40 days until Christmas

Time to start your Christmas preparations. Christmas cards are a great thing you can already prepare now. You might think that crafting cards yourself is a lot of work, but it really is not. At least if you have the right material it is a matter of minutes. We totally recommend Japanese Washi Tape for this. Just by adding a couple of stripes to some cardboard you can already create a personal and creative card. And also making shapes out of tape like Christmas trees or Christmas tree balls is an easy thing to do. The more additional techniques you use, e.g. drawings, stamps the more elaborate your card becomes. The result is always great when using Masking Tape!

You can use seasonal Christmas tapes for your crafting, but ‘neutral’ designs work as well as you can see on the pictures we found on some creative blogs.

hootsandkisses combines Washi Tape and glitter stones for this beautiful card

hootsandkisses combines Washi Tape and glitter stones for this beautiful card

m is for martha even tore the tape per hand for this card, which creates a very smooth effect

m is for martha even tore the tape per hand for this card, which creates a very smooth effect

sa_su probably made this card within minutes - and it is gorgeous

sa_su probably made this card within minutes – and it is gorgeous

cheironbrandon made this really festive looking card with Masking Tape

cheironbrandon made this really festive looking card with Masking Tape

Celebrate autumn with Masking Tape

We found such great home decoration ideas, which will make you totally enjoy autumn. In a little catalog that was released by mt we saw this beautiful Washi Tape tree. What a great and simple idea. Collect some colourful autumn leaves outdoor and create your own autumn tree at home by just putting some tape stripes on a wall. And if you don’t want it anymore, you can remove it without leaving any trace.

And to decorate some candy jars or other items at your home with the colourful happy tapes will also help improving your mood on cold, icky autumn days.

Make your own Masking Tape autumn tree at home

Make your own Masking Tape autumn tree at home

Colours light up your home in winter - decorate candy jars and other home decor

Colours light up your home in winter – decorate candy jars and other home decor

Such a big effect with so little work, Washi Tape makes everything look pretty

Such a big effect with so little work, Washi Tape makes everything look pretty

Our first Spanish Christmas Giveaway

Our Spanish version of our shop modes4u.com just went online a couple of days ago and already we’re having our first giveaway with a Spanish Blog. So if you speak Spanish join the Mamis Y Bebés Christmas giveaway to win a cute package with products from our shop. The lucky winner will get kawaii Christmas fabrics, stickers, Washi Tapes and erasers.

The giveaway will run until November 18th.

Win this kawaii prize package on the Mamis Y Bebes blog

Win this kawaii prize package on the Mamis Y Bebes blog

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Bianca

It’s time to introduce our fifth team member. And it’s getting international again, because Bianca moved from Germany to Hong Kong to come to our office every day.

Hello, who are you by the way?
I’m Bianca, 31, from Wuppertal in Germany. One year ago I moved here to Hong Kong and started working at modes4u. It’s still super exciting here; the city is surprising me over and over again. In Germany I lived and worked in different cities, most recently as a public relations officer in a ski dome. Before I was a television editor.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am the copy writer at modes4u and work with words every day. My main task is to add new products to our shop. That means every new item for modes4u.com has to pass my desk first to be measured, weighted and described.

Also I am in charge of the German and English company blogs and constantly looking for new ideas and topics to write about. In addition to that I deal with inquiries from media and journalists. And whenever a text for our website, for an announcement or for another occasion is needed, I write it as well.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I absolutely adore our Washi Tapes, which I discovered in our shop for the first time. Before I didn’t even know the cool Masking Tapes existed, now I already own a box full of them. No letter or present leaves my house without at least one stripe of Washi tape decoration.

From all our characters I am a big fan of the cute Otogicco Little Red Riding Hood by Decole. I’m always really excited when we get new products from that series. Also I am profoundly in love with our echino fabrics. Unfortunately I can’t sew at all, so the ways I can use those lovely textiles are kind of limited.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
There are no limits to my creativity. I have never worked in such a modern and open company. In Germany I often felt that rules and rigid structures slowed down new ideas. Here in many ways I really have the freedom to do whatever I want creatively. I can try a lot and start new things which I really like.

Our team is totally great too and the bosses really care about the well being of their employees. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be natural in many Hong Kong companies and I also had mixed experiences in Germany about that. So I really appreciate it and feel in good hands here.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
My creative activities always have certain phases. At the moment I’m in my Washi Tape phase; I love decorating glasses, stationery and photo albums with the adhesive tapes.

