lukrecja rated for You've Got Mail #2 on Apr 30, 2018
Comment: Thanks a lot for the swap! You somehow read my mind, because I wanted to post in the forum I'm looking for someone who could make the address labels for me! I didn't manage to write it, because you were quicker! Thank you! :)
Response: I am so happy you appreciate the flat surprise I sent...(I am surprised you didn't leave a heart...lol) but thank you so much for the 5 rating! Enjoy your labels...
likeWHOAAemmy rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your answers 😊
Zander rated for Keys on Apr 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC and the extras
Response: you are welcome, thank you for the great rating!
loveistea rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 20, 2018
Jaybe63 rated for Profile comment on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your comment - there is nothing wrong with crafting as your guilty pleasure, I'm there with you! x
CraftyMommaonaBUDGET rated for Profile comment on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: I would love to write :)
Response: cool.....
SerenaAzureth rated for Unicorn ATC on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Ooooooo! I love the colors on this card so much! And the little die-cut unicorns will tooootally go to good use! Thanks so much! ^.^
Response: your so welcome! Thank that card was hand drawn and I loved making it. I'm not that great at drawing still in very beginner stage. I loved that card so much I had trouble parting with it...lol so I made another and drew a unicorn in my journal! Thank you for the great rating!
Karmi53 rated for Your choice on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks Dar for two great atc, Take care
Karmi53 rated for Christmas card on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: love your card that you made It is so pretty thanks and thanks for the extras too
Response: you are so very welcome! So glad you love what I have sent
zebragirlzebra rated for Christmas Card on Dec 2, 2017
Lexidh rated for QUICK ATC swap #250 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love the ornament card! =) Definitely going into my collection!
Response: your so welcome! Its always an honour to be in someone's collection
Lexidh rated for QUICK ATC swap #248 on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you =) Shaker cards are so much fun! I've made shaker cards for Christmas, takes FOREVER to make 40 of them each time, but man, that was a hoot!
Response: hoot...pun intended? I remember you being a bit hard to please, nothing wrong with that...but I thought you would love that shaker card...its my first ever....thanks for the great rating!
Jannified rated for Handmade Envie with Items 2 on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: So sorry for the late rating but I have just realised this! Anyways, thank you for the letter (:
Response: Many thanks for the great rating...I know that life gets in the way sometimes.
PeachyDoll rated for People on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Sorry for the crazy late rating!!! It got stuck to the back side of my mail drawer :( I love the atcs you made <3 and I will be much more careful with my mail in the future
Response: Thank you for finding then and I'm happy for the great rating!
Comment: Hello! Thank you for the postcard and the rhyme! love it!
Response: so glad you got it and love it! thanks for the great rating!
Monastelar rated for Halloween 2017 PC - International on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Actually i adore your PC really!! THANKS For been so kind and dedicated... <3
Response: your welcome! thanks for the great rating!
SamiE rated for QUICK ATC swap #247 on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Hi stranger. Long time no swap. I just love the ATC. I also thank you for the extras. Can use them. See ya
Response: glad you got and like, even better that you can use them! thanks for the great rating...:)
Cariboocarol rated for CDN Swappers: Halloween ATC on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: Hi Dar! I loved your Mona Lisa Witch---very cute and also the cat perched on her shoulder was a nice touch! Thank you very much for everythIng!!
Response: your so welcome...glad you love her! Thank you for the great rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing your little (big) bits of happy with us - and for joining my swap! :) I forgot quite a few happy moments that I remembered looking at your list... ha ha.
Response: ah...I didn't even realize that you hosted this great swap! Funny though because I said the same thing about reading others' happy thoughts. That was a fun swap! And thank you for the great rating!
Wildchild rated for CARD TRILOGY on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Response: your welcome so glad it came to you! Thanks for the great rating

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BornAfterMyTime on Apr 9, 2018:

'Profile Comment'

Hi Darlene! Greetings from England!

Firstly, thank you for teaching me about sun dogs. I hadn't heard of them before reading your profile and I haven't been lucky enough to see one myself yet.

Secondly, I really enjoyed looking at your ATC collection. I especially love the ones with re-purposed book pages on them. I haven't made any ATCs before but I'd like to try it now I've seen your gallery!

Love Emily xx

Skeletonsketch on Apr 9, 2018:

Hi dardarbinx, you seem really cool. I love ur layout and fun fact I used to live in Canada. I hope you have a great day!😃

ladyofunicorns on Oct 31, 2016:

Happy Halloween Halloween again more

I am so happy! Finally here! Happy Halloween! time to party!

Wildchild on Oct 31, 2016:

On the 13th Day of Halloween


It was time to PAARTTY!

This was so much fun! I hope there is one for Christmas too!

Wildchild on Oct 30, 2016:

On the 12th Day of Halloween


12 bats flew across the moon

one more sleep to go I am so excited!

ladyofunicorns on Oct 29, 2016:


After this evening only 2 more days!!!!

Wildchild on Oct 29, 2016:

On the 11th Day of Halloween


11 witches flew in!

ladyofunicorns on Oct 28, 2016:

Happy Halloween!

Have some fun with me! A few days left. Can't wait!

Wildchild on Oct 28, 2016:

On the 10th Day of Halloween IMG

10 monsters arrived to parrrtay!

Wildchild on Oct 27, 2016:

On the 9th Day of Halloween


Nine Zombies came for tea

sorry I'm late today

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