31 Nightmares 2018: The 18th

There is a very soft spot in my heart for this next installment to our 31 Nightmares.

Over the Garden Wall is a family-friendly fascet of the horror genre, with drips of mystery & dark fantasy sprinkled in. Ever since its premiere, the miniseries has been a treasured fall season tradition in our home.

I was lucky enough a few years ago to get a physical copy on DVD to what I consider to be a storytelling masterpiece.

The visuals and sort of retro feel to the entire thing stir up some sort of nostalgic emotions in me. I’m not sure why, but every time we get ready to sit down and watch it this time of year and that gorgeous piano theme starts up, my eyes start to well up a bit. Maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of pieces of my own childhood. Maybe it’s the adorable characters. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that my son loves it as much as I do.

Whatever the case is, it is definitely worth seeking out.

Oh yes, and my son wants you all to know this is our favorite song from the series:

(We still sing & dance along to it to this day.)


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Sleepy Sundays: Northern Lights

NorthernLightsDay_bg (tile design for various projects) © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Sometimes I make backgrounds for websites and actual tiles and handbags, quilts and things like that when my designs are printed out in various formats. It’s one of the ways I am able to make somewhat of a living off of my art. This tile has a transparent background so I can play with the foreground and make it into day or night variations and add things like stars, etc.

Hope you all had a relaxing weekend!

We are very busy in the clouds!

Stay updated with our Twitter or Instagram for any CardCastles-related news.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

31 Nightmares 2018: The 12th

Over the past few years of doing this event, I’ve had to pleasure of coming into contact with a whole new world of horror lovers and creators.

Some of those wonderful people and their creations certainly deserve mentioning today. When you get a moment, do check some of these out!

Nightmarish Conjurings

Website: nightmarishconjurings.com

Twitter: @Nightmar1sh

Instagram: @nightmarishconjurings

Nightmarish Conjurings is a pleasure to follow across platforms. They update often and stand out from the crowd. Check them out to see what we’re yapping about!


12 Nights of Horror

Website: 12nightsofhorror.com

Twitter: @12nighthorror

Instagram: @12nightsofhorror/

Another group of original creators that is past of an even larger network of original creators tied to all things horror.


Slasher Radio

Website: slasherradio.com

Twitter: @SlasherRadio

The Slasher Radio Podcast also has a great interview from a few months back with the legendary Mr. Tony Todd that I highly recommend listening to when you have a good 30mins to spare.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slasher-radio-podcast/id1292143626?mt=2&i=1000413617390

They are also in the network of some of the lovely people mentioned earlier.

I first found out about Slasher Radio through my own network. We later subscribed to their podcast on iTunes and haven’t regretted it since.


OddNMacabre – Sean Kaen

Website: oddnmacabre.com

Twitter: @OddNMacabre

Sean is really a wonderful human being and very down to earth. He shares all sorts of fun horror bits and fun facts on his Twitter page. He really is a pleasure to follow since most of his content has this sort of group interactive feel to it that makes you feel a part of the fun. He is a multi-talent and pushes horror content all year ’round.


There are SO many more, but these are all we have time to squeeze in today. These lovely, talented individuals made the cut because they all stand out in their own ways. If you would like to be featured on CardCastles during future spotlights like this one, hit up our Contact page and follow the prompts.


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Sleepy Sundays: Worth

Sometimes something that is normally complex strips away all of its beautiful edges and becomes simpler. Sometimes, this is necessary. Sometimes it’s survival.

…Sometimes.

It’s usually not permanent. After all, most of the time we need all the glitter and jazz, right? Right?

RIGHT?

No.

And that translates to art as well.

Sometimes I strip down my designs and make them much simpler. It’s usually for time constraints but sometimes—it’s just because. You’d be surprised how that translates to sales and demand. Some would think a more “naked” design pales in comparison to something all dolled up. When it comes to what people like and go for, it simply isn’t true. People like both and numbers fluctuate. I guess it’s all just a matter of perspective.


How was your weekend? Everyone holding it together?

Have a breezy Sunday

Sleepy Sundays: Candy Leaf Sunsets

Candy Leaf Sunsets © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Fall always comes into my designs somehow this time of year. This past week some scenes I discovered locally crept into my custom artwork once again.

Have you seen any sights yet this fall?

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Crimson Waves

Crimson Waves © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

There’s been a lot of talk these past few weeks about “peak colors” for fall foliage in my region here on this east coast section of the clouds. Some say this time for the greatest variety and most gorgeous hue is around October, but it largely depends on the temperatures of the season. This new wall art/greetings combo tile was designed with that time in mind. There are trees around here that turn this bright, candy apple red when the conditions are just right. Many of these sights usually make it into my designs each autumn season. This year is no different.

Do you enjoy the fall season? We sure do!

Sleepy Sundays: Windy Nights

Windy Nights © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

This weekend while I made a new folder for a project that’s closing and another for upcoming holiday greetings and other things. We had a little November night wind storm. Shortly after it began to rain. With the quiet in the house and the pitter-patter outside, it was the perfect conditions to work in, and some of it inspired this new addition.

Are you in planning mode yet for the new year? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat. 🙂

Sleepy Sundays: Nimble

Nimble © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

The northeast region got blasted this weekend with some icy winds making it seem like the dead of winter when it’s really still fall. We’ve got a bunch of important milestones coming up for our son in his schooling. There are some changes going on in just about every aspect of my life. They are achy changes, but changes I am willing to accept. Some of this overdose of new I’m even starting to like.

This character concept that almost didn’t happen due to a busy schedule and some technical issues, was inspired by a busted mouse. No not an actual little furry guy, don’t worry. Nope, it was a busted mouse that I very much need in order to create any illustration at all. We had to replace it in order for me to be able to keep working, even in the midst of other family obligations.

I’m going to let my son name him. I think this little mouse would be cute for holiday greetings as well. He may make more appearances.

Has anything broken on you lately? Did you make the best of it?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

Friends on the East Coast, stay warm!

31 Nightmares 2017: The 29th

There were strange sights I saw as a child while on a trip with family members. For years those strange thoughts from that night as a child combined with my imagination, have crept into my nightmares and later, my designs. This is one of them. I’ve decided to make it into a horror/sci-fi crossover for my fall collection. This will be a template for wall art and fits TV screens as well.

The Unexplained © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | [Click image to view larger HD version from Snapping Turtle Gallery]

Thank you all for your kind words, patience (due to our shift in schedule from day-to-night), & support as we shift the clouds about during this event. Your enthusiasm is as always much appreciated. 🙂


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