“Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas” Giveaway & Blog Tour!


 ** Contest and comments are closed! Thank you for participating!!! <3 **

My buddy Andrea and her husband Cliff of Handmake My Day have a fun book out called “The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects.” It has 50 projects which take a certain material or technique and offer a “her” project and a “his” project for each. The projects range from easy to advanced (okay, I think anything involving power tools or sewing machines is advanced…) so there is a litle something for everyone, using all kinds of materials and all kinds of methods! You might also recognize Andrea as a winner from Craft Wars that I blogged about before!


I decided to try my hand at a Confetti Launcher project from the book!

PartyPopperI bought a mini drink bottle (and most of my other supplies) at Michaels. The only thing they lacked were RUBBER BANDS which I picked up at Target. The confetti was a surprise present from The Confetti Bar.

cp1I decided to try the method of bottle painting where you squirt paint inside the bottle and swirl it all around to cover the inside. I discovered that the dry-time on this is about 10 eternities, and my paint is still drying!!! So I can’t finish up my confetti launcher yet, because the launching mechanism keeps swiping wet paint off the inside of the bottle! DOH!

cp2So here’s where I’m at, watching paint dry!!! I’ll put the whole thing together on April 1 when giveaway winners are announced. That sounds pretty good, right? RIGHT!!!!

I attempted to make my confetti launcher look like a champagne bottle, so, green paint on the inside, and some gold on the outside. I stopped painting the gold on top when I realized it might hinder the gluing I have to do up there later, so I stopped at one messy coat (sorry!). The glitter label is craft foam with an adhesive backing, which REALLY REALLY STICKS TO THE GLASS so be careful while positioning. My gold letters are written in gold gel pen, but I think glitter paper cut-outs would look really nice, too, or, a gold Sharpie.

cp4I personally cannot wait to see this thing in action! **EDIT: Here is a video of me launching my confett popper for the first time! **  I think these would be fun decorations at any party that is celebrating anything at all, and I also think it would be fun to ship it to a friend if you are not able to share a celebration together in person. Here is a fun .gif that Andrea sent me to show you guys how it works! (If the image is not moving, just click on it!)


Are you interested in winning a copy of The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas? Here are the rules!

Before April 10th you simply need to comment on each blog tour blog post which we will link to as they become available. In total you’ll have 9 chances to win a free copy of our book! You can start by leaving a comment on this blog post! New blog posts will be going up every week, so check back often. On April 10th each blogger will randomly choose a commenter from his or her’s blog post and contact the winners for address details. Open to US and Canadian residents only.

The Blog Tour Team

Lisa Fulmer: AKA-My crafty Sistah and Craft Wars sidekick

Blog tour link: http://lisalizalou.blogspot.com/2014/03/saturday-with-lisa-march-15-2014.html

Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza: Our crafty idols

Twinkie Chan: The crochet goddess and quite possibly the love child of a Sunshine Bear and Rainbow Brite

Blog tour link: https://blog.twinkiechan.com/2014/03/26/crafters-book-of-clever-ideas/

Jonathan Fong: An international crafty sensation.

Blog Tour link: http://jonathanfongstyle.com/bacon-and-eggs-keychains-crafters-book-of-clever-ideas-test-run/

Margot Potter: Always amazes the masses with her creative skills.

Blog Tour Link: http://diydoyenne.com/crafters-book-clever-ideas-blog-tour/

Candie Cooper McCoart: Uses her crafty super powers to inspire the world.

Amy Anderson: Known for Mod Podge Rocks and her insanely fun style.

Kathy Cano-Murillo: Otherwise known as the talented and glittery Crafty Chica.

I’ll try to keep up as these links go up, but it’s probably best to also check Handmake My Day for link updates!


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52 Replies to ““Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas” Giveaway & Blog Tour!”

  1. Melanie Gannon says:

    That is ADORABLE!!!

  2. Victoria woods says:

    It looks like a lovely book! Great job on the confetti popper. 😉

  3. Kady Herron says:

    ooo want want want! That’s awesome!

  4. Gail Drenzek says:

    Looks like a fun and awesome book, hope I win a coy.

