Sleepy Sundays: Hazy Memories

Hazy Memories ©️2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Some summers remind me of summer’s past & the little memories tucked within them.

Out where I live, if you’re closeby some water or a storm is on its way, sometimes you see this hazy mist in the sky–almost like a fog, but much thinner.

This is the first landscape design I’ve done in a while based off of just that. This one is going to be exclusively wall art & not used for other projects.

We’ve spent a good portion of this year cleaning up from the last. Now it’s time to finally have some fun. Much more to come in the coming weeks, folks. Strap in & get ready. 😁

& Most importantly, have a relaxing rest of your Sunday.

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!

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Have a beautiful Sunday!

31 Nightmares 2018: The 6th

Iced Over
Iced Over © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Tonight’s nightmarish addition is going to be part of my horror design collection for this year. The look was inspired by a nightmare had about being trapped under ice.

Quite the chilling recent memory.


This has been

Day 6

of

Sleepy Sundays: Dense

Dense © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

There is so much to tell you it definitely won’t all fit within the limitations of the “short but sweet” design of a SleepySundays post. Such rambling is better suited for a Daydreams Diary—so we plan on squeezing one of those in sometime soon.

While I juggle my folders with life, we’re busy planning for the upcoming 31Nightmares in October. I had to make a few business-related calls this weekend and while pulling some strings with friends, our October event somehow came up. One of my friends was exchanging some ideas with me and I stepped outside to notice a dense fog while we chatted. The subject of the paranormal came up and I’ve got to admit I got a little chill (a good chill) even though it was very hot & humid outside. All of that inspired this wall art design. Someone has already requested it for their living room. My resources are dwindling due to a few recent setbacks, but are slowly on the mend so I’m going to do my best to make that happen.

When was the last time you got caught in a dense fog? (Literal or figurative)

Have a creepy Sunday! 😀

Sleepy Sundays: Force

Force © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

There are a few new sets of florals I’ve got set up that will be shown here throughout the upcoming spring season. Road blocks have certainly been built up in my way since the start of this year. Last week was no different. Massive power outages in my region restricted internet access for a short while. Some electricity came back on, but then our connections became unstable. The result was a short closing of the site & its services.

Maybe it was the florals I’m working on, or the power outages that got me thinking about all things nature. Though I’d like to think it is the strong women that remain ever-so-present in my life through trial & triumph—sickness and superpowers.

This one is for all of the goddesses in my life that keep manifesting otherwordly beauty despite whatever negativity tries to blanket you and smother your blinding light.

Have a forceful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Misty Morning Daydreams

Misty Morning Daydreams © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

If I gave you a peek into my folder right now, you’d see lots of designs like this one. I’ve been working a lot on greeting card designs again lately. This one is the first concept in a set of florals.

It’s inspired by the rainy season in my zone lately and some strange dreams.

What’s your inspiration lately? Any plans when the seasons change?

Have a relaxing Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Something Pleasant

Pleasant Night © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a request from someone I know personally. This weekend a good friend of mine sent me a text that said “make me…something pleasant” and went into some short detail.

Although the request was simple, it made my heart warm to think this friend thought of me when she was going through a very rough time. So I dreamt up this image while experiencing this arctic freeze a good portion of my country is going through right now. I couldn’t help but think of the poor little creatures outside that are trying to endure these harsh conditions. They go through these blistering conditions with such grace. The thought had me pondering about nature itself and how it does much the same—with grace. Then it came to me, the beautiful swan. If ever there was a graceful being, oh you had better believe, that’s it. Yes, I think that’s something pleasant.

What is “something pleasant” to you? Do you like swans?

Have a graceful Sunday!


 

Fun facts: This piece is not only the first entry to the gallery of 2018, but also the first print to enter Snapping Turtle’s archive since the beginning of the merge with CardCastles. This is all part of something bigger you will begin to see this year.

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!

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. 🙂