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!

March – Garden of Sunshine Youth

For Spark a Smile (March) we created cards for the Casa Grande Youth Commission and the Garden of Sunshine Youth Memorial Garden. To honor the Eide children who passed away in an accident during a dust storm in 2009, the Youth Commission is raising funds to create a special place …

Can’t Smile Without You

We had a small group in February, but we still had some good conversation and great laughs! Look at these cute little Valentines tags we made. We attached them to toothbrushes and handed them out to random people. 🙂 Were you a recipient of our random act of kindness? Let …

January’s Thank Yous

We kicked off our first SAS of the New Year by saying “Thanks” to the employees at the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. We had another new face: Miss Valerie! She fit right in, doling out silly craft jokes. And, she loves glitter!! We like her already!! It was a …

Spinning Spark a Smile

Spark a Smile kicked off December’s whirlwind holiday season with spinning cards for the Garnet Assisted Living Home! Miss Jane brought us this great technique for a spinning, interactive card. Here are three of the 127 hand-crafted cards we made (click here to see the rest!). If you tilt the …

November’s Spark a Smile

Look what we made for Thanksgiving! We made “dessert” for 300+ people who were served Thanksgiving dinner by Seeds of Hope, St. Vincent’s, Salvation Army, and a few other organizations. We had a LOT of help in creating our 400+ Orbit gum toppers. Miss Marlene used her Cuttlebug to cut …

We’re Back! Sweet!

Spark a Smile returns this Wednesday, November 9, from 5-7 PM, just in time for the holiday season! We took a short hiatus from September to October for a pretty sweet reason: Our little sweet pea, Philip Horsley III, was born September 11th! It’s a lot of hard work, but …

Aloha in July

Hot July in Arizona usually makes everyone run for the San Diego beach, so last month we had our own little tropical getaway by staying close to the air conditioning and dreaming of waves! Here are some of the cards we made. Click here to see the rest! These cute …

July Sneak Peek – Aloha!

Here’s a quick look at what we’ll be doing at our July 13th Spark a Smile party (click here to see the rest). We’re making mini-cards to hand out to employees from the Casa Grande Elementary School District! Wouldn’t it be great to stick one of these in your wallet …

Military Thank You – Part 2

Remember these cards we made back in May to help Stephen say “Thank You” to all the active military service members worldwide? With help from the Boys and Girls’ Club (thanks to Mrs. Jeanine L for getting them involved!), and visitors at the Community Health and Safety Fair, we filled out 145 …

Military Thank You Cards

A few months ago, we received a HUGE donation from our friendly neighbor, Jan Skelley! She was cleaning out her closets and brought over this enormous box of paper-crafting supplies! We are SO grateful for this generous donation. Miss Marlene and I sorted paper for four hours, and came out …