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New! Cookie Brooches & Card Updates

gingerbread man brooches

Look, the cookie brooches have cheered up! Sad bitten gingerbread men have been in store for a few years now and I thought it was time to add some happy gingerbread men too.

Happy Gingerbread Man Wooden Brooch

Both types of gingerbread man are laser cut from birch plywood and come in a cute gift pack for £8 each.

Hello Baby Cards

These New Baby cards have been on the sidelines for a long time, but they’ve suddenly been quite popular so I gave them a little refresh and some matching envelopes. Find them with all the other cards and don’t forget you can buy any 2 cards for £3.

cakeify cards

Happy Sunflower cards have also been upgraded to the main collection after the first batch sold out quickly. But on their way out are both Cakeify cards – the last few are on sale at £1 each and will be replaced with a new design very soon.

I also had a prototype made for a brand new Christmas product and it turned out so perfect and awesome that I’m not sure how I will cope until the Autumn when I can share it.


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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