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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Gina K Designs Birthday!!!

Wow!!! What a birthday it was!!! I don't remember the last birthday I had that was soooooo adventurous and fun and just plain exciting!!! Visiting Gina K Designs was the ultimate birthday gift for me. But... it wasn't just that... it was soooo much more. I met ALL "the girls"!!! Jessica, Shelly and, of course, Gina herself. Oh and not to forget... an added bonus... Alicia came in while I was there. How cute is she!!! And for all of you who asked and INSISTED I take pics.... that I did!! When I first walked in I saw this blond goddesses hair peeking above a computer screen. I KNEW that had to be Jessica. Then.... over to the right... well now... WHO is that???? Yep... it was Shelly. But did I know that??? Nooooooooooo!!! I had to ask. Shelly didn't have her glasses on and she looked so "unfamiliar" to me that way. As I walked up to say "Helloooo".... out from behind a wall came this cute little button with dark black hair!!! GINA K. herself!!! WOOT WOOT!!! LOL I have to tell you.. the first thing Gina said to me as she walked out of her office... "Oh you don't want to get to close to me... I'm not feeling well and I wouldn't want to give you anything. But... I'm gonna hug you anyway!" LOL LOL So much for avoiding anything that might be contagious! LOL Luckily... she wasn't. Phewwwww. Though I admit... being able to see and actually get a hug from Gina would have been worth getting sick. Hee Hee After a bit Gina disappeared into her office and I started shopping. Oh my... dangerous to let TINA loose in a stamp shop!!! Thank goodness I have a sweet hubby who was just as thrilled as I was that I was there!! Before long Gina popped out of her office and said... "Tina, you have a phone call." WHAT???? Who could be calling me at Gina's???? Jessica handed me the phone and someone... someone I didn't know started singing.... "Happy Birthday to you.... ". After they finished I politely thanked them and said... "Who IS this?" Hot Dang!!! Melanie Muenchinger herself!!! WooHoo!!! What a huge surprise. Melanie was the person who introduced me to Gina K Designs. Unknowingly, of course, but boy did her cards ever get to me and as they say.... "the rest was history". Melanie had been tracking me with e-mail messages to me. Things like... "Where are you?"... "How far away? I want to know EVERYTHING!" Well... ok.... "Hey Melanie... an hour to go... but we have to stop for the potty!" LOL LOL She said "everything"!!! One of the funniest things that happened when I arrived I have to share with you. Gina's store has cards made by herself, Jessica, Shelly and others placed all around the store. I didn't know this when I pulled up, of course, but as I went to go inside the store... a woman in a wheel chair was leaving. I stood aside and held the door open for her. As she exited she said... "If you're the one who made all those cards in there, they are just beautiful!" LOL LOL Well now... what the heck would ever give her that idea??? LOL It was just so funny. Ya I know... I look like an artist, designer...whoa is me... such a burden to carry. Hee Hee A bit later Sharri Seffens came by as we had planned to grab me and take me to her home. We spent a few hours stamping and wow... did she show me such an awesome technique for scenery's. Both our daughters are 7 years old and they were getting along 5 minutes after they met at Gina's. When it gets quiet... I go looking for my daughter. Where did I find her?? Sitting on the floor with Sharri's daughter, Abbi. Both had one ear bud in their ear and they were listening to Emily's iPod. LOL They really enjoyed their visit as well. I hope some day Sharri and I can stamp again... she is just a wonderfully sweet lady. Now for some pics... huh??? The checkout counter. YEP... those are MY bags of goodies there! Hee Hee Stamps... stamps... and... MORE stamps!!!
Guess what's on that back counter girls????? You'll find out next week!!! *EVIL GRIN*

And something that I just loved about the store... everywhere you looked there were cards! Cards made by some of the DT and the girls here themselves. Such a beautiful way to decorate a stamp store! I LOVED every little bit of this and I tell you... if I could go back every weekend, I probably would!!!! LOL It's a mighty good thing I don't WORK here... I'd NEVER take home a check! HA!!

See the cards above the stamp sets??? They are everywhere and sooooo beautiful!! A couple ladies came in as we were leaving and I heard one of them say..."Are you going to take pics of the cards HERE?!!" LOL I think she was a bit embarrassed that her friend was standing in a store with a camera taking pictures of all the beautiful cards. LOL I hope you enjoyed the little "tour". It was just wonderful to be there. Have a great day!! *smile* Signature

13 comments:

Anita said...

Wow! What a fantastic way to spend a birthday! TFS!

Sharri Seffens said...

Tina, you are sooo sweet! Do not say hope to stamp together again, we will stamp together again!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You follow direction very well! I just love the pictures! No pics of the girls? What's up with that? I am so happy for you, Tina! I could not imagine a better birthday! What's on the back counter???? Huh? Huh? Lol!

Patti said...

WOWZA!Thanks for the tour! So awesome,I'm green! Can you see it?

Donna said...

wow! what a FUN time you had! Melanie sure knows how to surprise someone, that was cute!! thanks for sharing your pics but where are the ones with YOU and everyone else?!

vdutchr said...

Tina - what a fabulous description of your day! I felt I was there too!! But sadly...NOT! Yep I'm as green as Patti! You lucky girl! Glad your birthday was so memorable! Vicki (fellow CSSr)

redwasher1 said...

Tina thanks for sharing!! Great pictures and happy you had such a wonderful birthday!! I wish I had been there but I would need a U-haul truck to take everything I would want.Good thing I don't live close LOL.

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures, Tina! Gina's store is so neat, clean, and organized! Did you get pics of the girls, too? I'd love to see those as well. I'm so glad you had such a Happy Birthday. I can just feel how giddy you must have been!

Payne Holler Cards said...

thank you so much for sharing - felt like I was there ...almost :)..where does Gina do her videos? how sweet of Melanie to call you there...you know you are a "celebrity" now LOL
Linda

Jennie said...

Oh wow Tina....loved this visual tour. I am going to have to hook yup with my friend Linda (commenter above) and drive wayyyyy up there to see it myself! :o) Loved all of the pictures and glad you had fun.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhh DROOOOOOOOOOL and also sooooooooo JEALOUS!!!!!! I can't wait to someday make a trip up to Gina's store!!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time!!

Priscilla said...

Ooooo thanks for leaving a comment on my blog candy to come look at your pictures. Ginas store looks like so much fun..Heaven huh? I am so glad you found our Midnight Madness Challeng Blog and I hope you come play with us. I am off to thank Phyllis for inviting you. You are very talented and would love to see your work put to our sketches :)
Priscilla

NinaB said...

Tina, I just found this post on your blog. Thank you for the tour. One day, hopefully, I will make that trip to visit the GKD store. I'm so glad you had a fabulous time!

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