Thursday, April 17, 2014

A few alternate logos for the Adventurer's Club

Here are a few alternate logos for The Adventurer's Club...

I actually commissioned these ones a long time before the logo I'm currently using,
but for various reasons, they didn't get done until this week!

They're really cute though, so I thought I'd share them...
that way if you want to change it up, or use one of these,
you can!
(The aqua haired girl is an illustration of my Dollfie Dream Alna,
the pink haired gal is a Chiika) XD

Anyways, I hope you enjoy them!
Also, don't forget to join in on this month's theme!

Exotic Animals!



 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mid-Month Tutorial #4: Flower _'s Paint Chip Box Tutorial


Yuzuha: Hi everyone! I'm back with a new tutorial for you!


This one is pretty easy!



Supplies:

1. Scissors
2. exacto knife
3. Behr Paint Swatches
4. paper glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue)
5. ruler
6. Pencil

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Let's begin!

Step 1:
Choose your Behr Paint Swatches in the colors you want the box to be.
You will need 2 swatches to make a box, one for the box, and one for the box lid.
You can pick these swatches up for free at your local hardware or paint store.

The swatches measure 5X6 inches.

For your box bottom, you will need to cut out a 5X5 inch square.

For your box top, you will need to cut out a 3X3 inch square.

Step 2:
When measuring your box bottom, it's wise to make sure you're not cutting on the curved edge.

Yuzuha: Hmmm, ok, I think that's pretty good...

Step 3:
Once you have your 5X5 inch box measured out, cut it out with scissors.
(You can also use a ruler and exacto knife, but it's not necessary to be that precise)
Yuzuha: Someday I hope Heather gets us those Neemo sized scissors... -_-;;

Step 4:
Now it's time to cut out the 3X3 box top.
I like to make two lines (like you see below) and then measure from there...

Step 5:
Here is where the instructions are a little vague...
The next step is to draw the lines for where you'll cut the flaps and make the folds...
and the tutorial measurements say:
For the 5X5 box bottom:
Measure in "a tad over 1.5 inches"
... well...
ok?
So, here is what I chose for my "a tad" measurement.
You can see the pencil mark falls between the 5 (which marks 1.5 inches) and the 6.
My "a tad" is very small.

In the end, your Box Bottom swatch should look like this:
(divided into 9 boxes)

For the 3X3 inch top:
Measure in "a tad under half an inch"
On this ruler, the 5 marks 'half an inch', and I made my pencil mark between the 4 and the 5.

In the end your Box Top swatch should look like this:
(divided into 9 sections)

Step 6:
Next we're going to cut out the tabs!
Yuzuha: I recommend using the Exacto knife for this next bit!

The black dots mark where I cut.
I don't measure, I just sort of roughly cut out some bits...
ONLY cut where the black dots are,
the other pencil lines are for folding along!

Also, pay attention to the fact that the notches you will be cutting out go outward,
and do not cut into the middle box on the top and bottom rows.

In the end you will cut out tabs like this:

Do the same on the box lid (but obviously, the notches will be much smaller!)
Again... I just eye-balled it:


Step 7:
Now I use the ruler to help me fold along the pencil lines!
Fold along all the pencil lines!


Step 8:
Now it's time for GLUE!


The tiny tabs that you created by cutting out the notches on the box top will be glued to the inside, so fold them inward...

And then glue them!


On the box bottom, the tabs aren't quite as tiny, but you still glue them inward,
they will just overlap.


To have a nice box, it is very important to make sure the top edges all line up evenly!


This picture illustrates where I put the glue!

FINISHED!!
You have some cute, multicolored little storage boxes!
Yuzuha: I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Conclusion:
This was a pretty great, simple, cheap tutorial!
I suggest everyone try it out!


