Sleepy Sundays: Wake

Wake © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

The ocean has long been a companion of mine throughout life. With the weather changing and my son getting older, he is starting to show interest in some of these same aquatic activities. I’ve been shuffling around more home decor and greetings designs, some of which have to do with children’s rooms and seasonal decorative pieces. This all had me thinking of underwater themes I’ve done in the past. These sea turtles started from sketches, but I plan to have a few more of them appear in some of my newer designs these next few months.

Have you seen any underwater creatures lately?

Have a bubbly Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Greet

Two more additions for The Holiday Collection this week. I’m not a fan of using fonts in my work, unless I design said fonts myself. These greeting card designs are exceptions. I’m much busier closing out some book cover projects, along with planning a move from my current location. There was a need to push these out fast. The fonts helped save me some much-needed extra time. Hope you enjoy them! Just trying to spread some cheer in these dismal times we are living in.

What do you do to take your mind off the madness?

Have a cheer-filled Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Gourd

Gourd © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts & Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com/snappingturtlepublishing

It’s October 1st! We made it here in one piece! That usually signals exactly what this custom design is evoking today—fall-themed greetings. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with some custom brushes I made for one of my programs at home and this design was the result of that. There’s also been some new apps that found a home in my design arsenal that help me play around with watercolor effects and lighting and some neat 3D texture effects.

I will be designing fall greeting card templates like these all October long for incoming clients and to give out to friends and family.

What are your plans this October? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat.

Have a breezy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: A Way Out

A Way Out © 2017 cardcastlesinthesky.com | Snapping Turtle Publishing

This custom wall art & greetings design has a neat little story behind it. Over this weekend I got to catch up with one of my old friends as we planned for future events this summer. While we yapped on and on our conversation turned into my work, then jumped to communication, then before I knew it my friend and I were talking about portals to another dimension.

We were cracking up because I actually am working on both a sci-fi and fantasy art projects for two book covers and two sets of key art, and I was designing these otherworldly places as we spoke. We joked about how it’d be great if we could just blast out of this place during our current set of circumstances. Here’s to hoping none of us have the need in the near future.

Do you ever wish you could blast away to a faraway land?

Have an fantastic Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Inside Voices

Inside Voices

Over the weekend I got to speak with some close friends and plan future events. This wall art/greetings hybrid was a request. If you’ve been reading my writing lately, or follow CardCastles on social media, you probably know some of its inspirations.

April has flown by so fast not everything we had planned squeezed all into it. Despite that, so much is going on behind the scenes, if I could just stay alive & sane as long as it’s all unfolding I’m going to be bringing you so many strange and wonderful new things this year.

As always, thank you for taking this magical balloon ride with me. Whatever it is. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

Have you got any art projects planned? What have you been up to?

Have a brightly shining Sunday!