stupidcats

Quirky cat illustrations on handmade goodies

Nottingham, United Kingdom · 176 Sales

stupidcats

Quirky cat illustrations on handmade goodies

Nottingham, United Kingdom 176 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(140)
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Michelle

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Announcement   10% off everything with code DAVESDEALS until Monday 30th May!
I draw stupidcats! Hand printed cat cards, handmade notebooks, Giclée prints, badges and more featuring my colourful, stylized cat illustrations.
Created in 2001, stupidcats' mission is to fill the world with, er, stupid cats.

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Last updated on May 28, 2016

10% off everything with code DAVESDEALS until Monday 30th May!
I draw stupidcats! Hand printed cat cards, handmade notebooks, Giclée prints, badges and more featuring my colourful, stylized cat illustrations.
Created in 2001, stupidcats' mission is to fill the world with, er, stupid cats.

Michelle

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Michelle

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(140)
Rebecca Neve

Rebecca Neve on May 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Dave is my new favourite cat! This notebook is excellent quality and the perfect size to fit in the pocket of my bag for thoughts on the go. Will be buying another one once he's full. :)

Rea Adams

Rea Adams on May 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

What a fantastic little notebook! My son is in love with cats and he was so happy to receive this. I bought myself the same in orange. Lovely paper quality and all hand made. We're in awe. I changed my order at the last minute and Michelle was very accommodating. The package came through the door and brightened up our day, bright orange with a cheeky little mog on the label. My son was ecstatic. And to top it all off we got a little Dave badge as an extra. It was such a lovely surprise for my little 3 year old cat fanatic. Thank you!

Fay Stephenson

Fay Stephenson on May 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Speedy delivery, awesome packaging and a free gift to boot! Love love love. It's a pressie for my sister so didn't even open, sent as packaged as so lovely and will definitely be ordering from again x

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Updates

Dave has decided that I should do a little Bank Holiday sale - get 10% off everything in my Etsy store by using the code DAVESDEALS at the checkout!
They're here! Notebooks featuring Dave are now available with ruled paper inside! Each sheet of 85gsm Fabriano Bioprima has been hand screen-printed on each side with grey lines, 7mm apart. Hurrah! smile_cat
Just taken my first three RULED Dave notebooks out the press - about to trim the edges, round off the corners, and add my logo to the backs. Did I tell you I hand-printed the lined paper with my little screen-printing machine? I'm SO chuffed! heart_eyes_cat
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About

I draw stupidcats!

"Good gracious me!" the lady cried,
"Pray tell me, what is that?!"
"Aha!" the gentleman replied,
"Why, that's a stupidcat!"

"They're quite the thing, you know," he gushed,
"So colourful and small,"
And lowering his voice, he said:
"I've seven on my wall!"

"Well, bless my soul!" the lady said,
"But wait - what have you there?"
The gent was holding up a book,
His pen poised in the air.

"A notebook, made by stupidcats,"
He said, and glowed with pride,
"They're quite unique, and all handmade,
With posh paper inside!"

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Hellooooo, my name's Michelle and I live in Nottinghamshire in the UK. I produce my illustrations, notebooks, screen prints and badges at stupidcats HQ - which is actually a rather small desk in the corner of our rather small living room in our rather small house.

I'm a mainly self-taught artist, illustrator, and designer/maker who loves cats, books and trains. When I'm not working full time in the railway industry, I'm either working on my stupidcats or writing children's stories and silly rhymes. I've loved drawing since I was tiny, but sadly some of my earliest works are now lost because they were drawn on the wall next to my bed in my childhood home!

Stupidcats have been around since 2001, when I drew a cat, thought it looked a bit stupid, so called it a stupidcat. I started selling my little cat portraits, and other illustrations, in a small art gallery while I was living in Iceland.

After dabbling in other projects (including needle felting, which I'd love to get back in to at some point) I'm now concentrating on my stupidcats, and my mission is for them to take over the world!

