18 January 2014

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 01-11-14

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of January 11, 2014?

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


Jolee's Boutique Spring Seasonal


Chalkboard menu kitchen sign erasable sign reuseable menu custom menu chalk sign weekly dinner menu

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 176 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. I had to remove a lot missing members this week.


~ 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

Another guild that is designed to help you with your new studios is

ArtFire LInk


-- 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.

A Heartfelt Collection by Cards by Libe

Into The Blue by Cafe Decals For The Love Of Your Life by Cafe Decals Natures Creativity by Cafe Decals Wonders Of The Sea by Cafe Decals Love Is In The Air by Cafe Decals Oceans Bounties by Cafe Decals Unique and Useful Finds by Cafe Decals Its All About The Kids by Cafe Decals Meows Got It Ruff Ruff by Cafe Decals Pink n Blue Just for YOU! by Christie Cottage Beautiful Browns by Luvncrafts The color purple by Zoomgraphik Spring Garden by Shadow Dog Designs January Blues by Trinkets and Treasures


Thank you all for your collections!

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 January’s thread for Guild Member only collections


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

> Beautiful Browns by Luvncraft – guild

> Red and Pink Valentines by Luvncraft – non-guild

> Peaches Lyrics by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Jewelry for Every Season by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> For a Dazzling New Years Eve by Pretty Gonzo – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Paris, OohLala by Aya Designs – non-guild

> Peach Lyrics by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild


Great job on the Front Page and Emails to all!

--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

New Studio Items

Pretties Jewelry posted:

Sage green aventurine necklace Red black porcelain beaded necklace

Bold sage green necklace Aventurine semiprecious gemstone bead jewelry

Charlotte of Covergirl Beads posted:

Heart Beads Purple Handmade Lampwork Beads EDP Shiny Silver

Heart Bead Pink and White Handmade Lampwork Focal Bead Green Stripes

Light Gray Lampwork Beads Opaque Handmade Glass Etched Silver 248efs

Marybeth of the Twisted Red Head posted:

Beaded Eyeglass Chain, Jet Black and Seafoam Green, Extended Length

Wine Glass Charms for Dance Lovers, Purple Satin and Iridescent Beads

Wine Glass Charms, Cat Lovers, Black and White, Silver and Gold Beads

Anna of Crafts of the Past posted:

Designer Made Original Bronze and Olive Necklace and Earring Set

Coral, Gold, White Bone Necklace, Hand Sculpted Picture Panel Beads

Copper Handcrafted Locket, Dolphin Figure, Shell, Sardonyx Necklace

Jennifer of AuroraBorealisBeadingGallery posted:

Jennifer Lee Patterson's photo.

50 Shades of Agate artisan necklace by Aurora Borealis Beading Gallery

Blushing Bride earrings by Aurora Borealis Beading Gallery


Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Hand Crochet Black Gray Ladies Neck Warmer Button Caron Simply Soft

Purple White Black Leopard Finger Crochet Fabric Infinity Scarf

Purple White Black Leopard Ladies Ruffle Fabric Hand Knit Scarf

Eve of EvezBeadz posted:

Holiday Cookie Hearts and Crystal Necklace

28x25mm Enamel Silver Pensive Angel Cherub Charms

26X23mm Enamel Silver Little Mermaid Charm Pendant Findings

Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted:

Valentines Pink Green Candy Jade Necklace Handmade Gemstone Jewelry

Susan of Susan Knits posted:

Vintage Button Covers, Flower Bouquet, PInk, Green, Set of 2

Lisa of Cards by Libe posted:

Happiest Birthday Wishes Green Yellow Navy Grunge Style Handmade Card

Pink, Black And White Single Flower Any Occasion Handmade Card

Cathy of Crafting Memories posted:

Blue Beaded Bracelet with Mobius Rings

Hand Knit Reversible Cowl Tropical Juice Sage Teal

Hand Stitched Herringbone Beaded Necklace with Heart Pendant

Nikki of My Mountain Studio posted:

Rainforest - Ladies Handmade Neckwarmer Scarf in Greens and Browns

Folklore - Hand Knit Neckwarmer Scarf for Women Handmade Bright Colors

Nat of Adore by Nat posted:

Dinosaur Birthday Banner for Boys Party

Melissa of Smoky Mountain Accessories posted:

Topaz Swarovski Crystal Dangle Earrings with Shells and Turtle Charms

Claudia of ClaudiasCrochetCreations posted:

Connie of The Singing Beader posted:

Electric Rock Guitar Necklace Sterling Silver Charm Chain Dimensional


You guys have been busy! Great job!

Marketing Opportunities:

You can find all the latest marketing and networking opportunities here:http://checkedintodayguild.blogspot.com/p/marketing-opportunities.html

Here is January’s thread for Guild Member only collections


Post your non-guild collections to this threadhttp://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. so many great collections this week and newbies! Great update! Thanks so much!

  2. Really a busy week! Gearing up for a successful year in 2014!

  3. Wonderful items.....I have pinned and g+ the listings. Thanks so much for putting this together. :)

  4. Great collections!

    Thanks for the update!


  5. Wow, beautiful collections this week! Great new items, too!
    - Connie - The Singing Beader

  6. Wow! Tons of great collections and new listings - very cool!! Thanks for another great post, Julie and Blu.
    Mary Beth

  7. Lots to report this week. Thank you for taking the time to pull this all together, Julie and Blu! Have started sharing the collections . . . (: Happy weekend to all!

  8. Shared on all the fields above!WELCOME TO ARTFIRE'S CHECKED IN TODAY, Newbies were pinned to:
    AND THANK YOU JULIE AND BLU for the fantastic RUNDOWN!!
    EvezBeadz, Eve

  9. Such gorgeous creations by such talented artisans - great post Julie & Blu :) Thank you so much

  10. Thank you so much for great updates, Julie and Blu! Tweeted this post and shared some of these beautiful creations.

  11. Wow! Great collections and items!! Thanks for another great update, Julie! :)

  12. Beautiful collections and designs! Thanks for including my lampwork bead. Will share!

  13. Great Update - great bunch of Collections this week!!

  14. Thank you, Julie and Blu, for the update.


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