If you thought Thanksgiving was just too good of a holiday to celebrate only once a year, then you’re not the only one. Here at Smudge Design, we’ve been busy cooking up lots of ideas for the upcoming 2011 holiday season. With summer in full swing, it’s never too early to start thinking about the perfect family photo to include on your upcoming Thanksgiving cards. And we’ve got the perfect photo card design. Introducing, Thanks-gingham! Now available for sale at Minted.

SMUDGE (8/24/1996 - 6/14/2011). Some very sad news for “Smudge Design Co.” Just shy of 15 years, my precious and dear Smudge passed away today :( He was the inspiration for my design company and will be greatly missed. Forever in my heart and soul, you truly were my best friend and companion. I love you Smudge!

Pingg “Staff Pick” Award for All American BBQ. This past weekend marked the unofficial kick-off to a great season filled with picnics, pool parties and barbecues. Here at pingg, we couldn’t be more excited about it! That is why for this week’s Staff Pick, I have chosen the design “All American BBQ” created by graphic designer Renee Pulve, the talent behind Smudge Design Co. I love this vintage red, white and blue design that I think would be the perfect invitation for a Fourth of July barbecue (never too early to start planning those!)