25 January 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 01-18-14

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of January 18, 2014?

-- New Members - We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild

SamPandas

16oz~ SPRING BLOSSOM ~ SAMPANDAS Scented Crystal Potpourri Gems 

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 175 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.

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-- 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. Can You Feel The Love? by SolanaKaiDesigns

I Spy With My Little Eye by The Twisted Red Head Thank You To Those Who Serve by CafeDecals

Thank you all for your collections!

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.

Here is January’s thread for Guild Member only collections

http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3202

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

http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1661

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

> Keep it Cozy by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Yellow and Gray Make My Day by The Mushrooms Door – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> The Color Purple by Zoomgraphik – guild

--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:

Black Gunmetal Cross Pendant Necklace Medium Size Bamboo Texture

Pink Pearl And Crystal Three Strand Necklace With Chain Attachment

Dark Brown and Tan Wood Seed Bead Round Hoop Earrings

Rose of ThaddeusRose posted:

Agate Pendant Crystal Garnet Glass Bead Pearl Necklace Brown Black

Beaded Jasper Pendant Necklace Crystal Glass Beads Brown Black Copper

Mary Beth of The Twisted Red Head posted:

Eyewear Chain, Hand Crafted with Black, Gold and Red Speckled Beads

Beaded Eyewear Lanyard in Red and Black with Silver Antiqued Cubes

Cathy of Crafting Memories posted:

Purple Hand Beaded Earrings

Purple Hand Beaded Cuff Bracelet with Mobius Rings

Hand Knit Pink Poodle Boa Hat and Scarf

Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted:

Copper Points Lampwork Handmade Earrings Siam Red Swarovski Jewelry

Horse Heart Petroglyph Handmade Necklace Jasper Carnelian Copper OOAK

Turquoise Copper Czech Glass Earrings Handmade Dangles Unique Jewelry

Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

Ladies Frilly Ruffle Scarf Purple Berry Wine Lacy Boutique Sashay Yarn

Mens hand knit beanie hat brown black copper tan ribbed style thick

Gray Heather Lace Hand knit extra long and extra soft Lion Brand Yarn

Anna of Crafts of the Past posted:

Ancient Anatolian Dog Image in Polly_Ceramica Enam-illusion Bracelet

Orchid, Ruby, Green Picture Panel PollyCeramica Signed Beaded Necklace

Nikki of My Mountain Studio posted:

Tidal - Ladies Handmade Infinity Scarf Cowl in Blue and Grey

Colorblock Infinity Scarf Cowl in Lime Turquoise and Coral - Handmade

Malachite Glitz - Lacy Ruffles Infinity Fashion Scarf - Handmade

Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl posted:

Shabby Chic Silver and Gold Floral Hair Clip Headband, Wedding Easter

Linda of Steider Studios posted:

Deer in Garden Eating Cosmos Photograph Blank All Occasion Note Card

Donna of SewAmazin posted:

Blue and Green Tartan Plaid Pet Scrunchie Bandana or Collar Slipcover

Woof's Up? Dog Words Scrunchie Bandana or Collar Slipcover

Janice of princessbooksbyjmh posted:

Custom Manly Man Cardboard Invitations

Nat of Adore by Nat posted:

Wild West Party Theme Banner Decoration for Birthday or Baby Shower

Personalized Cowboy Boots Favor Tags for Birthday Party

Eve of EvezBeadz posted:

Hearts and Bows Too Rilakkuma Teddy Bear Nurse Id Badge Holder

Hearts and Bows Rilakkuma Teddy Bear Nurse Id Badge Holder

Linda of Linda Landig posted:

Autumn Leaf Earrings Fall Orange Red Gold Dangles Brass Handmade

Handmade Starfish Earrings Copper Sea Stars Mauve Shell Beads Pearls

Sue of Quilt Tops posted:

Fabric Quilted Postcard Be My Cupcake Valentine or Birthday

Quilted Fabric Postcard 'Let's Monkey Around'

You guys have been busy! Great job!

Marketing Opportunities:

You can find all the latest marketing and networking opportunities here:http://checkedintodayguild.blogspot.com/p/marketing-opportunities.html

Here is January’s thread for Guild Member only collections

http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3202

Post your non-guild collections to this threadhttp://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

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