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New: Anniversary Surprise Boxes & Ghosts

Thanks to this hideous cold and a couple of product delivery delays, I decided just to launch all my new products on the same day!

surprise boxes

10 Year Anniversary Surprise Boxes

It’s a whole year since my Japan surprise box but I really wanted to do another one. It contains ten limited edition and exclusive treats featuring a mix of all my original characters. I’ve drawn a character on every box and one even includes a golden ticket, which will win you a mug of your choice. Buy >>

kawaii fried egg enamel pin

Fried Egg Enamel Pin

As with the last box, the main item is a new enamel pin, which you can also buy separately. Fried Eggs make a great meal any time of the day and this one is happy to hang out with you on your coat or bag. I really enjoyed making the backing card for this one. Buy >>

little ghost acrylic brooches

Evil Little Ghost Brooch

Halloween is coming up so I have lots of new ghosts! Most worryingly, Little Ghost’s evil twin has appeared! He’s made of black acrylic and faces the wrong way and that can’t be good. Thankfully limited to 48 pieces but don’t blame me if something terrible happens after he arrives. Buy >>

golden ghost acrylic brooch

Golden Ghost Brooch

On a happier note, the other new limited edition ghost is golden and sparkly! I should probably have kept these until Christmas but I was too excited. They’ll add a little touch of glam to any outfit and the faces are engraved instead of cut out so you can wear it on any colour. Buy >>

kawaii ghost enamel pin

Little Ghost Enamel Pin

I can finally put last year’s smudgy disaster behind me as Little Ghost enamel pins are back and looking perfect. These are a bit more hard-wearing than the acrylic brooches and can’t wait to meet the rest of your pin collection. Please tag me in your photos! Buy >>

halloween special offers

Special Offers

I love my Ghost Gang collectors so if you have your eye on a few of my new ghosts, I have gifts! Buy both new limited edition acrylic brooches and you’ll get a free hand-drawn storage bag (while stocks last). If you’re picking up an enamel pin, you can pay an extra £2 for a surprise bag with 3 spooky items.

Happy shopping!


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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