RAOK Blog Hop & Pumpkin Floral Centerpiece & SuperJoy Loves Her SuperFriends Day!

Here’s what we’re making!

Welcome to the RAOK BLOG HOP!!  Here’s the list of the wonderful ladies who are part of this Random Act of Kindness Blog hop.  THANK YOU to each and every one of them for participating, especially when so many of them were incredibly busy.  These ladies are some of my very favorite crafters on the Internet and I feel privileged that they are a part of this.  Here we are in ABC order:

Emma – Creative Time for Me
Jin – Under a Cherry Tree
Karlee Karlee Krafts
Mary Cardz TV
Megan Above Rubies Studio
Robyn My Pink Stamper
Ruthie September Ninth Designs


This entire blog hop was inspired by the kindness of one Joy’s Life friend/follower, Erika Seever.  She asked if she could donate something for a give away,  just because she wanted to.  I was so touched.  The prize at the end of this hop was donated by Erika.  Her thoughtfulness made me think about passing on that RAOK (random act of kindness).  So, my kids and I will be gathering some old towels and blankets we have and donating them to an animal shelter.  I’d like to ask all of you to take a moment and do something nice for someone or something else, maybe for your family, your community, an animal or a stranger.  Imagine what we could do today, if we just passed on a little goodness. ๐Ÿ™‚

How to Make a Pumpkin Floral Centerpiece

I used the Hot Knife (back left) to carve a craft pumpkin I bought at a local craft store.

I freehand cut a little circle so I could stuff carefully place some flowers in later.  I figured that if it wasn’t big enough, I could go back and make it larger.  Hard to make it smaller if you cut too big though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Whew!  No pumpkin guts! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I decided to use my Cricut Imagine and the Imagine More cartridge to create a tag for my pumpkin.

Is that a Diet Coke can on the left?  It sure is!  It’s Super Joy’s Super Fuel!

3M sent me some Post-It craft paper to try out and…it’s AWESOME!!  That’s what I’m using there.  It made layering a breeze!

I like that the Post-It Craft paper is 9×12 inches.  It’s nice to have paper that is 12″ when using a Cricut.  My favorite thing about it is that I can reposition and remove pieces without destroying my creation.

Here I’m making a background for my tag.  I made the label 2″ larger than the first label I made and only used the cut function.

I write pretty big so Thanks-giving is now abbreviated, LOL!  Best of all, because I created this using the Post-It Craft Paper I can peel that off and create and attach another one in its place if I want to.

Yes, I could just use a small hole punch, but I LOVE the CropADile Big Bite.ย  So, I used that.ย  Now, I’ll add a little twine and I’ll be all ready for the pumpkin!

Watch this learn video to learn How to Use a CropADile!

I think I’ll just place that on my mantel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Remember those Hurricane lamps I made?  Here’s how I did it.

All done!  I really like it!


Please leave a comment on this post to be entered to win this fun Cuttlebug prize pack from Erika!


It’s also the 14th of the month which is always SuperJoy Loves Her SuperFriends Day!!  I always do a Give Away to let you know how much I appreciate you being part of Joy’s Life, so I better give something away too, huh?  This month I’m giving away the Cricut Deep cut blade.

Leave a comment to be entered for both drawings!  I’ll use Random.org to choose winners on October 19.  Good luck!


DeeDee A. (Won Cuttlebug dies & folders from Erika!)

2010/10/14 at 6:12 PM

This is very cool. I found you through MyPinkStamper. I love the idea of doing something nice for someone. Let see, this past month, I took a complete dinner over to my girlfriend who was on total bed rest for 8 weeks before her baby was due. I made a wow birthday card for a friend so she could have it to give for her daughter 21st bday. I donated a whole bunch of magazines to a art teacher at a school.. I really like the idea of donating to the animal shelter.

# stoneware (Won Deep Cut Blade from Joy)
October 15th, 2010 at 9:55 AM e
Joy, I have been looking at that blade housing with longing forever with great longing, but my budget wonโ€™t allow that right now. So winning this would be a blessing!
Another thing, my mom is excited to purchase your Vinylology DVD set! Sheโ€™s loving getting to know her CE better. She lives in GA visiting me in IA and weโ€™re scrapping together. She brought VINYL with her! Weโ€™re going to play with that! Canโ€™t wait!

Have fun on the blog hop! … And don’t forget to do a RAOK! ?

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  1. Awesome project! Love your blog! First time visiting but I’ll be a permanent stalker now! LOL And what a great blog hop couldn’t think of a better reason than RAOK!!!!!!

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. stoneware says:

    Joy, I have been looking at that blade housing with longing forever with great longing, but my budget won’t allow that right now. So winning this would be a blessing!

    Another thing, my mom is excited to purchase your Vinylology DVD set! She’s loving getting to know her CE better. She lives in GA visiting me in IA and we’re scrapping together. She brought VINYL withe her! We’re going to play with that! Can’t wait!

  3. shop2udrop says:

    I love the fall centerpiece! Thanks for reminding us to do RAK.

  4. Thank you for the chance to win! I can not wait to try my hand at some of yoiur cool halloween ideas.

  5. Loving this pumpkin, you have such wonderful ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. What a great idea! I just found your site and I am so happy I did!! Thanks for a chance to win something!!

  7. Ive been looking at that post it paper but I had no idea what I would use it for! THank you so much for all the ideas!
    [email protected]

  8. Wow, so thoughtful and generous. Plus, I learned about yet another product — hot knife. Who knew? Not me! Many thanks…

  9. Janet Licari says:

    Turned out great and I love the Post It…what a wonderful idea. The hurricanes look good too. Thank You Erica and Joy for a chance to win great prizes. I don’t have any of these.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

  10. Okay, that blog hop was AWESOME! Thanks for all of the inspiration. I am new to your blog and just added it to my favorites! ๐Ÿ™‚ Kelly

  11. hibiscusgirl15 says:

    Awesome pumpkin Joy! You rock!

