Simon Says Stamp | Lucky When I'm with You Card + More Ways to Help

Simon Says Stamp | Lucky When I’m with You Card + More Ways to Help Ukraine

Hello, friends. We are okay. As okay as one can be. I’ve started taking anti-anxiety meds to help calm down and help sleep. Life is so different today. We live in between the air raid sirens. You hear the siren, you drop everything, put your coat on and run to shelter. You can’t even take a shower without rushing and worrying about the siren sounding any minute.

Another Ukrainian cardmaker, Vika Salmina, is in Ukraine. Vika is in Kherson. I can’t begin to imagine what’s it is like over there. Reach out to her. Send her your support.

My friend from work, Denzil Quick (Denzil is VP of Business Development at Spellbinders), is helping us gather money to help buy supplies for the army. Here’s a photo of the three of us (my hubby Oles, Denzil, and me). This was taken several years ago in Frankfurt, Germany at the CreativeWorld show:

Denzil wrote this letter to his friends and I asked his permission to share it here:

Hello Friends,

I hope and pray that you will take a moment to read this in full. About 8 years ago Renee and I moved to Arizona so I could start a new job with Spellbinders Paper Arts. Within the first few weeks I had the chance to meet Yana and eventually Oles who were one of our international distributors and design team members from the Ukraine. We immediately stuck up a friendship that is very strong to this day. The two of them embody more of the American spirit than 99% of Americans that I know including myself.

These two friends are amazingly entrepreneurial, talented, smart, funny, honest and embrace the spirit kindness along with an always positive attitude. I can not say enough wonderful things about them both. At one point they got a temporary visa and worked in our office in Phoenix for 18 months and it was wonderful. After that visa expired we tried to get a full time visa but the bureaucracy of the government was/is a crazy slow process, then Yana’s mom got sick with cancer and she stayed in the Ukraine to help her….then Covid and well, you know that story. Now two years later their beautiful country was attached by Satan or his earthly facsimile.

Yana and Oles still consult with us on a full time basis and I speak with one of the two of them almost daily, they have never changed, still positive and happy. As the war intensifies they have decided to stay and fight…the LOVE FREEDOM and I would expect nothing less from them. Many collages of mine/ours in the Arts & Crafts industry know Yana, she has a YouTube channel with over 40K followers and she is crazy talented. Many of those same people who know her have asked me “how can I help?” Here is your chance.

Oles has set up a network of freedom supporters and we are able to get much needed supplies to them and their freedom fighters in Ukraine. Obviously, we cannot send anything that is banned such as weapons or ammunition, that is for our government to do and they better fucking do it now. However, there are many things that we can send and I have sent things myself but the list is growing and they have an organization of 500+ to defend their town. They need things like radios (old fashioned type) with weather reports, walkie talkies, knee pads, eye protection, batteries, drones for observation and many, many other items. For the moment their group of 500+ is OK with food and water but we are planning dry goods in the future if this rages on those supply lines might be disrupted.

If I’m sending you this email it is because I would do the same for you if you were in this dire situation. We have a short window as the Russian troops are making progress every day. I’ve never asked for a dollar from anyone in my life, but I am asking you if you can give anything, please send me an email. If you can’t I still love you the same. I am setting up a separate email so it is not mixed in with all of my other personal emails. This is not a tax deductible donation, there is no time to set up the 501c3. They need help now. However, I assure you that 100% of any help you could give will go towards supplies.

If you are not familiar Yana and Oles below are a couple of links of Yana. They are your friends, and neighbors who are now in a bunker and fighting for freedom. Thank you for your consideration, I have lived an incredibly blessed life and this is a true calling to help. If you can help, please send me and email to:

freeukrainenow2022@gmail.com

Live free or die,

Denzil

If you want to help us financially, please reach out to Denzil. I know many of you have already helped and donated and I am beyond grateful. Your support helps us to keep going and defend our motherland.

Also, I have a card today. This is another one I made before the war. It’s super simple, but one that puts a smile on my face today and warms my heart.