Monday, April 14, 2014

A quick, not very glorious, rundown of the Azone Ex Cute Series

Ok, here goes:

Series 1:
Introduction series, there were 5 girls all named after the line of clothing associated with them:
Snotty Cat Koron, Wicked Style Aika, Romantic Girly Chiika, Angelic Sigh Lien, Blue Bird's Song Miu

Series 2:
Waitress Theme:
Happy Honey Marmalade Koron, Taisho Roman Cafe Chiika, Classic Girl Miu, Poppin' Roller Girl Lien, Chocoholic Nightmare Aika

Series 3:
Princess of Fairyland Theme:
Princess Koron, Princess Chiika, Princess Aika, Princess Lien, Princess Miu

Series 4:
Everyday Wear Theme:
Blue Bird's Song II Miu, Romantic Girly II Chiika, Snotty Cat II (Special Version) Koron, Snotty Cat II (Regular Version) Koron, Wicked Style II Aika, Angelic Sigh II (Special Version) Lien, Angelic Sigh II (Normal Version) Lien

Series 5:
Sweet Punk Girls Theme:
Sweet Punk Aika (Normal Version), Sweet Punk Aika (Limited Version), Sweet Punk Miu, Sweet Punk Chiika, Sweet Punk Koron, Sweet Punk Lien, Sweet Punk Himeno (Normal Version), Sweet Punk Himeno (Limited Version)

Series 6:
Secret Wonderland Theme:
Secret Wonderland Chiika (Normal Version), Secret Wonderland Chiika (Limited Version), Secret Wonderland Miu (Normal Version), Secret Wonderland Miu (Limited Version), Secret Wonderland Koron, Secret Wonderland Aika, Secret Wonderland Lien, Secret Wonderland Himeno

Series 7:
Casual Look:
Romantic Girly III Chiika (Normal Version), Romantic Girly III Chiika (Limited Version), Blue Bird's Song III Miu, Wicked Style III Aika, Snotty Cat III Koron (Normal Version), Snotty Cat III Koron (Limited Version, Angelic Sigh III Lien (Normal Version), Angelic Sigh III Lien (Limited Version), Fanny Fanny II Himeno

Series 8:
Magical Country:
Majokko ☆ Lien / little witch of moon (Normal Version), Majokko ☆ Lien / little witch of moon (Limited Version), Majokko ☆ Himeno / little witch of starlight (Normal Version), Majokko ☆ Himeno / little witch of starlight (Limited Version), Majokko ☆ Aika / little witch of flame (Normal Version), Majokko ☆ Aika / little witch of flame (Limited Version), Majokko ☆ Koron / Little Witch of the Wind (Normal Version), Majokko ☆ Koron / Little Witch of the Wind (Limited Version), Majokko ☆ Miu / Little Witch of the Water (Normal Version), Majokko ☆ Miu / Little Witch of the Water (Limited Version), Majokko ☆ Chiika / little witch of the heart (Normal Version),  Majokko ☆ Chiika / little witch of the heart (Limited 1.1 Version), Majokko ☆ Chiika / little witch of the heart (Limited 1.2 Version), Majokko ☆ Raili / little witch of the snow (normal version), Majokko ☆ Raili / little witch of the snow (limited version)

Series 9:
Girls of the Forest Theme:
Animals ♪ rabbit / Miu sunshine filtering through foliage forest, Animals ♪ wolf / Himeno of sunshine filtering through foliage forest, Animals ♪ squirrel's sunshine filtering through foliage forest / Chiika (Normal Version), Animals ♪ squirrel's sunshine filtering through foliage forest / Chiika (Limited Version), Animals ♪ cat's / Aika sunlight through forest (Normal Version), Animals ♪ cat's / Aika sunlight through forest (Limited Version), Animals ♪'s silver fox / Lian sunshine filtering through foliage forest, Animals ♪ Bambi's / Riley of sunshine filtering through foliage forest, Animals ♪ bear sunlight through forest / Koron (Normal Version), Animals ♪ bear sunlight through forest / Koron (Limited Version), Animals ♪ cat's / Aika Classical Lolita Black ver. Sunshine filtering through foliage forest (Limited Version), Animals ♪ cat's / Aika Classical Lolita Bordeaux ver. Sunshine filtering through foliage forest (Limited Version)

Series 10:
Best Selection Cute:
Classic Alice Chershire cat AIKA (Regular Version), Classic Alice Chershire cat AIKA (Alternate Mouth Version)

The latest series (10) seems to be choosing from past releases, so Chesire Cat Aika was the winner as people's favorite Aika... but I'm not sure if they're including every version ever made (Like, was Kinoko Juice Chiika one of the Chiika choices when people voted?) So it'll be interesting to see what we get in this series.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Azone Friday Update

Time for Friday's Azone Update!

