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




30 June 2011
Wow June 30th already. It's astonishing how quick this year is going by. Hard to believe Christmas is less than six months away. To celebrate Christmas in July the Design Team have put together some lovely Christmas projects to get you inspired.  Be sure to check back later this month.  
Christmas in July starts July 17 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

7-757E Swimming Pool
1-134E Passionate
10-1001E Bazzill White
10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

S4-114 Standard Circles Lge
S5-050 Rose Creations

Other Materials Used:

Kandi's Professional Bling
American Craft Thickers
Echo Park Paper 

Created by Design Team member-SHEREE


29 June 2011
Here is a card made using this week's colour combination of Stonewash, Parakeet and Walnut.

 

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

7-744E Stonewash
5-520E Parakeet
9-973E Walnut
7-790E Night Mist

Spellbinders:

S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets

JustRite Stamps:

JB-09880 A Warm Hello Set

Other Materials Used:

Old book pages

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE

28 June 2011
It's time again for another tutorial.  This week I've created a flower using the Spellbinder die-Floral Doily Motifs. 




Materials Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-105 E Petalsoft
1-138E Romance
303259 Vintage Vines Embossed


Spellbinders:

S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs

Other Materials Used:

Pearls
Lace
Ancient Page Coral Red Inkpad
Colorbox Inking Brush
Embossing Stylus
Heat Tool
Mini Mister
Mouse Pad
Adhesive

Instructions:

Step One:

To make the two different sized flowers, I've used a combination of the three dies below.
For each large flower cut one of each.  For each small flower cut two of the smallest.



Step Two:

Prepare your "flower layers" by cutting the pieces as shown in the photograph.




Step Three:

Using the inking brush and inkpad  Dab the edges of each of the"flower layers" 



Step Four:

Using the mini Mister, Spritz each of the "flower layers" with water, doing both sides.
Let the water soak in for a few seconds, and then scrunch each one up and then very carefully unfold.
Dry with your heat tool.



Step Five:

Using an embossing stylus and mouse pad, carefully press the centres of each "flower layer."





To assemble stack the layers on top of each other making sure the "petals" are opposing.
Secure with adhesive and add a pearl to the centre.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-TRACEY 
27 June 2011
This week we have another colour challenge. The featured colours are Stonewash, Parakeet, and Walnut.

Materials Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

7-744E Stonewash
5-520E Parakeet
9-973E Walnut

Spellbinders:

S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets

Other Products Used:

Corrugated Card
Prima Canvas Letters

Layout created by Design Team member-Sheree
26 June 2011

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-166E Pirouette
6-699 Plum Pudding
4-431D Bazzill Yellow
6-638E Forget Me Not
5-510E Lorikeet

Spellbinders:

S4-146 Butterflies 2

Other Materials Used:

Kaiser Kraft Storage Binder
Glimmer Mist

Created by Design Team member-SHEREE 

24 June 2011
Here is a clever use of various Spellbinder Label Dies to use as backing for small photos.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

8-821E Mud Puddle
9-943E Brown
8-820E Rope Swing


Spellbinders:

S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles Small
S4-233 Labels Nine
S4-161 Labels One
S4-230 Labels Six

Other Materials Used:

Scrap piece of corrugated cardboard
White acrylic paint
Staples
Twine
Brads
Large eyelet
Scrap of hessian
Scrap of book page
Thickers alpha - By the Yard
Making Memories Brown ledger tiny alpha
Frayed Burlap distress ink


Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA 

23 June 2011
Here is a pretty layout using the colour combo from our first Colour Challenge




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-5139E Celtic Green
6-697E Berry Pretty
6-698E Grape Jelly
6-699E Plum Pudding 

Spellbinders:

 S4-290 Labels Fourteen

JustRite Stamps:

Dare to Dream

Other Materials Used:

Prima paper and flowers
Swarovski crystals
Vintage paper lace
Ribbon

Layout created by Design Team member-Kirsty



22 June 2011
This week's colour combination is Kraft, Admiral, Jade and Pomegranate, a wonderful combination for those Masculine projects.
Sue has made wonderful use of the Impressabilites to emboss the individual squares. 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper

2-227E Pomegranate
9-960D Kraft
7-783E Admiral
5-555E Jade

Spellbinders:

NEST-002 Nestabilities Squares
NEST-005 Nestabilities Circles
S4-092 Stars
I2-1009 Impressabilities Flourish
I2-1013 Impressabilities Fleur De Lis Stripe
I2-1005 Impressabilities Circles
I2-1001 Impressabilities Paisley

Other Materials Used:

Red, green, gold and black brads
Gold button
String
Gold Eyelets
Black Ink
Texture Stamp
Alpha Stamps
Charcoal Embroidery Floss
Black pen
Red ribbon
Chipword - Star
Printed paper
Red fibres