Simon Says Stamp | Lucky When I'm with You Card + More Ways to Help

I used Simon’s Gnome Lucky stamp set and colored this image with my Copic Markers. I love this sentiment – I feel so lucky when I’m with you. Life is precious.

Big hugs to you all! I will be back soon with a video.

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20 Comments

    1. Love the card Yana. I have sent an email to Denzil. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

        1. Hi all
          Cannot believe what I’m seeing and hearing about what that evil man is doing to Ukraine and it’s beautiful people. I’ve emailed our radio station as I’d like a go fund me page to be set up if it hasn’t already. Why wouldn’t PayPal be involved in raising funds to help? Don’t Understand this. Love and prayers to you all.
          Angie

    1. Can we also send money to your PayPal account link on your YouTube listed on your YouTube page under the “About” tab? If this money will reach you, please send a post so everyone will know options for helping you and your family and your country. Stay strong, dear Yana! We love you and are so prejudiced of your courage and strength!

      1. I didn’t even realize I had PayPal listed there. I took it down as PayPal has certain limits on the amount of money and number of transactions. If you can consolidate donations that would be great, as PayPal can ban account in case of big number of transactions. Thank you for the support! the paypal address is yanasmakula@gmail.com
        Also I noticed that I cannot accept donations, something is not set up properly on my account. And there’s no time to figure it out. thank you!

        1. Thank you, dear Yana! I’m in touch with Denzil! Stay strong and know how much love and strength is coming your way!

    1. I love your artistic work, Yana, and now I am full of admiration for you and your countrymen. Sending you my prayers and good thoughts. I sent an email to Denzil, and will contribute as soon as I hear back from him.

    1. I, too, just email him so my husband and I can help. You and your country are in our thoughts, Yama. Please be safe.

      1. thank you so much! Denzil just told he me received dozens of emails this morning and is working on sending a reply to everyone now. thank you again!

      1. Praying non stop for you and your country Yana! I e-mailed Denzil to help. Know you are not alone!!

    1. No need to respond Yana. I know you are busy. Just reached out to Denzil and arrangements have been made for a donation. I am so proud of you and Oles. Have no idea what the future will bring but there is no doubt that the courage and actions of Ukrainians like you have changed the course of history already.

    1. Sweet card and we are lucky to have you and Oles in this world. I sent a PayPal donation to you before I read this post. I hope it comes through. Also sending much love and prayers to you and your countrymen.

    1. I too sent an email to Denzil so that I can make a donation.
      Your card is absolutely adorable as usual.
      I am keeping you, your family and your country in my prayers Yana.
      Terri

    1. Oh we are so glad to hear that you & family are all as ok as you can be. We think of you & all Ukrainians all day, we try to catch news daily to see if we can work out you’re safe. As a card designer I admire you so much & you were so kind when I messaged you with a craft problem I was having, I couldn’t believe your kindness. I now admire you as a survivor, fighter, warrior for your countries freedom. We are making donations of money, clothes etc to aid relief charities to try & help where we can. Please stay as safe as you can, if ever you need a roof over your head & you’re in the UK please feel free to contact me. Hugs & prayers xxx

    1. You are amazing Yana! I’m so sorry that I am not in a position to send money but I think of you every day

    1. Hi Yana, I’ve been enjoying your videos for years. Your talent is only surpassed by your courage and bravery. I proudly stand with you and Ukraine and have donated via Denzil. No need to reply. Just wanted to say hi and that you, Oles, your families and the wonderful Ukrainian people continue to be in my thoughts. Please so many millions of people around the world care and are keeping you all in our prayers.

    1. I have reached out to Denzil and have contributed with him, but I would also like to directly help the Ukrainian Armed Forces defend your country.
      Do you know if “Army SOS” is the right place to help your troops get needed military supplies?

    1. Yana, I had no idea you were in Ukraine. I thought you lived here, in the States! So sorry to hear you are in the middle of that horror. Please stay as safe as possible. I’ve reached out to Denzil, and will try to help.

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