 
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A new Pure Neemo gal joins the fold,
Series 10 for the Pure Neemos has begun,
and some 1/3 fun

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Introducing Mio!
The adorable older sister of Mia and Miu, Mio is on the M body, but with a larger LL bust.

Preorder Starts: April 22nd
Price: $110

This one is the Normal Version:
OMG, those boots!

I love how much she looks like the forest girl Miu and Mia!

She is reaching out, asking me to take her home.
Yes, Mio, yes I will bring you home!

This is the LIMITED Direct Store Version of Mio.
She is very, very cute, but I'm really happy I like the Normal version better.

But she is awfully cute!




Series 10!

So, evidently series 10 is going to be made up of past released girls, the ones people have voted their favorite (which... I kind of feel leaves certain Neemos, like Raili, with very few options!)

Aika
"Ex ☆Cute Best Selection"


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The winner of the "popularity vote" for Aika was
"Classic Alice Chershire cat AIKA"
This time around you will have two faces to choose from though!

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Order Period: 4/24/2014 (Thursday)-5/19 (Monday)
 Now... this gal has an order period... so I'm not sure if we'll see her on preorder,
or if we should be looking into ways to order her from Azone.

I'm suspecting if this series will be an unlimited order during the order period, though,
that we'll see a lot more of these series 10 gals on the aftermarket.

 Price: ¥ 12,000 (Roughly $120 USD)

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1/3 Scale
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"Black Raven Festival" ★ 4/26

There will be a Black Raven Festival Event with the following special gal being offered:



There will be special items available... but let's look at the doll first

Ⅰ. Black Raven Festival Commemorative Doll sale!

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The legendary "Lilia-White Raven Ⅱ" will be available!
Price: ¥ 43,000 yen (roughly $430 USD)In store only.

Ⅱ. Black Raven original capsule panties!

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Hehehe, Azone and their capsule panties XD

Ⅲ. BlackRaven postcard present ★

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A cute little commemorative postcard will also be available.

Ⅳ. BlackRaven series comes with doll accessories for sale!

Other Black Raven items will be available as well... but... since it's all in stores,
and I'm more of a Neemo gal anyways, I won't list it all here XD
If you're interested in props like guns and whatnot, for 1/3 scale, though, you might want to keep an eye on Mandarake and Yahoo Japan for anything that might show up.

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gotta catch em' all!

I posted some pictures on Instagram and have quite a few inquiries on
how folks can buy one of their own of these:

Kinoko: Hi!... I mean, Pika!

I'm talking about the Pikachu outfit, not the doll, XD

Well, I'm more than happy to share the info!
And I hope it generates a lot of business for the gal, because this little outfit is SO cute and soft!
I felt this piece was totally affordable as well.
(I'm not going to say how much, though, in case she has to figure it differently on a case-by-case basis based on size and where she has to ship to... but it was incredibly reasonable, in my opinion)
It's also high quality and arrived in the time frame she said it would.
It closes with velcro in the front, and has elastic arm and foot holes. 
SO CUTE!

On Instagram, the maker of this awesome outfit goes by the name of
treehousebjd

You can contact her through email (this is how she recommended I contact her when I asked if she made and sold the pikachu outfit)

Her email is:
khkinohaza@hotmail.com

Now for a little review, from the expert:

Pikachu: Pika pi, pika pika, pika pi.

Pikachu: Pika, pika, pika!

Pikachu: Chu.

Kinoko: Uhm, you guys totally understood that, right?