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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!

A Thankful Heart - Tracy Campbell

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

ARE MY NEIGHBORS BURSTING WITH PRIDE?

ARE MY NEIGHBORS BURSTING WITH PRIDE?

I’m certain my American neighbors are bursting with pride this July 4th weekend. After all, it is Independence Day.

Perhaps, you’ll toss a Frisbee, share a picnic lunch, and/or enjoy spectacular fireworks.

To help you celebrate, I created an illustration titled, Home of the Brave. And today, it’s also featured over at Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustration Blog.

HOME OF THE BRAVE - TRACY CAMPBELL - JUNE 17, 2015

“Great blessings belong to those who have the Lord as their God!”

Psalm 33:12b (ERV)

Happy 4th of July,

Tracy

P.S. I’m taking a blogging break. See you in September. 🙂

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“ARE MY NEIGHBORS BURSTING WITH PRIDE?” first appeared on www.tracycampbell.net/blog.

HOW TO SHOW A CHILD THEY ARE LOVED – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

HOW TO SHOW A CHILD THEY ARE LOVED – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

Creative Tuesdays new theme is “WET”.

So, after plunking on my thinking cap the words “a child’s tears” flooded my brain. And that’s when a sad memory surfaced.

Back in high school my art teacher made me cry (although I didn’t dare shed a tear in front of her). You see, she had the audacity to tell me I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. I suppose the “C” scrawled on my report card should’ve been a clue.

Humph.

I didn’t think my drawings and paintings were too shabby. Heck, I even patted myself on the back with her yardstick.

Unfortunately, her poisonous words crushed my creative spirit, and I tossed my sketch pad aside for twenty-two years.

“Words kill, words give life, they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

     Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)    

Perhaps, if she had chosen kind words, my artistic endeavors would have blossomed earlier.

I can’t change the past, but I can suggest that Elementary School teachers and/or Sunday School teachers hand out these notes to their students. As the students color them in, teachers could talk about the importance of choosing their words carefully.

BEE HAPPY, HONEY BEAR

“Gracious speech is like clover honey—

good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.”

Proverbs 16:24 (The Message)

I’d planned on adding color to my “Bee Happy, Honey Bear”, instead I got carried away playing around with the colored backgrounds and adding the encouraging words.

Parents could also cut-out and tuck these encouraging notes into their child’s lunch bag. My mom tucked hand-written notes into my lunch bag and I did that for my kids too (I wish I had done more of that though).

Like I mentioned above, I can’t change the past but I will encourage young minds to follow their dreams. So kids, keep at it, you can do it!

Next week, these four notes (and a bonus note) will be available in My Whimsical Shop.

In the meantime, to download a FREE coloring page that will encourage the child in your life to “keep at it”, just click on the image below.

FREE COLORING PAGE

Did you know coloring reduces anxiety? It also helps inspire creativity.

How do you show love to the child in your life?

Bear Hugs and Blessings,

Tracy

P.S. Please visit all of the other artists over at Michael’s blog—Creative Tuesdays

P.P.S. To receive my free posts by email, just enter your email address in the box under “Sign Me Up!” or check off the box after you leave a marvelous comment. That will definitely encourage me. 

“HOW TO SHOW A CHILD THEY ARE LOVED” first appeared on www.tracycampbell.net/blog.

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. 🙂

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

P.S. To join an exciting adventure every two weeks, check out Creative Tuesdays.

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