25 May 2013

Checked In Today! Guild Weekly Update 5-18-13

Your Guild at Work for You

What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of May 18, 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





- The Checked In Today! Guild is 183 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.

-- 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.

Paint it Black by The Singing Beader

Odd by Awesome by addaPtations

Purple Its not Just for Royalty Anymore by SolanaKaiDesigns


Flowers and Butterflies by Shadow Dog Designs

Of Earth and Air, Sea and Sand by Walk In the Woods LLC

Another Place in Time by The Beaded Hound

Check out the Checked In Today! Guild Artisans by the Witch and Mule

Oranges and Lemons says the bells of St. Clements by CardsbyLibe

Pretty in Pink by Strega Jewellry


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 May guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2832
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

> Chipping Away by Pebbles at My Feet – non-guild

> Summer Sunflowers by Forevers Memories – non-guild

> Rhapsody in Blue by Umeboshi – non-guild

> Inspiring by Love Sweet Caroline – non-guild

> Copper Hearts by Luvncraft – non-guild

> Luscious Labrodite by Jewelry Art by Dawn – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Pistachio by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Of Earth and Air, Sea and Sand by Walk in the Woods LLC – guild

-- 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.
> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week is the only updated post for this week.

-- Facebook Hilights

- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading. If you have not joined the Facebook group, come on over and join us! If you share your latest creations and blog postings with us, we can get them into the newsletter grabbing you some extra backlinks.


- 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 and chatty!

> Lee of Strega Jewelry posted a collection of tutorials for those who are interested in learning new things. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=collections&op=details&cid=42631

> Linda Landig shares her latest blog post on getting her bead stash under control, as if that can ever be done! http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2013/05/art-bead-organization.html

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber shared her blog post on Tulips that includes a collection of Tulips from Artfire sellers. http://rssdesignsinfiber.blogspot.com/2013/05/tulips-in-arts-and-crafts-on-artfire.html

> Linda Steider shared her set up at her Portland show. This booth is a great example of lots of color in which to shop.

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber shared her tulip collection http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=collections&op=details&cid=42622 which contains this beautiful doily. Just in time for the tulips to be blooming.

> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shared her success when her Koi Wine Bottle Coaster sold because Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared it in a collection. That is networking at its finest! Congrats on the sale Connie.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions invites you to join her in her studio where she shows you how she makes faux turquoise.


> Pam of Pebbles by My Feet shared her latest creation from a beautiful rock that she discovered.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest Tree of Life

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest earrings using carved bone and Swarovski.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest collection titled Circles of Life.

> Linda of JNL Designs shared her latest charm bracelet with us.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a chunky red and teal bracelet.

> Susan of SusanKnits shared some pretty cowboy hat shank buttons she added to her studio.

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber shared a wedding doiley with a dancing couple.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared several of her latest survival bracelets.

> Lisa of Cardsbylibe shared a blog post with her second part of the LA Show she was in. Great read and sounds like so much fun.


Post your May guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2832
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