For the Love of Art

You’ve heard me speak on artistic expression and how important it is to myself (and others here) many times before. I often see some wonderful creators go unnoticed and this bothers me to no end. So, earlier in the week I vented those thoughts on Twitter and called out to fellow artists and creators of all kinds to share their info with me so we can all give each other a little boost.

The response was so warm and beautiful. Here are the results:

See what I mean? Such a lovely response from such beautifully talented individuals. & We will continue to support and feature fellow artists & creators of all kinds as long as this site stands.

Be sure to follow the CardCastles Twitter for little updates and exclusives like these. For now it’s solely run by yours truly, but moderated by our team behind the scenes here at Snapping Turtle®. CardCastles TERMS apply to all social media accounts as well.

Most importantly, never stop dreaming. 🙂

Happy Holidays from CardCastles

As you may already know,

We are currently undergoing maintenance, making some more changes to the site, and have a lot going on behind the curtain.

We will be away for a while during the holidays and will miss you all terribly, so we are leaving you this greeting as a parting gift.

While CardCastles will remain down until around the first week of January, we will still be maintaining our art services during downtime. We have some sales going on you can find out about through our social media pages and through our CONTACT page here on site.

Any questions can be sent to Snapping Turtle through our contact page here or by calling us directly. Greeting card prints will be available all throughout the holiday season.

Have a happy, healthy, and blessed holidays

Love,

•Snapping Turtle Family•

31 Nightmares 2018: The 17th

One of my great joys of the past few years has been the return of Fangoria. The magazine was a favorite purchase way back when, on the rare occasion I had some spare change.

When I couldn’t get it, my cousin always had a copy that he’d share with me. I was in love.

Lately, they’ve returned as a source of horror news for me and some others in my circle.

Here’s what they’re discussing today:


This has been

Day 17

of

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

The Lift

I can be impulsive.

Those of you that know me are no strangers to that.

A few days back I posted a “Shutdown Notice” of sorts closing down the site, my services, and all of the CardCastles social media accounts.

Wintery

I’ve never seen the Stats for this place spike so high. Oh, it certainly wasn’t because folks were concerned, I assure you. Not over 500+ in less than an hour. No, my close friends and core group know where to reach me & certainly wouldn’t spam the buttons here to do so.

That spike was likely due to people that cannot wait to see me fall on my face.

 

Although my health is indeed dwindling, I still have hope.

“The audacity of hope!” – President Barack Obama

Hope is something I tend to cling to with all of my being.
After all, I’ve always been like a cat with nine lives, and well, hell, I’m just not that easy to kill.

When I left, there was a guilt I felt because I’m trying to build this business even larger than it already is. My goal is to stack it into something that can eventually help my family and friends. Due to groundwork I laid out earlier this year, I’m already halfway there.

So, I can’t really just stop now. Even though I certainly felt the need to for a while.

Over the last few days, I got to see how much I really am appreciated, however silently, it’s still appreciation, and it matters. You filled my inboxes, my DMs, tweeted out little playlists for me. (One of my potential future moderators who you’ll soon hopefully be meeting shared all of this with me while I was away. We both had a good laugh about how I couldn’t leave this place if I tried.)

One last thing pushed me back here beside all that.

Wild Card

I thought of someone I care about who is going through my exact same struggle right now. She hasn’t stopped her magic for one minute. Even with all she has on her plate, and doing every bit of it while in pain, she hasn’t thrown in the towel. She’s still going.

That inspires me. That’s a strength I’ve only seen in one other place—through the women in my own family, particularly, my late mother.

So while I had my time to sit and sob

and even though the holidays are draining every last bit of sanity I have left

I

can’t

stop.

After all, I am a creator.

And

We’re all mad here.