Giveaways

Kawaii Panda Pusheen Plush Giveaway

Posted on August 15, 2018 by

Time for a new giveaway, this time from Kawaii Panda, a European web store selling all your favourite kawaii characters.

One lucky winner will receive a super cute Mermaid Pusheen plush! This is the large size plushie, not the mini one, so great for hugging.

Pusheen Mermaid Plush Giveaway

How to enter

To enter the giveaway, visit Kawaii Panda and then leave a comment on this blog post telling us What’s your favourite product and why?

Then use the Rafflecopter widget below to register your entry and open up more chances to win. Confused by Rafflecopter? Here’s a great guide.

PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING:

  • NO giveaway accounts allowed (e.g. a Twitter account you only use to share giveaways)
  • You must answer the question in your blog comment and try to be specific.
  • If you are under 16, please check with a parent or guardian before entering.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide.
  • Prize ships from Portugal and is worth €27.95.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway closes on Tuesday 28th August at 10pm BST and we’ll announce the winner on the blog the following morning. Good luck!

PS. If you see something you love at the Kawaii Panda shop, don’t forget to use the code SCK10OFF for 10% off your order (excluding boxes and bundles).

DIY Crafts, Kawaii Reviews

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Printer Review

Posted on August 14, 2018 by

During our giveaway from Cute Delight many readers expressed their interest in the Tepra Lite Label Printer. What magic is hidden inside this tiny printer? Is it worth the purchase? To find that out Cute Delight kindly offered us one to review! In this first part I’ll show you how the printer works and next month we’ll also give you DIY ideas on how to use it, so stay tuned (^_^).

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

King Jim is a Japanese brand known for their clever stationery storage products. This Tepra Lite Printer has got the functionality of the Japanese version, but it comes with an English display and manual.

How does the Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer work?

The printer is small, lightweight (~250g) and works on 4 AAA batteries, so you can also bring it with you. It uses a thermal printing technology. This means that the printer doesn’t run on ink, but relies on special paper tape for printing.

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

You can use ‘Coharu’ tape with kawaii designs or ‘Tepra’ lite tape in basic colours for it. Cute Delight sells a selection of Coharu masking tapes and I was thrilled to receive a Mizutama Mix, Dot Mint-Blue and Check Purple tape in my package.

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

Installation was super simple. You only have to remove the back of the Tepra Tape Printer to install the batteries (not included) and tape. When the printer is turned on, you’ll be greeted with a sweet ‘Welcome’ message on the display (^_^).

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

Usage is also straightforward and intuitive. I was able to make my first label with only a few glances at the manual. Before or even during typing, you can select one out of the seven fonts. With typefaces such as Handwriting, Typewriter and Cute. The text can be adjusted in 4 sizes, ranging from small to extra large. For my labels I used the medium size.

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

The symbol menu offers hundreds of icons, such as kawaii animals, plants and food to choose from. It also allows you to use Hiragana, Katakana and even Greek on your labels!

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

The text can be printed vertically or horizontally and up to 62 characters can be fitted onto each label. When you’re done designing, simply hit the ‘print’ button and watch the tape come rolling out. Honestly I think this is so satisfying to watch.

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

The printer has got a built in cutter, which you can use by pressing the ‘push’ button. And that’s it! Now you’ve got a cute label that you can stick anywhere. For instance on gifts, jars, folders or inside your journal.

Kawaii Tepra Printer Frames and Tape

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

Another great feature of this printer are the 49 frames that you can adorn your text with. I had a hard time to pick just one, but I opted for the sheep frame. Isn’t it kawaii?

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

The icons and frames are cute and detailed at the same time. I don’t think you could recreate these kind of labels by drawing on washi tape yourself.

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

The coharu tapes look and feel just like regular washi tape. The tape is semi transparent and you can easily reposition it. The backing paper is divided into two halves (as pictured above), making it easier to peel off.

Do keep in mind that thermal paper can fade or discolor over time. As long as you keep it out of direct sunlight or heat, this shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve also read that applying a layer of transparent tape over the label might help to prevent fading.

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

Tepra Lite Label Printer Pricing and Conclusion

At Cute Delight the Tepra Lite Label Printer is available for £55 ($70) and the kawaii Coharu masking tapes are £5 ($6.50) each. SCK readers can use the code SCK10 to get 10% off any order at Cute Delight.

The printer is a one time investment, but you’ll need the tapes for it to work. Each roll measures 15mm x 4 metres, which I think would be enough for about 40-50 labels on average.

This kawaii printer would make a great addition to your stationery collection if:

  • you love to label items or organize things
  • you like to personalize items
  • you enjoy creating gifts or cards
  • you keep a journal or planner
  • you are into scrapbooking or making collages

If you only decorate or craft occasionally, the printer might not be worth the purchase.

