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 October 2012
"One sheet of foil was enough to cover this little box I made. It's so soft, it embosses like butter! The box is big enough to hold a couple of lip glosses - the perfect thank you gift for my daughters. I topped it with a rose and a word from the Girlie Grunge Labels set that expresses how I feel about how well they've behaved lately. Yep - this is me attempting positive reinforcement. No - it's not bribery, or is it?"


Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

304167 Vintage Market Place Mini Prints 

Spellbinders:

F-013 Jewel Tone Foils 
EL-007 Elegance M-Bossabilities 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels 

 Other Products Used: 

Stickles - Crystal 
Maya Road Mini Rose trim

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
30 October 2012
What I love most about the stunning range of spellbinder flower dies is you can make flowers that would cost a small fortune in the stores for a fraction of the cost. I have fallen in love with the bitty blossoms dies and would like to show you how I make my rosebud blossoms from them.


Products Used -(To make rosebuds) 
  
Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 White 

Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms


Step One: 

Using your Bitty blossoms dies cut out your desired size. I have cut out the largest and the next size down to show you some variation.


Step Two: 




Hold the outer end of the spiral with the point of the tweezers and start rolling it up keeping it nice and tight. 

Step Three:



Let the spiral go and it will unroll slightly. 

Step Four:



 Using a hot melt glue gun place a dob of glue on the little circular part and secure.

Step Five:


Spritz the finished blossom with some water and gently bend the petals out to give a more realistic shape.

Step Six: 



Add your leaves if you wish gluing them to the bottom and give them a little shape to if you like. 

Now for the real fun you can pretty up your blossom with distress inks, mist, glitter, embossing powders/pastes whatever your heart desires, or you can just leave it as is.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-CAROLYN



29 October 2012
With less than two months until Christmas it's time to start thinking about getting a start on those Christmas craft projects.  The Design Team will be sharing some Christmas themed projects over the coming weeks to help inspire.  

Here is a card I made using the new Spellbinder die Venetian Motifs.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
5-589E Ivy
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders:

S5-119 Venetian Motifs
NEST-005 Nested Circles

Other Materials Used:

Kaisercraft printed paper
SRM sticker
Ribbon
Red pearls

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY
 
28 October 2012
"I've had this frame for sometime and thought it would be perfect for a family picture showcased with some of the gorgeous rose creations dies."



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

6-620 Wisteria 
10-1001 White 
5-506 Aloe Vera 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-129 Foliage Two 

 Other Materials Used: 

Magnetic frame 
Making Memories pin 
Brad 
Glimmer Mist 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
27 October 2012
A boy layout is always a challenge, but stars lend themselves well to this task.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-808E Vanilla 
 10-081E Raven 

 Spellbinders: 

Stars Five

 Other Materials Used: 

Blue glitter 
 Large red rhinestones 
 Red & Orange Dylusions 
 Muslin squares 
 Chipboard letters 
Gesso 
Black & Denim Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx 
Black lace
 Large plastic gems 
 Silver embossing powder 
 Imaginarium Chip corner 
 Dusty Attic phrase 
 Prima brick stamp 
Black pearls
 Large brads 
Texture paste 
Star brads
 Dimensional Magic

 Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
26 October 2012
"The complexity of the die cuts keeps this monochromatic card interesting. The use of foam mounting squares to create different levels helps capture the light and create shadows."




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-811E French Vanilla 

 Spellbinders:

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-127 Labels Twenty Eight 
S5-152 Fancy Lattice 
S4-363 Jewel Fantasies 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02080 Fancy Tags 

 Other Products Used: 

Gold Stickles

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
25 October 2012
The expandable Butterfly Magic die makes a wonderful back ground for an elegant card.


Products Used:

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White 
 6-640E Pansy 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-153 Butterfly Magic 
 S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes 
S4-371 Les Papillions 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Ribbon 
White glitter 
 Spray adhesive 
Purple Lumieres

Card created by Design Team member-SUE
The new M-Bossibilities folder Kickin’ Rubber was just right to add some texture to this layout.


