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Baked Goodness? My pulse quickened. Oh, my goodness. My palms broke into a sweat. I don’t bake.


It’s a good thing Mr. Toast, our host, didn’t actually expect me to bake for Creative Tuesdays.

FYI: I only “bake” stove-top treats like gooey, Rice Krispy squares, and only once every few years. If you want the recipe I’m sure I can find it. 🙂

Mr. Toast also referred to a line from Sing a Song of Sixpence by Mother Goose,—“Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?”

The words “before the king” jumped out, making my brain whirl like a mixer.

I thought of my heavenly Father, the King of Kings, and how much goodness He’s poured into my life, and how my life continues to rise with baked goodness.

Specifically, things like my:

  • creative abilities,
  • great health,
  • awesome marriage,
  • wonderful parents,
  • supportive church family, and
  • encouraging blog and Facebook peeps.

All that goodness made my heart and hands whip up a cupcake . . .


Baked with Love—Color a Pillow © Tracy Campbell

“God, your goodness reaches far above the skies.

You have done wonderful things. God, there is no one like you.” Psalm 71:19, ERV

How to Color a Pillow with Fabric Markers

Let’s get started!

  • Wash and dry your pillow (remove the pillow form before you begin).

Tip: Do not add fabric softener to the wash cycle.

  • Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the pillow.
  • Insert the cardboard into the pillow.
  • Pin the fabric in place to prevent shifting.
  • Color the pillow with fabric markers (available at your local craft store).

Tip: Keep the fabric tension tight as you color.

  • Once the marker has dried, insert your pillow form.

Viola . . . you’ve colored your very own pillow.

To order your very own two-sided pillow or a tote bag, visit my Fine Art Shop.

I can’t leave without mentioning Sherry Ellis’ blog post on how she (unknowingly) opened up her home to “bake goodness” with her son’s neighborhood friends. Please drop in and visit Sherry Ellis, a talented author, and blogger. She likes to bake. Oh, my goodness.

What “baked goodness” is rising in your life?

Happy Heart Hugs,




P.S. Don’t forget to visit all the other inspiring art over at Creative Tuesdays’ blog.

P.P.S. If you order a pillow or a tote bag, please Message Me, and I’ll be sure to email you the printable coloring page Baked with Love. This will help you decide on what colors to use on your pillow or tote bag.



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?


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.


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.


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.



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!


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.



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


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.


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.


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


  • 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.


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.


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,


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.



Creative Tuesdays’ theme is “An Old World Christmas”.

My Christmas scene includes a wooden reindeer on button wheels with a Mommy bunny dressed in a 1950’s-style red coat who is cradling her baby. That’s old world enough for me.

This scene also reminds me of my mother who I love and appreciate more and more the older I get. I don’t know how many more Christmas’ we’ll share, but I pray for at least another thirty years.

A 1950's Old World Christmas - Copyright Tracy Campbell

A 1950’s Old World Christmas – Copyright Tracy Campbell

The red coat I painted also reminds me of a Christmas Eve from a very, long time ago.


“Please, Mom, let me open just one gift tonight.”

She sighed. “Only one.”

I snatched my biggest gift from under the Charley Brown Christmas tree. Off flew the ribbon, the paper, and the bow.

“Yippee!” I darted to the living room window and stared out into the dimly lit street.

The wind yipped.

“Can I go for a walk?” I asked, jamming my arms in the sleeves.

Mom shook her head. “Zip it up.”

“Mom, please!”

“I meant, zip up the coat.”

I giggled. “Thanks, Mom, you’re the best.” I squeezed her waist so tight she gasped.

The side door slammed behind me.

Snow crunched beneath my boots.

The wind howled, making the falling snow swirl in a dance under the beaming street lights.

I ran my fingers down the side of the hood. Who cares if it’s fake fur, I love it!

With a frozen grin, I sprinted up and down the street for hours.


That red coat was the best Christmas gift I ever received.

Okay, it was the second best Christmas gift. The first was when I accepted God’s greatest gift, His Son, Jesus.

And since Christmas is a time for gift giving, here’s a gift from me to you—a free coloring page that you could color or paint to give to your mom or another special woman in your life.

After all,

“There are only two seasons of joy in a year . . . Christmas & Mother.”

But hurry, this offer expires December 31, 2015 at midnight.

May your Christmas be bright and merry,


P.S. In order to receive “better-than-Hallmark-quality greeting cards” in time for Christmas, the last day to order is this Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by midnight. Click the highlighted link and you’ll be swept into my whimsical shop. See you there! 

P.P.S. For more inspiring art, visit Creative Tuesdays’ blog.

CREATIVE TUESDAYS–AN OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS & A RED COAT first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.



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,


P.S. If this is your first visit to my blog and you like what you see and read, please plop your email address in the sidebar box. Thank you very much. 🙂

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