16 November 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 11-09-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of November 09, 2013?

-- New Members - We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild


679125 - Diamonique Couture Swarovski Crystal Engagement Ring


Christmas Pre-made  Mini Holiday Scrapbook-Believe


Black Soapstone Sculpture,carving,Orca, Killer whale,

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 191 strong.- Please remember to check in daily using the Check in button on the My Artfire page. It is on the left hand side and is blue until you click it, then it turns orange. It is good for 24 hours and is part of this guild's membership requirements.

If you wonder why our numbers seem to never move, it is because we will have 10 new members and then seven who never check back in again and disappear. I remove them after they have been gone a week or so. I recently needed to remove a few members who have not checked back in since they joined. I am not sending warnings to folks. Those who have not come back into their studios over 1 week without a vacation notice are being removed from the guild. They may rejoin when they are able to commit to checking in.


~ Are You New to Artfire? ~

If so, we have compiled a list of helpful threads, posts and other things to help you be successful on Artfire.

How to Succeed on Artfire


-- New Collections-
Here are the latest collections from your fellow guild members. Take a few moments to rate, comment and share these great collections. Making collections is time consuming and the more views these artists get, the more exposure your guild and your studio gets. Honoring Veterans by craftingmemories

My First Red & Green Collection of the Season by Pebbles at my Feet Red and Green Make the Christmas Scene! by Shadow Dog Designs Art from my Friends by Gillians Kreations Early Christmas Shopping by Trinkets and Treasures Jewelry Early Christmas Shopping by Trinkets and Treasures Jewelry Thinking of Snow by Crafting Memories

If you have NOT made a collection for the guild lately, it would be very much appreciated if you would create one or two that only have Checked in Today! Guild  members in it. Also, if you ARE making collections, PLEASE post them in the forum thread, so I can share them for you.

-Reminder: Please post your collections in the current month on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted.

Here is the thread to post the November Guild Members Collections on


If you do not post your guild collections on the guild forum, I do not always see them and cannot give you recognition for your collection.

Need help posting a collection to the guild forum? Here is a How To thread


Please feel free to post your NON-Guild collections to this thread, so we can stop by and help you promote. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Stop by and see some really great non-guild collections that are deserving of 5 Stars.

What is a collection and how do I make one?

If you need a comprehensive guide to making a collection, posting a collection and sharing a collection, I have written a tutorial blog post with pictures to help you.http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-you-want-to-make-collection.html

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> In the Dog House by The Witch and Mule – non-guild

> A Silvery Christmas Night by Blind Eye Artist - SJJ - guild

> Red and White Holiday Collection by Evezbeadz – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Snowflakes on Noses and Lashes by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

--New Studio Items by Checked in Today! guild members

Here are some of the latest and greatest new additions to the studios in your guild. The items you see posted here have been found on both the guild Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/CheckedInToday/ and the Guild Forum New Items posting page. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3058  - Thank you Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber for starting this.

Please Note: We are promoting any of your new items if you post them in either the Facebook page or the Guild Forum. Please link the item to your page, so I can post it to the blog. If it is not linked, I cannot post it.

If you need help posting to the guild forum, here is a link to a tutorial that will help you. Posting an Image to the Guild forum

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy shared her latest creations.

Sapphire Lampwork Decorative Gunmetal Gray Handmade Beaded Bracelet

Orange Brown Lampwork Swarovski Handmade Copper Dangle Earrings

Purple Mosaic Glass Pink Rose Decorative Silver Handmade Beaded Bangle

> Cathy of Crafting Memories shared her latest studio creations.

Swarovski Bicones and Chainmaille Earrings


Swarovski Bicones and Chainmaille Necklace


> Susan of Susan Knits shared new studio items.

Frill Seeker Yarn, Estelle, Self Ruffling Variegated Blue Acrylic


Wine Bottle Stopper, Beaded Black, Red and Silver, Great Gift Idea

> Connie of The Singing Beader has new items in her studio.

