15 March 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 03-08-14

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of March 08, 2014?

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 169 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.
Checked in 3.9 by Christie Cottage

Copper by JRP Designs Creations by a crochet hook by JRP Designs For the Picky Shopper from Checked in Today Guild by Crafts of the Past

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

> Beauty Lies Deep by Umeboshi – non-guild

> Let’s Face It by Shadow Dog Designs – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Lemony by Specialtivity – 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

Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber posted:

Fine Thread Crocheted Lace Pansy Flower Doily - Colorful Floral Decor

Kathy of Kats All That posted:

Blue Green Apatite, Via Murano Filigree Gold Heart Chandelier Earrings


Swarovski Crystal Pearl Southwest Turquoise Coral Lapis 22 in Necklace

Kelly Green and Royal Blue Pearl Necklace with Abalone Shell Pendant

Rose of Thaddeus Rose posted:

Goldstone Beaded Pendant Necklace Crystal Glass Copper Bronze Black

Donna of Sew Amazin posted:

Easter Bunnies and Chicks on Blue Gingham Pet Scrunchie Neck Ruffle

Easter Puppies Over-the-Collar Pet Bandana Reversible Large or XLarge

March Madness Mini Basketballs Collar Slipcover or Scrunchie Bandana

Susan of SusanKnits posted:

Knit Scarf Fringed, Cabled, Pink Beige Wool-Acrylic Blend, Women's

Filati MUST Ribbon Yarn, Ice Blue Color 70 Worsted Nylon Soft, Silky

Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Unique Hand Crochet Beaded Bracelet Gray Black Silver Pink Swarovski

Ladies Thin HandKnit Purple Ruffle Lace Scarf Red Heart Sashay Concord

Shimmering Gold Beige Yellow Hand knit Ruffle Scarf Red heart Sashay

Cathy of Creating Memories posted:

Bright Pink and White Pearl Bracelet

Lou of Spinners posted:

Deep Purple, Pink, and dangle with Purple stones and a Dangling daisy.

Barb of SolanaKai Designs posted:

Copper Star and Crescent Moon Teal Blue Green Czech Glass Earrings

Blue Copper Czech Glass Swarovski Flower Dangle Earrings

Eve of EvezBeadz posted:

Lots of Love Tootsie POP Rilakkuma Id Badge Retractable Reel Holder

Mint Yellow Flowers and Bow Rilakkuma Id Badge Reel Holder

Lindsey of Theme Dreams posted:

Under The Sea Dream Catcher - Handmade - 8 Inches in Diameter


Connie of The Singing Beader posted:

Large Kidney Wire Earrings Chunky Nugget Red Rust Jasper Gemstones

Off white cream wood earrings gold hypoallergenic non nickel wires


Mother's Day countdown banner
We are at week three 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. Thank you for the newest update Julie! You are truly awesome.

  2. Thank you Julie and Blu...have you been an overachiever your entire life or is this something recent? Great weekly wrap-up :D

  3. Thanks for all your hard work in promoting this team!

  4. A great collection of collections! LOL

    I tweeted this:

    Check out http://checkedintodayguild.blogspot.com/2014/03/checked-in-today-weekly-guild-update-03_15.html #bluemorningexpressions #CKDIN update

    Have a wonderful day and thank you for the update!


  5. Thanks again, Julie! So many beautiful items and gorgeous collections!

  6. Thanks Julie I have pinned all items :)

  7. Fabulous work done and shared by these artisans. Thank you for sharing all this beauty with us, Julie!

  8. Julie, I posted checked in today guild members only collections on here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CheckedInToday/) 2 weeks ago and the collections were over looked. so, I figured out how to post them where you asked them to be posted and again these new collection were over looked again. I simply love making collections, but if sharing isn't part of the agreement simply wont make them as they do take a lot of my time. Thank You. Evezbeadz

  9. If they are not all members in the collections, and they are not posted under the current month, I do not see them.

    I am very specific about where I look for collections, and I post it a couple times in the newsletter. It takes me a long time to put together these newsletters, and I have to re-post the codes for each collection, so I have to be specific about where I will go to get the information.

    This is what is posted in this newsletter, both in the middle and at the end.

    Here is March’s thread for Guild Member only collections


    If your collection is not being recognized, please post it under the proper monthly thread that I change and announce every month. Also ensure that all the people in the collections are members of the guild for recognition in the newsletter.

    Thanks all!

  10. Thank you Julie and Blu for the update.


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