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 July 2011
Here is a gorgeous vintage layout incorporating a few different spellbinder dies.



I wanted to use just two colours to create a page, in this case black and cream, a very elegant mix. I have used old books to cut up with Rose Creations to make wonderful flowers and cut the cream .

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Raven
Vanilla
Lemon

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose creations
Book Plates
S5-035Parisian Motifs
S5-051 Fanciful Flight
I2-1002 Impressabilities Butterflies

Other Materials Used:
Corrugated card
Old book pages
Chip lettering
Crackle medium
Oval bling
Pearls
Crocheted doiley
Cristina Re black paper lace
Music notes paper
Black and green ink
Cream brads
Naples Yellow Jo Sonja paint
Micro beads
Dimensional Magic
Large black brads
Yellow Glimmer Mist
Circle punch
Diamond Dust
2 small pink beads

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE

















29 July 2011
Today we have a card from Teresa


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1081E Raven
9-942E Twig
1-153E Sunset Rose
5-565E Aqua

Spellbinders:

S5-030 Fancy Tags Two
S4-233 Labels Nine
S4-114 Circles Large

JustRite Stamps:

JB08790 Just a Note Borders & Centers 1 5/8"

Other Materials Used:

SW4001 4mm Swarovski Crystal
SW3001AB 3mm Swarovski Crystal AB
303401 Jewel Templates - Mystical Flourish
Thick black machine thread for stitching

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
28 July 2011
Here is a card using Rose Creations as the featured element.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Papers:


1-141E Brandy Wine
8-811E French Vanilla
Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
I2-1009 Impressibilities - Flourish
Just Rite Stamps:

JB-08345 Deluxe Square Monogram Kit

Other Materials Used:

Prima Papers

Card created by Design Team member-KIRSTY


26 July 2011
Here is the tutorial for making the embellishment from yesterday's layout.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:


15-256F Cardinal

Other Materials Used:

Tape
Paper Embellishment 

Instructions:

Step One:

Cut a strip of cardstock 1” wide




Step Two:

Using a score board score this strip at ¼” increments the whole length of the cardstock




Step Three:

Taking the strip fold each scored line in a concertina like fashion holding tightly as you fold.




Step Four:

Using a strong glue or tape each end together as a circle





Step Five:

Carefully push the circle into the middle to form your Pin Wheel




Step Six:

Add any embellishments as desired to hold the pin wheel together.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SHEREE




25 July 2011
Here is a layout by Sheree. Come back tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday for step by step instructions for making the pleated embellishment.



Products Used:



Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-960D Kraft
9-990D Java
15-256F Cardinal

Spellbinders:

S4-142 Long Rectangles Large
S4-143 Long Scallop Rectangles

Other Materials Used:

Echo Park Patterned Paper and Embellishments
Misc Buttons

Layout created by DesignTeam member-Sheree



24 July 2011
Its the final day of our Christmas in July feature, and today we these cute trees.  Use red and green cardstock to make a stand up ornament, which then folds flat for postage






Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Pine
Hllary 
Pomegranate
White

Swarovski Crystals:

Dark Red

Spellbinders:

S5-028 Nested Pennants
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants
Nested Stars
S4-116 Nested Circles
S4-128 Nested Squares
S4-025 Labels Seventeen
S4-129 Scalloped Nested Squares
I2-1003 Impressiblities Snowflakes

Other Materials Used: 

Ginger bread cookie shape or die
Gold paint
Red ribbon
Large bling
White dimensional paint
Bamboo skewer
Small pieces of patterned paper
Red and black stickles
Gold glitter and diamond dust

Project created by Design Team member-SUE 

22 July 2011
Here is another lovely project using the Spellbinder die Nested Hearts.



Products Used:



Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-960D Kraft
10-1001E Bazzill White
9-990D Java

Spellbinders:

S4-296 Nested Hearts
S4-114 Standard Circles Large

Just Rite Stamps:

JB-08780 A Merry Little Christmas

Other Materials Used:

Kaiser Patterned Paper
Misc Glitter Paper

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE

Here is a lovely layout using Spellbinders S4-296 Nested Hearts.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Papers:

18-1001F Glass Slippers Aloe Vera
5-506E Aloe Vera

Spellbinders:

Nested Hearts S4-296

Other Materials Used:

Cosmo Cricket papers
Swarovski Crystals
Ribbon
Flowers

Layout created by Design Team member-KIRSTY


20 July 2011
Here is something a little different for you today, an A4 layout.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-5122E Lizard
2-214E Red Devil
10-1081E Raven


