Quirky cat illustrations on hand crafted goodies

Nottingham, United Kingdom · 334 Sales


Quirky cat illustrations on hand crafted goodies

Nottingham, United Kingdom 334 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement   Hello, I draw stupidcats! Cat notebooks, enamel cat pins, cat cards, cat tote bags, cat tees and more featuring my cat characters.
Originally created in 2001, stupidcats are the brainchild of Nottinghamshire illustrator Michelle Gaskell (that's me!).


Last updated on Jan 6, 2017

Hello, I draw stupidcats! Cat notebooks, enamel cat pins, cat cards, cat tote bags, cat tees and more featuring my cat characters.
Originally created in 2001, stupidcats are the brainchild of Nottinghamshire illustrator Michelle Gaskell (that's me!).


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5 out of 5 stars
Kat Pearson

Kat Pearson on Mar 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love my badge! Have wanted some of Stupid Cats stuff for ages but didn't really have the spare cash to justify it. Anyway, saw this and thought 'sod it, must have!' And so glad I did 😺 Really good quality and wonderfully packaged. Thank you, Dave has gone to a good home!

Niobe Malcolm

Niobe Malcolm on Mar 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love Dave the cat! I know it's "only" a notebook but ,now I own a Dave, it almost feels like I have a new pet. My daughter stole the stickers, so clearly they're awesome too. I feel like buying a new pen now - one that's worthy of gracing Dave's handcut pages. Teehee! Superb quality, beautiful packaging, lovely seller. Very, very pleased!

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Stickers are now available in my Etsy store, hurrah! smile_cat

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FREE STICKERS! It's true! It's my birthday, so for every order over £5 today I'll throw in not one, but TWO sheets of stickers, hurrah! smile_cat
Orange tote bags featuring Dave the cat are in stock, yay! smile_cat
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I draw stupidcats!

Hellooooo, my name's Michelle and I live in Nottinghamshire in the UK. I produce my illustrations, notebooks, 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 hand-printed tote bags and t-shirts. My cards and notebooks are all hand printed using a Gocco screen printer, from hand-drawn screens.

The latest addition to my range of goodies are hard enamel badges featuring my cat characters - why not start collecting them all?

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!


Shop members

  • Michelle (also answers to "Stupid")

    Owner, Creator

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 February 8, 2017
Welcome to the wonderful world of stupidcats!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
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  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
PayPal is my preferred method of payment, however I also accept credit and debit cards, and Etsy gift cards.
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 charge for processing and packaging.

Items from stock are usually available for dispatch within 3 to 5 working days - in the rare event of it taking longer than this, I will let you know (I work away from home quite a lot, so every now and then I'm not able to ship within 5 days). 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 is used for prints or orders over £20 in total, 1st 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.


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.