04 May 2013

Checked In Today! Guild Weekly Update 4-27-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of April 27, 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


Children's Book, Horses, Ponies, Boredom Buddies, Becky Nichols



Dirty Martini #2 - Acrylic Painting


Beautiful Blue and Gold Tone "Cleopatra" 20" Necklace

- 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 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.

-- 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.

Kids Love Animals by Umeboshi

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 threadhttp://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

> Earthy Days are Here by Umeboshi – non-guild

> Of Sea and Sky by Umeboshi – non-guild

> Mom Prefers Purple by Pebbles at My Feet – Guild

> Vintage Red and Blue by Quilt Tops – non-guild

> Spring Blossoms by Jazz it up With Designs by Nancy – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Creamsicles and Blue Skies by Renny Clothing  - non-guild

> Orange and Red Happiness by Shadowdog Designs – 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.

> Pam of Pamela Beads posted a Mother’s Day post

Almost Time For Their Day

-- 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!

> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shared her latest creation.

> Linda of JNL Designs shared her latest watch.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest blog post about the Mother’s Day Countdown.


> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest skull earrings.

> Susan of SusanEKnits shared her latest offerings.

> Sue of Quilt Tops shared her latest cupcake apron.

> Linda of Linda Landig shared her latest blog post and two new pairs of earrings.


> Linda of Steider Studios has invited us all to come and see her studio. She was participating in the largest artist run show https://www.facebook.com/gatheringoftheguilds?group_id=357931887553732

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted the last link to the Mother’s Day Countdown Week 12.  Come and join us for the last week of sharing our Mother’s Day gift ideas. We have had a tremendous showing of wonderful gift ideas.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her blog post titled Give Me All Your Chocolate and No One Will Get Hurt

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


  1. totally missed last week! BEEN SO CRAZY BUSY! Of course, it's a good busy, so no complaining!
    Thank you for the ever helpful update!

  2. What a wonderful update. I have been slammed with getting better and then the baby getting sick. I am behind on everything. Getting new items made, my blogs are behind and my new website design. I better get on the ball and get it all done. LOL I even missed the last Mother's Day link up. Shacking my head and kicking my self. :) Thank you for all you do for us :)

  3. I'm with everyone else! Between my "real" job, selling a house, several custom orders, and prepping for my first ever craft fairs, I haven't even had a free moment to hit the "Check In" button every day! I'm really glad business is picking up for everyone though! We could all use a little boost after the floundering economic conditions the past year or so. Happy Spring everyone!


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