Amazing underwater video by mt Masking Tapes

The Japanese Masking Tape manufacturer mt always amazes us with many professional videos about Washi Tape. Check out this amazing video of a little dog going on an underwater adventure – all made using mt Washi Tapes

New: Japanese 3D Paper Craft Sets

A new fun thing in our shop. We received adorable 3D Paper Craft Sets from Japan. They provide you with material to craft kawaii 3D greeting cards, paper wreaths or decorations. To create the 3D effect you need to use a paper embossing ball tool which is not included in the sets.

The sets have super kawaii fairy tale designs and we got quite a few Christmas sets too. They contain lots of templates that you can cut out, emboss and stick on the cards. The printed outlines tell you exactly on what position you need to place the cut-outs, so it’s really easy to do. All the instructions are in Japanese only, but you can easily follow the instructions. We also found a couple of Japanese videos which might help you. Unfortunately we can’t embed them into this post, so visit here to see how to use the embossing ball tool and how to make the 3D paper craft book sets. Also check out our little “how to” collage at the end that we made from photos from the manufacturer to explain the different steps of the DIY sets.

We now offer super cute 3D paper craft sets with adorable designs

We now offer super cute 3D paper craft sets with adorable designs

Lots of the sets revolve around fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and more

Lots of the sets revolve around fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and more

The sets contain cut out templates, sponge stickers and instructions. You need to purchase an embossing tool from our shop separately to complete these sets.

The sets contain cut out templates, sponge stickers and instructions. You need to purchase an embossing tool from our shop separately to complete these sets.

These are the steps that are valid for all the 3D paper craft sets in our shop

These are the steps that are valid for all the 3D paper craft sets in our shop

Many new iPhone 5 cases by Shinzi Katoh

If you like Japanese designs you will love this. We have a couple of very pretty new iPhone5 cases by Shinzi Katoh. We didn’t get new products from this brand for ages, so we’re really excited. They always have very cute designs and we now have lots of new Shinzi Katoh products. The cellphone cases with cute forest animal, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood or bear pictures are all suitable for iPhone 5.

We will add lots more stationery, masking tapes and postcards in the next days.

pink forest boy deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

pink forest boy deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

Alice in Wonderland fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

Alice in Wonderland fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

brown forest deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

brown forest deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

blue polar bear Sorabear iPhone 5 hard cover case

blue polar bear Sorabear iPhone 5 hard cover case

toadstool and bugs iPhone 5 hard cover case

toadstool and bugs iPhone 5 hard cover case

kawaii Mameshiba animated clips

For a couple of weeks already you can buy Mameshiba products in our shop. We’re super happy to have lots of stationery items, cellphone accessories and plush toys with the Japanese iconic bean dogs. While we were researching about them, we found a lot of cute little animated short clips revolving around the different Mameshiba characters. They are just a couple of seconds longs and always contain some funny trivia. Take a look at the clips for Mameshiba, green pea, black bean, Peanut and Natto.

Mameshiba animated short clip

Mameshiba animated short clip

Green Pea animated short clip

Green Pea animated short clip

Black Bean animated short clip

Black Bean animated short clip

Peanut animated short clip

Peanut animated short clip

Natto animated short clip

Natto animated short clip

How to decorate your home with mt Casa Washi Tapes

A couple of weeks ago we got the beautiful mt Casa Washi Tape series for home decoration. As you can never have enough inspiration, especially when you can just decorate anything at home with the wide Masking tapes, we found some more beautiful examples of what to do with them.

mt was quite active and shot some videos to introduce ideas. The little film about a family who is decorating the apartment for dad’s birthday is really sweet and full of cool projects. We love the idea of decorating plain tablecloths or curtains for special occasions. Check out all the pictures below that show many mt Casa projects around the house. Aren’t these tapes a great way to easily decorate windows or a single-coloured kitchen? Just looking at the photos makes us want to start sticking tapes on everything in the office.

