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!

What reminds you most of birthdays?

What reminds you most of Birthdays?Cards? Cupcakes? Party Hats? Parents (creators of Birthdays)? Presents? Or maybe… parties? Join us tonight for Spark a Smile’s first birthday party! 5-7 PM, at Yang and Horsley Dentistry on 325 E. Cottonwood Lane. We’ll have cards and cupcakes! Come celebrate with us!

Trash to Treasure: Saved from the Scrap Bin

Over the last year, we’ve recycled many items. Here are just some of the jewels that came from “junk”!Marlene made several cards from ONE pink floral recycled card donated by Miss Verna H. I used the Cuttlebug machine to cut the orange flower on this card from a piece of …

What Sparked Spark a Smile?

I’ve been making my own cards for special occasions since 2004, but in the summer of 2009, I brought my supplies to my aunt’s house to introduce my cousin to card-making. She loved it, and with my aunt’s help, we made 40 cards in a weekend. The next time I …

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! …