Sometimes I also design my own T-Shirts by embroidering, drawing or just applying an iron-on. In Germany I loved baking cakes and tarts a lot, but this passion is a bit on hold now. Baking is not that common in Hong Kong so a lot of times I lack the needed materials. Still my Chinese colleagues are always very excited when I bring something self-baked every now and then.

The bear and the girl - Bianca and Rilakkuma chatting

The bear and the girl – Bianca and Rilakkuma chatting

Bianca decorated all these jars with Washi Tapes

Bianca decorated all these jars with Washi Tapes

She also enjoys decorating photo albums with the colourful Masking Tapes

She also enjoys decorating photo albums with the colourful Masking Tapes

The office was super excited about Biancas self-baked cookies for Valentines Day

The office was super excited about Biancas self-baked cookies for Valentines Day

Gorgeous mt Christmas Masking Tapes

Yay, we have the latest Christmas Washi Tape collection from mt in our shop. We immediately added them to our shop once they arrived, so that you can order them right away and still use them for all your Christmas projects. The collection is really diverse, there are wide and very slim tapes, tapes with typical Christmas symbols, but also more abstract versions like the festive illumination tape or the funny animals with Christmas hats tape.

You can buy the single tapes, but there are also 3 cool sets which always combine 3 tapes of the Christmas collection.

red Christmas mt Washi deco tape star Christmas tree ball

red Christmas mt Washi deco tape star Christmas tree ball

wide Christmas mt Washi deco tape with people in windows

wide Christmas mt Washi deco tape with people in windows

blue Christmas embroidery mt Washi deco tape

blue Christmas embroidery mt Washi deco tape

green Christmas mt Washi deco tape animals with red cap

green Christmas mt Washi deco tape animals with red cap

Christmas table decoration mt Washi deco tape bow

Christmas table decoration mt Washi deco tape bow

Merry Christmas mt Washi deco tape in many languages

Merry Christmas mt Washi deco tape in many languages

slim Christmas patterns mt Washi deco tape light dots

slim Christmas patterns mt Washi deco tape light dots

festive mt Masking Tape deco tape Christmas set 3pcs

festive mt Masking Tape deco tape Christmas set 3pcs

Christmas mt Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs stars & tree

Christmas mt Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs stars & tree

Christmas mt Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs animals pattern

Christmas mt Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs animals pattern

24 ideas for advent calendar gifts: Washi Tapes

Japanese Washi Tapes make an excellent advent calendar gift. Because they are super pretty, useful and special. What a perfect combination to raise the anticipation for Christmas. We carry hundreds of different Washi Masking Tapes, single tapes, sets, wide ones, slim ones, single-coloured ones, patterned ones or tapes with lavish prints. It won’t be easy to decide which one to add to your 2012 Christmas advent calendar.

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with purple stripes

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with purple stripes

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with sea animals

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with sea animals

wide red gift wrap mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

wide red gift wrap mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

slim mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs stripes rose

slim mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs stripes rose

emerald Washi Masking Tape deco tape from Japan

emerald Washi Masking Tape deco tape from Japan

argyle Washi Masking Tape deco tape in purple

argyle Washi Masking Tape deco tape in purple

90 days until Christmas

Yes, you still have a couple of months left until Christmas. But isn’t it good to get as many things out of your way as possible as soon as possible? After all you also have an everyday life and besides that there will be hundreds of Christmas things to organize.

We have one thing for you that you can cross off your list already: Christmas wrapping paper. Because if you have a few basic items at home you’re always prepared for any wrapping emergencies. So what’s our recipe for successful Christmas gift wrapping? Washi Tape and Christmas stamps. You don’t need a lot of them, can store them easily and turn every single present into a unique gift. It will just take a couple of minutes to spice up boring single-coloured paper or to turn brown packing paper or even newspapers into a fancy gift wrap.

If you want to give away stuff from our shop as presents, you can even go one step further: You don’t need to wrap them at all. Because until Christmas we’re sending all our orders in super kawaii Christmas bags, which are the perfect wrapping already. Please don’t forget that shipping from our shop takes 5 to 15 business days, so please order early if you want everything to arrive on time.

cute Christmas gel stamps deer snowflake heart

cute Christmas gel stamps deer snowflake heart

cute Christmas gel stamps Christmas tree with deco

cute Christmas gel stamps Christmas tree with deco

funny Christmas gel stamps snowman reindeer

funny Christmas gel stamps snowman reindeer

Christmas stamp set 3 pieces snowman Christmas tree

Christmas stamp set 3 pieces snowman Christmas tree

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 2pcs with diamonds

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 2pcs with diamonds

white Washi Masking Tape deco tape argyle pattern

white Washi Masking Tape deco tape argyle pattern

olive-green Washi Masking Tape deco tape white pattern

olive-green Washi Masking Tape deco tape white pattern

pink Washi Masking Tape deco tape red flowers

pink Washi Masking Tape deco tape red flowers

 

100 days until Christmas

It’s slowly getting serious, in 100 days you will be unwrapping presents under the Christmas tree already. Have you started any preparations yet? We have! In the last couple of weeks we have been adding lots of new items, restocked bestsellers or unpacked products in Christmas designs.

