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Super Cute Creators Interview: Twinkie Chan

Posted on February 12th 2015 by in Super Cute Creators


When I saw so many people had voted Twinkie Chan as the most kawaii person of 2014 in the SCK Awards, I knew I had to interview her. With her cute crochet products, colourful fashions and expanding empire, Twinkie Chan has always been an inspiration for me and I’m glad you think so too! Read on for another inspiring look into the life of a kawaii creative!

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Introduce yourself! Who are you, what do you make and what do you do in your spare time?

I design and crochet fun, food-themed accessories for you and your stuff, like cheeseburger scarves, cupcake mittens, and corn dog pen cozies! I started to make scarves for myself in 2005 and then randomly decided to create a website to see if anyone would buy any. I was working in publishing at the time, and now all I do is crochet crochet crochet! I also have a diffusion line called “Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan” where we take my more popular crochet designs and produce them overseas to make my work more accessible to more people. I blog at my website, www.TwinkieChan.com, and share free crochet patterns, outfit photos, monthly giveaways, and I’ve also started to focus more on crochet tutorials on YouTube. I like to encourage people to have fun with their fashion as well as their crafting! In my spare time, I like to hang out with my doggies, watch movies, and eat dinner with friends!

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Where do you live and what’s it’s like there?

I live in San Francisco where it can feel like winter during the summer, hence, my vast personal scarf collection! This is a really creative and eclectic city, with all kinds of people smushed into a 7 mile x 7 mile area. We have a lot of local arts and crafts events of all kinds, which is very inspiring!

What was your first experience with kawaii culture and why does kawaii inspire your work?

My family is from Hong Kong, and we go back to visit from time to time. You can’t NOT experience kawaii culture when shopping in Hong Kong. As a teenager, I kind of shunned it, because I felt like as a young, Asian girl, I was expected to love everything cute. However, in my 20s, I embraced it ironically and then earnestly. I love how Japanese street fashion is so colorful and expressive. Even if people feel that they can’t fully adopt a super unconventional look, I hope to show people that you can at least have fun with one statement accessory!

What cute products can you never resist buying for yourself?

I can’t seem to stay away from polka dot print, heart print, and happy candy colors in my clothes. I also have a ridiculous amount of hair bows and food-themed jewelry and food-themed purses. One of my odd and specific collections is plush bananas with cute faces on them!

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SCK Awards Winners – The Full Results

Posted on February 11th 2015 by in SCK News


Loads of you voted, and the winners were announced live on Twitter and on Facebook, so here’s the full results.

FAVOURITE KAWAII CHARACTER

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Rilakkuma was a clear winner here, followed by everyone’s favourite fat cat Pusheen and those adorable Alpacassos.

FAVOURITE KAWAII BRAND

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Sanrio‘s Hello Kitty and friends are your favourite brand, closely followed by oddball rivals San-X, home of Rilakkuma, and the super colourful Tokidoki characters.

FAVOURITE ONLINE KAWAII SHOP

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Blippo‘s free shipping and big range of your favourite kawaii characters, candy and magazines, plus the subscription Kawaii Box, made them a clear winner.

Runner-up Shana Logic‘s commitment to supporting indie artists and makers is as awesome as the cute things they sell.

And in third place is Tofu Cute, a godsend for UK kawaii shoppers, with all the latest kawaii plush and fun candy kits, plus a real store too.

FAVOURITE KAWAII STORE

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With hundreds of locations around the globe, it’s no surprise that most voters’ favourite local place to shop for kawaii is a Sanrio store.

Runner-up Artbox is a must-visit if you’re ever in London. The store might be tiny, but it’s packed full of kawaii and looks like a bus from the outside!

Another third placing for Tofu Cute, who only recently opened their doors in Portsmouth. It already looks like the cutest, pink-est shop ever!

This category turned into a very interesting list of global kawaii shops, and I plan to collect these into a handy shopping directory soon so you can shop on your travels.

FAVOURITE KAWAII DESIGNER/MAKER

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Maqaroon‘s sweet jewellery came tops for independent makers, closely followed by star crocheter Twinkie Chan, and the decoden creations of our very own Frainy at Milk Chocolate Dream.

This category had a huge amount of nominations and it was great to see just how many hard-working makers you love. While we did manage to find 3 winners, it was very close and I’ll be going through all the shops that were voted for to feature the best ones later.

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SCK Awards Winners Revealed Tonight!

Posted on February 11th 2015 by in SCK News


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I’ve been counting up all your votes and it’s finally time to find out who are the winners of our SCK Awards!

We’ll be announcing the winners LIVE tonight on Facebook and Twitter at around 7pm GMT (check your time zone) and will then publish the full results here on the blog.

