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




24 December 2012
Just one final post before we take a break for the holidays.  On behalf of everyone on the DownUnder Design Team a Very Merry Christmas.  Have a safe and happy holiday season.  We will be back in early January with more wonderful projects. 





Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

 304085 Antique Sheet Music Bazzill Basics Paper Range – Divinely Sweet 
10-1001E Bazzill White 
2-214E Red Devil 
5-510E Parakeet 
303904 - Perfectly Pleated Lily White 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-028 – Nested Pennants 
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 
S4-032 Stars five 

 Other Products: 

The Crafters Workshop 12 x 12 stencil – TCW219 
Texture paste 
Jo Sonya’s Napthol Crimson acrylic paint 
Faber-Castell Pitt pastel pencil – 1122-168 
Red ric rac ribbon
 Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Thickers - Charmed

Created by Design Team member-BECK
22 December 2012
"This was intended as a tag to go on a gift, but it really could go on the front of a card, or even be hung on the Christmas tree as an ornament."


Bazzill:

10-1047E Salt 
304275 Beach House 6x6 mini prints 

 Spellbinders:

S5-127 Labels Twenty Eight 
S4-092 Star 5 Dies 
S4-314 Lacey Ovals 
S4-114 Circles Large 

 JustRite Stamps:

CR-03800 Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 

 Other Materials: 

Bakers twine 
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
21 December 2012
I'm sure that like myself many will have one of these paper mache reindeer lying around.  I bought one ages ago with the intention of doing something quick and easy with it.  Here is a  great idea to do just that.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
2-214E Red Devil

Spellbinders: 

S5-055 Layered poinsettia 
S5-129 foliage 2 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

 Other Materials Used: 

Paper Mache reindeer 
Jingle bells Ribbon 
Twine Ranger perfect pearls 
Clear snap fairy glitter 
Pearls
White Acrylic paint


 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
19 December 2012
 Welcome to our final Christmas project tutorial for 2012.  We hope you enjoy this very cute present card from Carolyn. 



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-124E Red Devil 
10-1001E White 
5-510E Parakeet 
303982 Holiday style 8x8 pack 

Spellbinders: 

S4-113 Scallop Ovals small 
S4-110 Ovals Large 
S4-294 Beaded Ovals 

JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03805 Noel Christmas Ornaments 
CR-03780 Christmas tags one 

Other Materials Used: 

Ribbon 
Creative Imaginations epoxy stickers

Step 1: 

Cut two pieces of cardstock one to measure 5 1/2" x 11". The other piece measuring 6"x 3".



 Step 2:

Score both pieces in half the first piece that is 11" score at 5 1/2 and the other piece that is 6" score at 1 1/2".


Step 3: 

With your piece that will now be the present bottom make sure the scored edge is at the bottom. I used a strong double sided tape but you could use glue if preferred. Run glue/tape down the 2 sides remembering the bottom is already scored so no need to do that and you need to leave the top open. Do the same with the smaller piece but this time the scored edge will now be the top and the bottom needs to be left open so it can be used as a lid for the present. 


 Step 4: 
Now cut a piece of patterned paper so that it is slightly smaller than your original measurements halved and attach to the present as in the photo below. 



Step 5: Cut a piece of cardstock to measure 5" X 5" any bigger will make it hard to move in and out of the present. Then cut a complimentary colour just a bit smaller and adhere the smaller piece to the larger piece this will be your card that slips in the top of the present. 


Step 6: 

Decorate this panel as desired.  Keeping in mind it is best to keep with flat embellishing as it must move freely in and out of your present. 



 Step 7: 

Your present card should now look like this.


Step 8: 
Cut a strip to measure approx 1 1/2 wide and the length of the patterned paper on both parts of your present. I used a xyron sticker maker commonly known as an x box to add adhesive to my ribbon, but you may choose to use glue or tape. Adhere your ribbon to the centre of both pieces of the cardstock you have just cut. Adhere to the centre of both pieces of your present.



  Step 9: 

Using the same ribbon you used for the centre of your presents tie a bow and glue to the top middle of your present then embellish as desired.


Tutorial created by Design Team member-CAROLYN



17 December 2012
Today's project is a lovely Christmas decorating idea.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 Wayfarer Collection –Traveller sheet 
8-811E French Vanilla 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-028 – Nested Pennants 
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 

Just Rite Stamps: 

CL03725 - Fleuriste Newsprint Background Stamp 

 Other Products: 

Heidi Swapp foam alpha stamp set 
Papercraft Fine glitter Red
 Jo Sonya’s Napthol Crimson acrylic paint 
Momento Ink pad – black 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Created by Design Team member-BECK
14 December 2012
"A card for those who may not celebrate Christmas. I found some Shrink Plastic in my stash (yet another material that can be used with Spellbinders!), and made some little pennants I used for a banner on this card."  

Teresa's card is also a great idea for those like myself who haven't got their cards off yet.  I may need to send out New Year greetings this year rather than the usual Christmas ones. 







Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1079E Mitchell 
7-794E Artesian Pool 
10-1001E Bazzill White 
303978 8x8 Divinley Sweet paper pack 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-028 Nested Pennants 
EL-018 Framed Labels One M-Bossabilities 
S4-161 Labels One 

 JustRite Stamps:

CL-03560 Shabby Music Background 
CR-03800 Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 

 Other Materials Used:

Seam Binding
 Shrink Plastic

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
12 December 2012
Here are a couple of cards using the newest colours in the pre-cut step card range.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1001E Bazzill White
 SC2-271E - Center Step Card Crimson 

Spellbinders: 

LF-015 Decorative Grand Circles One 
S5-028 – Nested Pennants 
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 
S4293 Lacey circles
S5082 – Nautical frame and accents 
S5-045 Banner Basics Two 

JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03800 - Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 

Other Products Used: 

Assorted patterned paper scraps 
Wax paper 
Tim Holtz Distress ink– Chipped Sapphire 
Red and white twine 
Helmar Acid Free Glue
 Helmar 450 Quick Dry



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 SC2-271E - Center step card Crimson 
10-1001E Bazzill White 
2-214E Red Devil 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-055 Layered Poinsettia 
S4-3546 Floral ovals 
S5-148 Decorative Labels 8 
S5-028 – Nested Pennants 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03800 - Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 

 Other Products Used:

Tim Holtz Distress ink–Forest Moss & Fired Brick 
Assorted patterned paper scraps
 Red and white twine 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Cards created by Design Team member-BECK
10 December 2012
The poinsettia is always a lovely addition to any Christmas project.  Today Alicia shares two cards using the Layered Poinsettia die.









Bazzill Basics Paper:

2-214E Red Devil
10-1081E White


 Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-055 Layered Poinsettia
S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
S5-124 Asian Accents


 Other Materials Used:

My Mind's Eye printed paper
Organza ribbon
Ranger perfect pearls
Clearsnap Fairy Glitter 

Cards created by Design Team member-ALICIA



8 December 2012
"Lots of layers and a little embossing give the recipient lots to look at on this card."


 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft 

 Spellbinders: 
EL-007 Elegance M-Bossabilities 
S4-334 2011 Heirloom Ornaments 
S4-114 Circles Large 
S4-124 Scalloped Circles 

 JustRite Stamps; 

CL-03560 Shabby Music Background
 CL-02155 Merry & Bright 

 Other Materials:

KaiserCraft Merry & Bright papers 
KaiserCraft flower and pearls 
Bakers Twine

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
7 December 2012
Here is a festive layout from Alicia.




Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001E White 
5-5127D Lime Crush
5-589E Ivy 
2-234D Pomegranate Splash  
6-640E Pansy

 Spellbinders:  

S5-055 Layered poinsettias 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
 S5-143 Jewel flowers and flourishes 

 Other Materials Used: 

Carta Bella patterned papers 
Ranger perfect pearls 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
"We're getting down to the wire now, so any Christmas crafting I manage to get done has to be quick and easy. These hanging ornaments fit the bill nicely. The Grand Calibur cuts felt like butter, so with a touch of glue and a little run on the sewing machine, the ornaments were done in no time at all!"





Spellbinders: 

S4-334 2011 Heirloom Ornaments 
E8-001 Classic Scallop Edgeabilities
 E8-004 Classc Ric Rac Edgeabilities 

 Other Materials Used:

Felt
 Buttons 
Twine 
Red trims

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
5 December 2012
The new Spellbinder Holiday Tree such a lovely die.  Today we have a card from Carolyn showcasing this with a pretty red & white creation. 

"The 2012 holiday tree die is so elegant you need not do a lot of embellishing as the tree speaks volumes." 


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 
10-1001 Bazzill white 

Spellbinders: 

S4-339 2012 Holiday Tree 
EL-004 M-bossabilities Imperial 

JustRite Stamps: 

CR- 03780 Antique Christmas tags 

One Other Materials Used: 

Ribbon 
Pearls 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
4 December 2012
It's Tutorial Tuesday once again and this week we have  step by step instructions to make this Christmas tag.


Products Used:

Assorted Bazzill
Various Pennant dies
JustRite Large fancy Holiday Sentiments
Ink pads
Shipping Tag
Assorted printed papers
Bakers Twine

Step One:

Take a number of different shaped pennant dies and cut them out in assorted papers.