  12. Our RAK is we are trying to find the owners of a stray cat who has adopted us and if not we will try to find her a good home if e decide to stay pet free! but she is really growing on me! Kathy

  13. SouthernMrs says:

    We have adopted a soldier to send a Christmas care package to this Dec. Our family is excited about filling the box with goodies.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Too cute – loving your blog – follow it religiously everyday!! Good job and love your ideas!! Where do you have the time lady!?@!?!?

  15. Awesome, awesome work.
    thanks for entering me to win.

  16. pcrusberg says:

    Super Friends love SuperJoy! Love that Halloween decor. Thanks for the fun RAOK! Pam

  17. Christine says:

    Awesome RAOK! It was my first blog hop!

  18. You are so very talented Joy!
    I love this project…makes a great gift for a friend or just a way to “dress” the house up for the Holiday’s!
    So glad you used the Post-it paper too, because I had never heard of it and I can’t wait to try it!
    Thanks for sharing your talents with us, I learn so much here!

  19. Thanks for the chance to win. I always love to see your home decor projects!

  20. always_painting says:

    What a clever idea to cut the top of the pumpkin and fill it with fall stems for a beautiful centerpiece. Love all your projects!! Keep up the good work!

  21. Erika, it was so kind of you to donate such a great package for a giveaway! I love the pumpkin-I love that it’s empty on the inside even more! LOL! Thanks Joy and Erika!

  22. Your centerpiece is beautiful. New to your blog via MPS.
    Yesterday’s RAOK – I sent a card of encouragement/support to a new friend who’s been hospitalized while fighting a health condition.

  23. What an amazing decoration! I absolutely love it!!!!!!! What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much for a chance! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Oh how cute. I have one of those pumpkins. I’m gonna have to try that. TFS. TFTCTW.

    stacy at mycraftingtime dot com

  25. kellybelle says:

    I love the pumpkin!! Love the lamps just got the stuff to try them myself.

  26. Lauras0801 says:

    All I can say is “WOW” ! I just discovered this site and I’m loving it! The pumpkin looks great and I haven’t heard of the post it paper before! I’ve only had my Cricut for about three weeks but am looking forward to building my Cricut cartridge library and making lots of wonderful things! I’m currently working on making a picture out of just paper using the Winter Woodland cart (borrowed from a friend) for houses and Give a Hoot for trees. It’s turning out great so far and I’m very excited about it. It will be a gift for my mother once it’s done.

  27. I Love reusable projects from year to year and change them up a bit and this fits the bill! My RAOK is I donated a box of costumes to our preschool so no one misses out on dress up day! What a terrific way to kick off the holidays!
    Thanks bunches for a chance to win.
    Debbie H.

  28. I love all the project ideas. Decided to make some treat bags similar to the ones on September Ninth site.

  29. The arrangement is beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  30. Hey Joy, I missed you yesterday. My kids are preparing for a robotic competition. OMG my daughter made the cutest sign with the cricut for their dolpin robot act. So cute. Thank you for inspiring me when I am inspired my kids are inspired. You put some Joy back into my life ๐Ÿ™‚ . okay so now let me tell you about the pumpkin you made. It is so adorable. I am making one for my sister for her bday on Nov.13th YAY for Joy!!!!! You have such great ideas now if you could only add some more hours in my day then VOILA!!! it would be the perfect crafting world!!! Have a great weekend!!

  31. scottandcarr says:

    Another wonderful idea, Joy! Both your crafts and the ROAK Blog Hop! I had a wonderful time visiting everyone!
    Thanks for all you do!!

  32. debraalsj23 says:

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the rest of the month! Very creative!

  33. Wow, first of all thank you to Erica for donating the wonderful prizes, I love embossing folders and use them all the time in projects. Dont’ have these either. And Joy for the cutting blade and case. Joy your projects always inspire me, infact I just ordered some vinyl to do my Cricut, debating on what to put on it but loved how you always do yours and that it can be taken off and stored and other put on.
    angel hugs

  34. What a cute Fall project Joy!!! I just did one RAOK giving away a huge stack of design paper and foam stamps to a friend for her and her grandchildren. I’ll be working on another one next week. Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. Thanks for the chance to win. You ROAK! (Lame attempt at a joke;-)

  36. scrappingrandma says:

    thanks again for a great giveaway……Love all your Holloween crafts…..

  37. Love the pumpkin!! And thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Just found your site by accident – I love it!!! I’ve seen a few projects you’ve done and they are amazing!! I can’t wait to explore more!!! Winning something always boosts your confidence though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Would love to win the great gift, I really love the pumpkin vase and the flowers really set it off

  40. How I admire you for your RAOK theme. Such a wonderful website! I’m glad I registered with this blog!!

  41. kristieann718 says:

    Love the pumpkin, Joy!! Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

  42. patriciao73 says:

    You always have such great ideas! Even though I don’t have much time to craft (b/c I’m a teacher) at least I can get inspired and look at all the neat things you make on your site!

  43. infamoushoax says:

    I LOVE the punkin centerpiece idea! Thanks again Joy for the great ideas and the great give-a-ways!

  44. I LOVE this creation. White pumpkins are my favorite. I love that you ladies are doing a RAK.

  45. Wow what a gorgeous creations this makes, especially love it displayed with the other items you made.
    Kim xXx

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