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Win a Dave stationery bundle and enamel pin!

Yo! Long time no see, how are you all?

Remember back in December I showed you a stationery subscription box I illustrated for the lovely folk at Paperhaul? Well, I have a spare one up for grabs, hoorah! AND I’m throwing in a Dave hard enamel badge too!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is head over to this post on my Instagram page and leave a comment – it’s that easy! You have until midnight GMT in Tuesday 16th May 2017 to enter, so don’t delay!

In the stationery bundle you’ll find a birthday card, postcards, gift tags, stickers, wrapping paper, and a notepad, featuring Dave and a massive birthday cake he made all by himself!


And here’s the yummy enamel pin I’m throwing in too!


I’ll be drawing the winner’s name out of a hat on Wednesday 17th May.

Good luck everyone! 😸

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New Bob cards…

Just a quick one!

Yesterday I got my little Gocco printer out to print some new cards…

First I traced the colour separations with a carbon pen – it has to be done with a carbon pen to expose the screens…


After I’d exposed the screens (three for this card – red, grey and black) I started printing… red first, then grey…


…and finally black…


…then I stamped my logo on the back of each one…


And ta daaaaa! Here’s the finished card, now available in my Etsy store


I also have a clearance/seconds sale in my store at the moment – drop by and you might find a bargain!

Cats is where it’s at…

A couple of things of note happened last week…

Firstly, I finally bought some Promarkers.

Secondly, whilst rummaging through books in Forbidden Planet in Newcastle last week during a stopover for work, a cover caught my eye. Flipping through said book I spied some illustrations that caused a massive flashback to when I was little and I used to go through my parents’ vinyl records – not to play them, but to look at the pictures on the covers! The book was “The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora”. So I’ve randomly stumbled upon an illustrator that probably, unbeknown to me, played a part in influencing my drawing!

I decided to try a little doodle last night with my new Promarkers, in a Flora-esque style… the main thing being not to use black outlines, and here’s the result:


It’s growing on me… I think I might try re-doing it in Illustrator on the Mac. The cats need to be more tangled (homage to my love of Celtic knotwork), and their expressions need to speak more, the colours aren’t quite right, but I’m quite excited about developing this, perhaps with a view to pulling some screen prints. What do you think?

In other doodle news, here’s another from last night, loosely based on a cute house in our town. This was sketched freehand with Promarkers, using Google Streetview to remind me of the details of the house:

ps – the cat with the odd black face? Yep, I messed the head up so went over it in black to try and disguise the mess… Nope, it didn’t work!

It’s all about Dave…

Happy new year everyone!

Seeing as we spent New Year’s Eve in Scotland, Dave went all Hogmanay…


Today has been quiet and chilled, and I’ve started work on an idea that’s been buzzing around in my head for a while… This is the first rough of a panel for a story/comic-strip/thing featuring Dave…


Not sure if I’ll move over to the computer to carry this one, or if I’ll stay with my sketchbook… Anyway, stay tuned to see how the story develops!

Pintastic!

Wotcha! Hope you’ve all had a jolly Christmas, and that there weren’t too many cat-related Christmas tree incidents in your household…

I have an exciting announcement! Look what arrived!
Squeeeeee! Dinky little hard enamel Dave and Bob pins! They’re so cute!
Bob is 22m high, and Dave’s 28mm high, and they fit perfectly on the little backing cards I showed you in my last blog post:

They’re both available now in my Etsy store, and are £7 each, or £12.50 for both, and ship worldwide – they’re just the thing to pin onto your jacket, jumper or bag – but please don’t try to pin them on your cat!

As there are only a few days left of this year, I’d like to thank all my customers for their support in 2016, and to wish you all a happy and healthy new year – see you all in 2017!

Cheers!

Cat news!

Ooops, has it really been that long since I blogged? Oh dear… Well here’s a little update of what’s been going on in the wonderful world of stupidcats!

I’ll start with something festive seeing as it’s nearly Catmas – sorry, Christmas!

Bob and Dave have their own range of Christmas cards, hurrah:

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Dave took *ages* trying to decide how to wear his hat! Each card features a two-colour Gocco-print on lovely textured Brampton Felt card, and comes with a Kraft envelope. There’s still time to order them in time for Christmas from my Etsy store if you’re in the UK (last orders 16th December), they’re £3.50 each or mixed 4-packs are £12.50.

Most recently I finally managed to release my line of t-shirts featuring the gang! Dave is also available on pink, orange, green and grey shirts, and I have a few childrens’ sizes available too!

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The designs are screen printed by hand by me, using the facilities at Nottingham’s very own School of Print in Cobden Place – I’m really enjoying this screen-printing lark. As with my tote bags, I sew a little label on to each shirt, so you know you have a real stupidcats shirt and not some kind of fake! The labels are on the outside of the bottom hem on the left hand side:

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Also new are hand-pressed pocket mirrors featuring the gang, to match the little button badges I showed you in a previous post:

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And my handmade notebooks now feature all four cats, and I now Gocco-print my own lined paper so you can choose blank or lined versions:

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A really exciting side project recently was being asked to be guest illustrator for the Crafty Creatives Paperhaul stationery subscription box, eeep! I choose a doodle of Dave and a birthday cake he made – I originally drew it to wish my pal Lesley from The Royal Bakery happy birthday (check out her AMAZING cakes!), and re-drew it especially for Paperhaul. The box features wrapping paper (my first attempt at a repeating pattern design), a birthday card, small cards (or they can be used as gift tags), postcards, a notepad and sheet of stickers:

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I was so pleased with how everything turned out! There *might* be a chance to win a box soon, keep your eyes peeled if you want to get your paws on one!

A new range will be appearing in my store soon in the form of hard enamel badges featuring Dave and Bob! I’m hugely excited about these – the backing cards are already printed and waiting for the badges to arrive. Here’s a sneak-preak – the Dave badge is a prototype
shrink-plastic one I made a while back:

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Watch this space for the real things!

Phew, I’m sure I’ve forgotten something… Oh yes! In my last post I talked about getting ready for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair! I had an AWESOME time – here’s the space I had to fill (I couldn’t resist going for an orange carpet!):

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And here it is full of stupidcats!

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Squeeeeeeee!

Last but not least, there’s been addition to the gang – Maggie (modelled on a real-life cat called Maggie who lives at Newcastle’s Mog on the Tyne cat cafe) just needs a bit of fine-tuning, then she’ll be available on notebooks, cards, badges, pocket mirrors, tote bags and t-shirts next year:

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Well, that’s enough for now! If I don’t post again this month, have a very merry Christmas and a fab New Year!

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