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!

Award and Art in the Alley

Little late on this, but in November, Yang & Horsley Dentistry was honored at the Casa Grande City Council meeting for valuable contributions (i.e., Spark a Smile!) during Casa Grande Cares month!! Many thanks to Mayor Bob Jackson, and Caren Rausis, who organizes CG Cares every month. On December 7th, …

November’s Spark a Smile

For Spark a Smile November, we made chewing gum toppers to donate to local groups who are providing Thanksgiving meals. Do you know of any shelters who might want to add some Spark a Smile to their dessert menu? Let us know, and we’ll send some over!  We had five …

The Future of Spark a Smile

As we wrap up our month-long look at our first year of Spark a Smile, let’s consider what we hope the future holds for Spark a Smile. – Continued monthly parties and donations to local charities – On-The-Road Spark a Smile parties. Our first one will be November 12th at …

The Spark a Smile Circle

Our donation location representatives are always grateful for our stacks of happy greeting cards to distribute to their patients and clients, but, to be honest, we haven’t yet had any responses from the final recipients of our random Spark a Smile cards. However, after my dad died and my husband …

Dollar Bin Finds

This month, we’ve mentioned a few times how new papercrafters shouldn’t let the cost of creating cute cards deter them from getting started. Today, let’s take a look at some sweet deals you can find if you keep your eyes peeled! I try to avoid generic brands because they tend …

MySpace: On The Road

So when I’m off to relatives’ houses over the weekend, I pack all my stuff up into a neat box. It took me a while to find a box that fit my junk drawer organizer!

MySpace

Here’s a tour of my creative space at home. We rarely eat meals at the dinner table, so I can leave my stuff out indefinitely! But, I’ve made everything really portable so I can go on the road easily – I’ll share that tomorrow!Here’s the overview: It took me a …

Rubber Stamps Vs. Acrylic Stamps

Rubber is the original style of stamp. Rubber stamps are usually constructed of a wood block, as shown here, with an image on the front, and a raised rubber pattern on the back. Acrylic stamps aren’t mounted on anything, but instead “cling” (interchangable) to blocks of acrylic. There are a …

Cuttlebug Cutting

Yesterday we introduced the Cuttlebug machine, the most high-tech crafting tool that we use at Spark a Smile. There are more complex machines out there for cutting shapes out of paper, but the Cuttlebug is our favorite because it doesn’t need electricity, the cutting implements aren’t very costly compared to …

Cuttlebug Embossing

Today we’re featuring Miss Marlene’s favorite crafting tool, the Cuttlebug machine! It’s cute, it’s green, it’s simple to use, and we always have one ready for you to try at Spark a Smile. Let’s take a look the Cuttlebug’s embossing capabilities. Embossing creates a raised pattern on plain paper, adding …