ArtFire Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Jo-Ann VIP Card
How would you like to receive a 10% discount at all Jo-Ann Stores? As part of our Common Good Partnership with Jo-Ann Stores, every member of ArtFire is eligible for the Jo-Ann VIP Card for 10% all purchases made at Jo-Ann Stores nationwide and online. The card is designed for those who sell their finished art goods, and as a seller on ArtFire you can generate the credentials you need to get your Jo-Ann VIP card. Read more about this update here.

The Certified Handmade Widget
Are you a certified handmade artisan on ArtFire? Now you can show off your certification with a new widget! This widget showcases your handmade status while linking to your studio. Some of the widget designs even include your most recently listed item. Unfortunately these widgets don’t work well on ArtFire studios, but they are perfect for off-site blogs and websites! Get the details on this new widget here. Remember if you’re not yet a certified handmade artisan, you wouldn’t be able to view these widgets. Learn how to apply here.

ArtFire Friday, July 16, 2010

Submit Your Application for the Certified Handmade Artifact

To better recognize our handmade and fine art Pro members on ArtFire, we’ve opened the submission process for the Certified Handmade Artifact. This artifact will help our certified handmade and fine art members stand out, as well as let shoppers know that these individuals are dedicated to the handmade process. In the future, we may work to build in similar artifacts for our design, supply, vintage, and media sellers.

Artisans who qualify for this artifact will receive both a small version of the artifact in the Awarded Artifacts box on their studio and a larger, more visible and clickable artifact right underneath the artifact box. More information on the artifact along with a list of requirements and information on applying can be found here.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in July on ArtFire

Our artisan-organized Christmas in July Sale has been going on all week on the site. Members can take part by tagging their items for the Christmas in July Trend page, tweeting secret santa messages, and taking part in our contests for Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs, for a chance to win an up to $100 shopping spree. Remember, these sales end July 25th, so be sure to hurry to join in the fun!

ArtFire Thursday, July 1, 2010

The artisan-organized Christmas in July Sale on ArtFire is scheduled to take place from July 12th until July 25th on the site. All members are welcome to participate in this sale, but participation is completely voluntary. Members who do take part don’t necessarily need to have Christmas-themed items, but they do need to be offering some kind of promotional offer (free shipping, on sale, etc). Members can tag projects with “TDOCIJ” for Twelve Days of Christmas in July to be included in the Christmas in July Trend Page on ArtFire. Read the rules for participating here. ArtFire has also put together a collection of promotional badges members can use on their blogs, websites, and even on their studios to help promote the sale. We’ll also be featuring Christmas in July items the week of July 14th in our Collection of the Week email.

ArtFire is also offering three contests to help promote the sale. Remember that these contests haven’t yet started, so stay tuned for specific dates and time lines to enter.

The Christmas in July Contest on Twitter – Look for our special message about the Christmas in July sale from our @ArtFire Twitter account during the sale and retweet it for your chance to enter to win one of four $25 shopping sprees for the Christmas in July Trend Page!

The Christmas in July Contest on Facebook – Be sure to Facebook “like” our Christmas in July Trend page and you could be randomly selected to win a $50 shopping spree for the Christmas in July Trend Page!

The Christmas in July Contest for Blogs - Create a blog post off-site featuring products from the Christmas in July Trend Page and you could be randomly selected to win a $100 shopping spree for the Christmas in July Trend Page!

Again, these contests are not currently going on, this is just the general outline of the contests we’ll be running. Be sure to check back in the Staff Announcements section of the Chatterbox Forums for complete contest details, which will be posted later this week.