An Siopa Bui - for the widest selection of cardmaking, craft and stamping supplies in Ireland
It hasn’t been an easy year for so many of us in 2011, but as I am typing this newsletter I am watching Sky news and the terrible fallout from the Japanese earth quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. It is so humbling in so many ways but also confirms my life philosophy of living each day like it is my last. To all the cardmakers reading this letter - and I know there are a few, I challenge you to make a card today for now particular occasion and send it to someone who you may have lost touch with or maybe you just need to touch base with. Maybe someone who you forgot to send a Christmas card to or simply to say Hi. Sorry to be so morbid, but I know so many of us make cards and cards and cards, but today let us send them out. FreeDemoDay Need some inspiration - Sarah Holden will be at the shop in Spiddal on Saturday 19 of March with fresh new ideas for cards for all sorts of occasions. In Sarah’s own words - Designer looks at budget prices. We have lots of the new goodies in stock that were launched at CHA in America and at the trade show in Birmingham so come and spend some time with us. Not only is there a free demo, but free tea, coffee and cookies too. SpringExtravaganzaBookingsOpen I am delighted that the class list and timetable of the Spring extravaganza is finally out. It has been a bit like planning a blank jigsaw puzzle. All the bits had to fit, but I also had to make sure that the picture turned out fab. We have a great line-up of tutors, and some fantastic classes. But remember the classes are only part of it. It is free to attend and there will be free demonstrations for the 2 days supported by 7 shops! MoreWorkshopsinSpiddaland aroundtheCountry My very clever son tells me that as a result of the earthquake the year is actually shorter, as is each day. I am not surprised - I have been feeling that way for a while. When I sat down to plan things for the next quarter and found that with Easter being late, the first time I could get to Dublin was in May, I was really surprised. Take a look at our calender for the next few months, we have some excellent workshops planned to keep us all inspired. EasterSale Turn to the back for your invitation to our cocktail party - we always have a great time and our sales are really good - up to 50% off many items. AdvancedcardswithPhil! There are just very few places left on our advanced cards class with Philomena Sullivan on the 26th of March. I have seen the cards and they are really clever. Just to define advanced cards can be tackled by any one who has been cardmaking for a few months and has the basics of folding and stamping. The cards are just a little more complicated and challenging, but are the great ones - that the neighbours really won’t know how you did it! If you want to book in - call Kim as soon as you can because the places are limited. Hope to see everyone soon, maybe on a weekend to Galway, maybe at the Extravaganza and maybe in Dublin or out and about. Happy Crafting Kerry

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Our Contact Details are: Tel: 091 - 504692 An Siopa Bui 2 Spiddal Craft Centre, Coast Road Spiddal, Co Galway Email: or The Spiddal shop is open from 11:00 to 17:30 - Monday - Saturday 13:00 to 17:30 - on Sundays
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Spring Extravaganza - Galway
Carlton Hotel 9 & 10 April 2011
Well, I finally have all the jigsaw pieces in place, and am ready to start loading the classes onto the website. I am really excited and I am sure that we are in for a really good event this year. 7 Shops and 16 Great classes We have 7 shops signed up, and a really good range of classes, now confirmed and the tutors are booked. Although we have lots of info in this newsletter the best info can be found on the dedicated Spring Extravaganza website which has links to all the tutors blogs where you can get sneak peaks and tastes of the gorgeous things you might be making if you book in. So much is Free The Spring Extravaganza is free to attend! In addition to the fantastic shopping we will have 2 demonstration tables with free demonstrations throughout both Saturday and Sunday where you can stop, take a load off and simply watch demonstrations by top demonstrators using all the latest goodies. I haven’t finalised the demo timetable, but just a sneak peak of what is planned ... • Hunky Dory Crafts • Copic Colouring (bring all your questions) • Fimo clay • The latest from Do Crafts • Sizzix and other die cutting dillemas • Jewellery making • The latest from Pinflair • ... and lots more A New Venue This year the Spring Extravaganza is taking place at the Carlton Hotel on the Dublin Road in Galway. This lovely venue is really easy to get to from the main motorway and is just behind the Eye Cinema. The shopping and demo area and class room is lovely and airy and the food has already been checked out by me! They are offering crafters great deals on booking if you fancy making a weekend of it. Quote CRAFTERS when booking to make sure you get the best rate. All the classes will be up on, however you know you can always call us!

Yellow Club News

Thank You

Thank you so much for your support!! This year we have had a record number of people signing up for the various Yellow Clubs and have also had some lovely feedback and comments. I really enjoy doing the Yellow Clubs and it makes me so happy to know that they are appreciated! All three clubs are now at record levels and we are in a position to buy even more exciting goodies. Thank you also to Sarah Holden who has guested as a designer on our Scrapbooking Club. Some sneak peaks: Yellow Club - Penny Black cute, Mens bag Scrapbooking - Elegance in Black and White Bling Bag - Wooden beads and buttons ... very nice!