Your kitchen could look this colourful with just a couple of stripes of mt Casa Wahi Tape

Your kitchen could look this colourful with just a couple of stripes of mt Casa Washi Tape

The tapes are a great windwo decoration

The tapes are a great window decoration

The wide Masking tapes are also suitable for tiles

The wide Masking tapes are also suitable for tiles

Add some colour to dishwasher or kitchen fronts

Add some colour to dishwasher or kitchen fronts

mt Casa tapes make a great table decoration

mt Casa tapes make a great table decoration

Look how easy it is to turn a simple lamp into an unique object

Look how easy it is to turn a simple lamp into an unique object

Children can fully live out their creativity with the tapes, which always can be removed without any trace

Children can fully live out their creativity with the tapes, which always can be removed without any trace

A classic: mt Casa Masking tape as wall decoration

A classic: mt Casa Masking tape as wall decoration

Japan Hobby Show Part 4: Kokka fabrics booth

While visiting the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo we also visited some of our suppliers who had booths on the tradeshow. As fabrics and sewing played an important role there, the Japanese fabric manufacturer Kokka couldn’t be missing of course. We really enjoyed the Kokka booth, they had lots of different sections with designer fabrics by Etsuko Furuya, Melody Miller or Ellen Lucket Baker. You could see lots and lots of beautiful things made with the fabrics, mainly bags and clothes. But boy, they surely looked amazing.

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

kawaii Bear Giveaway on Facebook

Bears are so cute so we decided to dedicate a giveaway to them. In our Facebook Bear Giveaway one lucky winner will get a cute package full of stuff with bears, pandas and Rilakkuma. All those items we brought from Japan, some are even from very limited editions, like the Rilakkuma Skytree memo pad.

The prize package:

3x bear bags
3x panda bear folders
1x teddy bear deco tape
1x Rilakkuma Squishy
1x Rilakkuma memo pad from the limited Skytree edition
1x Rilakkuma bread charm
1x panda bear plush charm
2x bear sticker sheets
3x wooden bear buttons

How to join:
1) Like our Facebook page
2) Like the giveaway pic
3) Share the pic and comment “I love kawaii bears!

The giveaway will be running until Monday, May 27th and is open worldwide. Again we strongly suggest to check our Facebook page on Thursday and Friday to see if you have won. We announce the winner on our Facebook page, but have no possibility of contacing them otherwise. Enjoy everyone and good luck!

The winner of our Facebook bear giveaway will get all these kawaii things

The winner of our Facebook bear giveaway will get all these kawaii things

Ideas for crafting Mother’s Day cards with stamps

No matter if you give your mother a big present or a warm hug, a Mother’s Day card is a must. And to make one yourself is a fast an easy thing if you just have a couple of basics like Washi Tape, stamps or stickers. Today we want to show you some cards made with products from the Japanese company Kodomo No Kao. We carry lots of their stamps and they display wonderful pictures of crafted cards on their website. Most of them have pretty flower designs, so they are a nice inspiration for your own project. Have fun crafting.

Elegant and pretty flower and animal card

Elegant and pretty flower and animal card

A super cute Japanese cherry blossom design

A super cute Japanese cherry blossom design

A big flower stamp is all you need for a great card

A big flower stamp is all you need for a great card

3D effects with flower stamps

3D effects with flower stamps

Super simple idea with a great outcome

Super simple idea with a great outcome

The cards look so professional as if they were bought from a store

The cards look so professional as if they were bought from a store

kawaii Hello Kitty fabric giveaway on Facebook

Our big giveaway series continues. This time we are giving away another set of exclusive Hello Kitty fabrics. We once got them from Japan, but don’t sell them in our shop, so this prize is really rare. The winner of the Hello Kitty fabrics Facebook giveaway will receive 10 different Hello Kitty fat quarters with the most adorable cat designs. Please note that this picture is for reference only, the winner might receive other combinations than depicted.

How to join:
1) Like our Facebook page
2) Like the giveaway pic
3) Share the pic and comment “I love Hello Kitty!”

The giveaway will be running until Monday, April 15th.  It’s open worldwide. Good luck to everyone!

Win 10 Hello Kitty fabric fat quarters in our Facebook giveaway (photo for reference only)

Win 10 Hello Kitty fabric fat quarters in our Facebook giveaway (photo for reference only)

We will get Mameshiba products!!!

That’s the news of the month: We will get Mameshiba products! We are soooo excited about this, because we have been trying to get some for years. Now it finally worked out and we will get our first delivery with lots of stationery products this spring.

The kawaii mixtures of beans and dogs are super popular in Japan and have also lots of fans outside the country. Especially the green Edamame character is so cute. But you can hardly ever find Mameshiba products outside of Japan, only super few online shops sell them.

We hope you’re as happy as we are about these fantastic news. Of course we’ll let you know when we have them in our shop.

Sandra met Mameshiba at a trade show in Japan

Sandra met Mameshiba at a trade show in Japan

A super kawaii Mameshiba wallpaper

A super kawaii Mameshiba wallpaper

This Mameshiba peanut wallpaper is free too.

This Mameshiba peanut wallpaper is free too.

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