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37 Days and Counting

37 Days and Counting
37 Days and Counting

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here–Christmas!

This Christmas season I will . . .

  • spend time with family and friends,
  • gobble up some turkey and stuffing,
  • tear open gift wrapped presents, and
  • celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth.

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I’ll also be out and about shopping for gifts for my:

  • hubby,
  • grand-kiddies,
  • other family members, and
  • friends.

And in preparation for this joyous season, I’ve also created trendy handmade necklaces to make gift-giving easier for you too. There are 9 designs in various colors to choose from. Click on any blue highlighted link or any of the images to see just how much these necklaces sparkle and shine.

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I trust these one-of-a-kind necklaces will inspire you to start your Christmas shopping too.

May the Miracle of Christmas fill up your heart,

 

Tracy

 

P.S. My coloring book makes great Christmas gifts too. Purchase 3 or more coloring books through Amazon.com and receive FREE shipping.

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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.

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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.

A TIME CONSTRAINT CHALLENGE FOR CREATIVE TUESDAYS

A TIME CONSTRAINT CHALLENGE FOR CREATIVE TUESDAYS

I like a challenge, but only when I know I have the time to do my best work.

Ha! 

That “Ha”  is to inform you that I’m not fond of tackling a challenge that requires more time than I have.

Specifically, the challenge our host, Mr. Toast of Creative Tuesdays, posted. The one I gawked at.

Create a piece that resembles stained glass?

Then I spotted the due date.

Ha! I won’t have time to get it done by December 30th.

Two weeks later, I popped in to comment on each of the Creative Tuesdays’ participants.

But to my surprise, I discovered Mr. Toast had just moved the date ahead for today’s Creative Tuesdays.

Sneaky fellow.

With now only a week left, I knew for sure that I wouldn’t have time to draw and paint a piece the old-fashioned way.

And when Mr. Toast mentioned I still had time, I decided to go for it and also try something that was definitely outside of my comfort zone. So I leaped out of my studio chair and landed on my computer chair, (figuratively speaking).

With the aid of two software programs, I was now ready to at least attempt to draw and paint.

So before you cast your gaze on today’s attempt at “faux” stained glass, I thought I’d share my limited knowledge (condensed version) on:

#How to Create “Faux” Stained Glass Using Windows Microsoft Publisher
  • create “New” document,
  • drag the mouse around to create a rectangular box,
  • format (outline) the text box in black,
  • drag the mouse around some more and connect the lines, and then
  • “Save As” a JPEG file.

STAINED GLASS ATTEMPT 1

How to Create Colored Shapes Using Microsoft Paint Software

  • double-click the JPEG file,
  • open the JPEG file in “Paint”,
  • “zoom out” to view the entire piece,
  • select the paint bucket icon,
  • select a paint color,
  • drag the mouse around, again, and place in any one of the 11 shapes,
  • tap the mouse on the head,
  • color appears in one of the shapes, and then
  • repeat the above steps until all of the shapes are colored in.

STAINED GLASS ATTEMPT 3

By this time, I was having so much fun I created a second rectangle, again, using Microsoft Publisher.

Next,

  • flip the second rectangle horizontally,
  • create a colored middle border to fit between the two rectangles,
  • add “shapes” to the border, (I used hearts and dots), and then
  • add dash lines (optional) around the edges of each rectangle.

STAINED GLASS ATTEMPT 4

I stared at the screen and scratched my head. Hmm…not quite finished.

Minutes later, two words popped into my head—LOVE and LIFE.

#How to Create Individual Letters Using Windows Microsoft Publisher

  • insert one letter at a time,
  • select “WordArt” —> “Plain WordArt Styles”,
  • a pop up box appears, then type a letter, select the font and the font size,
  • select “Drawing Tools” which allows you to change the “Shape Fill”, “Shape Outline”, “Shadow Effects”, and how-to change the shape of a letter or word, and then
  • “Save As” a JPEG file.

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Although it’s not one of my better pieces, I am glad I took on this challenge—a time constraint challenge that required me to leap outside of my comfort zone.

I do hope you’ll leap on over to visit the other “stained glass” art. The pieces are spectacular.

Here’s to leaping into the new year,

Tracy

P.S. By the way, 2016 is a leap year. 🙂

P.P.S. If you would like to read additional posts about how to create clip art, please let me know in the comment section. 

A TIME CONSTRAINT CHALLENGE FOR CREATIVE TUESDAYS first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A THANKFUL HEART?

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A THANKFUL HEART?

Thankfulness removes the sting of hardships.

Sometimes, hardships are small like the aching tooth I endured yesterday. (I rubbed Oil of Oregano on my gums, said a prayer, and today, it’s all better). 🙂

Other times, hardships are huge like not having loved ones in my life. 🙁

If I dwell on any hardship, rain threatens to soak my heart.

Instead, I choose to dwell on thankfulness in the midst of my hardships.

And guess what?

When I do, the sun shines in my heart.

So I continue to:

“Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:20 (MSG)

#LET’S BE THANKFUL … EVERYDAY!

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A Thankful Heart – Tracy Campbell

 

And a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my American neighbors.

Blessings,

 

Tracy

 

P.S. Matilda and I are also thankful for the greeting card orders we received. And it’s not too late to place your–> Christmas order

HELP TRACY CELEBRATE HER 3RD ANNIVERSARY

HELP TRACY CELEBRATE HER 3RD ANNIVERSARY
MEET MATILDA - MY MUSE

Tracy’s Marvelous Marketing Maven!

 For Tracy’s Canadian friends and family, please note the following:

Tracy’s products are priced in U.S. funds.

BUT … to learn how to pay in Canadian funds, enter your contact information in the form below. Tracy will contact you (as soon as I let her) and fill you in on all the easy-peasy details.

Remember, if you order through Tracy’s e-commerce site you will have to pay in U.S. funds.

What are you waiting for? Christmas? Puh-leeze fill up your shopping cart!

And again, to receive your 30% discount at checkout. Just type 30 in the discount box, and hit “apply”.

Humbly,

 

Matilda!

(Okay, I’m not humble). 

P.S. Do share this fabulous offer with everyone you know. 🙂