Headphone earrings Tibetan silver no nickel wire crystal accents

natural cream bone earrings gold rondell heishi non nickel ear wires

> Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl posted new gift ideas.

Hope Golden Fleur de Lis Scrabble Tile Pendant Necklace

FLY Mint Green Butterfly Nature Vintage Inspired Glass Tile Pendant

Nurse Chick Pink Girly Nursing Medical Scrabble Tile Pendant Necklace

> Nat of Adore by Nat shows off her latest studio additions.

Vintage Inspired Owl Favor Gift Tags or Embellishment

> Janice of princessbooksbyjmh shared new studio items.

Candy Cane Striped Tags

Plain Party Favor Pillow Boxes

> Anna of Crafts of the Past shared her latest creations.

Earthy Autumn Forest Colored Handmade Pendant, Three Strands of Beads

Ancient Bactrian Bone Yarn Spinning Tool Pendant on Beaded Necklace

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared her newest cards.

Icy Cool Snowflakes Featured Handmade Christmas Or Winter Holiday Card

Stocking Stuffer Chocolate MMs Handmade Santa Snowman Toppers Set of 4

Handmade Wedding Cake Card White With Silver Embossing Exudes Style

> Sarah of Blind Eye Artist – SJJ shared her newest additions.

Moonbeams: hand-painted small jewelry box with mirror in lid and poem

Garnet Contemplation original watercolor painting birthstone fairy

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared new creations.

Colorful Dichroic Pendant Necklace Handmade Black Onyx Chunky Jewelry

WOW! Everyone is really gearing up for the holiday shopping. Look at all these new items in their studios. This is only a SMALL part of what everyone has added.

------ Great Shares  -----------

> Lee of Strega Jewelry shared her new blog post about donating to the Beads of Courage. Art Charm Auction

> Sarah of Blind Eye Artist SJJ shared her latest blog post with us. http://blindeyeartist.blogspot.com/

> Linda of Steider Studios has one of her hummingbird photos in a contest to win a trip to Africa. http://2012bandh.pdncontests.com/bin/Rate?image_id=2009824774

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy featured Anna of Crafts of the Past in her latest blog post. http://jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy.blogspot.com/2013/11/weekly-spotlight-crafts-of-past.html?spref=fb

> Nat of Adore by Nat shared her latest blog post regarding the Countdown to Christmas

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her two posts regarding Countdown to Christmas. Post 1 and Post 2

> Elaine of Zoomgraphiks is getting ready to put together another one of her magnificent ezines. She is working on one that will include party ideas, recipes and other ideas for the holidays, and the second one will be about gift ideas. Contact her if you would like to be included.

> Ruth of Craftholic is in the Philippians and she shared how to donate to the Red Cross for aid to the typhoon victims.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions is giving away a set of beads. See the post on how to enter to win.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her latest blog post for Christmas Around the World – When in Rome

------- Getting Ready for the Holidays ---------------

> 7 Ways to Reach Holiday Shoppers Pinterest article for the holidays.http://businessblog.pinterest.com/post/66214322474/7-ways-to-reach-holiday-shoppers-on-pinterest

> 11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/3dc264023df5

> 15 Promotional Ideas for the Holidays http://www.handmadeology.com/15-holiday-promotion-ideas/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+handmadeology%2Ffeed+%28Handmadeology+Today%29

> Create Your Own Scratch Off Promotional Cards with this blog post idea.http://www.cupcakesforclara.com/cupcakes_for_clara/2012/03/the-make-your-own-scratch-cards-tutorial.html  or http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/how-to-make-scratch-off-lottery-tickets.html

Speaking of holiday shopping …


Countdown to Christmas is already at Week 9! Come join us, only 3 more to go after this one. 

We have been hitting over 100 items, so it is only going to get better from here. Invite your friends no matter where they sell.

Those who did not participate last year will be excited to hear that we are still getting hits on our studio from last years’ Pinterest links.

Supply List

Do you have your supplies in order? It is not too soon to stock up.

