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Hello and welcome! I am Yana Smakula and I am thrilled you decided to stop by and look around.

Yana SmakulaHere’s a little bit about me:

I come from a small town in western Ukraine – Ternopil. Right now my hubby (Oles or Lesyk as friends call him) and I live in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.

I love to travel, I love to blog, I enjoy photography and (shhhh!) online games. I also like to read detective stories.

I used to live in USA (in Las Vegas, NV) when I was teen and I fell in love with this country (I was a foreign exchange high school student, this is where I learned a lot of my English, although I studied it since the 1st grade).

I love to make cards and enjoy trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. My other passion is scrapbooking and I mostly scrapbook about our travels (I often take long pauses from scrapbooking when I have no new travel photos to scrapbook).

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    1. Yana, I knew there was a reason I loved you! Our home state is Arizona even though we live in Charleston, SC. My husband is a retired naval officer. I was born in Southern California (San Diego) and my parents moved to Phoenix in 1965 (yep, I’m an old gal!) My husband’s parents moved to Phoenix in 1959 (he’s old too *haha*) from Wisconsin. We were high school sweethearts. We’ve been married for 48 years this past October. In fact, we fly home for two weeks for our Anniversary. I still have a sister and my husband, a brother living in Phoenix. The second year of our marriage we moved to Europe (northernGermany and then very northern Scotland) for 5 1/2 years. What an adventure for two young people from the west valley of Phoenix! Our youngest was born overseas. It’s a small world, Yana, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to enjoy your wonderful artist talent. The next time we’re in Phoenix I’d love to meet you. Enjoy CHA this year, I look forward to seeing the new trends through your eyes. And by the way, I’m a Dirty Dozen Designer Alumni with Splitcoaststampers (2014).

      Susie ~
      Instagram: Sincerely_Susie

    1. Hi Yana – I Love your cards and enjoy watching your videos – I have learned a lot! I live in Las Vegas and wish you still lived here as I would love to meet you and welcome the opportunity to learn more – Simon Says Stamp has become one of my favorite places to shop – Thanks to you and all the wonderful cards you make using their products!

      Hugs -Terri

    1. Hi Yana, I am a second generation Ukrainian Canadian, with roots in, you guessed it, Ternopil Ukraine. I still have extended family their. Who knows, maybe they were your neighbors.
      I would love to make cards to send them with Ukrainian sayings. Do you know if stamps like these exist.
      I love your stamping style.
      Diane, Дануся

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