My Family & Other Animals

Monday, 11 April 2016

"There's a Starbucks, waiting up the road..."

Good Morning Gentle Reader, hope you have had a lovely weekend. Not sure what your weather was like, but ours was very hit and miss, patches of rain and sunshine but all the while there was a bit of a chill in the air, so much so that it kind of ruined the nicer bits!
Jo and I like to have a little treat on a Friday morning and have been regulars at the local Gregg's which is so convenient, it is virtually across the road from us.
That all came to an end last week however, when one of the young ladies serving Jo really upset her. She was waiting to be served and the majority were all queueing at the first till, Jo however was at the second till and when the girl asked if she was next, she explained that she was ahead of the second in line on the other queue (are you still following this!), well this seemed to baffle the girl completely as she asked Jo again if she was next to be served. Jo politely went through it again for her when the young girl said "Well I'll just serve you to get rid of you". She immediately gasped to herself and put her hand up to her mouth as if trying to stuff the words back in.
Now my wife is a very polite, very proper lady and this really upset her. She virtually screamed out "How Rude", to which most of the customers looked over to see what was going on. When the under-manager came over to see what had happened, Jo was having none of it. She felt humiliated and all she wanted to do was be served so she could leave the counter. When she returned to me and explained what had happened we put our Kindle's away and left the shop.
Jo has vowed to never return to that particular shop and has emailed the company a couple of times so far, with no reply I might add!, that in itself speaks volumes about their customer care.
So we were on a scouting mission to find a new place where we can take our e-readers/books on a Friday morning and have a couple of drinks and a bite to eat, with good staff and decent prices.
Our first port of call this week has been Starbucks on Tritton Road. It's very nice inside, great big comfy sofas and the proper chairs aren't too bad either, quite comfortable really. The staff all seemed to be very friendly and extremely attentive, especially to Jo who went to the counter to buy the drinks etc. They told us they didn't care how long we stayed and unlike Gregg's they didn't add "as long as you are buying something". We had the most gorgeous cheese and ham toastie followed by a large blueberry muffin and all washed down by a large Latte. The prices weren't as cheap as Gregg's but then the atmosphere was one hundred times nicer, so I think Starbuck's could be our new Friday hang out place.
On to today's card and this is a brand new technique for me. I have used the Spectrum Noir AquaTints and as soon as I saw them being demonstrated on C and C I just had to have them. I managed to get the entire range for a silly price and they are proving to be a very good investment. I wouldn't normally buy anything from Crafter's Companion (short story being, I think they steal everyone else's hard work and idea's without giving the credit to the people who slaved over the original versions! Controversial - maybe, but I stand by it), but as I haven't seen these anywhere else, I assume they are an original idea and that should be supported.
Sheena Douglas was the Demonstrator and I absolutely love everything she does, I don't always understand where the ideas have come from (Day of the Dead, India etc) but she has a great sense for thinking outside the box and coming up with things we never knew we needed!
The inks are incredibly easy to use and if used with Sheena's Stamping card they blend perfectly and you can spend as long as you want getting it just right as her cardstock doesn't do that ripping thing when it gets too wet.
The stamps are also Sheena's and as a bit of a softie where cats are concerned it was another essential purchase (I know you know what I mean!!). I hope you like the finished product and feel free to leave a comment, I can handle it!
Anyhoo, take care and I will be back again real soon,
Love 'n Hugs,
Entered In To:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 154 - Anything Goes/Twist of Flag Colours
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 107 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge 307 - Always Anything Goes
ElliBelle's Creative Moments Challenge 7 - Anything Goes/Something Coloured
Dream Valley Challenges 129 - Anything Goes
Lost Coast Portal To Creativity Challenge 23 - Anything Goes
Make My Monday Challenge 04 - Pets
Not Just Cards Challenge 31 - April Challenge Always Anything Goes
Oooh La La Creations Challenge 202 - Words
Our Crafty Corner Challenge 8 - Always Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge 89 - Anything Goes option Flowers


  1. This is absolutely stunning! . Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges!
    Neva DT

  2. Sorry about all your bad experience. Great card. I love the background. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!! Patricia

  3. Very cute and beautiful!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good luck and welcome again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  4. Love your colourful background, really accentuates the naughty pussy cat ! Thanks for joining us at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity :)

  5. Andy fab and great card
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Good Luck and hope to see you again

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  6. Love the image and vibrant coloured background---Thank you for joining us at Crafting From The Heart
    Carol DT x
    there is no excuse for rudeness and their loss-good to hear you have found another Friday morning hang-out

  7. Hi Andy!! I just love this colorful card--the background is simply lovely and I love cats, too--so, a perfect purr-chase! :) Thanks so much for coming over to our Team Inspire Anything Goes challenge at the Lost Coast Portal! XOXO-Shari LCD/CV DT

  8. A lovely colourfull card. I like the cat he looks naughty (what he seems to be really).
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    Good luck, Michelle (DT)

  9. I must look into these lovely inks! They look absolutely stunning on this playful card! Thanks for playing with us at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity this month and we do hope to see you again in May! Nan, DT

  10. What a cute card Andy. I love how you created the background and you can never go wrong with a cute kitty! Mine used to go after the aquarium all the time, sadly we no longer have fish now. Sorry to hear about your wife's experience at the coffee shop, they definitely don't deserve your business!
    Thanks so much for sharing in my Let's Color Linky Party!

  11. Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Our Crafty Corner challenge. Mary DT xx

  12. Lovely thank you for joining us at Ooh La La Creations hugs Sue DT xx

  13. There's a cat on this project...enough said LOL ;0) Love it heheheh! Thx for sharing with us at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity! See you again next month ;0)


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