22 March 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 03-15-14

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


Meet our newest members.



Navy Blue and Burlap Bridal Fabric Flower Bouquet


Black Clutch Purse with Felted Flowers and Beading 

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 162 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.
Swinging and Dancing by JRP Designs

Softly Spoken Blues by Kats All That Favorites For Mothers Day Gifts by The Singing Beader Fresh Squeezed Sunshine by JNL Designs

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


If you do not feel your collection is being recognized, please do both of these things:

1 – Make sure you post it in the monthly guild forum thread. That is the ONLY place I look for collections. I put a new thread up every month and mention it in the newsletter at least twice. I automatically go there looking for collections when I do the newsletter on Friday nights.

2 – Make sure all those in your collection are guild members. The rest, we promote, but I don’t publish.

Thank you for your help in this.

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> Favorites for Mother’s Day Gifts – The Singing Beader - guild

> Purple Spring by Folk Stroke Supplies – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Purple Things by Luvncraft – non-guild

> Precious Golden Jewels by Unique Candle Boutique – 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:

Pink Hand Knit Eli Baby Dress 12 months Caron Simply Soft Blackberry

Cream Hand Knit Lacy Baby Dress Lavender Hand Crochet Bow 12 months

Lampwork Brown Purple Swirls Red Agate Swarovski Crystals Bracelet

Cathy of Crafting Memories posted:

Peach and White Pearl Bracelet

Nat of Adore by Nat posted:

Ladybug Birthday Party Banner in Red and White Polka Dot

Jennifer of Desert Creations posted:

Rubber Band Fishtail Tank Bumbers Vaping Tank Bumbers Handmade

Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted:

Handmade Pale Emerald Green Lampwork Earrings Sea Glass Beaded Jewelry

Pale Pink Artisan Handmade Earrings Lampwork Glass Swarovski Jewelry

Kathy of Kats All That posted:

Gothic Red Skull and Black Agate Wide Leather Cuff Handmade Bracelet

Rosebud Lampwork Swarovski Austrian Crystal Double Strand Bracelet

Connie of The Singing Beader posted:

Brownish Red Copper Silver Wire Wrapped Large Teardrop Shaped Earrings

Kandy of cOnfus3dgurl posted:

Black and White Bunny Rabbit Easter Scrabble Tile Pendant Necklace

Jigisha of of JRP Designs posted:


Stripes on stripes bead crochet bracelet, blue, white

Teal and Crystal beadcrochet necklace, beadwoven

Luscious red bead crochet necklace with red lampwork beads

Sue of Quilt Tops posted:

Hand Embroidered Farm Kitchen Tea Towel Fresh Eggs

Lea of LA Jewelry Designs posted:

Dotted Bullseye Lampwork Glass Bead to Fit Regaliz System

Mother's Day countdown banner

We are at week four 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. Thanks for the update, Julie. Great collections, I must say. Welcome to all new members. Interesting crafting ideas.

  2. Thank you for Julie for the weekly update and for including my listing to the post.

  3. Wonderful update. Great collections and have promoted those. Welcome to the new members Ellie's Weddings and BeadsBagsandBeautified. Awesome new listings from the members. Promoting those items also.
    Thank you Julie...

  4. Thanks for the update, Julie! I always look forward to it. :)

  5. Rated and tweeted all the Collections

    Check out this Hand Picked Member Collection on ArtFire.com http://bit.ly/1oXNVVE http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=collections&op=details&cid=47003 #Ckdin

    Check out this Hand Picked Member Collection on ArtFire.com http://bit.ly/1cNGBMn http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=collections&op=details&cid=47022 #ckdin

    Check out this Hand Picked Member Collection on ArtFire.com http://bit.ly/1cOna5S http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=collections&op=details&cid=47033 #ckdin

    Check out this Hand Picked Member Collection on ArtFire.com http://bit.ly/1d5js82 http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=collections&op=details&cid=47069 #ckdin

    Thanks for the update!

    Tweeted the post too:

    Update! #bluemorningexpressions http://checkedintodayguild.blogspot.com/2014/03/checked-in-today-weekly-guild-update-03_22.html #ckdin

    Happy sales!


  6. Thanks Julie and Blu - very nice collections and newly created items! Welcome to the Guild, ElliesWeddings and BeadsBagsandBeautified :D

  7. Great updates, Julie and Blu!
    Love all the new creations!

  8. Thank you so much, as always, Julie and Blu, for the guild updates. Don't always get to the guild FB page so it's nice to see the new members,collections and shared items.

  9. Thank you Julie, wonderful selections....I have pinned and G+ all items. Have a wonderful weekend.


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