Step Two:

Next take your Holiday Sentiments stamp set and ink and stamp one word at a time so as to layer it in two lines instead of on one line fitting onto a tag better  




Step Three:

Set the pennants  out alternating patterned, plain and various colours & Adhere them to each other one at a time as you go creating a curve in the banner 

Step Four: 

Adhere the banner to your project and add some twine to finish it off. Layered pennants add a lovely low cost embellishment to any of your projects

Tutorial created by Design Team member-BECK


2 December 2012
Today we have another card using the pre-cut step card blanks.



Products Used:

 Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 White 
S5 Pastel mixed Side step card 

Spellbinders: 

S4-339 2012 holiday tree 
EL-004 Spellbinders Mbossabilities Imperial 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-0385 Noel Christmas Ornaments 

 Other Materials Used:

 Ribbon 
Kindy Glitz 
Silver stars 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
1 December 2012
I'm loving the new Believe range from Bazzill.  There's nothing like a well coordinated range to have on hand for your "go to" when you need to make some cards in a hurry.  Here are a couple of cards I made the other day using the Believe patterned papers and card stock stickers. 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

304327 Believe Christmas Dress/Burlap Ticking
304333 Believe Stickers
19-10475E Butter Cream
5-589E Ivy
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders:

S5-119 Venetian Accents
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S4-115 Scalloped Circles
S4-345 Picot Edge Circles
S5-055 Layered Poinsettia

Other Materials Used:

Micro beads
Brads

Cards created by Design Team member-TRACEY

30 November 2012
The pre scored step cards are great for a special Christmas card. 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

Red Centre step Card 
10-1001E White 
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders: 

 S5-143 Jewel Flowers & Flourishes 
S5-146 Botanical Swirls & Accents  
S5-511 Basic Lattice 
S50-055 Layered Poinsettia Flowers 

Just Rite Stamps:

CL03605 Harlequin Script background stamp 

Other Materials Used:

Teresa Collins At home paper.
 Red Mixed Media Ink 
Abominable Snowman Glimmer mist 
Green & gold glitter 
Spray adhesive 
Dimensional Magic 
Clear embossing powder 
Gesso 
Ribbon 
Stamens

The expandable Lattice die makes a wonderful back ground for any Christmas card.





 Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-850E Fawn 
 10-1081E White 
2-227E Pomegranate 

 Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations  
S4-125 Nested Circles  
S4-194 Inverted Circles 
S5-511  Basic Lattice 

 Just Rite Stamps:

 CL03540 Warm & Cozy Medallion Labels 

 Other Materials Used: 

 White glitter 
 Spray adhesive 
Gesso 
 Holly leaves 
 Red Mixed Media ink 
Red fibre Stamens 
Tereasa Collins At home paper 
Olive Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 

Cards created by Design Team member- SUE
29 November 2012
Today's project is a layout from Beck.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 Bazzill Beach House 12 x 12 Collection pack 
Just the Edge Cardstock Strips Barkley 

 Other Products Used: 

Tim Holtz Distress re-inker – Fired Brick 
Tim Holtz Distress ink pad – Walnut stain 
Faber Castell Gelatos 
Helmar acrylic sealer 
Martha Stewart start border punch 
 The Crafters Workshop stencil – Retro Squares 
Twine 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Project created by design Team member-BECK
28 November 2012
Bazill Cardstock has so many great Christmas Colours that you won't have a problem matching to any photo.


 Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

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

 Spellbinders: 

S5-143 Jewel Flowers & Flourishes  
 S5-146 Botanical Swirls &b Flourishes 
S5-078 Persian Accents  
S4-328 Foliage 
S$-136 Classic Hearts 
 S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts

 Other Materials Used: 

Gold Embossing powder 
 Gesso 
Large plastic gems 
 Dimensional magic 
Eggshell 
Gold paint 
 Red Velvet Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 
Red Ribbon Roses 
Maya Rd beads 
Chain 
 White Fibre 
Red organza ribbon
 Small resin Santa 
Chip Alpha 
White Glitter W
hite cotton 
 White spray 
 Candy striped ribbon 

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
26 November 2012
Here is another pretty layout from Alicia.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 1-105E Petalsoft
9-960D Kraft 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-1078- Persian accents 
S5-090- Romantic Rectngles 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One 
S5-129 Foliage Two

 Other Materials Used: 

Basic Greay patterned paper 
Ranger dimensional paint 
Clearsnaps Fairy glitter 
Paper doily
Twine 
Prima letter stickers 
Jillibean Soup alphabet stickers

Project created by Design Team member-ALICIA
Here is a cute idea for a gift card holder.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 10-1001E Bazzill White 
2-214E Red Devil 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-058 Ironwork Accents 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03800 Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 

 Other Materials Used: 

Red and white twine 
Black Momento Ink pad
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Project created by Design Team member-BECK
24 November 2012
Christmas is only a month away so to inspire your Christmas crafting we have a couple more Christmas projects to share. 

"The new pre-cut step cards make your Christmas card list so much easier to complete and with stunning results."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-227 Pomegranite 
SC5-531D Centre step card Bazzil Green 

Spellbinders: 

S5-102 Aster flower topper 
S4-319 Lattice Rectangles 

Other Materials Used: 

Brads 
Beads 
Ribbon 
Glitter 
Rubon

The Aster flower topper looks very much like a poinsettia and is the star of the show on this page.


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-213 Grenadine 
2-227 Pomegranite 
304010 Holiday stripe-Pinstripe poinsettia 
304012 Whimsy Trees-Green dots 

Spellbinders:

S5-102 Aster flower topper 
Other Materials Used: 
Merry Christmas ribbon 
K & Co Glitter rub on 
Beads

 Projects created by Design Team member-CAROLYN
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