  • Boxes and envelopes
  • Business cards
  • Thank you notes
  • Bubblewrap/filler
  • Gift boxes and ribbons
  • Individual product packages

The USPS has boxes and such for you. Do you have enough of these:

  • Priority Boxes in a variety of sizes
  • Customs forms

------ Marketing Opportunity ---------

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared the Google adwords key word tool. Use this to get the most from your hard work. You need a Google adwords account.


> Mad Girls Inc. is a reasonably priced and excellent way to promote your studio or get fans.

> Artfire has announced the upcoming holiday shopping marketing opportunities that we only have to use tags to participate in.


> Handmade Community on Facebook.https://www.facebook.com/groups/handmadecommunity/

> Rebelmouse has some information on Shout Outs that they are doing.http://blog.rebelmouse.com/new_for_powered_sites_twitter_-226595534-s0.html

> AFPouncers are a group of dedicated artists who take a day to tweet and share items from the daily pouncee. Here is the forum link to get more information.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=27528

> November What Have You Sold – this encouraging thread in the main forums was started in order to share some of the items that have been sold this month.  Look in the Business section. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=67205

> November Waneloo Saves – this fun thread is for everyone to help one another by sharing one item a day after they have saved and shared the items before them. This is a great way to generate some extra eyeballs on your studio.  http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=67207

> 2013 Promo Thread for Shops With Zero Sales – this thread is run by Christie of Luvncrafts in order to draw attention to our fellow sellers who have no sales. If you are looking for something to do, go and help them by promoting an item or six.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=62140

>Twitter Tree – this is a promotional group that meets three times a week to promote each other. Contact Jacki of Christie Cottage for more information.

> Generate your own press release! Here is an online press release website that allows you to send out one a day for free. http://www.onlineprnews.com/

> Facebook giveaways and contests. Facebook changed their minds about how you could do a give away. If you need more information, here is their link.https://www.facebook.com/facebookforbusiness/news/page-promotions-terms

> Facebook Group SRAJD (Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design) This is a closed group for SRAJD members with limited promotional activity, but a lot of discussions that are pertinent to jewelry designers.https://www.facebook.com/groups/SRAJD/

> Facebook Group Beads, Beads and More Beads https://www.facebook.com/groups/237101492987313/

> Facebook Group Support Handmade Home Businesses in the USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/486111751428429/

> Facebook Group On Fire for Handmade https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_114453101935100&ap=1  Here is their website:http://onfireforhandmade.com/  (Thanks, Ruth, for the reminder about this excellent group!)

> Facebook Group Handmade Saturday https://www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeHoliday/

> Facebook Group It’s Better Handmade https://www.facebook.com/groups/its.better.handmade.link/

> Artfire Bloggers Guild – Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/196774027147201/

------ Know any Facebook or guild group that we should list here? Let me know and I will add it to the list.

Here is the thread to post the November Guild Members Collections on


Post your non-guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Please take a few minutes to click on the collections and tweet the sale items for your fellow guild members.

They will return the favor, which will increase sales for everyone.

-Your membership in this guild is greatly appreciated and it will help all of us be successful at something we love.

Disclaimer: This bulletin is compiled from things posted by members around the guild forum, Facebook and blog, so if you do not see something you feel I
missed, just let me know and I will update the post. I try and keep up with everyone, but I do miss things.
Julie and Blu


  1. Great selections! Thanks for including my new beaded jewelry. Shared and commented!

  2. Another great weekly update, I enjoyed it very much.
    Thank you,
    Grady at WireCrafters

  3. Welcome to the newbies! Will share the collection and this blog. :) - Connie - The Singing Beader.

  4. Thank you for a fantastic update, Julie!

  5. Welcome to the new members! Thank you for showing my items and the fabulous update! :) Happy Holidays Everyone!

  6. Awesome post this week! A lot has been going on with everyone. Thank you for featuring my items as well.

  7. Thank you, Julie and Blu, for the updates.


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