Spellbinders:
S4-321 Nested Leaves
S4-111 Scalloped Ovals Large
S5-019 Labels Eight

Other Materials Used:
303495 Stitchz Floss - Crayons
Thick black machine thread

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA

18 July 2011
Some time ago I purchased some rather expensive floral embellishments. I decided to try to recreate them using Bazzill and The Spellbinder Die Rose Creations. Here is the result. I was very pleased with the finished product.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White
2-245E Phoenix
303902 Perfectly Pleated Phoenix
5-511E Hillary

Spellbinders:

S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs
LF-114 Grand Circles
S5-050 Rose Creations
S4-328

Other Materials Used
:
White Sewing Cotton
Flower Stamens
Spray Adhesive
Crystal Glitter

Layout created by Design Team member-TRACEY


17 July 2011
It's day one of our week long Christmas in July feature.  Today we have some hanging ornaments made using the Spellbinders Die Nested Hearts. 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White


Spellbinders:

S4-296 Nested Hearts
S4-114 Standard Circles Large


Just Rite Stamps:

JB-08780 A Merry Little Christmas



Other Materials Used:

Kandi’s Professional Bling
Misc Ribbon
Misc Twine

Created by Design Team member-SHEREE

16 July 2011
Well it's not Tutorial Tuesday, but we do have a mini tutorial for you today from Kirsty.

"I recently hosted a baby shower for my sister. I made this little guest book for each guest to write a message to her and her baby, and for my sister to keep as a special little memento of her baby shower. Knowing that the new baby will be a girl was extra fun, as I was able to indulge my love for all things pink!!!"



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-128E Pinkini

Spellbinders:

S5-025 Labels 17 

Other Materials Used:

Flower
Pearls
Ribbon

Instructions:


Step 1.
Cut your sheets of card stock into rectangles that will fit the size of your chosen die. I cut mine to suit the largest of the labels 17 die. Pre-cutting the Card made this job a little quicker and a little more economical paper-wise. I ensured that there was at least one page per guest with a few spare pages for mistakes or surprise guests!



Step 2.
Run your pages through the amazing Grand Calibur machine with your chosen die. I found that I could cut through 2 or 3 pages in one go.


Step 3.
Using a slightly sturdier card (I used some of the card that my last month's order came packed in!!) cut two cover pages.


Step 4.
Paint and glitter the edges of your covers if desired. Allow to dry.



Step 5.
Punch holes in each page. Use some jump rings to hold your album together, and decorate the front cover!

Project created by Design Team member-KIRSTY

Just a quick reminder that we will be celebrating Christmas in July here at DownUnder Direct Inspirations.  The design team have been getting in the Christmas Spirit a little early this year, so from tomorrow we will have a week dedicated to Christmas projects. 

Thanks for stopping by today.




15 July 2011
Here is a lovely idea to make a card using Spellbinders Die-Lacey Circles.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-942E Twig
1-153E Sunset Rose
5-565E Aqua

 Spellbinders:

S4-293 Lacey Circles
S4-114 Circles Large

 JustRite Stamps:

JB08790 Just a Note Borders & Centers 1 5/8"

 Other Materials Used:

Green Tara
 Paper Roses

The image below shows how the two pieces were attached and folded to make the card.


 

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
14 July 2011
Featuring a hand made Ranunculus. Use a mouse pad to shape the Rose Creations flowers and iridescent medium to give them a pearly sheen.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Pansy
Wisteria
Bazzill White
Hillary

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-328 Foliage
S5-051 Fancicul Flight
S5-035 Parisan Motifs
S4-116 Nested Circles

JustRite Stamps:

JB-09215 Cherish The Memories Nested Sentiments & Verse

Other Materials Used:

Grappa Grograin Ribbon
Embroidered Ribbon
White Feathers Fibre

Card created by Design Team member-SUE




11 July 2011
Hello again and welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today we have a beautiful butterfly. 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Smooth White or Cream


Spellbinders:

S3-146 Butterflies 2
or
S5-051 Fanciful Flight


Instructions:

Step 1
Cut out as many butterflies as you want to from the white cardstock with the Spellbinder die. Then on a mouse pad score the back of the butterfly with lines, much like the sections of a wing, keep to the same direction and curve of the wing for a better effect.




Step 2
Ink the middle of the butterfly with the colour you want, for example yellow. Then gently brush black ink on the edges, trying to keep to the edge only and don’t smudge it into the middle of the wings.




