13 April 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 4-6-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of April 6, 2013?
> You will notice several spots in the newsletter that draw attention to Marketing Opportunities available to all. I am trying to find these as I travel about the guilds and web to provide you guys with opportunities to get more exposure. As well as I am trying to link this blog to your items to give you some of those wonderful backlinks. If you have some that I need to know about, please send them to me, so I can include them. Eventually, I will set up a little section on here for them.
-- New Members - We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild:


Women's Big Floral Pink Black Full ruffled Apron--Made in the USA



Happy Hour First Birthday Party Invitation


Paper garland. Heart Garland. Paper heart. wedding garland. Party garland.



Chameleon Clock or Wall Art in Crazy Stripe Purple, Blue and Green Polymer Clay



Sea Glass Moisturizing Sugar Scrub 8oz



12" 613 Blonde Highlights Clip in Human Hair Extensions


- The Checked In Today! Guild is 192 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.
-- 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.
Just a Little Bit of Red by Umeboshi
Something Spring by Handsomely Hot Headed

Shades of Green by Chrysalis Jewelry

Orange by Pebbles at My Feet

Blue, Navy Blue, I am as Blue as I can Be by Christie Cottage

Start Wearing Purple, Wearing Purple by Walk in the Woods, LLC

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
> New and Natural by Luvncraft – non-guild
> Go Green by Clemmie V Totes  and Bags – non-guild
> Blue, Navy Blue, I am as Blue as I Can Be by Christie Cottage – Guild
> Spring Brings the Green by Luvncraft – 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.
> Pamela Beads talks about why she makes jewelry, which rings true with many jewelry designers.
Why Do I Make Jewelry?
> Weekly Guild Update for 3-30-13
> 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. You can tell spring is in the air – we are all busy!
> Elaine of Zoomgraphik is getting ready to compile her Spring edition of Glossi – send her your beautiful spring-y things at zoomgraphik@hotmail.com Elaine has been extremely successful in getting a lot of exposure for her ezines due to her talent at compiling and selecting items for them. ******** This is a Marketing Opportunity.
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions had a collection from the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers be voted the collection of the week from http://artfirelink.com/collections/  ******* This is another Marketing Opportunity. You do not need to be a member of this group to join in.
> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her Cherry Tree of Life.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest blog post on how she creates her lovely Tree of Life pendants. http://www.azdesertcreations.com/1/post/2013/04/diy-tree-of-life-pendant.html
> Artfire announced the renovation of Marker House in Tucson, AZ as their new headquarters and artisan community hangout.  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10622492.htm
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted three new blog posts this week.

Lightning Strikes Twice – Yosemite National Park

No Need to Panic – The color turquoise in design

Diggin’ Up Bones – Dinosaurs in the backyard
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared new buttons this week.

> Marketing Opportunity  - here is a Facebook page that is dedicated to sharing Artfire collections. https://www.facebook.com/ArtFireCollections
> Artist Whimsy is looking for May submissions for their next Glossi ezine: Bead Chat http://artisanwhimsy.com/ http://glossi.com/artisanwhimsy/11294-april-2013-bead-chat-magazine Marketing Opportunity
> Pam of Klassy Joolz has two designs in the May edition of Bead Trends. Well done! Buy the ezine here, or pick up the hard copy on your newstands.

> Connie of Grapeview Glass Art shared some of her newest earring designs.

> Connie of the Singing Beader shared her latest Mother’s Day countdown blog post. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=collections&op=details&cid=41849
> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest Mother’s Day countdown blog post. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/ShadowDogDesigns/12645/countdown_to_mother_s_day_gift_ideas_-_week_8
> Connie of The Singing Beader is offering a free pair of earrings to her 100th buyer. She has great gift ideas for the graduate band member or music student.
Here is her latest blog post on graduation gifts for the band student. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/Thesingingbeader/12529/graduation_gifts_for_band_students
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions has posted the next week of Mother’s Day Countdown blog hop. Bring your gift ideas and head on over to join in the fun.
Mother’s Day Countdown Week 9  Marketing Opportunity
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. beautiful newbies and great collections this week! Thanks for the update!

  2. Great blog :O)
    Thank you for sharing with others to be part of my next magazine ....
    Thank you for all that work

  3. Wonderful update as always. Thank you so much for doing this for us :)

  4. Fantastic as always and some beautiful items from our newbies. Thanks for all you do Julie - I can never keep with you!

  5. Welcome everybody! And nice collections one and all!

  6. Great job! Thanks for all the hard work!



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