22 February 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 02-15-14

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of February 15, 2014?

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


Adjustable Wire wrapped Ring Red Coral and sterling silver 016 


Multicolored Chevron A-line dress with Adorable Flutter sleeves! 

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 172 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
-- 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.

Sunflowers Checking In Today by Kats All That

Roses are Red...Violets are Blue by LilBitOLove Morphed into Beauty by Kats All That Red, Silver, Grey or Gray Checked In Today by The Singing Beader

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 February’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

> Capture the Moon by Umeboshi –  non-guild

> The Color of Art by Walk in the Woods LLC – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Olympic Golds by Specialtivity – non-guild

> The Warming Sun of Spring by Walk in the Woods LLC – guild

I would love to see some more of our members sharing their latest creations. If you are not using Facebook, then post it on our guild forum. I will pick it and shared it with the group for you. Instructions and link to our guild page are in the following:

--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

Connie of The Singing Beader posted:

Very Small Little Girls Pink Stretch Bracelet With Crystals

Clear Crystal And White Pearl Silver Filigree Chandelier Earrings

Linked Bracelet Large Clear Crystals and White Pearls Small Medium

Sue of Quilt Tops posted:

Irish Shamrock Kitchen or Bar Set Towel and 2 Pot Holders


Eve of EvezBeadz posted:

Sweet Cherry Pink Rilakkuma Id Badge Retractable Reel Holder

St. Patrick's Day Bling Rilakkuma Id Badge Retractable Reel Holder


Lavender Bow Bling Rilakkuma Id Badge Retractable Reel Holder


Kathy of Specialtivity posted:

Swarovski Crystal Cobalt Blue Sterling Silver Hand Beaded Earrings

Bright Blue Crystal Antique Gold Plate Pewter Swarovski Pearl Earrings

Hand Beaded Silver Fan Swarovski Blue Crystal Silver Ear Hook Earrings

CJ of Ozarks Design posted:

Canyon Marble Circle Earrings


Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Rich Beige Caramel Copper Lampwork Handmade Beaded Bangle Bracelet

Stunning Emerald Swarovski Crystal Handmade Gold Net Bangle Bracelet

WireWrap Leopard Jasper Pendant Agate Orange Swarovski Necklace Set

Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted:

Vintage Butterfly Intaglio Glass Earrings Handmade Swarovski Jewelry

Kathy of Kats All That posted:

Handmade Java Glass Beaded BOHO Five Wrap Memory Wire Bracelet

Sunflower Yellow Crystal Green Leather Double Wrap BOHO Bracelet

Lisa of CardsbyLibe posted:

Sending Good Thoughts Handmade Card With Retro Inspired Colors

Make A Wish Handmade Retro Design Inspired Birthday Greeting Card

Jennifer of Aurora Borealis Beading Gallery posted:

River Nile dream catcher earrings by Aurora Borealis Beading Gallery

The River Nile necklace by Aurora Borealis Beading Gallery

The Spring Rose Necklace by Aurora Borealis Beading Gallery

Cathy of Crafting Memories posted:

Heart Shaped Jasper Wire Wrapped Pendant

Gold and Pearl Beaded Necklace

Rose of Artistic Creations by Rose posted:

Tree of life jewlery, tree of life bracelet, artistic cuff bracelets


There are lots of really great new products in these shops.

I am in the middle of planning this:


Marketing Opportunities:

You can find all the latest marketing and networking opportunities here:

Here is February’s thread for Guild Member only collections

Post your non-guild collections to this thread

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