askingfortrouble

Cute character goods inspired by Japanese kawaii

Helensburgh, United Kingdom | 4268 Sales on Etsy

5 out of 5 stars
(1780 reviews including ratings from DaWanda)

Announcement   Hello! I create accessories, stationery and gifts with my cute characters and illustrations. The full range includes badges, bags, brooches, cards, letter sets, notebooks and notepads, polymer stamps, stickers and wrapping paper.

My kawaii fabric designs are also available on Etsy via Spoonflower's store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=Marcelinesmith

I ship orders on Mondays and Thursdays. UK orders usually arrive in 1-3 working days, international in 5-14 working days, but please allow 21 days in case of delays due to holidays, customs checks, adverse weather etc.

Please note new packaging options - I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic packaging I use. All product pages include information on the packaging and most have the option for you to choose paper over plastic.

For more about me, read my blog at blog.askingfortrouble.co.uk where I post regularly on illustration, Japan, kawaii, my self-employed life and more.

If you read this far, a special tip - if you ask me to draw something on your order form I usually will!

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 13, 2018

Hello! I create accessories, stationery and gifts with my cute characters and illustrations. The full range includes badges, bags, brooches, cards, letter sets, notebooks and notepads, polymer stamps, stickers and wrapping paper.

My kawaii fabric designs are also available on Etsy via Spoonflower's store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=Marcelinesmith

I ship orders on Mondays and Thursdays. UK orders usually arrive in 1-3 working days, international in 5-14 working days, but please allow 21 days in case of delays due to holidays, customs checks, adverse weather etc.

Please note new packaging options - I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic packaging I use. All product pages include information on the packaging and most have the option for you to choose paper over plastic.

For more about me, read my blog at blog.askingfortrouble.co.uk where I post regularly on illustration, Japan, kawaii, my self-employed life and more.

If you read this far, a special tip - if you ask me to draw something on your order form I usually will!

Marceline Smith

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Marceline Smith

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Updates

My new holographic ghost stickers are full of rainbows!
New Rainbow Ghost brooches for summer in six bright colours!
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About

Illustrated cuteness inspired by Japanese kawaiii

Asking For Trouble is an outlet for all my creative fun - I'm
an illustrator, designer, printmaker and writer and have been making things all my life, from collages and prints to experimenting with fabric and felt.

I mostly start with doodles from my sketchbook and then work them into designs and patterns in Illustrator. Then it's the difficult job of deciding what to get them printed on - usually it's printed paper goods but I also have fabric printed and laser cut wood and acrylic. I also license my designs to appear on everything from mugs and iPhone cases to shower curtains and rainboots!

My work is very much inspired by Japan and my visits there - I love the mix of happy kawaii characters on every corner juxtaposed by the traditional patterns of kimono and chiyogami paper. Most of all, my aim is to make you smile!

Shop members

  • Marceline

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Hello! I'm Marceline, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I'm the one who designs the characters, patterns and products, packs and ships your orders, answers your emails and pretty much everything else.

  • Paulina

    Maker, Translation, Sewing

    Paulina is my mum and helps me out with translation (she speaks lots of languages including Dutch, German and French) as well as doing some sewing for purses and other fabric treats. The rest of the time she runs an antique shop in Portsoy.

Production partners

  • Printing Company

    Leeds, England

    Products are printed and assembled to order using my original illustrations.

  • Lulu Press

    Raleigh, NC

    Print on demand book publisher. My books are printed in the UK.

  • Enamel Pin Makers

    Huddersfield, England

    Acts as a third party to have my designs created as enamel pins

  • MOO Print

    London, England

    Products are printed using my original illustrations

  • Printing Company

    Winterhausen, Germany

    Products are printed and assembled to my design.

  • Printing Company

    London, England

    Products are printed and assembled to my design.

  • Spoonflower

    Berlin, Germany

    Prints my designs and patterns on to fabric

  • Sticker Printing Company

    Sweden

    Stickers are printed to my design.

  • Printing Company

    Welshpool, Wales

    They print my original designs on bags that are environmentally friendly and ethically sourced whenever possible.

  • The Serious Stamp Company

    Gateshead, England

    Collaborates on handmade polymer stamps featuring my original illustrations.

  • YEAH laser

    Brighton, England

    Laser cutting service for my original designs

  • Laser cutting company

    Middlesbrough, England

    Laser cutting service for my original designs

Local

Find askingfortrouble at the following upcoming market!

  • Etsy Made Local - Glasgow
    The Briggait
    141 Bridgegate
    GLASGOW, GLASGOW CITY

    Dec 1–2

    Back for it's 4th year, Etsy Made Local Glasgow, will once again gather together the cream of the crop of Scotland’s Etsy Sellers at The Briggait in Glasgow’s merchant city. The event this year will be taking place over a weekend, showcasing a line up of 68 different designer/makers on each day. The fair will take place on the 1st and 2nd December and promises to be Glasgow’s best alternative Christmas shopping event giving people the opportunity to buy locally from the wealth of creativity on their doorstep.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Jun 13, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

Dimensions are included in all product listings and I try to include props to show scale. Please check carefully before ordering so that you are not surprised or disappointed when items don't match your assumption.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic packaging I use. All product pages include information on the packaging and most have the option for you to choose paper over plastic. Where this is not currently possible, I am working on finding more eco-friendly packaging.

Orders can be gift wrapped for free if you are buying a gift. Just ask at checkout. As this service is free, it is not always possible at busy times and I will choose from my own gift wrap range according to availability. I can also include a personal message if being shipped directly.

Wholesale availability

Most of my products are available to order wholesale for retail shops. Please visit wholesale.askingfortrouble.co.uk for more information and contact me for availability and prices.

Photo props

Props used in product photography (pens, decorations etc.) are not included in the order. Please read product descriptions carefully before ordering to avoid disappointment.

Complaints, faults and problems

I want you to be delighted with your order so please get in touch with any questions or issues. If your order hasn't arrived, or arrives broken or faulty, please contact me so that I can investigate. I would really appreciate the opportunity to fix any problems before you leave negative feedback. I'm only one person and mistakes can happen. It's really upsetting to discover a customer is unhappy with their order and I wasn't allowed to help.

Product availability and custom orders

If a product you like is out of stock, or you require more than are available, please get in touch as I may not be aware. Custom orders and personalisation are sometimes possible, either directly or through my licensing partners. Please contact me for more information.