Sleepy Sundays: Exist

Exist © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts & Publishing

There’s a bunch of things planned for this new year coming up on CardCastles.

Yet only time will tell if they come to fruition.

Though, despite the odds working against me, I believe.

I believe with every ragged fiber of me, because if there’s one thing my life has shown me, it’s that anything can rise from ashes.

Such has been true for me time and time again. This weekend I felt the worst I have ever felt—

And yet, I smile.”

Why?

I know it’s not over yet. In fact, with the new year rolling in, it’s only just beginning.

I’m aware all of this may sound oh-so-very cliché. I’m not blind to the notion that some people out there are sick to death of hearing me preach the power of positive thought. (Those people can stuff it, by the way.) In spite of all that, I want you to keep going with me, through whatever trials you may be facing as well. We can’t give up and we can’t give in. BELIEVE in yourself. It’s a point I have to make. It’s important.

We’re all just getting started. 😉

Have a beautiful Sunday, my loves.

& Have a very happy New Year!


Fun facts: This artwork was inspired by elements of science fiction and recent talks buzzing around about alien life. It’s been a little while since something in the “surreal” genre was posted here at CardCastles. This Sunday changes that.

Sleepy Sundays: Flake

Flake © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts & Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Today we’re sharing something simple. When so much around me continues to be chaos, it’s a welcome break. It’s simple yet somehow intricate, because if you join this design with a duplicate of itself, you’ll notice it’s seamless.

That’s the idea. This pattern was created with clothing and/or objects in mind that need the pattern to wrap around. I’ve done many patterns like this in the past, but this is one of my first with a snow-themed design.

It was inspired by the little flurries that hit my area this weekend.

Do you get snow where you live?

Have a warm Sunday!

Daydreams Diary: Flames

So, I’ve been sick for over a week.

Fever chills. Coughing. Bones felt like thin glass.

Furious
© 2017
Snapping Turtle Arts

I’ve been meaning to catch you all up on things for a while w/ a video diary or something, and yet things keep happening. Every time I sit down to work, or give you a little update here, another something pops up.

Flash forward to today. I finally start to gain some of my strength back. I’m still on the mend, but I finally have the first burst of energy I’ve had in over a week.

I come inside after getting my son, do my household duties, promptly sit down, then open up my folders for work. I’ve got an important project for Matticus & Revis that’s well over the deadline time frame. (Matt & Revis continue to be patient with me & my crazy life and I love them for it.) There’s another something I’m planning with my significant other. Last but most certainly not least, there’s some concept sketches I have to get out to three of my musician friends.

 

The phone starts chirping away.

I ignore it as best as I can, but in the back of my mind it must be urgent.



 

 



[to be continued]

 

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!

Best of CardCastles 2016!

Although this year was filled with ups, downs, and downright madness around the world, some truly remarkable things still managed to happen here.

There is still so much left out, but thank you all for an amazing year of growth and opportunity.

Happy New Year

from

cardcastlesinthesky.com!

Sleepy Sundays: Moon Flower

Moon Flower
Moon Flower

During my time to work this weekend I drifted off to sleep while planning the next day’s projects. I wrote down a lovely vision I had of a waterfall in a surreal setting during the beginning of a dream had later that night. That dream later turned into one of the most terrifying nightmares I’ve had in a long, long time. When I woke up the next day, I’ve never appreciated life more.

When I sat down to try and recreate that waterfall, for the first time in a while, my hands just couldn’t find their way. Maybe the thought of that bad dream clogged my mind. Perhaps it’s due to the fact I just haven’t been physically well lately. Whatever the case, this little surreal design was like art therapy for me in the meantime and it helped more than words can express.

What is your therapy?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

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Sleepy Sundays: Strung

Strung

The chaos of the modern-day holiday season can leave us temporarily high-strung and packed with anxiety.

I’m lucky that even though this season I may have been this brand of high-strung, I’m strung together with people I love.

Do you get stressed out planning for holidays? Does your family or friends circle make homemade ornaments? 

Have a shining Sunday!

Dance, Dance

Grace. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of the many friends I’ve made through Bloggers for Peace. This group is full of so many talented, kind, and loving people. I’m grateful to have met each and every one of you. I’d also like to thank Rarasaur for pointing me in Kozo‘s direction. It’s because of her I’ve gotten the chance to share and build with all of you.

It’s been a spectacular year and although I don’t have a traditional party planned, I did things the best way I know how. Through art and words. I give you…

Party

Party

To me it represents all of us coming together like one magnificent dance.

Gifts of Growth
With the year now behind us
Before we’ve truly begun
I’m anxious to tell you
That we all have won.

We’ve grown inside and you see it.
What a sight it is when we shine.
I hope it stays like this forever.
The gift is not just mine.

This has been part of the Monthly Peace Challenge: Party On, Garth for December. I couldn’t be prouder of all of the Bloggers for Peace. May you all have a peaceful New Year.