Weekend Wrap Up

Testing out the bargain paint I got for my window seat. I was stuck between two colours but this one was called full moon :)

I’m still not 100% over the flu, but I’m almost back to normal. I’ve been making big progress on my window seat after discovering the local Homebase was closing in two days. Luckily, I picked the perfect paint (it’s a little bit yellower than this photo looks) and have done one coat already so hopefully all the painting will be done this weekend and I can get back to waiting for the fabric to arrive.

News, Offers and Reminders

  • Since I’m way behind on all my new product ideas, take 15% off everything in my Etsy shop this weekend only with the code GETWELLSOON. That includes digital files too so take advantage. Plus a free badge set if you spend £5 or more!
  • Shipping prices have changed and for the most part they are cheaper. Yay Royal Mail!
  • 60% off wrapping paper and 15% off everything else in my Zazzle store through Wednesday with the code JUST4HERSALE
  • Free shipping worldwide in my Society6 shop this weekend.
  • Free shipping on my Kawaii Japan book and 5 Year Diaries at Lulu through Wednesday with the code APR15.
  • 50% off my stickers at Redbubble if you buy any 6 designs.
Posted in Sales & Offers

Birthday Felt Art


Just about dragging my birthday out for a month here with another amazing handmade present. My sister Nicolette made this for me and I was both completely surprised and a bit overwhelmed. It’s all hand-sewn on glittery felt!

Birthday Felt Art by my sister

I first thought this was the origin story of how I met Angel Bunny, but actually I think this is the future when me and Angel Bunny take off in our bunny rocket to colonise new planets with the ever-growing Angel Bunny population. I can’t wait.

Birthday Felt Art by my sister

Something this awesome needed to be framed immediately, so I ordered a custom mat from the ever-brilliant Picture Lizard and a matching frame from Amazon. I really like framing black backgrounds with a black mat and black frame. It’s now sitting on my sideboard next to my tapestry Angel Bunny and I might just have to hang them both up on the wall now.

Birthday Felt Art by my sister

Posted in Me Me Me

Blog News


You may have noticed the blog has had a bit of an update. I’ve been planning on doing a redesign for ages, but I’m too busy designing other peoples’ sites. I really wanted rid of the separate mobile site though, so I’ve quickly put together a new responsive design that works on mobile and desktop. It’s not perfect, but it will do for now. I made some new banners and also re-organised my categories a bit so it should be easier to find older stuff.

And a note on scheduling. Running SCK more seriously has rubbed off on this blog too as I now have a blogging calendar to refer to. Here’s what you can expect to see for the next while.

1st of the month (unless a Saturday or Sunday) – new character wallpapers

Tuesdays: My Art History – looking back at my artwork from high school + college

Wednesdays: On-demand product news

Thursdays: Ask Me Anything advice/guides – feel free to suggest topics!

Saturdays: Weekend Wrap Up & offers

Last day of the month: Monthly Round-up of links, reviews etc.

Obviously I will fill in the gaps with personal stuff, new work, shopping etc.

Posted in News

On-Demand News: Pens

zazzle pens

Zazzle just added ballpoint pens to their range so I have been busy adding my designs. I’ve sold Cakeify pens in my own shop for a few years and, while they’ve been popular, they’re really expensive to make, so I’m glad to have an alternative once mine sell out.

zazzle pens

The Zazzle pens are customisable so you can choose from 5 different accent colours and blue, black or red ink. They’re $5.25 each with discounts for bulk orders, plus look out for regular offers. Go have a look at all my pen designs.

I only have a few Cakeify pens left in my shop, and they’re on sale at just £1.50. They’re slightly better quality than the Zazzle pens with metal parts and a rubber grip.

Posted in On-Demand News

My Art History

Mr Strong

As I have mentioned, I came back from my holiday with a huge pile of old artwork which covered 2 years of high school, 2 years of college and 3 years of art school. I had no idea I kept so much stuff up in my dad’s loft so it was quite an experience seeing it all again. I went through everything while I had the flu and threw out/recycled about 75% – most of that being piles of the same print run and endless life drawings. I kept all the good stuff and all the ‘interesting’ things and I’m going to post every week with a few bits in order. I have a lot of self-portraits and drawings of my bedrooms and suchlike, so it should be pretty fun.

I’ll start properly next week, so here’s a drawing of Mr Strong I did in primary school!

Posted in My Art History

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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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