Spark a Smile Blog

Welcome to the Spark a Smile blog! Check here for projects we’ve created, inspirational ideas, and stories about our mission to spark smiles in our community!

The Face of Spark a Smile

We get a lot of people who walk into our office and see the Spark a Smile sign. “I’ve seen that lady!” they say. Who is she? That’s Dr. Julie’s mom and Dr. Janelle’s grandma, Elisa. She unknowingly helped inspire Spark a Smile! Tune in tomorrow for the full story …

Exciting News!

Thanks to a recommendation from Casa Grande Cares’ Caren Rausis, the Casa Grande Dispatch featured Spark a Smile last Tuesday! Mr. Bill Coates did a great job of capturing the spirit of Spark a Smile. Please click here to read the article. Since the story was published, we’ve received some …

The Seasoned Card-Crafter: Miss Marlene

Here’s our interview with Miss Marlene. She’s been with Spark a Smile since the beginning!   What were your first thoughts when you heard about making Spark A Smile cards?Truthfully, my first thought was how am I going to find time for something else!  I do quite a bit of volunteering …

The I-Didn’t-Ever-Do-Anything-Crafty Crafter: Vivian K

Here’s our interview with Vivian K, who had never made cards before she came to Spark a Smile a few months ago!    What were your first thoughts when you heard about making Spark A Smile cards?I thought it was interesting and a good way to make good friends How …

Sparkle Poll!

What’s your favorite way to add a little sparkle to your cards? Classic loose glitterRhinestones Glitter glue Glitter cardstockSparkle pensOther If you chose “Other”, please leave a comment and share your glittery choice!

Behind the Scenes at Spark a Smile

Ever wondered where all the supplies magically appear from every month? Or what happens to all those donated cards?Here’s a short tour of Spark a Smile, behind the scenes. All the new card donations go into the metal bucket (find it in the middle of the crafting table at the …

Think Pink!

At last month’s Spark a Smile party, we geared up for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month by creating happy pink gum wrappers. Our dental office received some free samples of Orbitz gum, so Miss Marlene came up with a way to recycle the packaging so we could make them pretty! …

Donation Locations

In addition to randomly-mailed cards that we send to people we know personally who could use a smile, here’s a list of the local community organizations that have received Spark a Smile cards this year. Do you know any others that we can add to our list? Let us know! …

How Many Cards Have Been Donated?

Any guesses on how many cards have been donated and created through Spark a Smile in the last year? 300? 500? Guess again. 1,036. WOW! What do you think of that?!

Happy Birthday, Spark a Smile!

Spark a Smile turns “one” this month! We’ll be celebrating with an SAS birthday party at Yang and Horsley Dentistry on Wednesday, October 13th, from 5-7 PM. We’ll be making birthday cards to donate to local charities. Come join the fun with cupcakes and cards! And, to celebrate a year of community card-crafting, we’ll be posting …