The awards this year have been a trial run for something bigger and better and we discovered quite a few things that need tweaking. I’d also love to hear your feedback on how we can improve things for next year, any categories you would have liked included and other other ideas and suggestions.

See you later!


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Cute Valentine Printable Cards & Crafts

Posted on February 10th 2015 by in Free Downloads, Things To Make, Valentine's Day Crafts


Looking for a cute and inexpensive way to surprise your (secret) Valentine? I’ve made a selection of some lovely free printables for you.

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Share the love with these cute DIY Valentine’s Day cards from Tokidoki.

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Or print some sweet animal cards from Lia Griffith. Lia originally created these Valentine cards for children, but they can also be used by the young at heart (^_^).

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A nice alternative to cards are the Minieco geometric heart printables. You could even write a message on the template (before folding) for a personal touch.

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These sweet conversation heart boxes require a little more work than just printing, but they would make great great boxes. Actually I’d like to have a couple of them myself…

Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes 

All you need is love and a free printable treat box!

Eco Panda

Eco Panda will pop out as a surprise when your Valentine opens this DIY pop-up card. The message is a little informal though, but luckily there’s room to include your own romantic words.

I hope that you’ll get your message across with one of these crafts! (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤

Want more ideas? Check out all our Valentine’s Day Crafts.


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Cute Pink Gifts For Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 9th 2015 by in Let's Go Shopping!


Valentine’s Day is a good excuse for everyone to indulge in cute pink things, ideally with a happy face. You can still order some of these in time for the weekend, or pick them up for a surprise gift later.

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Tea for…three anyone? These tiny amigurumi mugs at Shana Logic would make adorable gifts for your best girl pals.

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Who doesn’t want a pink narwhal plush? No-one I want to know, that’s for sure. This cutie is handmade by BellziPlushie and comes in lots of other colours too.

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Everyone loves stickers, especially when they involve Rilakkuma and pink glitter. Get these from Modes4U.

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A pink polka dot purse to hold your cash, and a sweet pink heart to watch over it. Handmade by Oktak, and currently on sale.

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Pink Pocky would make a sweet gift for anyone, or just a treat for yourself. If you’re in the UK, Tofu Cute have a few varieties of Strawberry Pocky that can get to you for Valentine’s Day, including these double coated sticks.

Still need a card for your sweetie? Look out for some free printables tomorrow.


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iManuFatti Felt Plush Patterns

Posted on February 6th 2015 by in Things To Make


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These felt patterns by iManuFatti are some of the cutest I’ve seen! They’re simple enough for beginners to make, but experienced sewists can have fun with embellishments and embroidery. They also have some fun features so instead of just making a cute little toy, you’ve got earphone holders, keyrings, magnets and even a mobile. The patterns are all available as instant downloads so you can get stitching straight away, and there are lots of themed sets at very reasonable prices. And if money’s tight, there are free patterns on their blog. Now, will someone please make me a radish?

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iManuFatti


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Most Wanted: Tokidoki x Hello Kitty Ninja Plush

Posted on February 5th 2015 by in Most Wanted!


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Tokidoki and Sanrio have done it again – teamed up for another cute collection! My eye is on the super cute Hello Kitty Ninja 5 inch plush. 1 part fierce to 2 parts super cute! From her stylish ninja outfit to her swirl patterned throwing star she will do battle with you in the cutest way possible!


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Artbox Sugar Hotel Giveaway

Posted on February 4th 2015 by in Giveaways


We know you love giveaways and we’re really excited to be partnering with one of our favourite UK kawaii stores Artbox, to bring you a regular monthly giveaway, with stationery, t-shirts and plush from San-X, Moomins, Hello Kitty and more coming up throughout the year. And that’s on top of our usual schedule of giveaways!

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This month, one lucky winner will receive a prize pack of Sugar Hotel goodies – a Strawberry Milk Tshirt (size choice S-XL) + 5 kawaii notebooks.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple chances to win.

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday 17th February and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

Please Note:
By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.
Follow the rules or we’ll disqualify all your entries – we do check!
This giveaway is open worldwide.


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posted by Marceline

Cloud Land Dreams Printables

Posted on February 3rd 2015 by in Cute Shop Alert!


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Cloud Land Dreams is the work of Claudia in Italy and her shop is full of the cute and happy illustrations. You can buy them as cards or wall art and everything comes as an instant download so no waiting for the postman. I love the new You Complete Me range, full of sweet paired items, but there are designs for all occasions, and some adorable fan art too.

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Cloudreams


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10% Off + Free Gift at BeautyNetKorea

Posted on February 2nd 2015 by in Let's Go Shopping!


My beauty regime is minimal to say the least, but I am still obsessed with Korean beauty products because of their adorable packaging. BeautyNetKorea have a big promotion on just now with 10% off everything, free gifts and double membership points and free shipping offers too. Here’s a few cute picks.