  5. Cyndi Miller says:

    I love your ideas. Fun and creative. Way to go!!!

  6. Hannah says:

    This is really cool 🙂

  7. Nicola Urmenyi says:

    His & hers projects? Yay! We need this book in our household 🙂

  8. Heidi V says:

    That looks like such a fun book!

  9. MaDonna says:

    Make me one!!

  10. Katerina says:

    Those look awesome! 🙂

  11. Shelina says:

    This book looks like so much fun! The samples projects you posted look super cute too!

  12. bbgirl3191 says:

    I tried to do that painting inside a bottle once. UGH. I’m pretty sure that the paint is STILL drying. Good luck. Can’t wait to see it in action.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Yup, mine is definitely still drying, and I just ruined the paint by launching my launcher for the video. OH WELL!!! hehe

  13. N says:

    That confetti bottle looks super cool. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done! Thanks so much for doing this giveaway.

  14. Carmen N says:

    Looks like a wonderful book!

  15. Lindsey S says:

    This is so cute!! Thank you!

  16. Crystal Stephens says:

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH~ Crossing my fingers to win! It would totally rock!

  17. Rebecca says:

    Super cute! What a fun book!

  18. Mary Ciesynski says:

    How fun! The popper looks like a blast (har har)!

  19. Kristyl says:

    Hey, thanks for letting people do last-minute entries! The looks looks pretty cool as well!

  20. Jess says:

    Very cool!

  21. Rachel Johnson says:

    I really want to have a confetti fight haha. Thanks for doing this fun giveaway!

  22. Nicole says:

    I’m late, but want to comment. I know this won’t make it in, and I’m cool with it. Just want you to know I love all your work!!!

  23. Bernadette Smith says:

    I hope I win!!

  24. mia olthof says:

    Love your give-a-ways as always. Always a inspiration!

  25. Pamela Emerson says:

    This book looks like it would be a lot of fun to explore with my grandson. Love the video and thanks for a second chance.

  26. Beth B says:

    This would be a super cool book to have! All the possibilities 🙂

  27. Caitlin says:

    The video was really cute. I would like to know more in depth on how to make it. It could be a resource in my classroom for some of my 3-d projects.

  28. Erin says:

    I am not only excited to possibly win your book, but I’d be HONORED to own a craftsy book by the famous and talented TwinkieChan! ^.^ Thank you for extending the giveaway and giving out two more books!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Oh! This book is not written by me 🙂

  29. Melissa Johnston says:

    Ooohhh I would love love love to win a copy!!!

  30. Nicole says:

    Yay for extension! Good luck everyone!!!

  31. Lisa Garcia says:

    This book looks like so much fun!! Crossing my fingers.

  32. Renee Kunkel says:

    Summer is coming and I have five children I’m going to be needing more craft ideas for… Help !!!!! This looks perfect!

  33. Melanie Beaulieu says:

    What a cool IDEA !!!!!

  34. Bernadette Smith says:

    Pick me this time! Your video was so funny lol

  35. RaCh says:

    😀 Yay for longer deadlines, I procrastinated!

  36. Grace says:

    Yay for second chances!!!! Good luck, everyone! 🙂

  37. Bbgirl3191 says:

    An extension?!? Yippie!! But where are the links to the other blog posts?

  38. cLare says:

    ooh, id LOVE to win this book and try out some crafty projects! 🙂

  39. texasteach329 says:

    What a fun way to celebrate. Maybe I can celebrate winning the book! Thanks for the offer!

  40. Norma Brooks says:

    Oops!! My last comment I put with yahoo! My email is not yahoo, it’s gmail!!

  41. Peggy Riemer says:

    I really need a book like that. I’m always looking for new ideas to get my kids interested.

  42. gina mains says:

    I love yr blog and I would love to win that book! XOXO

  43. Janice says:

    The book looks like so much fun!!! I would like to win so I can make more crafty things! Have a great day Twinkie!!!

  44. Lindsey S says:

    Thank you!! Confetti popper looks cool to try too!

  45. Tracy Watson says:

    I want to win this book!!! Thank you for the opportunity !!

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