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!

Cut: Basics

Paper usually comes in sizes too large to use on a card, so you’ll have to have a tool to shrink the paper down to card size! You could use a pair of scissors, a portable paper trimmer, or even an Exacto knife, a ruler, and a self-healing trimming mat. …

Punches

No black eyes necessary! Punches are small devices that quickly cut shapes from paper. Punches are a great investment, as you can reuse them as long as they last. With care, they should last years. Here are some of our Spark a Smile favorites. Upper left: Fiskars brand Squeeze punch. …

Adhesives

There are many different ways to stick paper and embellishments to your cards.At Spark a Smile, we most often use tape runners (far left – works like a White-Out runner, good for paper and light embellishments like buttons, ribbons, or rhinestones) and glue sticks (far right – good for paper). …

Organize your Scraps: Page Protector Style

There are several different ways to store your scraps, but this is my method.I make cards away from home quite often, so I needed a space-saving way to store my scraps. Big sheets of paper (12×12 or 8.5×11) sheets get stored at home in hanging vertical file folders. This is …

An Interview with the Casa Grande Alliance

Today we’re proud to feature a local non-profit organization called the Casa Grande Alliance. Their office is located right next door to ours! We were honored when they invited us to share Spark a Smile with local community leaders, and thanks to their interest, we were able to share SAS …

Birthday Party Followup

We celebrated Spark a Smile’s first birthday with a card-making party on October 13, 2010. Here are a few highlights! Miss Marlene made yummy carrot cake cupcakes with cute cupcake toppers (personalized a bit, but original design courtesy of the fun Write.Click.Scrapbook blog). Miss Marlene also brought these adorable mini …

3 Easy Steps to Good Design

Here are three design tips that will help you create eye-catching cards!1. Common Margins    Margins are the space in between different items on your card. In the following example, see how there’s the same amount of space between each of the pieces of green and blue paper? That little boundary …

Spark a Smile: On the Road

Please mark your calendar! Spark a Smile’s going on the road!Join us at Cartridge World on Friday, November 12th, from 5-8 PM! We’ll be crafting cards for the community.Come enjoy free games, crafts, fun, food, and prizes! 

Inspirational Blogs

I LOVE to read blogs for a bit of free inspiration. Here’s a small part of my regular blog-reading list to inspire you!Jennifer McGuire Mrs. McGuire really inspired the creation of Spark a Smile with her nationwide card drive called Cards for Kids Papertrey Ink This is a stamp/paper/ribbon/button manufacturing company …

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!