31 Nightmares 2017: The 5th

Of all the terrifying movies and artwork I’ve seen about dolls, and more specifically, disfigured dolls, it’s no wonder I’ve had nightmares about them.

If you’ve been reading at CardCastles for a while, then you’ve no doubt heard about my fear of dolls.

Late last year after a few nights of flu-like symptoms and feeling wiped out, my body finally gave out. I slept for 10 hours, out cold. I woke up sweating like a tupperware container. My feverish brain thought it would be funny to turn me into one of those things in my sleep. I created sketches for those mental images not long after.

The result is this dead-looking cutie up there. (I know, I know. Throw me a bone.)

~In Loving Memory~


Wes Craven

 This has been

Day 5 of


Sleepy Sundays: Unity

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We had a busy week here at home and a crazier few weeks in the nation and world as a whole. Aside from my personal life, I’m managing and still enjoying extra time with my son for the summer.

Despite a positive outlook on my home and work life for now, due to the major events going on in the world you could feel tension in the air.

It all came to a halt briefly after a storm yesterday afternoon when my son shouted out,

“The sky is yellow, Mom!!”

He was so excited. Beyond elated. He rushed me to the window. We had just had a very violent thunderstorm. We’ve been getting a lot of them in my area this summer. Though this one particularly unique. Not only did the sky turn yellow after it stopped, due to the sun setting and the high humidity, but in almost a perfect dome-like shape there stood a spectacular double (almost triple, but the last one was faded) rainbow.

We ran outside in the remainder of the drizzle to snap a few photos. What we soon saw was a short moment that brought everyone out of there houses with smiles. For just a few minutes, it brought the neighborhood out. Together. Smiling. It was a warm feeling that gave us hope. Hope despite troubling times. Though it was small and in a no way a sign that all horrible things will simply fade away, it was something special, still.

I blended the photos into some digital templates like the one you see here. I plan on using them for greeting cards.

Our local news caught a gorgeous shot of this same rainbow outside of their studio as well.


What brings you together with others?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Twilight Winds

Twilight Winds
Twilight Winds

With October, my #31Nightmares, and so many things coming to a close, I cannot help but be reminded of the famous night winds I knew growing up that ran throughout October. I’ve made countless designs inspired by them over the years. The latest is a custom notebook.

What do you plan for when the month changes?

Have a breezy Sunday!

31 Nightmares 2016: The 14th


One of the most popular stories on CardCastles to date is Another Walk Down Memory Lane

In that funny, yet horrifying story, I described the how and why I have a bit of a fear of dolls. We had a lovely discussion about phobias, and it made me think of this following nightmare.

Since I was a teeny-tiny one, I’ve also had quite the case of arachnophobia. Still, I don’t hate spiders. I’d rather say they both amaze and terrify me at the same time.

Last year, I had a cold-sweat inducing nightmare where about 1,000 spiders took over my apartment. They were clearly out to get me since within this [what seemed like] almost endless night terror, they pursued and bit me every chance they got.

Do you have a phobia?

Happy Haunts!

This has been Day 14 of


Sleepy Sundays: Windswept Autumn

Windswept Autumn
Windswept Autumn

Wind can come out of nowhere in October. It’s a special trick the month I was born in does. Fall likes to put on a show, and the month of October and its lovely palette are no different. This piece was inspired by the gusts of wind in my area during this time of year that often contain traveling colorful leaves.

What’s the last spectacular sight you’ve seen?

Have a delightful Sunday!