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!

June Spark a Smile

For our June SAS party, we decided to clean house a little! We had a few unfinished projects laying around from earlier in 2013 – Thinking of You, Thank You, and Missing You/Birthday cards. We got so many cards finished! We had some help from Miss Kristin, who also brought …

May Sunday School Fruit Cards

One of our SAS regulars, Miss Pat, is the director for the 3rd-5th grade department at Trinity Southern Baptist Church. She’s been sending out birthday, “miss you”, and “thanks for coming” cards to the kids, and she can see what a difference it makes for the kids to receive something …

April Fun

We had a great turnout for April’s Spark a Smile! Miss Tyler and her mom joined us again, and even brought Tyler’s grandma! We were also joined by our family friends, Eric and Claire. It was fun to see Eric wielding stickers instead of bicycling gear, and giggle with his …

March Thank You

For March, we focused on making a bulk batch of Thank You cards for several organizations/businesses to send, including our awesome neighbors at the Casa Grande Alliance! We had three cute designs to choose from. For this design, it was fun to mix-and-match the pieces to make something unique. The …

February Strong

Instead of Valentine-themed hearts, we focused on strong hearts this February, in honor of my dad, Gene Yang. This February marks the third year since his tragic passing, so we wanted to acknowledge his strong physical and emotional presence in our lives. Blue was one of his favorite colors, and …

January Get Well/Thinking of You

We recently had a request for some Get Well/Thinking of You cards for patients at 21st Century Oncology, a local cancer treatment center. We wanted them to be bright and happy cards, so we combined a bold stack of solid paper with some of Miss Marlene’s favorite patterns from our …

Welcome, 2013!

Welcome, 2013! But first, here’s a look back at our last SAS of 2012. We wrapped up the year by wrapping up the “leftovers” from over the years. Remember these pink cards we made in October for the American Cancer Society? Miss Kathy and Pat finished those up, making over …

Give Thanks

Can you believe this is our third annual donation to the Seeds of Hope/St. Vincent’s/Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner? We decorated 398 gum toppers again this year, to accompany over 300 meals served by these community organizations. We are so excited to be a part of this tradition every year! Click …

This is why we do it :)

Remember these fun pink cards? When we were planning out our card designs for October’s Spark a Smile meeting, I cheated a little and made a few ahead of time. I sent them to some girl friends, just because I loved the pink and the encouraging words. I was pretty …

Be Brave. Be Courageous.

That was our theme for Spark a Smile in October as we created these 198 great postcards for the American Cancer Society! Our theme was PINK, in honor of breast cancer awareness month. It was totally fitting that we were joined for the first time by a group of 11 …