Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2022 2:40 am


Date Joined: August 7, 2010
Last Online: August 16, 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)


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.
simcoe54 rated for CTP: I Love This PC on Jul 30, 2022
Comment: I love this postcard, too. Thanks so much!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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 :)
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 💕
shellbee8 rated for VF: Sender's choice - send 3 - INT on Apr 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much I can’t wait to use it all!
Response: So curious to know what you created! 💕
WoodlandBanshee rated for flat mail in envelope swap on Mar 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful swap. So many butterfly things! I'm so excited to use them on some crafts tonight. Take care
apsa90 rated for pen pal wanted!!!! on Mar 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for you letter, have a great day.
Shellybelle rated for SSM: Bird themed ATC on Mar 1, 2022
Comment: Thankyou so much!! I love it, and the extra gold trim 😊❤️ Thankyou for the extras too xx
Response: So glad you liked it! I can't get enough of Dresden trims!:) 😍 Happy Spring!🦋
KrystalCook84 rated for pen pal wanted!!!! on Feb 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter. I got it on the 21st. You mentioned that you moved so I will pm you for an address confirmation
Comment: Awesome swap, thank you so much, it's Butterfly Day here in my living room!
Response: Awww, well that's relief! I never know what to send the 1st swap.love to see your arty creations with the gold Dresden trim. ❤️ You can look my email up thru our last swap. I love sharing pics of Art. Are you on Pinterest or FB?
user6937 rated for MAS: Ocean Themed Postcard #1 on Feb 7, 2022
Comment: What a wonderful handmade postcard - I love it; you did a great job - it's funny you said you just moved "back" from Nanaimo, but I don't where that is; off island?
Response: Nanaimo is part of Vancouver Island. It's in the middle..very beautiful but expensive. The ferry is over $300 to leave & return. All our family was1500miles away. Covid was hard with no supports and my parents are almost 80. I was missing my neices growing up and have allergies to severe cold. Coldest was -52 so far. So back to the prairies. We finally found housing as if Mar 01!!! Yay! So I will have an art studio, music room and office and tons of space for plants & Art💕 I have been feeling my inspiration dwindling so wasn't happy with my recent PC's. I'm thrilled you love it tho! 1/2 my ocean Stamps are packed away still. I look forward to swapping soon. I'll make some more p/cs up. Hope to see you in the mail too!💕

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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:

susiescottsdale on Jan 3, 2016:

Happy New Year and wishing you many blessings in 2016! Susie

susiescottsdale on Nov 27, 2015:

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