18 May 2013

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

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of May 13, 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 190 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. It is not that hard to check 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.
Crystal Blue Persuasion by Pebbles at my Feet
Charmed, I am Sure by Blue Morning Expressions – This won Collection of the Week
Lilac Bush by Zoomgraphiks
Delights of the Earth by Shadow Dog Designs – This was a Front Page collection!

Pretty in Pink by Forevers Memories

I Love My Guild by Aya Designs

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
> Delights of the Earth by Shadow Dog Designs - 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.
> 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!
- 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!
> Linda of JNL Designs shared her newest charm bracelet that inspired an entire collection and a blog post.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions had a winning guild collection titled “Charmed, I am Sure” based on Linda’s bracelet. It won this week’s Collection of the Week from Artfire LInk  Stop by and enter your latest collection next Wednesday. You could win a month’s worth of Artfire rent for your studio. There is also a blog post on the history of the charm bracelet. Charmed, I am Sure – read it today.
> Christine Wasankari shared her latest creations. A greeting card set and a eye popping floral still life

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a link to a Facebook page of a returning astronaut she has been stalking while he was in the ISS. He has some fantastic photos from space. If you need inspiration, take a look at some of his photos. https://www.facebook.com/AstronautChrisHadfield/posts/602823556402052 He is in a band and sings too!
> Linda of Steider Studios got out her camera again and she has some hummers that she is showing off on her Facebook page. Go see!https://www.facebook.com/linda.steider?hc_location=stream
> Jennifer of Forevers Memories is headed to her first craft show! She will be at the Aurora Arts Festival in June. Congrats!
> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest survivor bracelet, and she told the story of how they became known as the survivor bracelet. See her blog post
here. It is very interesting.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her latest charm bracelet.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest pink creation; a pair of mother of pearl earrings.

> Lea of LAJewelry Designs created a neat interchangeable ringtop in glass.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs worked her way into a winning design with this gorgeous necklace.

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. Hello Julie! So many beautiful collections! Welcome newbies!
    1.00 Days in May ~EvezBeadz.Artfire.com, :D EvE

  2. ShadowDog's items is featured on my blog today too

  3. Thanks Julie and congrats on winning collection of the week.

  4. As always, thank you for the guild update, Julie and Blu! Congrats on the winning collection (: Off to promote.

  5. Great work from new members!

    Great collections and so happy to hear that one made the collection of the week!

    Thanks for the update as always.

  6. Thank you for the weekly update, Julie. All collections have been shared. Welcome to new members - it's always great to see more talent around here!

  7. Julie, Thank you for doing this every week for us. You are amazing :) Such a wonderful update :)


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