04 April 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 03-29-14

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of March 29, 2014?

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 158 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.

Golden Shimmers - Checked In Today! Guild by Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy

Black Beauties! - Checked in Today! Guild Members by Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy Popping Purple by Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy Bring on Spring! - Checked In Today! Guild by Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy Lets Talk Olives by Kats All That April Showers bring May Flowers - Checked In Today! Guild by Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy In Pursuit of a Passel of Purple Pastels… by The Twisted Redhead Warming Rays of Solar Light by Walk in the Woods LLC Like Waters of the Caribbean by Shadow Dog Designs A Stitch in Time...by Pebbles at my Feet Jewelry Box Medley by Umeboshi Here comes Peter Cottontail.....Checked In Today! Guild 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

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Love Red Wine by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Blue and Black by Luvncraft – 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

Kathy of Kats All That posted:

Vintage Rose Glass Pearl and Czech Red Glass Gold Memory Wire Bracelet

Blue Kyanite Vintaj Brass Swarovski Crystal Tribal Dangle Earrings

Blue Sodalite Jasper Heart Pendant Swarovski Night Blue Pearl Necklace

Connie of The Singing Beader posted:

Red Crystal Flower Earrings 14k Gold Filled Lever Backs With Gift Box

Cat Coin Bead Earrings Round Carved Bone Cream Colored Dangling Unique

Susan of Susan Knits posted:

European Rhinestone Beads, Gold Yellow Color with silver inside, 4 pcs

Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Amethyst Purple Cream Glass Pearl handmade beaded bangle bracelet

Blue Cat's eye with Mother of Pearl, purple and silver bangle bracelet

Anna of Crafts of the Past posted:

Charm Necklace of Handmade with Silver Honey Bee and Art Glass Beads

Mary Beth of The Twisted Redhead posted:

Beaded Eyeglass Chain, Classic Black and White with Silver Charm

Asia-Influenced Bookmark-Weathered Chinese Coin, Purple Polymer Focal

Handcrafted Silver Bookmark with Aventurine and Swarovski Crystals

Kandy of c0nfu3dgurl posted:

Purple Zebra Gerbera Daisy Flower Hair Clip

Lisa of CardsbyLibe posted:

Cute Easter Chick Says Hello On This Handmade Greeting Card


Mother's Day countdown banner

We are at week six 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.




Gone to see the tulips in Washington. Be back sometime later. Week 7 of the Countdown to Mother’s Day is scheduled at the regular time whether I am back or not. Have a great April!







-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 selections Julie, you do such a great amount of work for us all. I have pinned and G+ all items. Thank you!

  2. So many beautiful new items and collections! A feast for the eyes! Thank you, Julie. :) - Connie - The Singing Beader

  3. Have a wonderful trip, Julie. Thank you for all the work you do for the guild.

  4. so many collections this week! fantastic!

    Julie have a great trip! Thanks for the update!

  5. is anyone having trouble posting to week 7?

  6. I Rated n tweeted every Collection shared here

    Thanks Julie & Blu


  7. Thank you for another wonderful post Julie.....promoting.

  8. Love all the collections this week - they're very 'Spring-y'! Thanks for another fantastic update, Julie and Blu. Have fun tiptoeing through the tulips!


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