You are Loved


Miss Marlene took over the prep for our January SAS party. She designed these Valentine’s Day cards for Miss Judy to deliver to the homebound. She did a great job of preparing all the pieces – there are so many intricate details! I love the embossing, and the tiny (shiny silver) heart!

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Join us Wednesday, February 11th from 5-7PM at Yang & Horsley Dentistry. We’re making Thank You cards for the Casa Grande Police Department, to let them know we appreciate their hard work!

Happy 2015!


20141210-IMG_3136SAS2014 ended with something a bit different: we made projects to take home! We’re always crafting things for strangers, so we thought it would be fun to share with our own friends and family. Miss Marlene had some pieces cut out for gift tags. They turned out so cute.


Join us this Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Yang and Horsley Dentistry (325 E. Cottonwood Lane), as we create early Valentine’s Day cards for the homebound!

Christmas in August


At our last Spark a Smile party, we celebrated Christmas in August by making blank Christmas cards for Operation Write Home, which sends boxes of blank greeting cards overseas to the men and women in the military, so they can write home. We came up with a few “stick it down” designs, which had specific templates to follow, like these two:

For the rest of the cards, we pre-cut backgrounds, strips of paper, and scalloped circles in various Christmas-y colors (all from scraps or donated cardstock – we didn’t buy any new stuff specifically for this project!). We also printed three different sentiments on cream-colored cardstock and used a 1.5-inch punch on them: Happy Holidays, Joy, and Merry Christmas.

Using pre-prepared items made it easy to create a lot of great-looking cards in a short amount of time! Even though all the cards were made of the same basic shape, since we used various colors, they all look completely unique! Here are the rest (79 and counting)!


Join us next Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 5-7PM as we help Miss Marlene make “we’ve missed you” cards for the kids at her local church!

Happy 4th of July!


At Spark A Smile in June, we celebrated the 4th, early! We had a great turnout! Here’s just a sample of the mini cards we created. Aren’t these tiny firecrackers cute? Miss Linda came up with that ingenious design!


Miss Marlene and I collaborated on these – she cut the stars by hand (on the center and right cards), and then used the scraps to make that fun shard pattern on the left card! I added the handwriting.


And finally, Miss Talissa made this cute one on the left. I can’t remember (sorry :)) who designed the flag out of these two patterned papers, but I thought that was totally clever!!


Click here to see the rest! 

Join us this Wednesday, July 11th, for a rockin’ summer party in honor of the CG Elementary School teachers. As usual, our free card-making parties are hosted at Yang and Horsley Dentistry – 325 E. Cottonwood Lane, Casa Grande, Arizona. Hope to see you there!

May: In Bloom for Hospice Compassus


This month, in honor of my grandma (the face of Spark a Smile) who will need hospice care someday, we created Mother’s Day cards for Hospice Compassus of Casa Grande. Miss Marlene and I had been browsing Pinterest (feel free to follow me!) and created these inspirational samples, but I don’t think anyone needed them… everyone was on a creative roll that night!

Love this color combination from our awesome assistant, Janie:

Marlene (and her helper Paula) mass-produced this awesome design with fun colors and coordinating button brads:

Miss Linda added these fun 3-d flowers with teeny rhinestone centers:

I made this flower out of a regular scallop punch! It was fun (and super inexpensive) to make.

Join us Wednesday, June 13th between 5-7PM (at Yang and Horsley Dentistry: 325 E. Cottonwood Lane) as we create 4th of July cards!

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 us know in the comments!

Join us Wednesday, March 14th at Yang and Horsley Dentistry. We’re making 80+ Thank You cards to send to supporters of the Garden of Sunshine Youth!

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