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What Was Inside My 10 Year Anniversary Surprise Box

I think everyone has received their surprise box by now (if not, you should probably email me), so let’s reveal what was inside.

10 year anniversary surprise box

It’s always fun planning the contents. For this box, I wanted to include my most popular characters and celebrate all things Asking For Trouble. This is how it was supposed to look when you opened it, though I expect it all moved around in the mail. I also drew a character on the lid of each box to make them unique.

kawaii fried egg enamel pin

1. Fried Egg enamel pin

The hardest part of these surprise boxes was keeping these pins a secret while I waited for the last few things to arrive. They turned out so cute and I love the backing cards. Fried Egg pins are also available in my shop.

little ghost fabric patch

2. Little Ghost fabric patch

Patches are almost as big a trend as pins at the moment so I thought I’d try one out. I went for the fabric option over embroidered as they’re a little more versatile. You can sew or pin it to your coat or bag or use it for craft and sewing projects. I had some extras which are in my shop, along with bargain seconds with minor printing flaws.

kawaii planet paper cuts

3. Planet paper cut

With all my paper craft tutorials this year, I really wanted to send everyone a paper cut character. Originally it was going to be a ghost, until I made the patches. Instead I simplified my Planet paper cut tutorial and mix and matched the faces and colours so most would be unique. I had a fun afternoon in front of the TV sticking these all together. You can watch a video of these being cut on my Instagram.

bunny and panda gift wrap

4. Bunny & Panda craft paper

This Bunny & Panda pattern is my most popular fabric design so I put it on some paper. I thought double-sided would be even more fun so there’s an Easter Bunny design on the back. The paper is perfect for origami, scrapbooking and gift wrap so I’m hoping to see some fun photos when you use it.

acrylic kawaii stars

5. 2 Happy Stars

If you cast your minds back to another surprise box – I made some star pins for Super Cute Box. I’ve had these extra ones sitting around since then since they were too transparent for brooches. I decided to pop a couple in each box and see what you guys would come up with. They’d be fun for crafts or even buttons.

kawaii cloud badges

6. Kawaii Skies badge

I’d been wanting to add a Happy Cloud and Sad Rain Cloud badge set to my shop so I let my surprise box buyers get one first.

asking for trouble pencils

7. Asking For Trouble pencil

My original plan was to include a pen from my Zazzle store but the shipping made it unworkable so instead I had some pencils made in my brand colours. It’s great that my business name makes a perfect pencil catchphrase!

surprise box stickers

8. 10 year anniversary stickers

You have to have stickers! I made so many 10 year anniversary designs and wanted to share them with you. Each box contained 2 stickers with 10 possible designs available.

asking for trouble 10 year anniversary

9. 10 year anniversary postcard

I spent a lot of time deciding what to put on this postcard but eventually went with my 10 year designs since they make a nice pattern. I have a few of these left and must remember to start popping them in orders.

surprise box zine

10. Mini zine

Since I’m a writer/blogger as much as a designer, I like to include a little booklet in my boxes. It has details of all the items plus a history of my ten most popular characters that won’t be published anywhere else.

If you bought a box, I hope you enjoyed it and would love to see your photos or hear which items you liked best. You can tag me on Instagram or chat on Twitter.

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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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