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June 29, 2016






HOME! Time to Design & Special "ReRun" Sale!!!

There are numerous kits on my site that are now "Retired" due to fringe beads out of production. But if you've been wishing for a kit or kits that have been retired, nows your chance to get the Complete Kit!

The fringe will be as close as I can get, and you'll get the discount from having a kit weighed out with the extra for "flingage" versus buying in bulk for the delica only kits. Orders over $75 will ship for FREE!

  1) Choose the Pattern and ADD it to your Cart. Repeat for additional kits.
  2) Type ReRun in the "Comments" Box
  3) Actual kit price will be charged once I make it up and caculate the correct rate.
I will e-mail the actual cost.
  4) FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75

Class Registration OPEN
Road to California!

Registration for classes has opened for Road to California!

I'm teaching two classes. Full day on Tuesday, January 17th, Beaded Needle Case choose from four great designs where you will learn how to do peyote stitch and bead the easy way, over the top of your chart which is how all my designs!

Wednesday, January 18th, Evening, a fun class in Bead Embroidery and Fabric Applique, create a great mini-purse, cell phone case or tissue holder. Fabulous fabrics and beads make for a one of a kind design! Classes fill fast, don't wait to check them out! Just click on the class name. See you there!

Click here for my full travel schedule, come see me at the shows!

Beading by the Bay...
Summer Bead Retreat!!!

Friday - Sunday ::: August 19 - 21, 2016

Only 8 spaces available. Enjoy the relaxing view of the Padilla Bay and the temperate climate of the Northwest! $35 a day or $100 for all three days! Includes snacks and beverages. Fridge available for you to bring your lunch.

This will be an "Open Studio" where you choose your projects from any of my designs that you see on the website or from the designs I offer as "Cruise Projects". You can also bring bead UFOs (unfinished objects) that you have needed help with.

Class time from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch Break at 12 Noon. After official class time, you are more than welcome to just hang out and relax or continue beading, but there is no "official" help after hours. But lots of fun!

We are located right next to Bay View State Park, in Washington. They have RV hook ups, Camp sites and a few Cabins, two have their own private bathrooms and can sleep 3. Other accommodations, we are within a few miles. Airbnb.com is a good option, the hotels are booking fast. Check in La Conner, Bay View and Anacortes, Washington.

Choose Your Day(s) ..... $35 per day.....   3 Day - Fri/Sat/Sun ..... $100 .....

UPDATE...Travelling Bead Board

Yippee! I did find a new manufacturer! I'll be working on getting them made in July. So in just a little while I'll be able to ship! Thanks for your patience, they're worth the wait!

Click here to place your order, you won't be charged until the end of July when they're ready to ship.
Free shipping if you pre-order. . . . $30

There's still time!
Alaska 7 Day Bead Creative Cruise
Aug. 31 - Sept. 7, 2016
Holland America ms Volendam

Click here to see current class choices

I'm working on new projects, so don't worry about choosing before the end of July.

Great Anniversary Sale going on now so you get some extra bonus perks. You don't have to be a beader to join the group. Come along as an Artisan Companion! Though only window and inside cabins remain.

Bring your own hand craft projects along and enjoy sharing in the energy of other crafters on board. Be included in all the pre-post and during cruise events. And when we all go and explore ashore you can join up with others from the group! Make new friends and have the comfort of a traveling with a group. There is still space on board, but they're down to Inside and View Cabins.

We'll be tavelling on the ms Volendam. We're headed further north to Glacier Bay! Plus a new port of call Skagway. NOTE: This is a WEDNESDAY to WEDNESDAY sailing. This saves about $100 per person and usually cheaper air fares during the week. If you're flying in, check arriving in Vancouver, BC, Bellingham, WA or Seattle, WA. There are shuttles from Bellingham and Seattle to Vancouver by bus or train.

This sailing has more port time to take advantage of the tours and scenic adventures! Click here to view the ship and iteneray.