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 White 
10-1081 Raven 

Spellbinders: 

S4-116 Circles small 
EL-016 Kickin’ Rubber 

Other Materials Used: 

Grace Taylor Alphabet 
Kaisercraft guitar 
Ribbon 
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
23 October 2012
This is a very simple, masculine thank you card. The new hexagon dies make it quick and easy to create wonderful patterns. 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1037E Blackbird 
304275 Beach House Mini Prints 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-368 Hexagons 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03710 Anchors Away

Other Materials Used:

Twine
Black ink pad

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
22 October 2012
Today we have a layout featuring the new Spellbinder die Snapshot.




Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 10-1001E Bazzill White 
2-241 Bazzill Red
 3-337 African Daisy 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-095 Flags and Tags 
S5-149 Snapshots 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Misc spray 
Misc String 
Echo Park printed paper

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
21 October 2012
Today we have a lovely idea for dressing up a plain chocolate bar.  A fantastic idea as a little gift.  



Products Used:


Bazzill Cardstock: 

 10-1001E White 
Vintage Marketplace patterned paper collection 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-293 Lacy Circles 
 S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-128 Fancy Framed Tags Two 
S5-148 Decorative Labels Eight

 Just Rite Stamps: 

CR03815 Large Fancy Sentiments 

 Other Products Used: 

Twine 
Natural Raffia 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Acid Free Glue

Project created by Design Team member-BECK
20 October 2012
Today we have two cards from Sheree using the colour combo of Kraft and Raven. 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

 9-960D Kraft 
10-1081 Raven 

Spellbinders: 

ES-006 So Trendy M-Bossablities 

Just Rite Stamps: 

CL02205 Lace Borders CL03550 
Vintage wallpaper background 

Other Materials Used:

Misc ribbon






Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960D Kraft 
10-1081 Raven 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-133 Classic Scallop rectangles 
S4-132 Classic Rectangles Large 

 Just Rite Stamps:

 CL03550 Vintage wallpaper background 
CR03705 Botanical Medallions and Banners 

Other Materials Used: 

 Copic Pens

Cards created by Design Team member-SHEREE
19 October 2012
Today's project is a lovely Floral layout from Alicia.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

1-105E Petalsoft  
8-811E French Vanilla
304190 Vintage Marketplace patterned paper vintage wallpaper/ polka dot bedding 
304192 Vintage Marketplace patterned paper Quilted Chevron 
304195 Vintage Marketplace patterned paper Garden Trellis 
304193 Vintage Marketplace patterned paper Feather brocade 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage 
S5-129 Foliage Two 
S4-351 Spiral blossom One 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-040 Floral Doily Accents 

BLING-abilities: 

LCED00032 Floral doily Accents

 Other Materials Used: 

Prima alphabet letter stickers 
Brown twine 
Ranger dimensional paint 
Prima flutter bits 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA

17 October 2012
"The Botanical Butterflies from JustRight stamps are so versatile and can be used on so many different types of projects."


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

6-620 Wisteria 
10-1001 Bazzill white 
 12-1220 Wedding Butterfly 

Spellbinders: 

S4-294 Beaded Ovals 
S4-113 Scalloped ovals small 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-050 Rose creations 

BLING-abilities: 

LCED00015 Blingabilities Beaded Ovals 

JustRite Stamps: 

CR-82245 Botanical Butterflies 

Other Materials Used: 

Prima pin 
Metal charms 
Brad 
Ribbon 
Copic pens
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 

 Card created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
16 October 2012
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday. Today we have a tutorial from Beck demonstrating how to enhance the background on plain cardstock.



Products Used: 

Bazzill Cardstock: 

9-960D Kraft Cardstock 
10-1001E Bazzill White 
1-135E Berrylicious
 304192 Quilted Chevron Green Gingham 
304195 GardenTrellis-LedgerPink 
304191 MarketDots-Stitches 

Spellbinders: 
LF-015 Decorative Grand Circles One 
S5-128 Fancy Framed Tags Two 
S5-058 - Ironwork Accents

 Just Rite Stamps: 
CL-03695 Elegant Fronds Background Stamp 
Other Products: 

TCW Window Screen Assorted lace Hessian 
Twiddleybitz Chipboard flourish 
Tim Holtz Distress Marker – Aged Mahogony 
Tim Holtz Distress ink – Aged Mahogony & Victorian Velvet 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 

Instructions:

Step One:

Take a mask or stencil and rub over it with some distress ink onto the plain cardstock 


Step Two:

Remove the mask or stencil to reveal the pattern added to the cardstock


Step Three:

Take your Just Rite stamp and add some ink to it in a circular motion, cleaning any of the sharp edges with a baby wipe



Step Four:

Randomly stamp the background with the stamp in a slightly darker colour to the masked pattern

Tutorial created by Design Team member-BECK
15 October 2012
"The clean and simple style of this layout let the beautiful cherry blossoms be the feature. This new set of dies from Spellbinders are perfect for oriental style projects, but I wanted to try them on something different."



