13 April 2014

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 4-5-14

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of April 5, 2014?

Meet our newest member:


Hand Painted Mandala Thangka

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 157 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.

Spiritual Crossings by cafedecals

Words Wisdom And Wise by cafedecals Turkey Hunting Season by cafedecals Tribal Muse Inspired by Katsallthat April Showers Bring May Flowers - and other things! by Trinkets and Treasures Might Need Shades! by Shadow Dog Designs Chocolate...just in time for Easter by Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy

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 April’s thread for Guild Members 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

> Seafoam by Umeboshi – non-guild

> Sunshine Greetings by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Peachy by Quilt Tops  - non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Like Waters of the Caribbean by Shadow Dog Designs – non-guild

> Write it Down by Christie Cottage – non-guild

> Rustic Wedding by KlikKlakBlocks – 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 share 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:

Royal Blue and Gold Beaded Post Earrings Round Hoop Shape

Gold and Blue Beaded Harmonica Charm Necklace with Chain Unique OOAK

Gold Eighth Note Earrings Dangling with Wood Beads and Daisies Unique

Kathy of Kats All That posted:

Midnight Blue Iris Seafoam Green Kumihimo Magatama Handmade Bracelet

Brazilian Seaweed Agate and Harmony Jasper Handmade Gemstone Necklace

White Apollo Finish Superduo and Copper Lined Pink Beadwoven Earrings

Rosemari of Walk in the Woods LLC posted:

One of a Kind Nature Inspired Writing Journal

Catmint - Mixed Media Nature Inspired Writing Journal

Leaf and Tendril - A Writing Journal for the Nature or Wine Lover

Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Decorative Handmade Green Jasper Maltese Cross bangle bracelet

Deep Green Jasper Handmade Earrings Hematite Swarovski Crystal so Rich

Lisa of CardsbyLibe posted:

You're Wonderful Handmade Any Occasion Card With Vases Of Flowers

Handstamped Flowers On This Handmade Mother's Day Greeting Card

Kandy of c0nfu3dgirl posted:

Yellow Dots Grey Chevron Personalized Bottle Cap Pendant Necklace

Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns posted:

Dragonfly Earrings Handmade Czech Glass Swarovski Green Brown Jewelry

Ruth of RSSDesigns posted:

Lovebird In A Heart - Fine Filet Crocheted Lace Art - Fiber Art Images

Susan of SusanKnits posted:

Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Alpaca Bulky, Hand Painted Cabin Fever,370 yds

Barb of SolanaKaiDesigns posted:

Jasmine Flower Amethyst AB Swarovski Crystal AB Post Earrings


Mother's Day countdown banner

We are at week seven 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 April’s thread for Guild Members 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. Welcome Nepal Handmade! Stunning painted thangka. Lots of gorgeous collections and new items...have promoted all.
    Julie.....as always, thank you for doing all you do.

  2. Thanks, Julie and Blu, for another inspired update. Some wonderful new pieces have been created...nice collections, too! And welcome to the group, NepalHandmade :D

  3. hope you had a great time Juile! Thanks for the update!


  5. Enjoy your pilgrimage to tulip time, Julie. And thanks for the update.

  6. Beautiful new items! I always enjoy seeing them and the new collections. Will share. Thanks, Julie!

  7. Gorgeous as always! Shared and thank you!!!

  8. Great Collections

    Thanks for the update Julie & Blu


  9. As always, a great update, Julie and Blu! Thank you! And welcome to Nepal Handmade. Shared all the collections (:


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