Save the Date The Great Big Craft Extravaganza Athlone
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Believe it or not, we are already planning!
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Craft Workshops - 2011
free demo day Elegant cards on a tiny budget saturday 22 January
No booking necessary, just join us!

Teaching crafts for children 2011 Kerry Colson Saturday 30 April
A host of new ideas for teaching crafts in schools, youth clubs and more. A day packed full of crafting, money saving ideas and new products.
Cost: 30 Euros for the full day inclusive of all materials. To book please call us on 091-504692 or email on

advanced cardmaking with philomena sullivan Saturday 26 March
Philomena is well known as a teacher that never disappoints. Her workshops are of an extremely high standard and she will be teaching the latest cardmaking techniques direct from the trade shows. I have seen the samples and they are amazing!!
Cost: 40 Euros for the full day inclusive of all materials. To book please call us on 091-504692 or email on

Dublin Workshop - full day workshop and mobile shop Sunday 8 May
An Siopa Bui will be in Dublin for a full day of fab papercrafting. 8 projects, lots of new techniques, great kit. Brand new products and releases direct from the trade shows. Venue: St Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse Street
Cost: 40 Euros for the full day inclusive of all materials. To book please call us on 091-504692 or email on

Spring extravaganza - West 9 & 10 April
2 Days of amazing classes, free demos and shopping
All the details in this newsletter To book please call us on 091-504692 or email on

Wedding workshop - Limerick/Tipp Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junct Saturday 16 April
Great new designs for the new year - an excellent class for those wanting to make a bit of money from their crafts or those getting married and wanting to make their own wedding stationery. New class includes a manual of wedding words (in english and irish), as well as favour boxes. Although this is a wedding class it is also an ideal class for any cardmaker as it is packed with skills and ideas. Cost: 40 Euros for the full day inclusive of all materials. To book please call us on 091-504692 or email on

Your Invitation to our very special Cocktail Party to launch our Annual Easter Sale! Time: 6:00 for 6:30 Date: 21st April Place: An Siopa Bui Dress: Come as you are, but I always dress up when I get a chance! We will have drinks, snacks (catered by my culinary sister Andrea), and of course great deals on all sorts of arts and crafts goodies. A great reason to celebrate the end of Winter!

Cocktail Party and Sale Launch Thursday 21st April
We launch our fantastic Easter Sale with a Spring themed cocktail party - join us for great eats, cocktails and fantastic bargains from 6pm - 9pm

Easter Sale - 22 April - 30 April
We have our sale right in the School holidays to make it easy to get to. Come and browse out a great deal. Many second hand dies, stamps and embossing folders as well as fantastic deals on the latest products

Please call Kerry or Kim on 091 504692 email or fax: 091-574991 to book your classes.
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Free Demo Day -

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A free demonstration day at An Siopa Bui - with the fabulous Sarah Holden For inspiration and to celebrate the new goodies from CHA and Birmingham An Siopa Bui - Spiddal, Co Galway Saturday 20 March from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (if you are down in Galway for St Patrick’s Day weekend please pop in!) Everyone is invited Sarah Holden will be showing you all the tricks for getting the most out of your Sizzix, your stamps and your stash! Lots of ideas for Wedding Stationery and Special occasions such as First Communions and Confirmations

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Free Tea, Coffee and refreshments - Hope to see you there!

TXT Events -evening classes, scrapbooking, playdates, coffee mornings and more
Our Text marketing system is really working well. We have all sorts of smaller events at the shop, sometimes planned and sometimes a bit impr, and we cannot always send out a newsletter for each one. What we tend to do these days is to simply send out a quick text. Now the evenings are longer we have had some evening card making and scrapbooking classes, and of course we have our regular Wednesday cardmaking classes which happen every single Wednesday and cost only 10 Euros to attend. To make sure you hear about all the events on our calender, or to make sure you get a quick timely reminder just send a quick text to 0872048045 - and mention the type of craft or activity you are interested in. If you no longer want to receive a text simply reply to one of our texts and we will remove you from the list - it is that simple!

Coffee Mornings
Every coffee morning is different, and I love them all. It is so nice to take time to sit down and spend time talking about crafts with crafters, and of course the cake and tea helps! We are hoping to have some sponsored coffee mornings in the near future - so look out for those texts. Join us from 10:30 to 12:30 on generally on the second Friday of the month, although sometimes we do swop things about due to holidays and events. Please note: Next dates: 4 April (early due the Spring Extravaganza!), 13 May, 10 June.

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