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-811E French Vanilla 
9-960D Kraft 
1-126E Tutu Pink 
7-792E Tropical 
9-943E Brown 

 Spellbinders:

S5-147 Resplendent Rectangles 
S4-378 Cherry Blossoms 

 JustRite Stamps:

CL-03560 Shabby Music Background Stamp 

 Other Products Used: 

White Liquied Pearls 

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
14 October 2012
Today we have a cute idea for a money box.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

1-105E Petalsoft 
304191 Vintage Marketplace patterned paper Market dots/stitches

Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-040 Floral Doily Accents 

 Other Materials Used: 

Brown twine 
Tea Leaves Versamagic ink 
Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder 
Ranger dimensional paint 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA

13 October 2012
Today we have two homey style cards from Teresa.

The first card uses a pie chart style technique.

"I'm really loving the pie chart trend in cardmaking. Here I've used the technique for the background, but I left it as a rectangle instead of cutting it into a circle. I needed 10 pennant die cuts from the Nested Pennants set of Spellbinders dies, arranged them on my cardfront, and trimmed the excess from the edges."

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:


8-811E French Vanilla 
1-107E Quartz 
304167 Vintage Market Place Mini Prints 

Spellbinders 

S5-028 Nested Pennants 
S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-02255 Just Keep Calm 
CL-03535 Always and Forever medallion Labels
JB-10025 Nested Oval Medallion Labels custom dies


Our second card features a gingham butterfly. 

"A butterfly, pretty flowers and the sparkle of bling-abilities usually make for a girly card. I wanted to make a card for a friend who isn't on the 'tizzy'side of feminine, so I opted for a blue, brown and black colour scheme."





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:


8-811E French Vanilla 
10-1037E Blackbird 
304181 Yukon Gold Wayfarer Flowers 

Spellbinders:

S4-314 Lacey Ovals 
S4-110 Classic Ovals Large 
LF-006 Wonderful Wings 

BLING-abilities 

BLLC00010 Wonderful Wings

Other Products Used:

  Blingabilities KaiserCraft Miss Match 6 1/2 inch pad

Cards created by Design Team member-TERESA

12 October 2012
Today we have two projects featuring the new Spellbinder die Venetian Accents.

"The Venetian Accents spellbinders make an elegant Halloween style card"


Products Used:

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1081E Raven
10-1029D Elephant 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-118 Venetian Accents
 S5-026 Labels Seventeen 

 Other Materials used: 
Black glitter 
 Spray adhesive Blingabilities
 Black ink 
Ribbon 
 Pearls


This elegant little box would be also great for Halloween


Products Used:


 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:


10-1081E Raven
10-1029D Elephant

 Spellbinders: 

S5-118 Venetian Accents
 NEST-005 Nested Circles
 S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
 LF-012 Square Petal Top Box

 Other Materials Used:

Black glitter
Pearls
 Black ink

Projects created by Design Team member-SUE
11 October 2012
Today's project is a fun layout from Sheree.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 10-1001E Bazzill White 
9-943 Brown 
2-241 Bazzill Red 
5-5111 Patina 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-095 Flags and Tags 
S4-352 Spiral Blossom Two 
S4-293 Lacey Circles 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Basic Grey patterned paper

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
10 October 2012
Today we have a lovely floral layout from Sue.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1081E Raven 
 8-808E Vanilla 
2-227E Pomegranate 
3-381D Orange 
 4-406E Chiffon 
5-511E Hillary 
9-960D Kraft 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-129 Foliage Two 
S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-064 Moroccan Accents 
 S3-146 Butterflies Two 
 S5-049 Carnation Creations 
S5-065 Moroccan Motifs 

 Other Materials Used: 