Step 3
Brush over iridescent medium with the tip of your finger, so as to lightly cover the ridges you made earlier with the stylus. Use your fine tip pen to colour in the body and eyes, you can also touch up the black ink and add some detail lines if you wish. I like to put a black spot on the bottom of each wing so I can add a rhinestone later over the top of it.





Step 4

Fold wings so that they sit up and glue to your project



Tips
 
*Use a glitter pen instead of iridescent medium
*Use smooches or any metallic paint to brush over the wings
*Dimensional magic can be brushed over the wings (glossy accents)
*Mixing two inks together gives a greater depth of colour to the wings
*You can edge the wings with stickles or glitter glue, flocking or just glitter
*Glimmer mist the wings for added sparkle

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SUE







Here is another lovely layout from Sheree.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-960D Kraft
9-990D Java

Spellbinders:

S4-124 Scallop Circle Large
S4-290 Labels Fourteen

Other Materials Used:

Echo Park Patterned Paper & Embellishments
Prima Canvas Alpha Stickers
Bazzill In Stitches Thread
White Gel Pen

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE




10 July 2011
Here is an idea for making a hair decoration using Spellbinders and felt. The felt cuts quite easily with the spellbinders.




Products Used:

Spellbinders:
S4-114 Circles Large
S5-050 Rose Creations (for the leaves)

Other Materials Used:

303495 Stitchz Floss
Crayons Felt - Various colours
Elastic Hair tie
Button

Created by Desing Team member-TERESA





9 July 2011
Here is another lovely project using the very versatile Pennants and Lacey Pennants dies.  The rose on the front has been created using Rose Creations, and has been wet and scrunched, sprayed with adhesive and some glitter added.  See previous tutorial for instructions. 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Bazzill White
Pomegranate
Hillary

Spellbinders:

S5-028 Pennants
S5-029 Lacey Pennants
S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-034 Parisian Accents
S4-328 Foliage

Other Materials Used:

Mouse Pad
Spray Glue
Glitter
Green Smooch
Pearlescent Poppy & Thyme Dew Drops Ink
White Feather Fibres

Card created by Design Team membr-SUE
8 July 2011
Here is a lovely card from Kirsty



Materials Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:
Glass Slippers Bling 18-1001F
Black 10-1022E

Spellbinders
Labels 17 S5-025

Just Rite Stamps:
Deluxe Square Monogram Kit JB-08345

Other:
KaiserCraft Paper
Black ink

Created by Design Team member-KIRSTY 
7 July 2011
Here is a lovely layout from Teresa.  I love the use of the JustRite Stamp to frame the embellishment. 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-942E Twig
10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

S4-190 Labels Four
S4-114 Circles Large

JustRite Stamps:

JB-09710 Beautiful Blossoms Set

Other Materials Used:

303405 Sophia Vintage Buttons
Twiddleybitz chipboard flourishes
Basic Grey sticker alpha

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA

 
5 July 2011
Here is a lovely card created by Sheree. I love how she has used the Paisley Impressabilities as a stencil to make the background paper.  Once again this shows how really versatile these Impressabilities can be.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White
10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

S4-114 Standard Circles Large
S4-124 Scallop Circle large
S4-290 Labels Fourteen
I2-1001 Impressabilities Paisley

Just Rite Stamps:

JB-09880 A Warm Hello Set

Other Materials Used:

 Misc Ribbon
Distress Ink – Chipped Sapphire & Spun Sugar


Created by Design Team member-SHEREE
3 July 2011
Here is a lovely layout created by Sue.



"Here I've spritzed bleach on the brown cardstock to give it texture.  I've scrunched and used several colours of Glimmer Mist on the cream cardstock.  Using Bazzill means you can really experiment with texture as I have done.  I've used strips of Bazzill to make the fence and added Hessian and lots of fibres."  

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Driftwood
Walnut
Vanilla
Mustard
Hillary
White
Palm

Spellbinders:

S3-146 Butterflies 2
S5-051 Fanciful Flight or Bugs
S4-328 Foliage
S5-032 Elegant Posts

Other Materials Used:

Hessian
Glimmer Mist Green and Brown
Walnut Distress Ink
Brown Brads

Created by Design Team member-SUE



1 July 2011
Here is a card I made incorporating the flower technique from Tuesday's tutorial.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White
7-727E Bahama

Spellbinders:

S4-310 Labels Eighteen
S5-328 Foliage

JustRite Stamps:

Cl02100 Vinatge Oval labels Set


Other Materials Used:

Satin Ribbon
Pearls
Copic Marker to colour pearls
Versamark Inkpad
White Embossing Powder
Turquoise Archival Ink Pad
Cilorbox Inking Brush
Mini Mister

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY


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