Welcome to the DownUnder Direct Inspiration blog. Here you will find lots of fantastic projects using the wonderful range of products from DownUnder Direct. The DownUnder Direct range includes Bazzill Basics Paper, JustRite Stamps, Spellbinders, Swarovski Crystals and BLING-abilities. You will also find our latest edition - the wonderful pre cut and scored card blanks from Le Crystelle. Card blanks are now available for retail purchase only. To view the complete range visit www.lecrystelle.com.au




22 December 2011
Well this is our final project for 2011.  Hasn't the year gone by quickly?
The Design Team will be taking a little break but we will return on January 9th with more projects to get you inspired.
From all of us on the Design Team we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.  

"Here I have used the warm colours of a gingerbread biscuit in my layout, to combine with the warmth of the candle in the photo. With Bazzil available in so many colours you can match the exact shade to your photos, and create the look you are after."


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-973E Walnut
9-960D Kraft 
5-511E Hillary 
8-808E Vanilla
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage 
S4-318 Fleur De Lis Squares 

Other Materials Used:

Scrap of patterned paper 
Red and white straw 
Green ribbon 
White glitter 
White dimensional paint 
Red glitter 
Brown stamp pad 
Glimmer Mists 
Fibres 
Gold Stickles 

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
20 December 2011
Here is a lovely idea for a special Christmas card.



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960 Kraft Cardstock 

Spellbinders: 

S4-114 Standard Circles Large 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 JB-08780 A Merry Little Christmas

Other Materials Used:

Printed papers
Inkpad

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE



19 December 2011
Spellbinders sets can be used together, with the addition of Just Rite Christmas Stamps to layer a card, that is really unique.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

2-227E Pomegranate
10-1001E White
5-511E Hillary 

Spellbinders: 

S5-043 Fleur De Lis Doily Motifs
S4-283 Heirloom Ornaments
S4-328 Foliage 
NEST-005 Nested Circles 

Just Rite Stamps: 

Jb-08780 A Merry Little Christmas Set 

Other Materials Used: 

Scraps of patterned papers 
Star ribbon 
Gold Stickles
Red organza ribbon 
Copics 
Black and red stamp pad

Card created by Design Team member-Sue
18 December 2011
"This cute plum pudding tag is made so quick and easy with the spellbinders, so you will not mind making lots for your Christmas parcels this year. If you make it larger it is a great card too."

Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-975E Pinecone
10-1001E White 
5-511E Hillary 
2-227E Pomegranate 

Spellbinders: 

NEST-005 Nested & Scalloped Circles 
S4-328 Foliage 
I2-1009 Impressiblities Flourish 

 Other Materials used: 

Green glitter 
 Dimensional Magic 
Gold and platinum ink 
Foam tape 
Small hole punch for berries 

Off the page created by Design Team member-Sue
17 December 2011
Here is a lovely idea for a placecard, just in time for your holiday entertaining.

"I made a frame for the name on this placecard using a Labels Eight die and then an oval die for the centre. Before attaching it to the placecard, I embossed the frame and before removing it from the embossing template, I sponged a little acrylic paint over it to bring out the detail. I'll be needing a few of these placecards leading up to Christmas! Fortunately they are super easy to whip up."


 Products Used:

 Bazzill Basics Paper: 

5-5104E Rainforest 
15-256G Cardinal 
5-510E Parakeet 

 Spellbinders: 

I2-1009 Impressabilities - Flourish 
S5-019 Labels Eight 
S4-110 Ovals Large 
S4-328 Foliage 

Other Materials Used: 

Echo Park 6x6 pad - Season's Greetings 
Red wired berries 
Thickers alphabet stickers 
Kaiser acrylic paint

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
15 December 2011
Today's project is a lovely layout using purple, another colour not usually associated with Christmas projects.

"Try using different colour combinations for Christmas, purple and gold is a really striking choice, have your photos printed in black and white so they suit the page."

Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

6-631D Purple 
6-620E Wisteria 
 4-426E Lemonade 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags & Accents 
 S4-194 Inverted Circles Lge 

 Other Materials Used:

Gold and cream swirled paper 
Purple lace 
 Gold binding 
White and gold glitter 
Brads 
 Hole punch 
 Gold paint or rub on

Layout created by team member-Sue
13 December 2011
Today we have our final Tutorial for 2011.  We will be back again in the New Year with more projects to get you inspired.

