Sleepy Sundays: Along the Pumpkin Patch

Along the Pumpkin Patch © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

There are usually a lot of requests in the CardCastles inbox this time of year for greeting card prints. This little in flux usually lasts until around January and then things begin to slow down. I always enjoy making them, especially around the holidays. Halloween is one of my favorite seasons to design for in the fall. Some of my favorites usually go to teachers and mothers for the classroom or children’s parties. I just added custom invitations to the list for that reason.

What are your favorite seasons or holidays?

Have a warm Sunday!

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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.)


This has been

Day 18

of

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!

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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.


This has been

Day 12

of

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