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




31 May 2011
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today we have a quick and easy method for making vintage looking flowers.  a great addition to any card or scrapbooking project.

 

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-501E Parakeet
10-1001D Bazzill White

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations

Other Materials Used:

Versa Magic Jumbo Java Inkpad
Water & Spritz Bottle
Embellishment for centre of flower.

Instructions:

Step One:

Using the Rose Creations Die, cut out five different sized flower layers.

Step Two:

Mist each flower with water.


Step Three:

Scrunch Each flower up in your hand, being careful not to rip the petals.



Step Four:

Gently unroll each flower and let dry.  You can use a heat gun to speeds up this process.


Step Five:

Gently rub the ink pad over each flower to give a distressed look.



Step Six.

To finish the flower start with the largest one and layer on top of each other and secure with a glue dot or other adhesive.  Fisnis the flower by adding an embellishment in the centre.  Attach the leaves to the base of the finished flower.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SHEREE




29 May 2011
I love the classic look of black and white, and I love the new JustRite Clings with the co-ordinating Spellbinder Dies. They have such a classic and elegant look that not much else is required to make a stunning project.



This quick and easy off the page project uses the minimal of additional elements.
The note card holder is a template that I designed.  You can get the download link to the pdf file over on my blog.  Simply print the template onto some Bazzill, cut out and assemble. 

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001D Bazzill White
10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

S4-310 Labels Eighteen

JustRite Stamps:

CL02070 Fancy Frames 
CL02085 Fancy Labels

Other Materials Used:

Versamark Inkpad
Judikins White Embossing Powder
Ribbon
Black Pearls

Project created by Design Team member-TRACEY
28 May 2011
Here is a quick and easy card by Sheree.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001D Bazzill White
15-256F Cardinal

Spellbinders:

S5-042 Fleur De Lis Doily Accents 
S4-114 Standard Circles Large
12-1006 Floral & Stone Impressabilities

JustRite Stamps:

JB-08790 Just a Note Borders & Centres 15/8

Other Matrials Used:

Ribbon
Versamagic Jumbo Java Inkpad  

Created by Design Teammember-SHEREE


26 May 2011
Here is a lovely idea for an altered journal.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001D Bazzill White
6-697E  Dotted Swiss Berry Pretty
6-699E Dotted Swiss Plum Pudding

Spellbinders:

S4-042 Fleur De Lis Doily Accents
S4-161 Labels One
S4-092 Stars Five

Other Materials Used:

Kaiser Craft Wooden Journal Album
Ribbon
Alpha Stickers
American Craft Thickers

Created by Design Team member-SHEREE
25 May 2011
Here is another lovely layout created by Sheree.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White
15-256F Cardinal
5-510E Parakeet
9-990E Java

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-042 Fleur De Lis Doily Accents
S4-114 Standard Circles Large
S4-161 Labels One

Other Materials Used:

Bazzill Self Adhesive Bling Stones Kisses
Echo Park Printed Paper
American Craft Thickers

Created by Design Team member-SHEREE
24 May 2011
Here is a pretty card that is quick and easy to make.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

2-214E Red Devil
1-126E Tutu Pink

Spellbinders:

S5-019 Labels Eight
S5-030 Fancy Tags Two

JustRite Stamps:

JB-08790 Just a Note Borders and Centres 1 5/8"

Other Materials Used:

Making Memories Patterned Paper

Created by Design Team member-Teresa
23 May 2011
Here is another pretty layout.



Materials Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-167E Stella
9-975E Pinecone

Spellbinders:

S4-293 Lacey Circles

Other Materials Used:

Patterned Paper
Alphas & Mini Alphas
Prima Ribbon Trim

Tip-mount your photos on dark cardstock to make them stand out from the rest of the page.

Created by Design Team member-KIRSTY 

22 May 2011
Here is a another lovely card created by Sue. I love the way she has used Elegant Posts.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Lemon
Bazzill Red
Ivy
Raven

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-032 Elegant Posts
S4-328 Foliage

Other Materials Used:

Red ribbon
Bamboo skewers
Ornate button
Iridescent medium
Black ink

Created by Design Team member-SUE
21 May 2011
Here is a pretty thank you card from Kirsty.


Bazill Basics Paper:

Vanilla 8-808E
Vintage Pink 1-139E

Spellbinders:

Labels 14 S4290

JustRite Stamps:

JB08790 Just a Note Borders and Centers 1 5/8'

Other Materials Used:

 Patterned Paper
 Brad
 Ribbon

Created by Design Team member-KIRSTY
19 May 2011
Here is a cute layout using several of the Spellbinder dies.  The combination of Circles and Scalloped Circles make a lovely border.