"This is a really quick way to make a bunch of gift tags at once. These tags are 5 x 2 inches in size."



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-565E Aqua 

Spellbinders:

S4-114 Circles Large
E8-001Edgeabilities Classic Scallop 
S4-334 Heirloom Ornaments 2011 

JustRite Stamps:

CL02155 Merry & Bright 

Other Materials Used:

Echo Park Season’s Greetings 6x6 paper pad
Twinery Bakers Twine – Maraschino
Prima alphabet stickers
Black Cherry StazOn ink

 Instructions:

 Step One:

Cut a piece of 12x12 Bazzill cardstock into two 5 inch strips and one 2 inchstrip.



 Step Two:

Choose two papers from the pad – a plain one and a patterned one. Cut two 1½ inch strips of the plain (red) paper and two 1 inch strips of thepatterned (blue) paper, and cut a scalloped edge on them using the scallop Edgeabilities die.


Step Three:

Glue the scalloped edge pieces in place on the 5 inch strip of Bazzill.


Step Four

Cut the 5 inch strip into 2 inch pieces. These are the 5 x 2 inch tag bases.


Step Five:

Cut circles from each of the papers and glue in place on the tags. Punch ahole in the centre of the circles.


Step Six:

Stamp an ornament onto the 2 inch strip of Bazzill, and cut out using theHeirloom Ornament die. Attach to the tag using foam mounting squares.







Step Seven:

Finish the tags of with some Bakers Twine and alphabet stickers.
(Refer to first photo)

Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA
12 December 2011
Here is a pretty little card using an unusual Christmas colour combo.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960 Kraft Cardstock 

Spellbinders: 

S4-351 Spiral Blossom One 
S4-345 Picot Edge Circles 

Other Materials Used: 

Kaiser Patterened Paper 
Glitter/Kindy Glitz

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
11 December 2011
Spellbinders make creating a more complicated card easy with the Nesting circles and scalloped circles fitting so nicely together and matching the Just Rite Stamps.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

10-1001E White 
7-183E Admiral

Spellbinders: 

NEST-005 Nested Circles Scalloped Circles 
S4-223 Create a Fake 2 
I2-1003 Impressiblities Snowflake 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 JB 09785 Vintage Christmas Set 

Other Materials Used: 

Twinkling H2o's 
White glitter 
Black stamp pad 
Platinum ink 

 Card created by Design Team member-Sue
8 December 2011
Here is a lovely idea for a Christmas wreath.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

5-573 Aspen 
5-555 Jade
5-506 Aloe Vera
5-5124 Lime Sherbet 
5-543 Patch 
5-542 Nathan 

Spellbinders: 

S4-092 Stars Five 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One 

Other Materials Used: 

Misc Die Cut letters 
Red glitter 
Ruffled ribbon


Project created by Design Team member-SHEREE
5 December 2011
Hello to all. I hope you enjoyed our month of Christmas projects. We are back this month with a few more Christmas ideas to inspire you for those last minute cards as well as a few scrapbooking pages for those treasured Christmas photos.

 Today we have a card from Teresa.



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 19-7561E Intense Teal 
2-214E Red Devil 
10-1001E Bazzill White 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-027 Labels Twenty One 
S4-233 Labels Nine S4-072 Flower Creations 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL02155 Merry & Bright 

 Other Materials Used: 

SW4001 4mm Swarovski Crystal 
Echo Park Berries patterned paper 
Papermania fabric brad 
Twinery Bakers Twine - Maraschino 
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Montage sheet image

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
30 November 2011
Here is another pretty card using the Holiday Style paper pack.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Holiday Style paper pack

Spellbinders:

S4-114 Standard Circles Large
S5-042 Fleur de lis doily accents

 Just Rite Stamps:

 JB-08780 A Merry Little Christmas

Other Materials Used:

Kindy Glitz
Red ink pad

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
29 November 2011
Here is a tutorial for a really quick and easy treat box.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

2-227E Pomegranate
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

S4-334 Heirloom Ornaments 2011
NEST-005 Nested Scalloped Circles

JustRite Stamps:

JB08780 Merry Little Christmas Set

Other Materials Used:

Crafter's Companion
White Pigment Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Ribbon
1/8 " Hole Punch
Clear Acetate

Instructions:

Step One:

Cut an A5 piece of Pomegranate cardstock


Step Two:

Using the Crafters Companion as a guide, score down the centre of the piece of cardstock.