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
19 June 2011
Here is a lovely card using the Grand Scalloped Squares die as the card base. These large dies are perfect to use folded as a card base or alternately you can place the die with one edge along the fold of your cardstock and cut this way.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1047E Salt
1-126E Tutu Pink


Spellbinders:

LF-127 Grand Scalloped Squares
S4-230 Labels Six
JustRite Stamps:

CL 02100 Vintage Oval Labels


Other Materials Used:

SW3001 3mm Swarovki Crystals
Dyed scrunched seam binding
Antique Linen Distress ink
Pink Petunia Versamagic ink

Card created by Design Team Member-TERESA





18 June 2011
Here is a cute idea for some quick little bookmarks.



Products Used:


Bazzill Basics Paper:

9960D Kraft
8811E French Vanilla

Other Materials Used:
Patterned Paper
Assorted Embellishments

Project created by Design Team member-KIRSTY
17 June 2011
Here is another pretty card from Sheree.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White
6-638E Forget-Me-Not
4-406E Chiffon

Spellbinders:

S4-294 Lacey Circles
S4-190 Labels Four
S4-136 Classic Heart
S4-137 Classic Scalloped Heart

JustRite Stamps:

JB-09880 A Warm Hello

Other Materials Used:

Kaiser Craft Patterned Papers 
Black Inkpad

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE

16 June 2011
Today I have another card using this week's colour combo of Steel Blue, Raven, Pomegranate and Salt. 
The card is a basic centre step card.  To make the embossed cardstock really stand out, I've rubbed a versamark pad lightly over the surface.  This gives a slightly darker shade of the Pomegranate to the raised areas.
I've embellished the Parisian Accent Die with some Swarovski Crystals, and although it is difficult to see in the photo these really do sparkle.  


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Steel Blue
Raven
Pomegranate
Swiss Dot Salt

Spellbinders:

S5-049 Carnation Creations
S5-034 Parisian Accents
S4-310 Labels Eighteen
I2-1001 Impressabilities Paisley

JustRite Stamps:

CL-02120 Vintage Floral Labels

Other Materials Used:

Organza Ribbon
Swarovski Crystals
Versamark Inkpad
White Embossing Powder
Glimmer Mist (This has been sprayed on the flower)

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY
14 June 2011
Welcome to another Turorial Tuesday. Today's tutorial from Kirsty, is for a window card with the addition of some "dangly stars."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9960D Kraft

JustRite Stamps:

Dare to Dream

Other Materials Used:

Buttons
October Afternoon Printed Paper

Instructions:

Step One:

Cut a piece of Kraft CS 6x12 inches. Score this strip every 4 inches and fold into thirds.


Step Two:


Cut a frame from the front of your card, leaving a border of about 1.5cm. From your patterned paper, cut a rectangular frame as shown with about a 1cm border. This should fit around the outside of the frame cut into the front of your card.



Step Three:

Roughly sketch some stars onto a scrap of card or paper, and use these to cut your dangly stars out. Cut two of each so you can sandwich your embroidery floss between the layers. Stamp your JustRite sentiment onto some card, and again sketch then cut out a star around the sentiment.


Step Four:

Attach your dangly stars to the top of your card, allowing them to dangle



Step Five:

Adhere your patterned paper frame to hide the ends of your embroidery floss, adhere your sentiment to the top left hand corner and some buttons on the bottom right hand corner.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-KIRSTY 

13 June 2011
It's time again for another colour challenge. This week we have the colours Raven, Salt, Steel Blue and Pomegranate.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1081E Raven
10-1047E Salt
7-762E Steel Blue
Pomegranate

Spellbinders:

LF-127 Grand Scalloped Squares
S4-161 Labels One
JustRite Stamps:

CL-02125 Signs of Life

Other Materials Used:

303405 Sophia Vintage Buttons
Jet Black StazOn ink
Dyed scrunched seam binding

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
12 June 2011
Here is a lovely idea for a box to hold a small gift, or maybe a gift card. Why not make a matching set of tiny notecards to slip inside.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

8-820E Rope Swing
8-806D Natural
1-126E Tutu Pink

Spellbinders:

S5-019 Labels Eight
S4-248 Labels Thirteen
S4-072 Flower Creations

JustRite Stamps:

CL 02100 Vintage Oval Labels

Other Materials Used:

SW3001 3mm Swarovki Crystals
SW4001 4mm Swarovski Crystal
Brads for flower centres
Versamagic Pink Petunia ink
Timber Brown StazOn ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink

Created by Design Team Member-TERESA


10 June 2011
Here is a lovely Gothic style card incorporating several Spellbinder dies.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Bazzill Red
Bazzil White
Raven
Wisteria

Spellbinders:
S4-265 Cross Collection
S5-042 Fleur De Lis Doily Accents
S4-140 Petite Ovals Small
S5-025Labels Seventeen
S5-050 Rose Creations
I2-1001 Impressabilities-Paisley

Other Materials Used:

Crystals
Glitter Pen
Gold Paint
White Ink
Purple Ink
Organza Ribbon
Black Fibres

By lightly brushing over the embossed surface with an inkpad, you can really make the pattern stand out.

