A DOZEN OF LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

A DOZEN OF LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

For Michael’s Creative Tuesdays, I was to paint something that makes me happy.

First, I listed a dozen of life’s simple pleasures that makes me happy:

  • reading my trusty manual,
  • riding my bicycle,
  • falling asleep on the back of my hubby’s motorcycle,
  • cross-country skiing (I used to downhill and water ski),
  • playing the piano,
  • writing,
  • swimming,
  • chirping birds,
  • seeing friends,
  • drawing,
  • painting, and
  • fishing.

Second, I wrote about one of my happiest childhood memories.

“Tracy,” Dad said, tossing the tackle box into the boat. “Let’s go fishing.”

“Yahoo!” I kicked off my sandals, yanked on rubber boots, jumped into the car, and slammed the door.

With the boat trailer in tow, Dad steered the car toward the bait shop.

“Dad, how many minnows are we getting?”

“A bucket full, of course.”

I stared out the window and smirked. For the next few hours, we’ll cast our lines, devour Mom’s yummy egg sandwiches, listen for a Loons eerie echo, and reel in feisty Pike for dinner. Oh yah, just me and Dad.

Third, I ran out of time to paint a new piece, so here’s a fishing frog I painted that was published in a calendar for Zebra Publishing.

Dad, let's go fishing!

“Let’s Go Fishing” is also available as a greeting card for Father’s Day, and I’ll be offering a printable Father’s Day card (coming soon).

LET'S GO FISHING FAA

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Note: I just found out that this week’s “happy” prompt deadline has been extended a week.

In any case, thanks Christine, for the wonderful prompt.

Blessings of Happiness,

Tracy

P.S. What is one of your life’s simple pleasures that makes you happy?

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A BOUQUET OF PRAISE – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

A BOUQUET OF PRAISE – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

Two weeks ago, I shared that my self-confidence plummeted, but today I’m thrilled to report that after I kept “Looking Up”, I received encouragement by way of a large greeting card order and an order for a pillow.

Gods timing is always perfect. :-)

The challenge for today’s Creative Tuesdays was to incorporate the flower (shown below) into a bouquet.

Keep Looking Up!  Colored with Copic Markers

So… my whimsical flower blossomed into “A Bouquet of Praise”—my way of praising God for all He does, has done, and will continue to do in my life.

A Bouquet of Praise Copyright Tracy Campbell

A Bouquet of Praise colored with Copic Markers

“With all my heart
    I praise the Lord,
    and with all that I am
    I praise his holy name!”

Psalm 103:1 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

And, even though, my life is not perfect, I will continue to praise Him, and I’ll remember to “Keep Looking Up”.

Now it’s time I pop on over to Michael’s Creative Tuesdays blog to cast my gaze on all the other awesome art. I hope you’ll join me. :-)

Blessings and Hugs,

Tracy

P.S. Don’t forget to download your FREE coloring page. Just click on the image below.

P.P.S. Did you know that coloring is therapeutic?

FREE COLORING PAGE

Happy Birthday, Nathaneal! My grandson is six-years-old today. :-)

  

A TUTOR INTERVIEW WITH TRACY CAMPBELL – “WHAT MY TOP STUDENTS DO RIGHT!”

A TUTOR INTERVIEW WITH TRACY CAMPBELL – “WHAT MY TOP STUDENTS DO RIGHT!”

TRACY'S TRANSFORMATIONS

I don’t normally post two days in a row, but I wanted to let you know that in my “other life” I tutor for QC Design School. And I was asked to answer a few questions for the school’s blog to help my students. If you’re interested in what I had to say, visit–>QC Design School’s Blog.

Blessings,

 Tracy

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P.P.S. If you visit the QC Design Blog, please leave a comment over there too! Your support is appreciated. :-)

 

  

HOW TO BLOSSOM LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER IN SPRING – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

HOW TO BLOSSOM LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER IN SPRING – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

My artistic/writer self-confidence plummeted last week. If I had to rate my level of self-confidence on a scale of 1 to 10, it would have been a minus 10.

For two days, I threw a pity party. Strange thing was, no one came to my party. The longer I party, the worse I’ll feel.

So after consulting my trusty manual, I asked God to toss down His golden cord of hope (I sure wasn’t getting anywhere in my own strength).

He didn’t let me down. As I clung to the golden cord of hope, the black cloud slowly lifted.

Then BAM!

Inspiration blossomed like a budding flower in spring, arriving just in time to design this piece for Creative Tuesdays.

 SINGLE FLOWER - BLOG POST - MAR. 17, 2015 (1)

“Strength! Courage! Don’t be afraid, don’t get discouraged.

God, your God, is with you every step of the way.” Joshua 1:9b (The Message)

The next time I’m tempted to throw a pity party, I’ll look up instead.

Check out Michael’s new blog and the all other creative designs posted HERE.

Happy Spring…almost,

  Tracy

P.S. How do you handle discouraging news?

P.P.S. To download a FREE printable coloring page for you or the kiddies, click on the flower button.

WHIMSICAL SHOP BUTTON

  

How Leaves Are Like Friends – Creative Tuesdays

How Leaves Are Like Friends – Creative Tuesdays

Creative Tuesdays prompt was to create art that tied in with the words “Under the Leaves”. As I couldn’t wrap my head around the concept of “Under the Leaves”, I chose just the word “Leaves”.

Leaves need sunlight to grow in order to feed plants. And leaves are like my friends who “feed” or “encourage” me.

That idea blossomed into the designs shown below:

Plant Seeds of Love - Tracy Campbell

Plant Seeds of Love – Tracy Campbell

So today, I’d like to plant seeds of love by encouraging Janis Cox, author and illustrator of Tadeo Turtle, to keep writing and creating wonderful works of art. Janis Cox invited me to join Creative Tuesdays. You can purchase Tadeo Turtle from www.amazon.com and/or www.amazon.ca.

And … if it wasn’t for Michael, who planted Creative Tuesdays, my portfolio wouldn’t continue to grow. You can also purchase Michael’s amazing art over at Dotty Hill Creative’s Online Shop.

Creative Tuesdays also planted a seed to open up a digital shop so you too can create gifts to share with family and friends.

My shop will offer digital stamps perfect for scrapbooking, note cards, bookmarks, journal covers, prints, and coloring pages for the kiddies, and other blossoming ideas.

The printable notecards (shown below) will be available for sale in my shop (coming soon).

SELL SHEET - PLANTS SEEDS OF LOVE

And to make sure my note card idea worked, I printed the note cards on a sheet of cardstock (available at your local office supply store). After cutting the cardstock in half, I just had to fold each card. And viola! My handmade note cards are ready to give away to friends and family who need encouragement.

SEEDS OF LOVE PHOTO FOR BLOG

While you wait for these designs (and more) to appear in my shop, please download a FREE coloring page.

Happy Planting,

 Tracy

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