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Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

After seeing the success of my new eBook, Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love, over the last two days, I’ll never wonder again.

Due to the amazing generosity and support from all of my friends, my launch into the authoring world was a HUGE success!

The free promotion is officially over. And here are the final stats as of last night:

On Amazon.ca

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.ca at 9 15 AM (1)

On Amazon.com

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.com at 9 15 AM (1)

And . . .

A total of over 750 downloads!


This has been an incredible learning experience. And I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity of spreading God’s message of faith, hope and love to so many readers.

Thank you, again, for all that you’ve done for me during this intense time.

It’s hard to put into words just how much I appreciate the love you’ve shown me.

After today, I’ll never wonder again about what the power of friends can do!

My hope is that Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope, & Love (Art & Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart) will continue to help those aged 9 to 99 walk by faith, soar on wings of hope, and blossom with sunshiny love when they meditate, memorize, and pray over 30 designs of inspiring whimsy.

C. Graham Designs 3D Stacked B&W Spread 02 - JPEG

3D Mock-up created by Chris Graham (The Story Reading Ape with Heart)

Blessings and Happy Heart Coloring,




Usually, when I think about gifting something to someone I think of a wrapped gift.

While drawing my “gifting” piece, my thoughts twisted ‘round to what it means to offer or receive a gift of forgiveness.

Little did I know that a day after I finished my Creative Tuesdays’ art that I would be the one receiving a gift of forgiveness.

Here’s the condensed version on what transpired.

“Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.”

Psalm 37:8a – The Message (MSG)

If only I had read that verse before I opened my big mouth trap.

When I arrived home, the door of my heart was nudged, okay, it felt more like a poke. “Tracy, you owe him an apology.”

My pride roared like a lion. “No, he’ll get over it.”

After marching into my studio, I stared down at the two words I’d painted the day before—forgive me.


Tracy Campbell’s Creation – A Gift of Forgiveness

I smacked my forehead. Oh, oh, looks like I need to apologize.

Feeling like a mouse louse, I gulped, and then picked up the phone.


I received a much-needed gift of forgiveness not only from the person I offended, but from my Father in heaven. I hate to admit this, but I often need a nudge or a poke to remind me of the importance of forgiving others.

“If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.”

Matthew 6:14 – Contemporary English Version (CEV)

And as Creative Tuesdays’ theme is about gifting something that brings joy to the giver and the receiver, I want to thank two ladies, Wendy L. Macdonald and Lucy Samuels, for blessing me with their photography gifts which inspired today’s creation—“A Gift of Forgiveness”.

Wendy L. Macdonald is a gifted writer, poet, and nature lover who also enjoys expressing herself through photography. Please visit Wendy’s inspiring blog. She has offered up tips on “The Secret to Drying Hydrangea’s for an Indoor Display”.


Wendy L. Macdonald’s Creation – A Lacecap Hydrangea

Lucy Samuels is a gifted baker.

Lacecap Hydrangea Cookie Created by Lucy Samuels - Copyright Photo for Blog - Sept. 2015 (1)

Lucy Samuels’s Creation – A Lacecap Hydrangea Cookie

If you love to bake, Lucy has posted a yummy Lacecap Hydrangea cookie recipe.


It’s time to hop on over to Creative Tuesdays’ blog and cast your gaze on all the art created by gifted artists.


By the way, do you find it difficult to ask for forgiveness? And/or do you find it difficult to forgive others?

Have a marvelous day,


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“A GIFT OF FORGIVENESS –CREATIVE TUESDAYS” first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.



Our host, Mr. Toast, over at Creative Tuesdays said,

“Studies consistently show just how vital our sleep and dreams are to our well-being.”

He also said his favorite type of dreaming is:

“…to engage in that child-like sense of wonder.”

And what could be more child-like than these sweet fur babies who’ve drifted off into la-la land.

'Sweet Dreams" Pillow

The pillow, “Sweet Dreams”,  is also available on multiples products over at my My Whimsical Shop.




A sweet bag for all things baby.

Please take time to visit the other “dream” entries over at Creative Tuesdays.

My eyelids are drooping. Time for a very long nap. A nap, I hope will inspire more dreamy ideas.

Until next time…


“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” Ephesians 3:20 – The Message (MSG)



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“SWEET DREAMS–CREATIVE TUESDAYS” first appeared on www.tracycampbell.net/blog.



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).


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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,


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

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How to Deal with Disappointment

How to Deal with Disappointment

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Overall, I lead a great life. I have a roof over my head. I have a job. I have loving friends and family. And I’ve been blessed with creative abilities—but life does sometimes still disappoint.

Please join me over at Family and Faith Matters and read about “How to Deal with Disappointment.”

I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post here.

How to Deal with Disappointment

by Tracy Campbell – March 31, 2014

“We must accept finite disappointment,

but we must never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’ve joined me from my blog, you already know that, overall, I lead a great life. I have a roof over my head. I have a job. I have loving friends and family. And I’ve been blessed with creative abilities—but life does sometimes still disappoint.

At the end of December, I made one resolution for 2014.

 “Put God in charge of all of (my) work (dreams),

then what (I’ve) planned will take place.”

Proverbs 16:3 (The Message)

Well, I did that. But so far none of my creative dreams have taken place.


I believe it’s because I’m a control freak and God wants to teach me to let go and let Him lead.

Here’s what went down:

  • I came down with a doozer of a cold (my brain doesn’t function when that happens),
  • I strained a muscle on the right side of my back, causing tingling and numbness in my right hand (I do a lot of typing),
  • I had to deal with other family health issues, and then
  • Another nasty cold climbed on board.

The reason I shared my setbacks isn’t for you to say “Tracy, I’m sorry to hear that” or “Tracy, you need to suck it up ‘cuz I’ve got way bigger issues to deal with.”  Because, believe me, I get that others have way more to deal with than I do.

No, I’m sharing because, no matter how much planning I did or how hard I attempted to finish the piles of projects I’ve started, I have no control over life’s circumstances.

Am I disappointed?

You bet.

How did I handle my disappointment?

Well, I didn’t…

  • stomp my feet and pout (I was tempted),
  • throw my hands up and say, “I quit!” (I was tempted), or
  • let misery become my companion.

Instead, I’m learning to…

  • let go of my freakishly controlling ways (stop laughing),
  • live for today (let me rephrase that—live in the moment),
  • focus on the road ahead so I don’t dwell on what hasn’t happened,
  • keep a positive attitude,
  • share my struggles so you won’t give up your dreams, and
  • cling to my golden rope that keeps me connected to heaven (that’s where my infinite hope lies).

“The Lord guides our steps, and we never know where he will lead us.”

Proverbs 20:24 (ERV)

How do you deal with disappointment?

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