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I bought one of these hand cream pots last year, which I haven’t even used. It’s just making my bathroom extra kawaii!

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I very much need a Pocket Bunny. As well as providing a refreshing face mist, I’ll have a cute little friend in my bag.

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Whitening cream is of no use to me, but it’s packaged inside a cute panda! I got a free sample of this in my last order, which is almost as cute as the full thing.

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Um, this blusher compact is so sweet it makes me want to go out and buy a dressing table.

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And finally, something I would actually use – this range of nail polishes are full of colourful shapes and glitter, and each has a different animal on the bottle saying things like thanks, congratulations and sorry.

These offers end on February 15th so don’t miss out! I have used BeautyNetKorea before and shipping is fast and included lots of free samples.


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Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on January 31st 2015 by in Super Cute Sponsors


HappyKawaiiSupplies

Happy Kawaii Supplies have all the supplies you need for some cute crafting, and some sweet gifts too, like these happy golden capsules that you can leave a little note inside. Don’t forget, SCK readers get 15% off all orders with the code CUTIE.

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With one month of 2015 almost over, there are bargains on calendars and diaries at Kawaii Depot – mine’s a Sumikko Gurashi desk planner please! You can also get 10% off orders of $20+ with the code KDSS-10.

Nekomata Textiles

Nekomata Textiles have lots of cute new fabric in store and SCK readers can get 10% off all orders with the code KAWAIINEKO.

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Yozo Craft are adding cute new things every day including these adorable Korean stickers. You get 6 sheets in a pack for under £2 and they’re full of fun little illustrations and phrases – great for diaries!

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Over at Asking For Trouble, my sales will be ending soon, if you want to grab yourself a bargain before they’re gone. You can get an extra 15% off everything in my Sale section this weekend with the code HELLOFEBRUARY.

Look out for a super cute giveaway on Wednesday, and it looks like we’ll be announcing the winners of the SCK Awards the following week, live on Facebook and Twitter!

Want your shop featured like this? Super Cute Kawaii ads start at just $10 for a limited time.


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Most Wanted: Miffy Plush at Hamee

Posted on January 30th 2015 by in Most Wanted!


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I would love to have a real bunny, but that’s not possible at the moment. Instead I just look at cute bunnies online and covet cute bunny things. Top of my wish list just now are these totally adorable Miffy plush. I can’t get over how cute they are and it’s almost like having a real pet bunny with the added bonus of Miffy’s sweet face. They’re a bargain at only $10, but sadly Hamee/Strapya World are out of stock just now,. They’re promising to have them back soon though, so get in the queue after me.

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Cute Animal Button Badges

Posted on January 29th 2015 by in Etsy Picks


Whether you call them badges, buttons or pins, there’s no arguing that they’re one of the most affordable ways to add a bit of cute to your day. I’ve found a few adorable sets featuring animals that you can share with friends or keep all to yourself.

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The Pink Samurai has loads of cute cat characters to pick and mix, including these amazing heart shaped badges!

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If you need a bit of cheering up, these Awesome Animals badges by Sugar Cookie are sure to keep you motivated.

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This gang of hip hamsters and skunk are way cool and available from Brave Moonman.

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Super sweet woodland critters from Bubbledog. I love that wood effect background.

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And finally some sloths from Marmar Superstar, because who doesn’t love sloth face?


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Giveaway Winners

Posted on January 28th 2015 by in Giveaways


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Voting in the SCK Awards is now closed and we’ll be announcing the winners in the next week or two. Big thanks to everyone who voted! This was a trial to see whether you’d be interested in an annual kawaii awards and it looks like you are, so hopefully we will do this in a bigger and better fashion at the end of 2015.

In the meantime, we have two giveaway winners to choose from all our voters, who each win a prize pack containing some of the items above. I’m really going to miss that Alpcasso! It was really fun reading about all the cute things you bought and were gifted.

Anyway, the winners are…

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Congratulations to Brandy Harvey and Su-chan ! Check your inboxes for how to claim your prize, or email giveaways@supercutekawaii.com

Look out for more giveaways soon!


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Two Black Cats Studio

Posted on January 27th 2015 by in Cute Shop Alert!


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Even though we live in a digital age, I’m still fond of cute stationery. What better way to say hello to a friend than through a handwritten note or card? You can’t go wrong with these cute handmade cards from Two Black Cats Studio, which are illustrated and trimmed by Darla Okada. It might come to no surprise that Darla has got two black cats herself, but you will also find various other illustrated animals in her Etsy shop.

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These Maneki Neko stickers might bring you a little bit of extra luck and they would also make a great (inexpensive) gift.

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You can find a selection of arts prints in the shop as well, such as this ‘Gotcha!’ print. Find out at Two Black Cats Studio if you can get your paws on stationery or prints with your favourite pet!


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