08 June 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 6-01-13

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 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. 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.

Checked in Today Listings – Love them by Melissa’s Handicrafts

Neckline Nuances by Umbeboshi

The Colors of Summer by Walk in the Woods LLC

Congratulations Class of 2013 by Steider Studios

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

> Yesterday’s Farm by Quilt Tops – non-guild

> Trees of Blue by Umeboshi – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Masters of the Air: Birds, Dragonflies and Butterflies by Shadow Dog Designs – non-guild

> Trendy Dad by The Mushrooms Door – non-guild

> Paint it Black by The Singing Beader – 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.

> Connie of Grapevine Glass shared her latest pendant filled with lots of swirls and colors.

> Connie also shared this pretty arrowhead shaped pendant.

> Pam of Pebbles at my Feet shared her pretty gemstone earring set.

> Pam of Pebbles at my Feet shared a wonderfully fascinating blog post about the Festoon Necklace. Stop by and read this and let her know you enjoyed it.

> Virginia of Clemmie V Totes and Bags shared another one of her colorful totes.

> Virginia of Clemmie V Totes and Bags also shared two blog posts from her studio.

Purple paisley totes

New Summer Items

> Natalie of Adore by Nat shared some vintage gift tags.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her red coral dyed bamboo Tree of Life pendant.

> Susan of Susan Knits shared a blue fabric hair clip.

Susan also shared this pretty cowl. It is not summer everywhere in the world!


> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest creations.


> Linda of JNL Designs shared her latest charm bracelet.

> Aya of Ayas Designs shared her necklace being worn on Atlanta and Company Television show.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest necklace.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her latest necklace.

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. welcome to new members. Such wonderful creations!

    Thanks for the update Julie. I really appreciate how hard you work for the group (and with all the promotion)!

    Checked out the collections! Wonderful as always!

  2. Welcome to the newbies. Will go investigate their studios as soon as I post. Thanks for all your hard work, Julie. The handsome Blu must have an extra treat or two today - the handsome Seamus says so! Happy weekend to all . . . Catherine

  3. Thank you very much for the welcome all. Looking forward to participating and getting to meet everyone xoxo

    Allyson Michelle (Scentsible Supplies)

  4. Thanks to all the beautiful EyE CandY. Welcome to the Newbies. Julie must keep us updated on your sending gifts to the stars at the Emmy's! Will you still talk to little old us? :) Eve

  5. Welcome newbies!
    Thank you Julie for all the work you do. Much appreciated.


  6. thanks for showing my creations, and thanks Evez for the great comment on my cowl!

    Welcome to our newbies, and seconding the thanks to Julie for creating this blog.

  7. Thank you Julie!

    I recognize some pieces here!



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