We will have THREE FULL DAYS of beading PLUS plenty of open session beading when you're done with the shore excursions. We seemed to always have someone in the Hudson Room beading unless it was reserved for another group.

Cruising the scenic Tracy Arm. You won't believe the color of the water!

Take a ride up the scenic Tram in Juneau, or go for a hike up the trail to the top for incredible views of the fjords and ride the Tram back down!

Wander the scenic town of Ketchikan. Situated in the Tongass Narrows, the houses and buildings cling to the hills and over the water. This cheerful town
calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World!

Victoria, BC & Butchart Gardens

The cars are booked and the ferry tickets reserved and we're ready for a great day of discovery! Experience some of the best of the Northwest.

Start out the morning on a relaxing ferry crossing from the mainland of Canada to the picturesque island of Vancouver on one of the BC Ferries. Choose your start from the informal coffee shop to the all you can eat buffet! Relax over your morning coffee and enjoy the scenery.

Then a short drive to Butchart Gardens and spend the afternoon wandering through these amazing gardens. Rain or shine they are an amazing collection of styles and themes.

Then we'll spend the late afternoon and early evening in downtown Victoria.

Walk through the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel and enjoy a "High Tea" in the Tea Room or visit one of the Museums in Victoria which cover everything from Aboriginal culture to science and nature. Just for fun, visit Madam Tussauds Wax Museum and get your picture taken with some of the rich and famous!

Pick from many great restaurants to enjoy dinner overlooking the bay. Then it's back to the mainland and a good nights sleep a liesurely breakfast and then off to board the ship!


NEW Project . . . "Sweet Dreams"
This lovely lady has such a peaceful demeansor. I had a lot of fun designing this project. This is perfect for your room key which is all you'll need while cruising! Learn to do some bead embroidery, fun fringing and a creative adjustable necklace. Your choice of beautiful hand dyed batik fabrics, then chose from four different bead mixes to compliment the fabric.

The library is located right next door to our beading room has great seating and fabulous views to sit and bead, plus really cushy chairs, you just have to get there early to get a prime spot! OR, head up to the crows next and pick out a great seat up there, enjoy the music and scenery all around.

As we add people to the group, the benefits will add up. Maximum of 24 beaders, I've found this is a great size, lots of personal hands on time and not getting lost in the crowd! We're about halfway there, so don't wait to reserve your space, also the earlier you reserve the lower the cabin price!

Classes are based on a point system. You'll have 3 full points to go towards your choice of projects. A point equals a project that would take approximately a full day and a little to finish. So for example, you can choose something as simple as a pair of earrings for a quarter point (.25), a bracelet for half a point (.5) or a necklace that can range from one full point or more for a more advanced and complex piece. Additional points will be available for purchase if you just can't decide! Click here to see current class choices.

Cabin Categories . . . All prices are based on double occupancy
Please e-mail me for single occupancy or other cabin pricing. If you don't have a room mate and are flexible we can help you double up in a cabin, though as we get close to our beader limit, if you do not have a travel companion we will do our best to find you a room mate, but if not the single supplement would apply. All rooms can be set up with two singles or a queen. Cabin prices are subject to change as we get closer to the sailing date. So book early for the best rate!

$350 Deposit reserves your space and cabin.
Questions or ready to reserve your space? E-mail me bead@i-bead.com or call me at 360.271.1410 PST

L Inside Cabin
$1100 - $1250 pp

FF Ocean View
$1300-1450 pp

CA Lanai Cabin
sold out

BB Vista Suite
sold out

The Artists Package is an additional $450, this is for 3 full day classes, includes all your bead kits
with complete instructions and appropriate thread and needles. You will need to bring your basic tools
(snips, cutters, crimpers, extra needles, round nose plyers) reading glasses and/or magnifiers.
If you don't have any basic tools a starter kit for $25 will be available.

Artist Companion is $100 gives you access to any pre/post cruise events, and group events during the cruise.
Ability to purchase individual kits to work on the ship along with any of your current projects!