Products Used:


Bazzill Basics Paper:

8-820E Rope Swing
2-214E Red Devil
8-806D Natural
7-7138D Sea Glass

Spellbinders:

S4-116 Circles Small
S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles Small
S4-112 Classic Ovals Small
S4-113 Classic Scalloped Ovals Small
S4-072 Flower Creations

Other Materials Used:


Jillibean Soup Alphabet Stickers

Created by Design Team member-Teresa
17 May 2011
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday. Today we have a tutorial on making beautiful layered flowers using Rose Creations.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Bazzill Red

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations

Other Materials Used:

Large brad
Hot glue gun
Water
Iridescent medium (optional)
Glitter and spray glue (optional)
Ornate button (optional)
Bamboo skewer

Instructions:

Step One:

Cut four flowers of at least four different sizes of Rose Creations, sixteen in total. I like the large, medium and two small flowers, but not the smallest as it is a little fiddly.


Step Two:

Take a large brad (any colour) and thread one small flower, use glue gun to adhere petals over the top of brad to form a bud. Then thread on all flowers from smallest to
large and splay brad at back.




Step Three:

Mist or dunk the flower in water, scrunching up the petals from the inside small ones to the large ones at the back into a kind of bud. 


Step Four:

Unfurl the petals, carefully arranging them with a skewer as you go. Dry off with a heat gun.


There are a few options once petals are arranged nicely, and flower is dry:
You can roughly brush over Iridescent medium, or gold paint
Or you can squirt middle with a little darker Glimmer mist,
Or spray a little spray glue and sprinkle just a tiny bit of fine glitter to match the flower.
Or glue an ornate button in the centre instead.
Edge some petals with Stickles or glitter glue
You can edge flowers with stamp pad ink before you thread them on brad.
the water makes the ink soften and smudge, for a nice natural look.


Tips 
Don’t let the flowers all line up, try to offset them so petals splay out nicely.
If they still are lined up too much wait until you have dried them off then twist them around from the back.
The more you scrunch the crinklier the flower.
Pinch the petals across the top with thumb and forefinger
Dry off with heat gun if too wet and continue to arrange petals
Use a skewer to help arrange petals as you are drying.
Play with it and have fun.
Use two shades of cardstock, darker one for the centre
You can use Blossoms 2  or Carnation Creations Spellbinders instead.
Vary the sizes and amounts of cut flowers used to create different types of  finished flowers.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SUE







16 May 2011
Here is a layout by Teresa.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

8-806D Natural
2-214E Red Devil
7-7138D Sea Glass

Spellbinders:

S5-019 Labels Eight

Other Materials Used:

Tattered Angels Glimmermist
Carolee’s Adorn It Alphabet Stickers
Twine

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
Here is another lovely layout.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Hilary
Java
Romance
Gingerbread
Bazzill White

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S4-214 Eyelet Borderabilities

Other Materials Used:

Soft pink stamp pad
3 white embossed buttons
Rose pink pearls and ribbon
Designer paper
Magenta glitter and spray glue
Iridescent medium
Dimensional Magic
Hot glue gun
Brads
Chipboard letters

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
15 May 2011
Here is a cute idea to use the new Spellbinders Lacey Pennants die to make a card. This die would be great for creating a Christmas card or gift tag.  To make a card simply line up the top of the die just above the fold of your cardstock and run through your Grand Calibur.   




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-960D Bazzill Kraft
1-128E Bazzill Pinkini
10-1001E Bazzill White

Spellbinders:

S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants
S4-124 Classic Scallop Circles Large
S4-114 Standard Circles Large

JustRite Stamps:

JB08790 Just a Note Borders and Centers

Other Materials Used:

Misc Ribbon
Versa Magic Jumbo Java Ink
Designer Paper

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
14 May 2011
Here is another pretty layout  Check out the clever use of Spellbinders.


Here is a close up of the window.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-960D Kraft
8-821E Dotted Swiss Mud Puddle
9-975E Pinecone

Spellbinders:

S4290 Labels 14

Other Materials Used:

Kaisercraft wooden flourishes
Kaisercraft patterned paper
Kaisercraft mini doilies
Old book paper
String
Resin flowers

* Tip- Using your Spellbinders die to cut a window into the page allows you to add more cute little embellishments to your LO

Layout created by Design Team member-KIRSTY

10 May 2011
Here is a lovely idea to alter a plain frame.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

8-808E Vanilla
1-139E Vintage Pink
9-975E Pinecone

Spellbinders:

JustRite Stamps:
S4-290 Labels 14

Other Materials Used:

Kaisercraft Patterned Paper
Kaisercraft wooden flourishes
Rub ons
Paint
Crackle medium

*Tip- Bazzill Basics paper is perfect for making your own flowers! Its tough enough to handle lots of distressing, and light enough not to weigh down your projects!
The flowers on this project were simple to make, and done following tutorials found searching YouTube.

