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 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
11 November 2011
Today I have a card made using Ironwork Motifs. The large element works very well as a snowflake.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E White
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders:

S4-345 Picot Edge Circles
S5-059 Ironwork Motifs

Other Materials Used:

Christina Re Printed Paper
Large Diamante

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY
10 November 2011
Here is a lovely idea for a framed layout. I love how the ornaments hang from the photo.

"One of my favourite things to do is make frames with my Nestabilities. I use two consecutive dies to cut a thin frame. I have stitched it to my layout here. Sometimes the die that's the next size up is just too big and would leave a border that's too wide. When that happens, I glue my shape to the next colour cardstock and carefully trim around it with scissors."


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

1-196E Juneberry 
5-565E Aqua 
18-801F Bling String of Pearls 

Spellbinders: 

S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments 
LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven 
S4-092 Star 5 Dies 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02155 Merry & Bright 

 Other Materials Used: 

Webster's Pages patterned paper 
Alphas: American crafts, Making Memories 
Page from an old book 
Bling coloured with Copic markers

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
8 November 2011
This card uses a clever fold with A4 sized cardstock, decorated with the new Pointsettia die. Lots of space to hold a gift card or tag too.

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

2-227E Pomegranate
8-808E Vanilla
 10-1081E Raven
5-511E Hillary
303984 Love Story 12 x 12 Paper Pack 


Spellbinders:

S5-055 Layered Pointsettia 
S4-328 Foliage
 S5-058 Ironwork Accents
I2-1009 Impressiblities Flourish

 Just Rite Stamps:

JB08780A Merry Little Christmas set

 Other Materials Used:

Gold Ink

 Card created by Design Team member-Sue
7 November 2011
To create a lace border that goes the entire width of the page, I left one end of the spellbinder hanging out over the edge of the plate when cutting.  After the first cut I lined up the border and put it back through the Grand Calibur leaving the opposite end hanging out.  This is a great technique for extending the length of the the Spellbinder border dies.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

2-227E Pomegranate
5-511E Hillary

Spellbinders:

S5-056 Holly Accents
S5-057 Holly Motifs
S5-062 Lace Doily Accents

Other Materials Used:

Christina Re Printed Paper
Acrylic Sticker
Diamante

Layout created by Design Team member-TRACEY

6 November 2011
Here is a lovely page in blue and white.

"This page uses just two colours and shows how versatile spellbinders can be in creating interesting shapes on a page. I have cut the navy on the diagonal into triangles which then fit through the Grand Calibar and allowed me to cut out random snowflakes."



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

7-783E Admiral 
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

S5-058 Ironwork Accents
S5-054 Snowflake Pendant 2011 
S4-085 Snowflake Wonder

Other Materials Used:

Beaded fringing
White lace
Chip alpha
Silver wire
Bling
Blue cotton
Iridescent medium
Alpha stamps

Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
5 November 2011
Stacking different shaped die cuts is a great way to add interest. Here Teresa has stacked two different Labels die cuts under the ornament, using foam mounting tape in between to build a bit of height.

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-942E Twig
1-125E Precious
1-126E Tutu Pink

Spellbinders:

S5-026 Labels Twenty
S4-230 Labels Six
S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments

JustRite Stamps:

CL-02155 Merry & Bright

Other Materials Used:

Coffee stained seam binding
Button
White twine
Melissa Frances patterned paper
Sahara Sand VersaColor ink
Kaiser pearls

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
3 November 2011
Today we have a lovely layout using some papers from the New Holiday Style paper pack.



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

303981 Holiday Style 12 x 12 Paper Pack 
10-1001 White 

Spellbinders: 

S4-114 Standard Circles Large 
LF-161 Grand Labels 1 
S4-304 Eyelet Circles 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 JB-08780 A Merry Little Christmas 

Other Materials Used: 

Bella Blvd Chipboard Letters 
Martha Stewart Border Punch

Layout Created by Design Team member-SHEREE
1 November 2011
Welcome to another Tutorial Tuesday.  Today we have a fantastic little treat bag to share with you.

"I've made a little treat bag, which can be filled with lollies, home-bakedgoods or craft supplies. I've put buttons in this one, as I plan to give itto a crafty friend."



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

5-565E Aqua
18-801F Bling String of Pearls

Spellbinders:

S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments
S4-114 Circles Large

JustRite Stamps:

CL-02155 Merry and Bright

Other Materials Used:

Webster's Pages patterned paper
Red satin ribbon
Button
Red string
Plastic bag
Tim Holtz tiny attacher
Black Cherry StazOn ink

Instructions:


Step One

Fold a 4 1/2 x 12 inch piece of cardstock in half, then score lines 1 inchabove and 1 inch below the half way mark.


Step Two:

Adhere a 4 x 4 inch piece of patterned paper to the front, and die cut a circle through the front of the bag.


Step Three:

Stamp a sentiment that will fit into the circle onto acetate with StazOn ink.



Step Four:

Trim down and glue the acetate in place so that the sentiment appears in the window.   



Step Five:

Stamp and die cut a heirloom ornament to go on the front of the bag.



Step Six:

Die cut the circle from the middle of the heirloom ornament.



Step Seven:

Glue the ornament in place on the front of the bag. Fill a plastic bag withbuttons (or lollies etc), and place it inside the bag. Staple the bag closed around the buttons.



Step Eight:

Tie a bow in place at the top, and embellish with a button.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA


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