Category Archives: Greeting Cards

CREATIVE TUESDAYS—WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED?

CREATIVE TUESDAYS—WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED?

Love is in the air.

Can you feel it?

Okay, so love doesn’t float through the air, but being loved makes me feel like I’m floating.

Before I float on into today’s theme for Creative Tuesdays, here’s a quiz that I tweaked slightly, based on The 5 Love Languages®, written by Gary Chapman.

Do you feel MOST loved when:

(a) someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you?
(b) someone takes the time to give you a gift they’ve put a lot of thought into?
(c) someone gives you their undivided attention?
(d) someone gives you a much-needed (bear) hug? or
(e) someone sends you a hand-written, greeting card?

 

If you had to choose just ONE, which would it be?

#My first choice would be (e)—I feel MOST loved when someone sends me a hand-written, greeting card.

I suppose that’s why I love creating and receiving greeting cards. 🙂

This love language is called, “Words of Affirmation”.

Gary Chapman states,

“This language uses words to affirm other people.”

My sister, a missionary in Tokyo, sent me a beautiful card with these words of affirmation:

“Praying for you, and may all your dreams come true in 2016! I can’t say thank you enough for supporting us in so many ways.”

My sister wrote more, but those two lines made me float on air. Thanks, Sis. 🙂

Have you figured out what today’s theme is?

Yes…LOVE.

Our host, Mr. Toast, actually provided three creative prompts for this theme:

  • love is in the air,
  • home is where the heart is, and
  • love will guide you home, (we also had to include a floating heart).

Mr. Toast promised this challenge would be fairly simple.

I thought it would be fairly simple too.

Not so.

My creative mind churned, of course, making my brain need or want to incorporate all of the above.

I did finish the illustration, but ran out of time to “color-it-up”. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

Speaking of love, Matilda, my bossy marketing maven, has an announcement. She promises to behave.

Hello, People!

It’s me, Matilda.

MEET MATILDA - MY MUSE

I’ll try to be polite. Hee hee.

I’m unveiling Tracy’s new product line. And today, I’ll share just one piece from our collection.

I do like to make you people wait.

Behave, Matilda!

Tracy, give me a drum roll. Puh-leeze!

Never mind.

Ta-dah!


Tracy’s trendy necklace comes beautifully packaged in a cellophane bag. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s a steal-of-a-deal at only $8.00 U.S. And there are only three left.

AND . . .

when you’re shopping, check out the greeting card that I know you’ll want to give to your “Somebunny” this Valentine’s Day—that fuzzy, love day that makes you want to float on air.

NOT!

Matilda!

I tried to behave. 

Get back in your mason jar. I’ll take it from here.

I do hope you’ll stop by my Whimsical Shop and check out my our stuff!

Sheesh!

Have a Happy Day,

 

Tracy & Matilda!

 

P.S. Check out all the other love designs over at Creative Tuesdays’ blog.

CREATIVE TUESDAYS–WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED? first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.

THE COURAGE OF A COWARDLY LIONESS

THE COURAGE OF A COWARDLY LIONESS

Late last Monday evening, I listened to the new Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, deliver a moving victory speech.

After plopping into bed, a gale force thought swirled around in my brain.

God, I can’t do that! The last thing I want to do is write a letter to the Prime Minister.

I tossed and turned. Finally, I drifted into a restless sleep.  

The next morning, the same thought torpedoed my brain. The mere thought of contacting the Prime Minister (of all people) made me nauseous.

 

The Cowardly Lion--illustration by William Wallace Denslow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

The Cowardly Lion–illustration by William Wallace Denslow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

For days, I couldn’t focus on my art or my writing, and I couldn’t sleep either.

Okay, I’ll do it. I leaped into my suit of faith. You do know, Lord, I have no clue what I’m supposed to write.

And then, words began to flow.

 

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

Congratulations on becoming Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister.

Moved by your powerful victory speech, I was compelled to write.

Like you, my maternal grandparents believed, “We can make anything happen if we put our minds to it.”

With a few suitcases and a toddler in tow, they left their homeland, Finland, and immigrated to Canada—a land that promised freedom and a bright future for their offspring. And because of their great sacrifice, I can proudly say, “I am a Canadian.”

I was also pleased to hear you say, “We know in our bones that Canada was built by people from all corners of the world who worship every faith, who belong to every culture, who speak every language. We believe in our hearts that this country’s unique diversity is a blessing.”

Indeed, our country’s unique diversity is a blessing as was evidenced when you spoke of the practicing Muslim mother you encountered on your campaign trail—the young mom who has the freedom to wear a hijab headscarf, the one who touched you when she said, “She’s voting for you because she wants to make sure that her little girl has the right to make her own choices in life and that her government will protect those rights.”

I also want my grandchildren’s choices and rights protected, but sadly, last year, my eight-year-old granddaughter’s basic human rights were usurped. When her teacher spotted a cross dangling from my granddaughter’s necklace she told her to tuck the cross under her blouse, and then she told her she must never wear it to school again as it may “offend” other faiths.

It saddens my heart knowing my granddaughter and other Christian children in the public school system have lost the right:

  • to bring a Bible to school,
  • to wear a cross,
  • to recite the Lord’s Prayer, and
  • to opt out of Sex-Ed classes, those that contradict timeless, biblical principles.

I humbly request that our new government revisit my dire concerns, as I too, believe it’s time for a change, REAL change that will guarantee religious freedom for “all” Canadians.

Respectfully,

Tracy Campbell

I mailed the letter with my card shown below.

A Whimsical Greeting Card - Tracy Campbell

A Whimsical Greeting Card by Tracy Campbell

Printed on the left inside of the card is the following quote:

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

I have no clue what will happen next, I just believe that…

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

I urge you to write to your government. Be “Ewe-Neek” and take a stand for what’s right.

Blessings,

Tracy

P.S. Please share this post wherever you feel led. Thank you. 🙂

How to Spot Twelve Invaluable Doula Traits

How to Spot Twelve Invaluable Doula Traits
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Please welcome back Stephanie Nickel. She’s going to let moms-to-be in on twelve invaluable traits a labor doula should possess. You’ll want to know this before you hire a doula. If you’re not sure what a labor doula is, click through to read this post.

Stephanie is not only a gifted writer and editor, but she also helps deliver precious gifts—she’s a certified labor doula through CAPPA Canada. (CAPPA stands for Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.) Continue reading “How to Spot Twelve Invaluable Doula Traits” »

Let the Show Begin!

Let the Show Begin!

Tracy Campbell’s

Whimsical Shop

Is Finally…

Open for Business!

Hello, people!

Matilda
Tracy’s Marketing Maven

I’m flapping my wings ‘cuz you’ve got only six weeks and two days left to shop before Christmas! And less than that considering you’ve got delivery time.

So…

I don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice,

Just make your list and check it twice.

The Premier Collection is meant just for you,

Now send in your order, oh yes, please do!

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Just In Time for the Holidays: Three Christmas Cards Revealed

Just In Time for the Holidays: Three Christmas Cards Revealed

Hello, people!

Matilda
Tracy’s Marketing Maven

Did you miss me?

Come on, admit it. I won’t tattle.

Good. Now I can begin.

Today, I’ll present three Christmas cards to round out Tracy Campbell’s Premier Collection. Once you’ve finished gawking, I’ll reveal more about her artistic journey, and then—-.

Hee hee, you have to wait!

Drum roll, puh-leeze!

I present the final three greeting cards.

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