Happy Pancake Day!


Pulling this out again, because it took me ages to make last year. I hope you all have many pancakes lined up. I’m going to make some for lunch.

Pancake Day

Since it’s this guy’s favourite day of the year, you can get a massive 20% off all products featuring Pancake (and his breakfast friends) in my shop, today only. Just use the code PANCAKEDAY before midnight GMT.

Pancakes at Zazzle

There’s also 15% off at my Zazzle store today with the code ZAZZARTGIFTS, so you could pick up something cute there too. Pancake is one of my more neglected characters on Zazzle so he’ll be needing a calendar design soon.

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Weekend Wrap Up

Got my swatch of cotton spandex jersey from Spoonflower and it turned out super cute!

Another busy week with lots of freelance work and decisions about Japan. I think I have decided on my route for the week I have a rail pass but more on that once I’ve booked hotels. My cotton spandex jersey swatch arrived from Spoonflower and turned out super cute. I hope you’ve been receiving yours too – tag me in any photos you share!

Current Shopping Offers

  • Free worldwide shipping + 20% off throw blankets and pillows at my Society6 store today with that link only.
  • Society6 are also giving away a free product of your choice to 6 winners on Instagram today.
  • Strange lack of offers in my Zazzle store this weekend! There is 25% off lamps with the code AWESOMEITEMS and there’s always a special Sunday deal.
  • Repeat customers get 20% off all Jammie Dodger products in my shop. Just login and check the cart page for the code.

News and Reminders

  • Valentine’s Day is coming up fast! I recommend ordering by 10am on Monday, but orders placed by 10am on Thursday should still get there in time.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s just over a week until Valentine’s Day so don’t leave it too late to pick up something cute for your sweetie (or yourself!). Here’s a few of my cutest picks.

Which Jammie Dodger brooch is your favourite - felt heart or painted heart?

Jammie Dodger owns Valentine’s Day in my shop and my wooden brooches are full of love with an extra handmade touch – choose from a painted heart or a felt one. Brooches come packed in a little hand-stamped gift bag so that’s wrapping sorted too!

Cakeify & Friends polymer stamps

You could also make your own wrapping paper, tags or cards with my polymer stamps. There’s a full sweet set of Cakeify & Friends or pick and mix just your favourites from my whole collection.

We Make A Great Pair Card

Do you and your valentine make a great pair? Then this is the card for you!

cotton candy ghost brooches

My shimmery pink Cotton Candy Ghost brooches make an extra special gift as they’re limited to 50 pieces.

UK folks can order from my Valentine’s Day collection up until next Thursday morning (though this weekend would be safer). If you’re in the US, my on-demand partners can get stuff to you in time if you order soon.

Valentine's Day gifts at my Society6

Society6 have tons of cute products with my characters and there’s free worldwide shipping + 20% off throw blankets and pillows through Sunday if you use this link.

Personalised Valentine's Day cards at my Zazzle store

And over at Zazzle, there’s 15% off everything today with the code THREEDAYSALE. Almost everything there is customisable so you can take my cute card designs and add your own message or add a name or date to everything from mugs to watches!

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Little Ghosts at Society6 & Redbubble

little ghosts

I was pretty excited about uploading my new ghost patterns to my on-demand stores and everything looks as cute as I hoped! The multi-colour version is so cheerful and the Rose Quartz & Serenity almost makes my crazy kawaii style look calming.

Little Ghost patterns at Society6

Over at Society6, you’ll find the usual homeware, bedding, gadget cases and t-shirts. If you use this link, you can also get free worldwide shipping + 20% off throw blankets and pillows through Sunday – bargain!

Little Ghost patterns at Redbubble

Over at Redbubble, you’ll find a similar range, plus stationery, clothing and stickers. How cute are those pouches?

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Christmas Star Cards

It’s ridiculous to be blogging about Christmas in February but I forgot to show you my personal Christmas cards and it would be shame not to have a record of them. As usual, I was in a crazy rush so didn’t take any photos of the making process or even the final cards. I’m the worst. I did remember to take one at my dad’s house

christmas star card

These might be my favourite cards yet! I knew I wanted to do a star and I love reasons to use my paper cutting machine, plus I’d been looking at aperture cards recently and thought they would work well. Apart from some trouble finding a pen that would stand out on the dark blue, these were really quick and easy. I’m going to put a reminder in my calendar to post a tutorial later in the year, and I might sell some too, or kits to make them.

If you got one from me, I hope you liked it!

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I'm Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I make illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii.

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