asking for trouble

Paper Cutting Afternoon

One of the big downsides of my paper cutting machine is having to sit around while it cuts stuff out.  I only have one cutting sheet, so I have to be around to peel off the card and set up the next one. The actual cutting is just fast enough that you can’t work on anything else, and just slow enough that it’s really boring, once the novelty of watching it cut out my characters wears off. Luckily, I do get lots of happy faces and shapes to entertain myself with. It started with a happy hand….


…and then deteriorated into sad crying Cakeify.

But things are finally moving and I have a pile of things to sell, that I will be listing this week. Here’s a peek at a Cookie who can’t wait to meet you!


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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