Pearl strip 
Black glitter 
Spray adhesive 
 Red Utee 
Gold embossing powder 
Black rhinestone swirl 
Glittered small flowers 
Prima trinkets 
Gesso 
 Orange & red Dylusions 
Muslin squares 
 Dimensional Magic 
 Imaginarium chip letters 
 Ribbon 
 Sewing floss 
Large flat gems

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
9 October 2012
Today we feature two lovely fancy fold cards from Beck.  This first card features one of the new pre-cut and scored easel card blanks now available from DownUnder Direct,


Bazzill Cardstock:

 10-1001E White 
1-105 Petalsoft 
Vintage Marketplace patterned paper collection 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-3546 Floral ovals 
S5-086 Bitty Blossom 
E8-006 Edgeabilities Classic Petal 
S5-128 Fancy Framed Tags Two

 BLING-abilities:

LCED00044 Blingabilities Classic Petal 

 Other Products Used: 

Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks
 Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Acid Free Glue

For our second card we have an easel card.


Products Used:

Bazzill Cardstock: 

 7-769D Kevin 
Wayfarer patterned paper collection 

Spellbinders: 

S5-128 Fancy Framed Tags Two 
S4-186 Octagons 
S4-092 Stars 
S5-045 Banner Basics Two 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

CR03815 Large Fancy Sentiments 

 Other Products Used:

Assorted buttons 
 Natural Raffia 
Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Faded Jeans & Picket Fences 
Tim Holtz Distress Marker–Vintage Photo & Picket Fences 
Tattered Angels Chalkboard – Decadance 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo 
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam – Golden Goddess 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Cards created by Design Team member-BECK
8 October 2012
Today's project features the new Spellbinder die Asian Motifs.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

5-510E Parakeet  
10-1001E White 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage
 S5-129 Foliage Two 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One
 S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-124 Asian Motifs 
S5-034 Persian Accents 

 Other Materials Used: 

Bo Bunny Apple Cider patterned papers 
WOW chipboard title 
Kaisercraft ribbon 
Ranger dimensional paint 

 Layout created by Design Team member- ALICIA
7 October 2012
"I found this template online at http://inkingidaho.blogspot.com.au/ and I knew I had to make this cute little handbag that holds cards in it.   Using Bazzill for the box makes it very sturdy. This would be a great present to give to someone with some handmade cards inside that they could use."




 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper:

 9-960D Kraft 
10-1081 Raven 

Spellbinders: 

S5-042 Fleur De Lis Accents 
S4-356 Floral Ovals 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Acetate sheets
 Misc Ribbon

Project created by Design Team member-SHEREE


"Using the sentiment Best wishes will allow this card to be used for many occasions."



 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 White 
7-706 Starmist 
5-506 Aloe Vera 
12-1220 Wedding Butterfly 

Spellbinders: 

S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-295 Lacey squares 
S5-064 Moroccan accents 

Other Materials Used: 

Pearls 
Rub ons 
Brads 
Organza ribbons 
Acetate
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Card created by Design Team member-CAROLYN
6 October 2012
Today we have a pretty layout featur the new Spellbinder dies Decorative Grand Circles One and Les Papillions.


Products Used:

Bazzill Cardstock: 

 10-1001E White
 1-105 Petalsoft 
1-153 Dotted Swiss – Sunset Rose 
304835 2Scoops S’Mores 
Vintage Marketplace patterned paper collection 
303904 - Perfectly Pleated Lily White 


 Spellbinders: 

LF-015 Decorative Grand Circles One 
S4-371 Les Papillions 
E8-006 Edgeabilities Classic Petal 
S4-345 Picout Edge Circles 

 BLING-abilities: 

LECD00027 Blingabilities Picout Circles 
LCED00044 Blingabilities Classic Petal 

 Other Products: 

Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet & Antique Photo Distress Inks
 Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 

 Layout created by Design Team member- BECK
4 October 2012
This is our second post today.  Please scroll down for another card from Alicia.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-214E Red Devil 
5-510E Parakeet  
8-811E French Vanilla 
303983 Bazzil Love Story patterned papers 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-124 Asian Motifs 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-03545 Your Special Day Medallion Labels 

 Other Materials Used:

Ranger dimensional paint 
Clearsnaps Fairy glitter 

Card created by Design Team member- ALICIA
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