As a graphic designer early in my working career I developed a love of beautiful paper, so I make sure that the paper and card (and other materials) I use in my products are of the finest quality, and where possible I try to source my materials locally, or through independent suppliers.

Since re-launching my stupidcats brand in summer 2015, I've been busy learning new skills to enable me to bring you lovely new goodies! I've been intrigued by bookbinding since I was small, and finally set aside time to research and learn the processs. This resulted in launching my handmade notebooks in October 2015 - just simple, hand stitched notebooks, but I take great pleasure in folding and sewing each one by hand, and trimming the edges with a Very Sharp Knife to give the kind of finish you'd rarely find with mass-produced ones.

Having started my working life in the printing industry, another thing on my "must learn" list has been screen printing, and I'm over the moon to have finally been able to learn the process and to now be able to produce my own prints at home. My new range of greetings cards are all individually hand pulled, and I'm now perfecting printing on to fabric - look out for my colourful cat tote bags, which I'm hoping to launch in May 2016. T-shirts and more fabric goodies are in the pipeline too!

As I work long hours in a non-cat related full time job at the moment, frequently staying away from home, stupidcats may take a while to take over the world... but be warned... they're slowly and steadily popping up on more delightful handmade creations, always of the best quality materials, and carefully drawn and designed with the utmost care to appeal to even the fussiest of cats!

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  • Michelle (also answers to "Stupid")

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Manufacturers
  • John E Wright & Co, a printing service

    Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

    John E Wright & Co came highly recommended by a local art gallery. They are more than happy to have the artist sit with them during the scanning & proofing process to ensure artworks are reproduced as faithfully to the original as possible.

Local

Find stupidcats at the following upcoming market!

  • The Handmade Fair

    Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court Rd

    Hampton, Greater London

    Sep 16–18

    The Handmade Fair puts buying, learning and making at the heart of your day. Along with Kirstie Allsopp and our expert makers, we want to get Britain crafting! Everyone has a craft they can do and the fair will inspire you to find and refine yours.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 8, 2016
Welcome to the wonderful world of stupidcats!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
PayPal is my preferred method of payment, however I also accept credit and debit cards, and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
Shipping estimates are sometimes difficult to predict accurately - on the odd occasion my shipping prices may be significantly off, in which case I'll refund you the difference if it's too high. My shipping prices include a small charge for processing and packaging.

Items from stock will be available for dispatch within 3 to 7 working days - in the rare event of it taking longer than this, I will let you know. If you require your order by a certain date (for example, a birthday), please let me know.

In the UK, first class signed for post with proof of delivery is used for prints or orders over £20 in total, 2nd class standard post for other items.
Elsewhere in the EU and non-EU, international tracked and signed post is used for prints and orders over £20 in value, and standard international post (airmail) for other items. If you need quicker delivery, please contact me to arrange a shipping upgrade.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COST OF IMPORT DUTIES ETC ARE NOT INCLUDED - THESE ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Orders will be sent to the shipping address indicated on your Etsy order, unless requested otherwise.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, please get in touch asap and we'll work something out together.
Please get in touch immediately if you wish to cancel an order after payment has been made.
If I have already shipped your order, Items will be refunded within 14 days of me receiving back the returned item - please note that the buyer (ie you!) must pay return shipping costs (which must include proof of dispatch and delivery), and ensure items are well packed.
Additional policies and FAQs
All sizes are approximate. Colours can vary from computer to computer, so please be aware of this.
I sometimes do custom drawings on request - keep your eye on my store for custom listings, or send me a message.
All my designs and artwork are protected under copyright law. Please don't use my images or designs without my permission. The artist (that's me!) retains all rights to the original image, and any infringements will be taken seriously.

More information

Last updated on Apr 8, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

I sometimes do custom cat drawings if time allows - please contact me if you're interested.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All orders are wrapped in orange tissue paper and tied with orange and white Baker's twine - no tape is used, so you can unwrap and rewrap easily to check your order if it's for a gift. If you're ordering multiple items for gifts and would like them wrapping separately, please let me know when you place your order.