08 March 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 03-01-14

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

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 174 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.

Big Kiss For The Irish by Quilt Tops

In Like a Lion by Sewamazin Spring Fever by Zoraida A Mermaids Treasure Box by Kats All That The Taste of Apricots by Umeboshi Wearing Of The Green by TrinketsandTreasuresJewelry

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.



Thank You to all who are so diligent to post their collections in the guild forum in order for me to find them. It is appreciated!




Here is March’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

> In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by The Mushroom’s Door  - non-guild

> Green Clovers by Luvncraft – non-guild

> The Taste of Apricots by Umeboshi – guild

> Geek Chic by JRP Designs – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Along a Mossy Path by Umeboshi – non-guild

> The Taste of Apricots by Umeboshi – guild

> Handcrafted Sterling Jewelry by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Green Clovers by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Dolly Dear Dolly by The Mushroom’s Door – non-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

Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Black & White Neckwarmer - Double Cable, Silver Button

Sage Infinity Scarf - Hand Knit

Ladies Frilly Ruffle Scarf Purple Berry Wine Lacy Boutique Sashay Yarn

Cathy of Crafting Memories posted:

Purple and Silver Necklace with Wire Wrapped Pendant

Red and Aqua Beaded Bracelet and Earrings

Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted:

Copper Ammonite Lampwork Handmade Earrings Swarovski Fossil Jewelry

Brass Tropical Leaves Handmade Earrings Czech Glass Swarovski Jewelry


Eve of Evezbeadz posted:

8mm Rainbow Multicolored Crystal Silver Plated Spacer Beads DIY

8mm Pink AB Crystal Silver Plated Spacer Beads DIY

8mm Pink AB Crystal Gold Plated Spacer Beads DIY


Lisa of CardsbyLibe posted:

Blue Butterfly Handmade Any Occasion Card And Designer Patterned Paper

Make A Wish With This Bright Cheerful Handmade Birthday Greeting Card

Susan of SusanKnits posted:

Earrings, Drop, Dangle, Red Glass Bead, Silver Flower, Sterling Wires

Mother's Day countdown banner

We are at week two of the Mother’s Day Countdown.

We will be doing a weekly post for nine weekends. The post opens at noon on Friday and closes at midnight on Sunday night MST. You must promote all the listings in the countdown, and you are limited to only three items. We are not doing multiple stores this countdown. These countdowns are a lot of work, but they are extremely successful for those who participate.


Marketing Opportunities:

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

Here is March’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. Wonderful selections. Thank you for including mine! I have shared and pinned others :)

  2. Thanks, Julie and Blu...some beautiful collections were curated this past week, and love all the new items posted!

  3. great new collections! thanks for the always helpful update and for keeping this group together!

  4. Thanks for this review, Julie. It is always inspiring to see how hard all the artisans in our guild are working, especially you!

  5. Beautiful collections this week! Thank you for the update, Julie!

  6. Thank you for the weekly update and reminders!

  7. Great post. You are always very helpful. Thank you.

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

  9. Thank You, Julie. A big applause for those with Front Page and Daily Email collections.

  10. BLogged, Tweeted, FB, G+, Pinned! Phew! Love the rundown. Eve

  11. Thanks for the update!

    Those leaf earrings sold! I knew they would! :-)

    Thanks Julie & Blu for the update


  12. Thanks for the updates, Julie and Blue!

  13. Than you Julie and Blu for the updates.

  14. Made a Collection. Members only and it is posted on the correct thread


  15. Thanks for letting us know what is going on with the Guild - love seeing all the Collections, the Front Page and Daily email news and all the other promotions!


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