King Jim Tepra Lite Label Tape Printer Review

I really enjoyed using this device –  designing labels was very easy and so much fun. I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. Look out for the follow-up post with DIY ideas for the Tepra Lite Label Printer next month.

(The Tepra Printer was provided by Cute Delight for review but all words and photos are my own.)

SCK News

SCK YouTube Channel & Category Updates

Posted on August 11, 2018 by

Just a little bit of SCK news for you.

SCK YouTube

SCK YouTube Channel

Thanks to our Summer Intern Hannah, I’ve been able to bring the SCK YouTube account up to date. While we aren’t creating our own videos (yet?) we now have over 20 playlists featuring kawaii craft projects, recipes, weird products, tips for visiting Japan and more. You can also find some cute new channels to subscribe to – and we’ll update more often now.

Discount Reminder

You’r running out of time to use these exclusive discounts. You’ll find more on our discounts page too.

kawaii stationery

20% off kawaii stationery and squishies at Cute Delight with the code SCK20 – expires TODAY.

box monster

15% off orders worth £10 or more (excluding items on sale) at Box Monster with the code SCK15 – expires on Wednesday.

Category Updates

If you’re digging around in the archives, you might notice some work going on. After 10 years of almost-daily blogging, things are getting a bit disorganised so I’m adding new categories and rearranging things. I’ve already done the DIY Crafts section so you can now browse by craft type or season/holiday + there’s new categories for popular things like colouring books, craft books and journaling. I’ll soon be splitting up the shopping posts into themes too, but that’s a very big job.

You can browse the archives through the Categories and Month drop downs in the sidebar (under the posts on mobile), or through the top navigation (press the 3 horizontal lines on mobile)

Upcoming Giveaways

If you’ve been missing our giveaways, we’ll have a new one for you next week featuring one of your very favourite characters! I’m also putting together giveaways for our 10 year birthday at the beginning of September.

Kawaii Shopping

Back To School Kawaii Stationery

Posted on August 10, 2018 by

New stationery makes heading back to school feel much less depressing so we’ve hunted up some kawaii stationery to cheer you up. Even if your studying days are over, there are some great offers here to justify a little shopping spree.

Back To School Kawaii Stationery lucky bag

Tofu Cute have got you covered with a one stop shop option. Their new stationery lucky bags come in two sizes with 12-19 cute supplies including a guaranteed notebook, pencil case, pens and stickers. It’s all packed inside a handy lightweight backpack featuring a new hamster character.

Back To School Kawaii Stationery - plush panda notebook

Paperchase currently have a 3 for 2 offer on stationery basics and there’s also some great value stationery bundles. This panda set comes with a fluffy notebook, highlighters and pen for just £8.75.

Back To School Kawaii Stationery - tokidoki backpack

If you need a new bag, Claire’s have some good deals on kawaii backpacks including a half price diary with selected bags. This exclusive tokidoki design is in the sale at a bargainous £17.50.

Back To School Kawaii Stationery - glitter highlighters

Rainbowholic Shop has all the best pens from Japan. Why use a boring highlighter when you can have glitter highlighters! You’ll also find some amazing stationery lucky packs – every one is different and they even include items from Kaila’s personal stash.

Back To School Kawaii Stationery - cat plush pencil cases

If you miss your kawaii plushies at school, get one of the adorable Amuse plushie pencil cases available at Tokyo Otaku Mode. These cats are so fluffy but there’s also dogs, Loppy bunnies and more.

Don’t forget you can also use your exclusive SCK discount codes at more of our favourite shops, many of which sell kawaii stationery supplies. We also have some fun DIYs if you’re short on cash.

Cute Characters

Kabu Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Posted on August 9, 2018 by

When I received a flier in the mail announcing the new Kabu collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop I dropped what I was doing and ran out to check it out!

Kabu Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

There are 3 super cute characters: Catlynn – the pink kitty, Pawlette – the light brown bunny and Bearnice the yellow bear. All three are cuddly and made of soft material.

Kabu Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

The Kabu line has loads of adorable accessories for the plushies and for yourself. My favorite is the little fluffy cotton candy wrist strap. It attaches via a stretchy cord for your plushie to grab onto. There are even shoes to match!

Kabu Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

You can’t have a naked plushie! This 2-piece set featuring a sparkling Catlynn will make you wish it came in your size!

Kabu Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

This pouch could hold change, a compact and a lip gloss perfectly. The charm zipper pull is a nice touch.

Kabu Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

There is even a graphic novel and a free game for iPhone & Android. The graphics are really bright and make me smile. I am hoping they will release more characters in the future!

Kabu Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

You can find the Kabu collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide and online.