01 June 2013

Checked In Today! Guild Weekly Update 5-24-13

Your Guild at Work for You

What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of May 24, 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 189 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.

Summer Romance by RSS Designs in Fiber

Ocean Deep … Seashore View by The Witch and Mule

String Theory by Blue Morning Expressions

Summer Golds by Quilt Tops

Summer Orange by Islands of Time


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 June guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2887

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

> Juicy Fruits by The Mushrooms Door – non-guild

> Paint it Black by The Mushrooms Door – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Old New and Blue by Pebbles at My Feet – non-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.

> Susan of Susan Knits posted new upcycling craft items to her Artfire studio. Clever use of the Keurig cups.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a hiking trip she took to a mountain top lake. https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/q75/s480x480/984205_10151397137442563_461954761_n.jpg

> Natalie of Adore by Nat shared her latest blog post: Bird Favor

> Linda of JNL Designs showed off another fabulous charm bracelet.

> Susan of Susan Knits shared a new scarf, because after all, it is winter somewhere!

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared a wonderfully tropical twisted pearl necklace.

> Linda Landing discussed her reorganization efforts in her blog post: Artbead Organization

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a silky smooth water photograph she took at HooDoo falls by Big Sky, Montana.


> Natalie of Adore by Nat shared a listing for cell phone straps, which make great beady things.

> Susan of Susan Knits shared a listing for a Rubber Stamp


> Pam of Pebbles at my Feet shared her view of spring from 9,300 feet.

Spring Comes Slowly to South Park, Colorado: A Look Outside My Studio

> Pam of Pebbles at my Feet shared her latest earring offering.

>Natalie of Adore by Nat shared some cute owl stickers.

> Susan of Susan Knits shared a new pair of earrings she created.

> Connie of Grapeview Glass shared some new pendants.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations has been a bracelet making maniac lately – here are her latest offerings:

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared  her third installment in her continuing story regarding her first big show. These are GOOD friends :)

> Artist SLWalden of Islands of Time shared more of her beading adventures.

Post your June guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2887

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. great new shops and love the collections. THanks for the update!

  2. Thank you for the listing! I'm currently making my collection and should have it saved by mid morning Sunday. Good night all

  3. Thanks for the updates, always appreciated!

  4. Thanks for the updates Julie!
    Newbie Cafedecals made a sale with me!
    Great for Father's day gifts for the man who has everything!

    :D. EvE

  5. Thank you, Julie for the guild update. Welcome to all the new studios!

  6. Than you Julie fantastic update. Welcome to all our new members :)

  7. Hi, thanks for the update and for showcasing some of my items. Watch for a sale in my studio coming very soon!


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