15 Day Be Creative Cruise
March 24, 2018
Panama Canal

Holland America - MS Westerdam

For those of you who were waiting! We have a date! We are travelling EAST TO WEST this time! This time we GAIN time as we travel through the canal versus losing it! Only one sailing is going East to West. Different stops from the last bead cruise, three new ports so if you came along last time, you will have new locations to explore this time! Get away from the cold and rain, travel to where it's warm!

Now is the time to reserve your cabin. Verandahs and balconies book quickly even this far out. Your deposit is 100% refundable until the final payment date (Dec. 2017), but you will be assured the cabin you want if you reserve it now! Click here to view the itinerary.

Click here to see current class choices. NOTE: there will be many new classes added before final choices need to be made for this cruise. What's shown is for the current year's cruise.

I always suggest arriving at least one day early, you never know if your luggage will arrive too! Better safe than sorry since it's hard to get it after we sail. I will be looking into pre-cruise excursion ideas. So we normally come in two days early, so one full day in Ft. Lauderdale to sight see and possibly bead shop in advance! More later as I get time to research.

You don't have to be a beader to come along, any person who is into hand crafts, knitting, embroidery, hand quilting etc. is more than welcome to come along as an Artisan Companion, or if you have a bunch of UFO bead projects, bring them along instead of purchasing the Beaders Package. You'll still receive a fun goodie bag and be included in all the group activities. For the non crafter companions, there is no additional fees other than your cruise price.

Remember, we only work on projects while we're at sea, so when we arrive in the ports we all go and explore! Classes are all open session, you're not trapped all day at a table, once you get started you're more than able to take your project and continue working on it in one of the many beautiful lounges and observation areas! We travelled all over the ship last time, taking advantage of the different areas from the Lido Deck by the Pool, to the Canaletto Restaurant and up to the Crows Nest!

Fly into Ft. Lauderdale and flying home from San Diego, CA. Last time it wasn't much different from the two locations as it would have been round trip. E-mail me with any questions or to reserve your space!

ms Westerdam ::: Panama Canal 2018 ::: Cabin Categories:
All prices are based on double occupancy, please e-mail me for single occupancy or other cabin pricing.
If you don't have a room mate and are flexible we can help you double up in a cabin. if you do not have a travel companion we will do our best to find you a room mate, but if not the single supplement would apply. The beds can be made into two singles instead of a queen. $600 deposit reserves your cabin. 100% refundable up to the final payment date of December 14, 2017.
Cabin prices are approximate, waiting to get our group rates. Book early for the best rate!

Questions or ready to reserve your space? E-mail me bead@i-bead.com or call me at 360.271.1410 PST

Inside Cabin
$2410 pp

Ocean View
$2610 pp

Verandah Cabin
$3210 pp

Signature Suite
$4410 pp

Neptune Suite
$8010 pp

The Artist Package is $575, this is for 5 full day classes, includes all your bead/quilt/craft kits with complete instructions and material supplies. You'll have 5 Points to choose projects with. You will need to bring your basic tools based on your projects, a list will be provided upon final selections.

Artistan Companion fee $150 gives you access to pre/post cruise events, and group events during the cruise.
Ability to purchase individual kits to work on the ship along with any of your current projects!

More Than A Needle Case

Click here to see all the new designs and kits!

Confetti Dragon - Zephyr - Wisteria - Floral Paisley
Hot Stuff - Sew Quilty - Blue Feathers - When Pigs Fly

Confetti Dragon Needle Case
This fun little guy is all wrapped around the long needlecase in all his glorious colors and funny little face! This is NOT for the beginner, but if you are fairly comfortable with the
Peyote Stitch, you won't have any problems.

Detailed step by step instructions to construct his head and add all the great details that make this such a fun piece!
COMPLETE KIT... $34.00  
PATTERN ONLY... $16.00  

Interested in Beading & Art Retreats?

I'll be planning more mini art and beading retreats summer 2016 in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Washington State. To find out more click here or sign up for my beading retreat newsletter.

