08 February 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 02-01-14

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Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of February 01, 2014?

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


Turquoise Howlite Hearts and Antique Copper Leverback Dangle Earrings 


Green and Gold Splatter Oval Earrings 

- 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


-- 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.

Winter is for the Birds! by Sew Amazin Bodacious Beads and Baubles by Umeboshi Flowers That Be by Cafedecals Beautiful Butterflies by Cafedecals Little Critters by Cafedecals Colors Of The Rainbow by Cafedecals Sunny Yellow by Cafedecals Dreaming of Spring by Cafedecals A is for Apple, Red is for Valentines Day by Trinkets and Treasures Jewelry Wintry Wardrobe - Checked in Today Guild by Crafts of the Past All Creatures Great and Small by Shadow Dog Designs Midnight at the Oasis by Pebbles at my Feet Stylish Earrings by Covergirlbeads Hey Kids! This Ones For You! by Quilt tops

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

> Emerald Wizards of Oz by Torally Beads – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Give a Yell for Yellow by Crafts of the Past – non-guild

> A Visit to Graceland 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

New Studio Items

Connie of The Singing Beader posted:

Sparkling Gray Crystal Round Hoop Earrings Tabac Swarovski Sterling

Multi Strand Curved Tube Black Leather Cord Bracelet Trendy Adjusts

Cathy of Crafting Memories posted:

Purple Hand Beaded Earrings

Eggplant Twin Bead Bracelet and Earrings Set

Bugle Bead Spiral Bracelet

Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Black Raspberry Extra Soft Baby Slippers Purple Flower button 6-12 mos

Black & White Neckwarmer - Double Cable, Silver Button

Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl posted:

February Princess Birthday Silver Bezel Glass Tile Pendant Necklace

Romantic Rust Damask Dragonfly Glass Tile Pendant Necklace

Eve of Evezbeadz posted:


Twinkle Casting Kitties Silver Hinged Bracelet

In Rainbows Stained Glass Cathedral Window/Raku Black Glass Pendant

Mary Beth of Twisted Redhead posted:

Beaded Eyeglasses Chain with Amber and Blue Beads, Ceramic Tubes

Beaded Eyewear Necklace in Purple and White with Silver Accents

Brenda of Brenda’s Craft Store posted:

Red, White and Pink Heart Shaped Coasters

Lisa of CardsbyLibe posted:

I Love You Crossword Style Anniversary Or Love Handmade Greeting Card

Indigo Blue And Brown Handmade Birthday Card With A Fun Compliment

Water Lilly Vintage Style Handmade Friendship Greeting Card Yellow

Rose of Thaddeus Rose posted:

Beaded Druzy Gemstone Pendant Crystal Glass Bead Necklace Blue Silver

Nikki of My Mountain Studio posted:

Clementine - Lace and Eyelash Ruffle Infinity Scarf in Peach Orange

Phlox Sequins - Lacy Ruffles Infinity Fashion Scarf - Handmade

Elk in Montana - Set of 4 Photo Note Cards - Nature Photography

Nat of Adore by Nat posted:

Twins Noah's Ark Thank You Favor Tags for Baby Shower and Birthday

Thanks for Hopping By Frog Prince Thank You Favor Tags in Pink

Linda of Steider Studios posted:

Profile of Bald Eagle in Tree Nature Photo All Occasion Greeting Card

Sue of Quilt Tops posted:

Fabric Quilted Valentine Postcard Heart, Roses and Music

You guys have been busy! Great job!

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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


  1. Awesome items Julie! Pinned everything and thank you for including me new goodies!

  2. so many wonderful collections this week! Wanted to let you know that my husband will be closing his shop (SieberDesigns Paintings) this week. He hasn't had the time to put into his shop that he had wanted to. it was a trial for a year. He's still selling, but in other venues... I'm still here!!! Thanks as always for all your hard work! Much appreciated!

  3. Those collections were a gift to my eyes! Thanks for gathering them into this blog, Julie. And I am very happy to see that KatsAllThat has joined us.

  4. Welcome KatsAllThat and OzarksDesigns. This is a great guild and Julie works hard for us. Thanks Julie.

  5. Ditto on the welcomes! Lots of fantastic collections. Thanks for another great weekly update, Julie and Blu :D

  6. Thank you Julie and all for the welcome to the guild. I don't know how I missed out on it to begin with but you will find me actively promoting and checking in. So happy to be here!

  7. Thank you for the update, Julie! Beautiful collections this week! - The Singing Beader

  8. HOLY COW all those Beautiful Collections! What a GREAT rundown on this weeks News. I had a show yesterday and I hope I recruited a Newbie to Artfire and to our Guild. She seemed VERY INTERESTED> Eve

  9. One comment for ANYONE, I switched to Google Chrome and I STILL get glitches on Artfire while listing?? The drop down selection will change on me while listing and even after its posted.?? Plus the 24 hour check-in DOESNT stay checked for 24 hours ever?? ANY RESPONSES>> thx Eve

  10. Thanks for the updates, Julie! It's always inspiring! So glad to see KatsAllThat here, welcome! :-)

  11. Thanks for another Update - great to see all the Collections! Welcome KatsAllThat!!

  12. Thank you, Julie and Blu! Big, slobbery pooch kisses from Seamus (:

  13. Thank you Julie and Blu for the update.


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