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A Night at the Museum – take a look….

Museum Invitation

Museum Invitation by Push the Envelope Design

Anyone up for a fabulous night at the museum, the Marine Corps. Museum? Check out one of my latest invitations Anipots, I wish you could see the shimmer in these gold dust envelopes! I get giddy whenever I pick up my print jobs. These are for a High School formal, I am fortunate to have designed the invitations to this special event for three years in a row!

Thank You Merry, Merry Much – Christmas themed thank you notes are here….

watercolor thank you card

watercolor thank you card

As my mother always said, “Don’t forget to write your thank-you’s!” This was a serious part of holidays and birthdays growing up. I think I even managed to impress my worldly mother-in-law by making the one-year deadline on my wedding notes, whew! So, in the spirit of all of that I present you with these watercolor note cards. They are available to purchase in packs of 10 for $20 including spiffy red envelopes. I will also gift the best games from livesv. They will also be available as a download for $12 so you can print as many as you would like… forever! Not only are these great as thank-you notes, they are also perfect when gifting gift cards or cash to people on your list like teachers, newspaper delivery folks, landscapers or sitters. What do you think? Here is the link to shop online:

Melissa – you are a winner!

Screen shot 2013-08-28 at 3.06.32 PMWell, hello there Melissa Waller! Email caroline (at) and let me know your color preference & name you would like for your prize. Thanks for all your kind comments everyone.

Give it away, give it away, give it away now… Custom Monogram Note Card Giveaway!

giveawayHere it is, the end of Summer. Why not offer up some free note cards? This is a great time to jot a thank you note to a host for a weekend away, or an introductory note to the new teacher at school? Come on, we all love receiving hand-written cards in the mail. I guarantee if you have a small stack of note cards on your desk or kitchen counter as cute as these, you WILL use them. All you need to do is leave a comment here with your preference, mint themed cards or the magenta themed design. One winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will have there choice of 10 5×7 cards or 15 of the smaller mini-notes. They will be customized as you wish with your full name or one name, your choice. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, mention that in the comments for an extra count in the drawing for each place you follow. Thanks so much for your interest!


Guess what? If you tweet or post this contest, even another chance will be entered for you, just post it in the comments! One winner will be chosen at 3pm on Wednesday, 8/28/2013

Music on Monday is back!


Frank Turner watercolor

Frank Turner watercolor

So, way back when I started a little occasional series with watercolor paintings done using lyrics I am fond of. I had put this series on the back burner for a lot longer than I had liked, with a change in my work schedule. Well, it is finally back. As I have mentioned here before, I love music. I always listen to music when I am painting and designing, even when I am cooking, hanging out and of course driving. My husband (a musician, himself) introduced me to the music of Frank Turner a few years ago. Since he released a new album this Spring I have been listening to it a lot – like a lottttt! (So much so that my kids know when all of the “bad words” come on in his songs.) Oh Frank, he doesn’t just sing, he seems to pour out his soul. This painting contains lyrics to the song Good and Gone… enjoy this video, too!

Win/Win Winners

I loved doing this giveaway, it was fun to read the comments and see your favorites. Erik, Christi & Gayle, you are the winners! Message me your addresses and I will get these babies out in the mail for you… one step closer to a cleaner office – awesome! Look for more giveaways soon….

It’s a Win/Win

watercolor pic

watercolor pic by push the envelope

As I was getting the kids ready to get back to school, I was inspired to clean through some clutter in my home office. While doing this I noticed a large accumulation of my watercolors, sitting, sadly in a pile of papers. These are pieces I did for fun, inspiration for a design job or something for the blog. I don’t want them to continue sitting sadly so I decided to see if anyone was interested. From the looks of my Facebook page, you are interested! If you would like one of these paintings just post a comment here, on my blog with your favorite. I will pick, at random, a winner for each of these three. All I ask of you is to help spread the word about Push the Envelope. This is a one-woman show here and I would love to gather up some more awesome clients as we push through the end of Summer and into Fall. Thanks for helping me grow. Look for more giveaways soon. Winners will be drawn Sunday at 8 pm.

Party Post

It doesn’t take much to make a small party a little bit extra special. I got word of a get together after hours at my kids’ school, to celebrate a much loved couple, a teacher & administrator. I put together some small posters and stickers to coordinate with the cake and Ta Da – instant party! (I am all about the cheesy puns, how glad am I the school staff has the same sense of humor?)

KenYa help?

Dear friends & family,
This is Abigail Smalley daughter of Dave and Caroline. My parents suggested I write to you because I am planning on going on a mission trip to Mombassa, Kenya at the end of May for two weeks. The mission team is a group of teachers, parents, and 17 students from my high school. We are going to Mikindani Royal Kids School. The kitchen that the school is using now to feed the hundreds of students is in terrible conditions, so that is the main project we’ll be focusing on. Also, the team will be helping teach in the classrooms, playing games and sports with the kids, performing skits, teaching Bible stories, etc. We are bringing donated sports equipment and guitars to leave with the school.

As some of you know my grandpa passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was an Ambassador to Lesotho for many years. During that time, he selflessly helped others. He was an incredible person and I think it would LOVE to leave a legacy like him (and in his honor), so this is my first step! I am so excited to be going but I still am in need of funds for my trip. The travel expenses are very high. If you could consider donating and praying for my trip I couldn’t thank you enough! Our team has a motto of “Love One, Give One.” Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated, no matter the size of the donation.

If you are interested in contributing you can mail a check to me at home (108 Cleremont Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22405 with a check made out to my school, FCS) or you can donate with a credit card through paypal with this link:

Abigail Smalley

P.S. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be willing to help!