Created by Design Team member-KIRSTY
9 May 2011
Here is a quick and easy layout.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Hillary
Bamboo
Lilypad
Reed

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage
S5-034 Parisian Accents
S4-140 Petite Ovals

Other Materials Used:

Brads

Created by Design Team member-TRACEY
8 May 2011
Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there today.  Here is a lovely mother & daughter page created by Sue.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Raven Scalloped Edge
Lemon
Pomegranate
Bazzill Red
Hilary
Bazzill White

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-042 Fleur De Lis Doily Accents
S4-014 Timeless Heritage

Additional Materials Used:

Florist wire
Organza ribbon
Chipboard letters
Black ink
Gold paint or ink
Iridescent medium
Hot glue gun
Brads
Micro beads
Alpha Tile

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
6 May 2011
Here is a card created by Teresa


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

19-10141E Gray Prismatic
7-7138D Sea Glass

Spellbinders:

S4-092 Star 5 Dies
S4-116 Circles Small

JustRite Stamps:

JB08790 Just a Note Borders and Centers 1 5/8'

Other Materials Used:

Basic Grey patterned paper
Black ink

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
5 May 2011

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Petalsoft
Bazzill White
Ivy

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage
NEST-005 Nestabilities circles/scalloped circles
S5-050 Rose Creations

Other Materials Used:

20 cm cream lace
Cream organza ribbon
Hat pin with beads
White feather yarn
Poppy coloured stamp pad
Iridescent medium
Cream pearls
Empty ribbon spool
Pink rattail
Pale pink stamp pad
Black Stamp pad
Tea light candle
Hot glue gun

Project created by Design Team member-SUE
3 May 2011
Welcome to Tutotial Tuesday.  Every second Tuesday one of our Design Team members will be sharing one of their projects with photos and step by step instructions. 

Our first tutorial has been created by Teresa.

 This lovely project is a wonderful way to give your special mum flowers that will last a lot longer than a bunch you’d buy from a florist. While it’s a fabulous Mother’s Day gift, it could easily be altered for any occasion.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

8-820E Rope Swing
7-7138D Seaglass
2-214E Red Devil

Spellbinders:

S4-114 Circles Large
S4-072 Flower Creations
S5-030 Fancy Tags 2

Other Materials Used:

Plastic cup
Plasticine
Skewers
Woodwool (or other packing material such as shredded paper)
2 Co-ordinating pieces of designer paper
Adhesive (I prefer to use PVA for paper construction work)
Alphabet stickers (I have used some Thickers here)

Instructions:

Step 1
Place the plasticine into the bottom of the cup to weigh it down, and add some woodwool to the cup. Put the skewers aside for the moment.


Step 2
Measure the height of your cup, and cut a strip of Rope Swing cardstock that is that wide. Wrap it around the cup, and use some adhesive to hold it in place. Don’t worry too much if it doesn’t hold, we will secure it in place in a minute


Step 3
Punch holes through the cup and cardstock.


Step 4
Tie a bow through these holes. This will stop the cup from slipping out of the sleeve.
Step 5
Create a cuff for the cup with strips of cardstock and patterned paper of varying widths. Wrap some twine around the whole thing. This will stop all the cardstock from unravelling.


Step 6
Cut the flowers using the Flower Creations die in each of the cardstock colours and patterned papers.



Step 7
Assemble the flowers, bending up some of their petals to give dimension.

Step 8
Cut some circles using the Circles Large dies, and adhere these to the backs of the flowers with the skewers in the middle

Step 9
Cut a tag using the Fancy Tag dies, and adhere the alphabet stickers to write ‘Mum.’ Attach this to a skewer with a small rectangle of cardstock on the back.

To finish arrange all the pieces as in the top photo.

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
2 May 2011
Here is a lovely layout created by Sheree.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White
1-128E Pinkini
9-960D Kraft
5-510E Parakeet

Spellbinders:

S4-124 Classic Scallop Circles Large
S4-114 Standard Circles Large
S5-050 Rose Creations
12-1004 Fowers Impressabilities

Other Products Used:

Echo Park Designer Paper
Misc Buttons
Misc Twine

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
1 May 2011
Here is a pretty card created by Kirsty.


Bazill Basics Paper:

8-808E Vanilla
1-139E Vintage Pink

Spellbinders:

S4-293 Lacey Circles

Just Rite Stamps:

JB08790 Just a Note Borders and Centers 1 5/8'


Other Product Used:

Kaisercraft Patterned Paper
KaiserCraft Ribbon
Sewing machine thread

Card created by Design Team member-KIRSTY

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