The mini Art Retreats will be open sessions. Enjoy working inside or outside overlooking Padilla Bay. You can learn anything I have kitted in my studio or pulled from my HUGE bead stash, OR you can bring a beading project you've needed help with! There will be beading, applique quilt designs, and who knows what else available by then for you to explore and create!

Having Fun with Applique
Art Quilt Designs!

I have new ones on the drawing board and samples on the way. Click here to see the quilt designs. If you have a pattern idea e-mail it to me. If you want your fluffy buddy imortalized in fabric, I do custom designs, .75 cents per sq. inch., portrait with placement and color code chart. If it's one I'd like to use as a design for retail and it's okay with you, you will recieve the pattern for FREE! Just e-mail me several pictures of your furry friend close up and in action, and his/her name and a little about them. It helps me capture more of their personality.

Join me on Facebook!
I've been posting new pictures of designs and I'll be blogging a little on my travels as I get on the road. Just search my name "Amy Loh Kupser" in Facebook and send me a Friend Request!

Private Teaching...
As I travel cross country, if I'm passing through or fairly close to your town I offer private classes. Minimum students 4 and I need a place to park my RV, and 110v power for free, in front of your house works just fine! I don't charge for my travel or stay, since I was coming through anyway. Contact me in advance to find out if I'll be anywhere by you, or look at my schedule and you can sort of figure out where I'll be and around what dates. Click here to see what classes are available and the prices.

Classes at Shows
Keep checking or sign-up for my e-mail newsletter to be the first to know where I'll be and to get free tickets (not all shows give us tickets though but I'll post when I have them and for which ones)! Plus new classes to be added at the trunk shows and crafting shows.


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Beading by the Bay... Summer Bead Retreat!!!
Friday - Sunday ::: August 19 - 21, 2016
Only 8 spaces available. Enjoy the relaxing view of the Padilla Bay and the temperate climate of the Northwest!
$35 a day or $100 for all three days! Includes snacks and beverages. Fridge available for you to bring your lunch.

Choose Your Day(s) ..... $35 per day.....   3 Day - Fri/Sat/Sun .....$100 .....

August 31 - September 7, 2016
2016 Alaska Bead Creative Cruise
Travelling on Holland America ms Volendam
Back by popular demand, for those of you who missed out or want to come along again and visit a different part of Alaska here's your chance. Limited to 32 beaders! No limit for non-beaders.

Contact me for more information or to reserve your space. Deposits and any payments made to the cruise are 100% refundable up til June 1, 2016!

September 22 - 24
NW Quilt Expo
Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR

October 12 - 16
Trunk Show & Classes ::: NEW DESIGNS!
Wild Beads
2833 Galleria Drive,  Arlington, TX

October 18 - 22
Trunk Show & Classes ::: NEW DESIGNS!
Just Because Beads Boutique
1704 West Avenue M, Temple TX
October 29 - 31
International Quilt Market - Wholesale Only
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
November 2 - 6
Internaitonal Quilt Festival
George R. Brown Convention Center ::: Houston, TX
November 10 - 12
Trunk Show & Classes ::: Call to Reserve Your Seat!
Tokay Beaded Art
1407 W. 2nd Street, Roswell, NM ::: 575-62609809
November 17 - 19
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Washington State Fairgrounds
Puyallup, WA
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January 12 - 15
Pasadena Bead & Design Show
Hilton Pasadena Hotel
168 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA

January 19 - 22
Road to California Quilt Show
Teaching TWO Classes ... Click on Show link above to register.
Jan. 17th - Peyote Needle Case
Jan. 18th - Bead Embroidery and Fabric Applique
Ontario Convention Center ::: Ontario, CA
January 26 - 28
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Arizona State Fairgrounds
Phoenix, AZ
January 30 - February 4
Best Bead Show
Kino Veterans Community Center
2805 East Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ
Check back for updates and new Trunk Show & Classes that will be added throughout the year!

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