Hello, I know this page needs updating, but I am going to leave it for now  and pop back with more news as I have it!

Cathy Walsh (aka Create with Kate) set up her wedding stationery business (infinitydesign.ie) in 2001 and has been playing with paper ever since.  A card maker and scrapbooker she recently attended the CHA summer show in Chicago, AMAZING.  Her favourite crafty bits are paper, paper; oh and more paper not to mention stamps, paint and UTEE (she never goes anywhere without it). This is her third GBCE show and this time she is teaching a scrapbook class with a difference, inspired by the visual feast she saw at the CHA this summer.

Anne Mullan is a fantastic crafter and mixed media artist who has exhibited in the Knit and Stitch show in Dublin and is due to be published in the Craft Stamper magazine soon. She is also secretary of the Connaught Textile Crafters.  She has been card making, papercrafting and creating beautiful mixed media art for several years and specialises in learning and perfecting techniques.  If you want to know which is the best ink for stamping onto glossy or plain card, how to perfect your stamping; get the most out of your alcohol or distress inks, this lady has the knowledge.

Missy Bonkers is run by husband (Alan) and wife (Tina), which means, we do everything from design concept to creation of all of the items available from us. With backgrounds in a variety of areas ranging from theatre to graphic design to film and writing we are kept pretty busy creating fun and functional items, while also making sure we make them as eco friendly as possible.

We are always looking for feedback and love collaborating, so if anyone out there has an idea for a crazy creature or has a handmade craft tip they would like to share, we would love to hear from you.

 Fiona Ryan: I have been card making for nearly 8 years and scrapbooking for 4 years. My favourite products for  card making are the glitter girl boards from which you can make stunning keepsakes and cards. For scrapbooking I use clean lines and simple layouts. I teach and demostrate for both An Siopa Bui in Spideal and Mandels Craft shop in Castlebar. I am married to a very understanding husband and we have three beautiful daughthers from 6years  to 11 months old. My place for crafting at home is my kitchen counter, bedroom floor, the couch in the sitting room, I even have crafting magazines in the bathroom!!! Looking forward to meeting you all in Athlone in September.

Sandra Dunne:I started scrapbooking about 5yrs ago after being introduced to it by some friends. From scrapbooking I also developed an interest in card making. I love stamping and I adore cute stamps. I am also a huge fan distress products. I am into all types of crafting, including creating minibooks and altering items. Most of my work can be seen on my blog. I run the Midlands Craft Club and host a monthly crop & class in Tullamore and through it have made some great friends. I also run a challenge blog, PaperPlay Challenges, with weekly challeges and I have been contributing to other blogs with some design team work. 

Philomena Sullivan: Hello all, my name is Philomena Sullivan. I have been cardmaking for the last seven and a half year’s and absolutely love it. My favourite techniques are rubber stamping and fancy folds. I have been teaching and demonstrating at An Siopa Bui for the last four years and am best known for my advanced card making classes, where I offer people a challenge. You can see some of my work on my blog.


 Betty Cumiskey:  Betty will be teaching her fantastic quilling techniques this year.  A regular tutor for GBCE, her classes always prove to be very popular.  Visit her Facebook page and or her blog. Bets Bits,  to see some of her beautiful work.

Karen Matthews:  Beautiful beautiful creations and fantastic classes.  Karen is our resident Tim Holtz expert. Visit her blog at http://paperfanatic.blogspot.com/

Eve Louw:  Eve will be teaching digital photography for crafters and a fab mini-book class.  I love having new tutors as it’s always exciting to get a new perspective on things. Visit her at Creative Mango Juice (great name!)  http://klieka.blogspot.com/

Information on the tutors below to follow soon….

Timi Konya: Timi will be teaching a fabulous layout using Derwent inktense blocks. Timi has always been very interested in different crafts, like pottery, silk painting, batic etc… But when she found papercrafts and scrapbooking she knew that this was what she really wanted to spend her time with.

She likes to create mini albums and scrapbook pages.  She says “It is fun for me to think about new ways to create a mini album or to alter something to make a mini album of it.” Her inspiration comes from great mixed media artists like Donna Downey, Dina Wakley, Julie Fei-Fen Balzer and Claudine Hellmuth. That is why her scrapbook pages are a bit more of a mixed media style. On her pages she likes to use lots of art media and dimension. Texture is something she really loves!

Timi’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/konyatimi

Timi’s Blog: http://timiscraftycorner.blogspot.com

Nicole Mullen: Nicole will be teaching a class on Blogging 101 and on Computers for Crafters. She works as a
trainer in the area of computers. However her main passion is crafting. She has been crafting for years in some form or other.She loves anything that is going to let her get crafty and make a mess! She discovered paper crafting about 4 years ago and hasnot stopped since!  she says “I love nothing more that disappearing into my craft room for hours on end and creating anything from cards, mini albums, wedding and party invites and altered art. Recently I have really been getting into digital creation too, its a fantastic way to get crafty but not have to find more space to store stash! Just over a year ago myself and a friend Timi set up a online craft magazine called Crafting Ireland in order to share creativity and inspiration!”

Nicoles blog: nicoleqmullen.wordpress.com

Kerry Colson

Felicia Thomas

Mandy Sheriden

Kim o’ Donoghue

Karen Mathews

Norah Collins

Patricia o’ Leary

Renate Tracey

Andrea Manning

Linda Dawson