Step Three:

Find the centre at the top of the piece of cardstock and mark with a pencil.
Repeat on the other end.



Step Four:

Score each corner from the pencil mark to the scored centre line.



Step Five:

Position your die on the piece of paper to cut out the window.
Secure with tape and run through the die cutting machine.



Step Six:

Attach a piece of acetate to the inside over the cutout.


Step Seven:

Fold the sides in and punch holes for the ribbon.



To finish, fill the box with lollies secure with ribbon and add a gift tag if desired.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-TRACEY
28 November 2011
Here is a lovely card using a not so traditional colour combination of black, red and white. 

"The Heirloom dies are a beautiful shape - reminiscent of vintage Christmas baubles. Stamp, die cut, embellish - it's so easy to create a gorgeous card in just a few minutes."


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-942E Twig 
10-1081E Raven 
2-214E Red Devil 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments 
S4-124 Scallop Circle Large 
S4-114 Circles Large 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02155 Merry & Bright 

 Other Materials Used: 

My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad 
Red string 
Black satin ribbon 
Kaiser bling 
Onyx Black Versafine ink

Card Created by Design Team member-TERESA
27 November 2011
Using just the standard circles Spellbinder dies, Sheree has created some cute little trees that are sure to add that special something to any holiday table.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-573 Aspen 
5-555 Jade 
5-506 Aloe Vera 

Spellbinders: 

S4-114 Standard Circles Large 

Other Materials Used: 

Misc beads 
Old wooden cotton reels 
Wooden skewers

Project created by Design Team member-SHEREE
26 November 2011
Here is a gift box I made using a JustRite Stamp box.  If you've been a fan of JustRite Stamps for awhile, you probably have a few of these boxes lying around.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

2-245E Phoenix
15-255G Tomato

Spellbinders:

S5-055 Layered Poinsettia
NEST-001 Nested Ovals

JustRite Stamps:

JB09925 Peace on Earth

Other Materials Used:

Micro Beads
Glossy Accents
Ribbon
White Pigment Ink
White Embossing Powder
Christine Re Printed Paper
White Paint

Tip:

When covering the box with paper you have to keep in mind that the lid is already a tight fit.  I covered the lid only and painted the base, sanding first before painting.
To add depth to the box and to stop the lid from covering the base completely, I inserted some foam tape inside the lid to make a lip and keep the lid sitting a little higher.  

Off the page created by Design Team member-TRACEY
25 November 2011
"I took these pictures on Christmas night. The kids played around with Sparklers, and I took photos of them with a long exposure. You can see the light path of the sparklers. There's some hidden journaling under the main photo with a ribbon pull on it."




Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

4-454E Honey 
 10-1081E Raven 
4-406E Chiffon 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 
S5-028 Nested Pennants 
LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven 
S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments 
S5-026 Labels Twenty 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02155 Merry & Bright 

 Other Materials Used: 

My Mind's Eye Papers and Chipboard Embellishments 
Kaisercraft bling 
Copic marker 
Jet Black StazOn ink 
Black string

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
23 November 2011
Today's project uses some pretty papers from the Holiday Style paper pack to create a lovely non traditional coloured Christmas card.

Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

303981 Holiday Style paper pack 

Spellbinders: 

S4-114 Standard Circles Large 
S5-042 Fleur de lis doily accents 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 JB-08780 A Merry Little Christmas 

Other Materials Used:

Memento Inkpad 
Copics

Card created by Design Team-member-SHEREE
21 November 2011
Red and Green are the perfect colours for Christmas and the new Layered Poinsettia flower fits in this theme wonderfully.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

2-227E Pomegranate 
5-5100D Pine Needle 
8-808E Vanilla 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-055 Layered Poinsettia  
 S5-058 Ironwork Accents 
 S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags & Accents 

 Other Materials Used: 

Gold glitter 
Glimmer mists
Ribbon 
Plastic gems 
White glitter 
Green cotton 
Chip alpha 
Iridescent medium

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
20 November 2011
Today we have a couple of different types of ornaments to share with you.