The last ones are mainly Christmas fabrics this year, but you can also look forward to some mt Christmas Washi Tapes that we will be getting soon. So take a look at our Christmas fabrics, because this year we have lots of super cute designs, festive Christmas flowers or also daring stuff: sexy Christmas boys.

Don’t forget that shipping from our shop takes 5 to 15 business days, so please order early if you’re planning on crafting gifts with our products.

Christmas fabric bird pear tree ball by Michael Miller

Christmas fabric bird pear tree ball by Michael Miller

white Michael Miller Christmas fabric with birds

white Michael Miller Christmas fabric with birds

red Michael Miller Christmas fabric with Christmas stars

red Michael Miller Christmas fabric with Christmas stars

white Christmas fabric Pin up men Alexander Henry USA

white Christmas fabric Pin up men Alexander Henry USA

beige Timeless Treasures Christmas fabric birds fir cone

beige Timeless Treasures Christmas fabric birds fir cone

white Christmas fabric animals mistletoe Alexander Henry

white Christmas fabric animals mistletoe Alexander Henry

black designer Christmas fabric with Christmas treats

black designer Christmas fabric with Christmas treats

light blue Robert Kaufman Christmas fabric snowman house

light blue Robert Kaufman Christmas fabric snowman house

white Christmas fabric with gingerbread man Robert Kaufman

white Christmas fabric with gingerbread man Robert Kaufman

green Christmas fabric with penguins by Robert Kaufman

green Christmas fabric with penguins by Robert Kaufman

Win our Christmas fabrics on craftgossip.com

You’ll have lots of opportunities to win cute stuff from our shop, because there will be quite a few Christmas giveaways this year. The first one just started on graftgossip.com. We teamed up with the craft review website for a festive kawaii giveaway. One lucky winner gets a bundle of 12 Christmas fabrics from designers such as Alexander Henry, Robert Kaufman or Michael Miller. Also 2 Japanese Wahsi Tapes are included in the prize.

Visit the craftgossip giveaway websitefor all the details, the giveaway is open worldwide and will run until September 30th. Isn’t that the perfect timing to start sewing some cute Christmas items?

WIn this fabric bundle + Washi Tapes on graftgossip.com

WIn this fabric bundle + Washi Tapes on graftgossip.com

These 12 fabrics are included in the prize

These 12 fabrics are included in the prize

mt Masking Tape workshop in Japan

We want to go! In Japan you can visit special Masking tape workshops held by mt. In four different cities they regularly offer weekend classes called ‘mt school’ where you can craft with Washi Tape and also get professional instructions by Washi Tape crafters. We saw some pictures from a workshop in Yokohama, which look so inspiring. It just gives you wonderful ideas on what to use Washi tape for. The whole venue – usually a crafting or stationery shop – is decorated with tapes and of course there are lots and lots of mt tapes to buy. We think it’s a great idea to craft together in such a creative environment. If there was something like this in Hong Kong we would definitely go. Would you?

The entrance of the venue of the masking tape workshop in Yokohama

The entrance of the venue of the masking tape workshop in Yokohama

There is an extra mt section with lots and lots of Washi tapes

There is an extra mt section with lots and lots of Washi tapes

This looks so inviting: One of the crafting tables for the participants

This looks so inviting: One of the crafting tables for the participants

Great for inspiration: Some exhibits of Washi tape stationery

Great for inspiration: Some exhibits of Washi tape stationery

Super pretty boxes and wrapping embellished with Washi tape

Super pretty boxes and wrapping embellished with Washi tape

Incredible: Why not decorate a bird house with Washi Tape?

Incredible: Why not decorate a bird house with Washi Tape?

More examples of masking tape crafting

More examples of masking tape crafting

Participants of the workshop being creative

Participants of the workshop being creative

A great and simple idea: embellish mobiles with Washi tape

A great and simple idea: embellish mobiles with Washi tape

The decoration of the venue with Masking tape is just adorable

The decoration of the venue with Masking tape is just adorable

We want a car like this: the official mt school truck

We want a car like this: the official mt school truck

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