asking for trouble

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oddments 5 zine

Coming soon – a new zine! Oddments 5 is The Food Issue and contains such delights as me eating a load of weird sweets I was gifted and writing about them, my favourite cute food and Japanese drinks, food blogs you should be reading and some other bits and pieces. It will be available first at the Bookmarket at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh on April 20th but if you can’t make it there, you’ll be able to order a print or PDF copy soon.

Cakeify sticky labels are new in the shop.

Also new in the shop are Cakeify address labels. I ordered these ages ago for my own amusement when I needed something to push my print order into free express shipping (incidentally, we need a word for that). They turned out cute, and useful, so I thought you might like some too. You can now buy packs of 5 labels – they’re great for covering up the address when you re-use an envelope or you could also use them as gift tags.

angel bunny

And finally, I’ve been designing a little Angel Bunny repeat for fabric. This won’t be for sale, but is for a special project you will hear more about soon…


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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