"I made a couple of different ornaments for Christmas.The first one has a photo of my middle child when she was a baby (this is agreat idea for Baby's First Christmas! You could add the year instead of thesentiment I have used here)."

"The second ornament can be made with any symmetrical shape. You simply fold each die cut in half, and glue them together back to back. Add some twine so it can hang from a tree - too easy!" 


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

4-406E Chiffon 

Spellbinders:

S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments
S4-114 Circles Large
S4-124 Scallop Circle Large 

JustRite Stamps:

CL02080Cling - Fancy Tags Set 
JB08950 Nested Frame Dies

Other Materials Used:

MME Patterned paper
Gold ribbon
Kaiser pearls 
Twine

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
18 November 2011
Today we have a fun layout showcasing the much loved Christmas pudding.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper:

303981 Holiday Style Paper Pack 
9-960 Kraft 

Spellbinders: 

S5-042 Fleur de Lis Doily Accents 
S4-346 Labels Twenty Two 

Other Materials Used: 

American Craft Thicker alpha letters 
Brown mist spray

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
17 November 2011
Searching through my stash of craft materials I found some craft wood napkin rings. I've covered them by wrapping some ribbon around and securing with glue. I assembled four poinsettias and attached these to the rings for a quick holiday table accessory.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

15-255G Tomato

Spellbinders:

S5-055 Layered Poinsettia

Other Materials Used:

Tartan Ribbon
Brads
Wooden Napkin Rings

Project created by Design Team member-TRACEY
16 November 2011
Here is a card I made using the new Layered Poinsettia Die. If the leaf in the set is too large for the project you are doing, you can cut a flower into individual pieces and use the petals for leaves as I have done here.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
2-227E Pomegranate
4-435E Curry Spice

Spellbinders:

S5-055 Layered Poinsettia

Other Materials Used:

Micro Beads
Glossy Accents to adhere beads
Versamark Pad to rub over embossed areas
Organza Ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY
15 November 2011



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basic Paper:

10-1001E  White

Spellbinders: 

S5-059 Ironwork Motifs
NEST-005  Nested Circles 

Other Materials Used: 

White glitter 
Spray adhesive 
Silver cord 
Plastic gem

Instructions:

Step One:

Cut out four large snowflake shapes, fold in half, unfold, fold again in half and unfold, then fold once on the diagonal.



Step Two:

Place on a scrap piece of paper and spray with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter allow to dry.


Step Three:

Fold inwards on the diagonal fold so it forms a triangular shape, adhere each to a circle of cardstock, lining them up so the tips all meet in the middle. Adhere a plastic gem to the centre.


Tips:

 Repeat these steps and glue both together to form a 360 shape for your Christmas tree.

Try different colours and glitters or even gold and metallic paints.

You could cut the shapes from foil board or glitter papers and skip the glitter steps.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SUE
13 November 2011
This is a wonderful Christmas project to do.  If you back the patterned paper with light weight chip board, it will add to the sturdiness of the banner and should last for years. You can use all your scrap patterned and plain cardstock, just match the colours.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

2-227E Pomegranate
10-1001E White 
5-511E Hillary

Spellbinders: 

S5-028 Nested Pennants
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 

Other Materials Used: 

Ribbon 
Distress Ink - Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw 
Eyelets 
Chip Alpha
Glitter 
Light Weight Chip Board 
Patterned papers (any) 
Embellishments 


 Off the page created by Design Team member-Sue
12 November 2011
Nothing says Christmas more than a star and a snowflake, it reminds us of all the lovely cozy feelings we have in winter, even if our winter is not at Christmas time it is still a time for family and coziness.

Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

7-784E Admiral
10-1001E White 
7-701E Splash 

Spellbinders: 

S5-054 Snowflake Pendant 2011 
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 
 NEST-005 Nested Circles 
 I2-1003 Impressabilities Snowflakes

 JustRite Stamps:

JB08780 A Merry Little Christmas Set 

Other Materials Used: 

White organza ribbon 
Noel button 
Blue fibre 
White glitter 
Clear crystals 
Blue ink 

 Card created by Design Team member-Sue
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