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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What Image Comes to Mind When You Think of a Pillow? – Creative Tuesdays

What Image Comes to Mind When You Think of a Pillow? – Creative Tuesdays

When I began thinking about what to draw, the image that popped into my brain was obviously a pillow.

Pillow of Faith

Pillow of Faith – Tracy Campbell

After gazing at my pillow, are you scratching your head and asking, “What do the words faith and sheep have to do with a pillow?”

Well, I am a sheep who has put my faith in the Good Shepherd. He protects me and He comforts me … especially when life is hard.

So tonight, after I lay my weary head on a pillow, I’ll thank the Good Shepherd for the protection and comfort He provides. And I’ll be thankful for my comfy, feathery pillow.

 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

John 10:11 Living Bible (TLB)

And here’s Faith. She’s all dolled up in a quilted, coat of faith and wearing a matching hat to boot.

A Ewe with Faith - Tracy Campbell

A Ewe with Faith – Tracy Campbell

Blessings and hugs,

Tracy

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3 Practical Ways to Show Love

3 Practical Ways to Show Love
Love Somebunny

Love Somebunny

Tomorrow is love day. A fun day to show some fluffy love.

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but I’m not turning down my hubby’s dinner invitation.

I don’t like receiving flowers unless my hubby finds a bargain. And we all know that does not happen on Valentine’s Day.

But for me, love is an action. Servant-heart-action. A few ways I act out, I mean, show my servant-heart-love is to:

  • Wash and fold my hubby’s clothes,
  • Make my hubby’s lunches for work, and
  • Make my hubby’s dinner.

That may not sound like servant-heart-love to you, but let me tell you that I AM showing servant-heart-love because I DO NOT like to cook.

My mom once presented me with a plaque that read, “The kitchen is closed. The queen does not cook”.

But in all seriousness, love in action is the most powerful kind of love I can show. And the quote below sums up love beautifully.

 “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables

So I really hope my hubby sees the face of God in me, knowing I try my best to show my servant-heart-love in action.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tracy

P.S. Share the love with another of my whimsical works of work called, “Love Somebunny”. It’s up for sale over at www.tracy-campbell.artistwebsites.com.

P.P.S. What does love mean to you?

  

Do You LOVE to Play Tag?

Do You LOVE to Play Tag?

When I was a young kid, I loved playing tag.

Today, as an old kid, I don’t have the energy, but I do have the energy to play tag in The BOOK LOVE Blog Hop.

BOOK LOVE Blog Hop badge created by Dana Carey

BOOK LOVE Blog Hop badge created by Dana Carey

I’ve been tagged by Tina M. Cho over at Tina’s Tidbits’ Blog to share my LOVE of books. After all, this is the month of LOVE. And just like the game of tag, there are itty-bitty rules to follow.

Are you ready for the four, itty-bitty rules?

Wonderful!

The Official BOOK LOVE Blog Hop Rules:

1. Choose books you love (any genre) that you feel deserve more attention than they may be getting.

2. Post the reviews of the books you’ve chosen on Amazon. Authors appreciate reviews. A great review is like receiving a sparkly diamond or a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Grin. Oh, and reviews can be brief. Don’t forget about sharing your reviews on other social media sites like Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Just share the LOVE.

3. Post the reviews on your blog. If you want, post the reviews on your blog and/or link your blog back to your reviews on the sites mentioned above. I did (see below). :-)

4. Display the BOOK LOVE badge on your blog. Wait a minute! That’s more of a perk than a rule, especially if you LOVE collecting blog badges like I do! Don’t forget to link the badge to your post so that when your fabulous friends and fans click on the badge they’ll know exactly how this game of tag is played. And remember to credit the talented illustrator, Dana Carey.

As the owner of a ton of books, I just couldn’t decide which books to review. Instead, I’d like you to join in on my new game—“Name That Book”.

First Clue: I received this autographed book from a talented, children’s author.

Second Clue: Today is the main character’s tenth birthday.

Third Clue:  Today is Ground Hog Day.

That’s correct! It’s …

Punxsutawney Phyllis written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler.

4.0.3

Have you ever met a groundhog who loves to splash in a cold river in springtime, roast in the summer sun, and tromp through the winter snow?

No?

Then you haven’t met this groundhog, Punxsutawney Phyllis.

Susanna Leonard Hill wrote this adorable book about one special groundhog for kids in kindergarten through grade three. I was amazed to learn that artist Jeffrey Ebbeler painted the illustrations on oak veneer panels.

Personally, I think all girls will love this book. Here’s why:

“Phyllis, a brightly clad groundhog, loves to be outdoors in all types of weather. Her uncle is Punxsutawney Phil, and she dreams of one day taking over his job, even though everyone tells her that she can’t because she is a girl.”

And because we know girls can do ANYTHING, Phyllis is also a story about believing in yourself.

Check out my review on amazon.com.

I hope the following four “Cupids” will have time to continue the blog hop.

Linda Andersen

Steph Nickel

Virginia Wright, and

Jodi Desautels

Tag, you’re it!

Thanks for reading and commenting,

Happy Groundhog Day,

Tracy

P.S. Please visit Punxsutawney Phyllis and wish her a very happy birthday!

  

How to Travel All Around the World – Creative Tuesdays

How to Travel All Around the World – Creative Tuesdays

To travel all around the world would be an exciting adventure.

And I’m already on an exciting adventure! I get to travel all around the world, (right here in cyberspace) sharing my writing and whimsical works of art.

Although … when I focus on the destination I stumble … a lot. That’s when I know I haven’t followed the words mapped out for me in my trusty guidebook. Words like the ones I’ve included in my whimsical piece of art for Creative Tuesdays.

AROUND THE WORLD

ALL AROUND THE WORLD

Now that I’m back on course, I plan on enjoying the journey. And I’ll …

 “Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you I have a sure thing.”

Isaiah 26:3 (MSG)

Do you focus on the destination or the journey?

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Blessings and hugs,

Tracy

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