06 April 2013

Checked In Today! Guild Weekly Update 3-30-13

Your Guild at Work for You What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of March 30, 2013?

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




Handsomely Hotheaded

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 188 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 a week or so.

-- 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.

Checked In Today! Guild Meet new March Member by Blue Morning Expressions

Checked in Today! Guild - Meet the New March Members by Blue Morning Expressions

Red and Black Gifts by Forevers Memories

April Showers by Seiber Designs

Spring Pinks by Walk in the Woods LLC

Blueberry Pie by The Beaded Hound

Black and Red by The Beaded Hound

Beautiful Blues by The Beaded Hound

A Burst of Sunshine by JNL Designs

Greens by The Beaded Hound

Carnelian by The Beaded Hound

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 on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted. Here is the thread to post on -

Please NOTE: We are posting under a thread for the month, so we can find the new collections easier. Also, there is now a NON-Guild thread for all your other collections. Please ONLY post the guild collections with only guild members under the monthly thread. Confused? Just yell and we will help.

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

Post your April guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2768

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

- Success Stories – send us yours, both big and small, and we will feature it on the Checked In Today! Blog – we want to hear from you. Success stories always encourage everyone around them.

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

Spring Brings the Green by Luvncraft – non-guild

Shades of Blue by The Beaded Hound – guild

Spring Pinks by Walk in the Woods LLC – guild

From the Heart by Angel 4 Light – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

-- New Blog Posts
- Stop by the Checked In Today! Blog and read the latest posts. You will find these new posts on the blog this week.

> Weekly Guild Update for 3-23-13 is the only post from last week.

> Reminder – we welcome posts from current members of Checked in Today! guild – please let me know if you are not an author and would like to be listed as one on the blog. If you have a how to article or anything of interest, please share! We love to see what everyone is up to.

-- Facebook Hilights

- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading.
- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff.

There were a lot of new posts this week.

> Elaine of Zoomgraphiks shared her latest Glossi ezine.


> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions announced the opening of week 8 of the Mother’s Day Countdown Blog Hop

> Linda Steider of Steider Studios was featured on the front page of her local newspaper

White Salmon artists open their studios to the public

> Lisa of Cards by LiBi has been accepted into the Unique LA – this is Lisa’s first venture out selling her cards to the public.

Her LiBi cards are marvelous and she will do very well.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared three new blog posts this week.

Crazy Daisy Striped Cane – polymer clay tutorial

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

April Showers Bring May Flowers

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared an auction plug in for those with Wordpress sites. If you ever want to auction off any of your beads or jewelry and have a Wordpress site, this little plug in is a great way to manage an auction. http://bluemorningexpressions.com/bmeblog/ It is a sidebar module and free unless you want to do major auctions on your page.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared a new pair of earrings that she created.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her newest necklace and her cutie Scottie.


> Connie of The Beaded Singer is showcasing Graduation gifts for those musical students in your family in her latest blog post.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs showcased her latest blog post showcasing the gift ideas from the Mother’s Day Countdown Week 7

> Karen of Clicks by Karen presented a new necklace that she created.

> Aya of Aya Designs shared her newest bracelet: a beautiful smoky quartz

> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shared her latest necklace.

Post your April guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2768

Post your non-guild collections to this thread http://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


  1. thanks for the update! welcome new members!

  2. Gratitude as always Julie :)
    Welcome new members

  3. Thanks for the update! Your posts are a great help in keeping up with what's happening.

  4. Awesome new collections. Wonderful update as always. You put so much work into these weekly posts for us. Thank you so much :)

  5. Thank you, Julie for linking my blog about my high school band jewelry. - Connie-The Singing Beader

  6. Lovely Collections. I tweeted a little over half of them this morning

    Thank you for doing this Julie. I know it takes a long time to draft these posts!

    You are appreciated!


  7. Thank you for all your hard work in putting this together each week, Julie. Belly rubs to the handsome Blu - from Seamus (and me!) (:


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