Created by Design Team member-SUE


9 June 2011
Here is another card using thecolours in this week's colour combo challenge. 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-5139E Celtic Green
6-697E Berry Pretty
6-698E Grape Jelly
6-699E Plum Pudding

Spellbinders:

S5-034 Parisian Accents

JustRite Stamps:

Dare To Dream

Other Materials Used:

Swarovski Crystals
Patterned Paper
Grossgrain Ribbon

Created by Design Team member Kirsty 
7 June 2011
Here is a lovely layout created by Sue.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Purple
Pansy
Raven
Hilary
White Embossed

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-051 Fanciful Flight
S4-328 Foliage
LF-161 Grand Labels One

Other materials used:

Iridescent medium
Purple white black and green ink
Wild current, patin glimmer mist
Bads
Tinket cameo
Wite fibres and tulle
Salloped lace
Pearl strips
Purple and green floss (from down under)
Chip word   LADY and alpha
Small alpha stamps
Paper towel for flowers

Created by Design Team member-Sue

6 June 2011
This month I gave each member of the design team a different colour combination to work with. Each week this month we will showcase a couple of projects made with these colour combos. For the first combo we have Kirsty with Celtic Green, Berry Pretty, Grape Jelly and Plum Pudding, all from the Dotted Swiss Bazzill Range.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-5139E Celtic Green
6-697E Berry Pretty
6-698E Grape Jelly
6-699E Plum Pudding

Spellbinders:

S4-290 Labels 14
S5-034 Parisian Accents

JustRite Stamps:

Dare To Dream

Other Materials Used:

Swarovski Crystals
Patterned Paper
Grossgrain Ribbon
Bazzill Jewel Template Mystical Flourish

Created by Design Team member Kirsty 
5 June 2011
Here is a cute layout incorporating stitching using the Bazzill In Stitch'z Templates and Floss.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

8-820E Rope Swing
2-214E Red Devil
5-5122E Lizard

Spellbinders:

LF-127 Grand Scalloped Squares
S4-116 Circles Small
S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles Small

Other Materials Used:


303495 Stitchz Floss - Crayons
303222 Formal Flourish - In Stitch'z
Thickers alpha - Patchwork, coloured with B29 Copic marker
Patterned paper - Simple Stories

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA


4 June 2011
Today we have a topiary made using Rose Creations. By altering the colours you could adapt this project for numerous occassions.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Hillary
Pomegranate
Bazzill Red
Lemonade
Vanilla

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
Foliage

Other Materials Used:


Large Styrofoam Ball
Small Terracotta Pot
White Paint
Iridescent Medium
Green and Peach Ink
Organza Ribbon
Green Fake Moss
Stick for Trunk
Plaster to set it in
White Fibres 
Blue Pearls

Created by Design Team member-Sue


3 June 2011
Here is a beautiful wedding page. Kirsty has combined some little blossoms with the Rose Creations flowers to create some lovely floral embellishments.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9960D Kraft 
303060 Vintage Vines-Ruby Slippers

Spellbinders:

S5-035 Parisian Motifs
 S5-050 Rose Creations

Other Materials Used:

Blossoms
KaiserCraft lace
Alphas

Kirsty's Tip:

Lightly brushing the embossed side of the gorgeous Ruby Slippers Bazzill with ink will create the effect of patterned paper.

Created by Design Team member-KIRSTY
2 June 2011
Here is a lovely idea for a pocket card.  You could adapt this idea to make invitations, gift card holders or any number of  projects. 
Notice the clever use of the nested circles to make an attractive embellishment.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1081E Raven
9-960D Kraft
10-1001E White
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders:

S5-028 Nested Pennants
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants
S4-114 Nested Circles Large
12-1009 Impressibilities  Flourish

JustRite Stamps:

CL02130 Faith

Other Materials Used:

Pearls  
Gold button
Black fibres
White organza ribbon
Black scallop lace
Black ink and iridescent medium

Card created by Design Team member-SUE

1 June 2011
Here is a card I made using the technique from yesterday's tutorial.  For my flower I added some stamens which have been coloured using Copics.  I also scrunched up the leaves to go with the vintage look of the flower.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-511E Hillary
9-990E Java
10-1001D Bazzill White

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S4-328 Foliage
S4-318 Fleur De Lis Squares
S4-125 Scalloped Circles-Small

JustRite Stamps:

JB-09835 You're So Sweet Borders & Centres 2"

Other Materials Used:

Stazon Inkpad-Timber Brown
Walnut Distress Inkpad
Inking Brush 
Flower Stamens
Copic Marker

Created by Design Team member-TRACEY

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