15 June 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 6-08-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of June 08, 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 186 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.
Sweet and Sassy from the Checked in Today! Guild by 777CrystalCreations
Beauty is Reason Enough by Thaddeus Rose
Gifts for Dad from the Checked In Today Guild by Pebbles at my Feet A Few of My Favorite Things by Double S Traders Into the Deep Blue Sea by Adore by Nat 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
> Summer Jewelry Finds by Beaded Necklace Shoppe  - non-guild
> Beauty is Reason Enough by Thaddeus Rose – guild
> Some Enchainted Evening by Strega Jewellry – non-guild
~ Artfire Daily Email
> Inner Glow by Umeboshi - non-guild
> Green and Yellow by Shadow Dog Designs – 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 needs more Facebook likes for her Artfire studio fan page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/SusanKnits-Artfire-Studio/174793762565461
> Susan of Susan Knits shared her latest yarn goodies.  

> Jennifer of Desert Creations showed off her latest cord bracelets.

> Linda of Steider Studios won the On Fire for Handmade contest that she was in; here is the link to see her winning glassware. http://onfireforhandmade.com/steider-studios-on-zibbet/
> Melissa of Melissa’s Handycrafts shared her cherry potholder and her paw print seed bead bracelet.

> Connie of Grapevine Glass shared her latest pendant.

> Pam of Klassy Joolz shared her entry into the ABS monthly challenge for June, 2103

> Jenny of Craftcove shared her new stitch markers that she just put into her studio.

> Virginia of Clemmie V Totes and Bags shared her summer creations.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared a post that helps us to keep out of the Facebook jail for spam. https://www.facebook.com/HikesTL?ref=stream
> Brenda of Brenda’s Craft Store shared her latest knit dishclothes.

> Aya of Aya Designs shared her gift that she sent to actress, Stephanie Drapeau. 

> Connie of Grapevine Glass shared her pretty handmade pendant.

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared her last blog post in the ongoing saga about her trip to the LA Craft Show.  It is a FUN read!
> Natalie of Adore by Nat shared her pink and white flower trim.

> Ruth of RSS Design in Fibers is the featured artist on the On Fire for Handmade bloggers unite.
> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared some of her latest creations. All ready for summer!

> Donna of Sew Amazin shared a baseball kerchief for the puppy’s night out at the ball park.

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared her latest blog on the lovely butterflies that were the inspiration for her latest collection.
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her latest blog post on baby ducks.
> Natalie of Adore by Nat shared her owl cupcake toppers.

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared a wonderfully simple gramophone card.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest earrings in periwinkle blue.

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 stuff from newbies! So happy that my husband is now a part of the guild (SieberDesignsPaintings). Thanks so much for all of your hard work!

  2. so glad to be a part of the guild. Thank you!

  3. Great collections and featured items! I made a collection for our guild this morning.

  4. As always, thank you for compiling all of this! Tweeted the collections (:

  5. Wonderful items!

    Thank you for all your hard work!

    I tweeted this
    #CKDIN guild Updat #artfire http://checkedintodayguild.blogspot.com/2013/06/checked-in-today-guild-weekly-update-6_15.html @saracom

    Have a blessed day!


  6. Welcome New Members, New Members have been added to my Https://pinterest.com/evezbeadz/
    ~EvezBeadz.artfire.com is having a BLOW OUT SALE! Check it out! Eve

  7. Thank you for adding me to the guild! I'm working on my first collection and hope to have it posted in the forum this week. :-)

  8. Thank you for adding me to this great guild!

  9. AWESOME Julie :) Thank you for the great update.


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