Patriot Day in September


Last month’s Spark a Smile happened to fall on a very special day – September 11th, Patriot Day. To celebrate our continued freedom, we decided to make red/white/blue postcards to send to the military. Our local school kids will be writing greetings and notes of thanks on the back of the postcards and we’ll send them overseas! We had two new faces – Miss Joy and Sylvia – and they were GREAT!! Joy noted that it was so therapeutic to make cards :) Here are a few of the amazing designs.

I thought that scalloped “Thank You” stamp was so cute. I found it at Target for $1!

We had quite a few hand-made flags!




Miss Marlene invested in a simple star punch so she wouldn’t have to hand-cut stars like she did last time we made patriotic cards. :) 20130915-IMG_2911

We were all able to share the positive and negative shapes of the punched stars – it was fun to see how we used each others’ “trash”!

20130915-IMG_2908We had such a fun time creating these cards for the hard-working men and women who bravely serve our country! Will you come join us in October as we make cards for other “fighters”? We’re making PINK cards for breast cancer awareness month. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month (October 9, 2013) at Yang and Horsley Dentistry (325 E. Cottonwood Lane) from 5-7PM. Hope to see you there!


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!

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