Things with cats on by illustrator Michelle Gaskell

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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I draw stupidcats!

Hellooooo, my name's Michelle and I live in Nottinghamshire in the UK.

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.

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, including bookbinding, screenprinting and lino printing. My cards and notebooks are all hand printed using a Gocco screen printer. 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.

The latest additions to my range of goodies are planner stickers, which I illustrate, print, and cut in my little studio. Look out for some new product lines launching in October/November 2018 - once I’ve finished prototyping them and am happy with the final versions!

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 and more creations, always of the best quality materials, and carefully drawn and designed with the utmost care to appeal to even the fussiest of cats!

ps - if you’ve read this far, hurrah, thank you! I opened a second shop, The End Cupboard, in July 2018 to house all my non-cat-related things. It's very small at the moment, but will grow as I work through 40-odd years of random doodles, sketchbooks, and things that have been lodged in my brain for way too long...

Shop members

  • Michelle Gaskell

    Owner, Creator, Maker

Production partners

  • Fine Art Printing Services

    Nottingham, England

    This company 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.

  • Professional Printing Company

    United Kingdom

    A well known and well-respected supplier of high-quality printed goods.

  • Lapel Pin Badge Manufacturer

    United Kingdom

    High quality manufacturing and excellent customer service and advice led me to choose this manufacturer for my hard enamel badges.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Welcome to the wonderful world of stupidcats!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
I don't accept exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Please get in touch immediately if you wish to cancel an order after payment has been made, or if your items arrive damaged or (heaven's fordbid!) show some defect that managed to slip past my attention.
If I have already shipped your order and you change your mind, items and outward shipping will be refunded ONLY if you notify me of your wish to return the order within 14 days of delivery - 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 and in their original condition and unopened presentation packaging. Returns must be shipped back to me within 14 days of receipt by you, and refunds will be issued after I have received and checked the item(s).
If your items arrive damaged or show some defect that managed to slip past my attention, and you'd like to return them, please get in touch straight away. I will refund shipping costs back to me on receipt of the damaged/faulty items. It might be easier in some cases for me to just send you a replacement, so please always contact me before returning your items. And don't forget to take photos of the damages/defects, and photos of the packaging - this is necessary should I need to make a claim with the shipping company that mishandled your package. Please note that returns, refunds, and exchanges on damaged items can only be accepted by or issued to the original purchaser. Thanks!
I accept Credit and debit cards, PayPal and Etsy gift cards.
PLEASE NOTE! I have temporarily stopped shipping outside of the UK due to the ongoing Coronavirus crises, and have increased my processing times to 6-8 weeks as a precaution.

Shipping estimates are sometimes difficult to predict accurately, especially when multiple items are included in the order. On the odd occasion my shipping prices may be significantly off, in which case I'll refund you the difference (less a small processing fee) if you paid too much. My shipping prices include a small charge for processing (that’s me carefully checking, packing and labelling up your order, then walking to the Post Office with it to send it on its way to you) and packaging materials.

Orders are usually available for dispatch within 3 to 10 working days - in the very rare event of it taking longer than this, I'll let you know in advance. If you require your order by a certain date (for example, a birthday), please let me know. PLEASE NOTE: I have set my processing time to 3-10 days because I frequently work away from home for my non-stupidcats job, so I may well be at the other end of the country when I receive your order! Most of the time though I manage to despatch well within (or earlier!) than 3-10 days. Processing times stated are how long it takes me to put your order in the post - it does not include the time it will take for your order to travel from the Post Office in the UK to your delivery address. :-)

In the UK, Royal Mail First Class standard post is used for orders under £20, First Class Signed For for orders over £20, and First Class Tracked and Signed for orders over £50 - this is to ensure that your order is covered by appropriate insurance values should anything go wrong during shipping.

Outside the UK, I use equivalent Royal Mail Air Mail services according to the total value of your order.

Note that shipping from the UK to other countries can take time, and sometimes packages may get stuck in customs for a bit, or delayed by weather conditions. Please be patient! :-)


Orders will be sent to the shipping address indicated on your Etsy order, unless requested otherwise in the Notes To Seller at the time of ordering, or by Etsy Convo prior to despatch.

I use board-backed card envelopes, cardboard PiP boxes, waterproof padded bags or mailing bags depending on what you’ve ordered, and all goods are enclosed in clear cellophane bags. This is to help ensure that water can’t get into your package and damage your goodies, and that they’re protected against being squashed or bent as far as possible.
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.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.
This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.

Information I Collect
To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for example, for a custom order), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, communications referring to a custom order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by requesting that I contact you to notify you when out of stock items become available etc;
if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

You can find the privacy policies of the third parties I may need to share your data with in order to provide a service here:
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Data Retention
I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I am also required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, in order to comply with tax law, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I am required to keep transaction records for 6 years in order to comply with tax laws and I will keep any other communication relating to an order for 6 years following delivery in order to be able to give evidence and protect my business in the event of a consumer rights claim being made. In the case of communications not resulting in an order, correspondence will be kept for up to 1 year.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU
I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Your Rights
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Michelle Gaskell, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at look [!at] Alternately, you can contact me via post at:
Michelle Gaskell
28 Newgate Street
NG13 8FD

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022
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

Items are popped into jolly paper bags and sealed with a branded sticker. Outer packaging is branded, so if your order contains a gift for someone in your household, please let me know when you place your order and I’ll pack it in unbranded packaging - I’d hate to spoil any surprises! PLEASE NOTE: Selecting the “Mark As Gift” option at checkout means you will receive a receipt in the package without pricing information - please be aware though that if you’re ordering from outside the UK, pricing information must be shown on the outside of the package for customs purposes.

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