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




28 April 2012
Using several layers of a neutral brown, you can create wonderful contrast by adding handmade flowers in bright pink.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-973E Walnut 
 8-810E Iced Cocoa 
 8-813E Quick Sand 
 10-1081E Raven 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-050 Rose Creations 
S4-328 Foliage 
 S3-146 Butterflies 2 
S4-248 Labels Thirteen 
S5-085 Mixed Media Elements 
 EL-009 M-bossabilities Flora

 Other Materials Used: 

Chip Shape 
 Ribbon Roses 
Buttons 
 Chip Alpha 
Resin Rose 
 Clear Micro Beads 
Dimensional Magic 
 Vanilla Smooch 
 Peeled Paint Distress Ink 
 Black Cherry Glimmer Mist 
 Black and Pink Stamp Pad 
Copper Glitter 
 Inka Gold 

Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
26 April 2012
Here is a lovely idea for a Wedding banner.




Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 9-960 Kraft Cardstock 
6-649 Cool Heather 
9-943 Brown 

Spellbinders: 

S4-335 Star Circles 
S5-029 Lacey Pennants 

 Other Materials Used: 

Misc Papers 
Misc Ribbon

Off The Page created by Design Team member-SHEREE
24 April 2012
The Grand Dies from Spellbinder make constructing an easel card a breeze.  I love making easel cards and  these dies make the process quick and easy.  In this tutorial I will show you the steps involved for making a basic shaped easel card using the Grand Labels Four Die.






Materials Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

6-642E Heidi
6-605E Velvet
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

LF-190 Grand labels Four
S4-248 Labels Thirteen
S5-034 Parisian Accents

BLING-abilities:

LCED00030 Parisian Accents

JustRite Stamps:

CL02105 Elegant Frames

Other Materials Used:

Organza Ribbon
Versamark Pad
White Embossing Powder 


Instructions:

Step One:

Cut three pieces using your desired Spellbinder shape and size.  For my card I've used the second smallest die.

Step Two

Find the centre and score along the width of one of the cut pieces.
Score approximately 1cm from the top of the die. 

Step Three:

Flip your cardstock over and apply double sided tape to the folded edge. 

Step Four:

Turn the cardstock back over and apply tape to the bottom half of the piece. 

Step Five:

Attach the folded piece to base piece along the top as in the photo. 

Step Six:

Remove the backing from the remaining strips of tape and place the third piece on top of this.

You should now have a finished base for your easel card.

Tip:

Apply a strip of cardstock or embellishment across the front of the base so that there is something for the card to rest on and keep it open. I've used a piece cut using one of the shapes from the Parisian Accents Dies.

Tutorial by Design Team member-TRACEY

22 April 2012
"With a couple of daughters who love giving little gifts to their friends, I thought I'd put one of these together. Quite simply, it's a Grand Labels Eleven shape, folded up and stitched along the sides to make a pocket. The cute little tag is from the Home Sweet Home set. I have filled mine with some 9 year old girl essentials: lollies, some lip gloss, an eraser and a lollipop. With Easter around the corner, I'll be whipping up some more of these for nephews and nieces - they're a great way to present cinema tickets or gift vouchers. They're so quick and easy to put together, and they're a lot of fun to embellish."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-107E Quartz 
303978 Divinely Sweet 8x8 pack 

Spellbinders:

LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven 
S5-086 Home Sweet Home 

 Other Materials Used:

A couple of different ribbons/trims

Created by Design Team member-TERESA 
20 April 2012
A banner card with a difference. The pennants were made from panels of black and white cardstock with the dressform cut out of them. The white dressform was then swapped into the black panel and vice versa to make a striking card.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-960D Kraft 
10-1001E White 
10-1081E Raven 

Spellbinders:

S5-088 Sewing Elements 
EL-001 M-Bossibities Elite 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02100 Vintage Oval Labels 

Other Materials Used:

October Afternoon patterned paper 
Yellow paper twine

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
17 April 2012
Using plain cardstocks, you can create your own patterned papers, this time simply mist pink cardstock with black glimmer mist with a lace mask, to add an old world charm.



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1001E White 
10-1081E Raven 
8-808E Vanilla 
1-105E Petalsoft 
1-140E Petunia 

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage 
S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-083 Antique Frame and Accents 
LF-005 Grand Peony Creations 
S5-064 Moroccan Accents 

 Other Materials Used: 

Black Glimmer Mist 
Clear & gold embossing powder 
Chip shapes 
Lace flower 
Stringed pearls 
Pink velvet 
Ornate buttons 
Organza ribbon 
Pink organza 
 Resin roses 
Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress ink 
Silver micro beads

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
15 April 2012
"Pretty in Pink! Here's a multi photo layout with the same little photo repeated. I have framed two of the images - one with a stamp and one with a frame made from two different Nestabilities shapes. I didn't have an alpha that matched, so I drew the letters myself and cut them out by hand. It gives an informal, happy feel to the layout."



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

18-102F Feather Boa 
1-140E Petunia 
1-153E Sunset Rose 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-233 Labels Nine 
S4-110 Ovals Large 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02100 Vintage Oval Labels

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
13 April 2012
Today I have another card featuring the new BLING-abilities to share with you. I think you will agree that the addition of some bling can turn an ordinary card into something quite special.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

303259 Vintage Vines White
1-138E Romance

BLING-abilities

LCED00012 Scalloped Squares Small

Spellbinders:

S4-129 Scalloped Squares Small
S4-233 Labels Nine

JustRite Stamps:

CL02190 Shabby Chic Labels Four
CL02120 Vintage Floral Labels

Other Materials Used:

Ribbon
Memento Ink Pad
Copics

Created by Design Team member-TRACEY
12 April 2012
What better way is there to tell a friend how much they mean than with a bit of bling?


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basic Cardstock: 

10-1001E White 
10-1081E Raven 
1-126E Tutu Pink 

BLING-abilties

LCED00011 Scalloped Ovals large


 Spellbinders: 

S4-110 Ovals Large 
S4-111 Scalloped Ovals Large 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02100 Vintage Oval Labels

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA 




10 April 2012
"Have you got lots of spellbinders now like me… well this step by step will show you how to get the most out of your dies. With one simple die I have transformed it into many different shapes to make a banner which is all the rage at the moment in the scrapping world."


Materials Used:

Assorted Papers
Various Spellbinders Dies

Step One: 

Cut out 5 rectangles using S4-142 Long Classic rectangles large.



Step Two:

Using some scissors cut out a triangle from the bottom of one of the rectangles. This gives you a double point banner. 


Step Three: 

Using a corner rounder round the edges of a rectangle to give it another different shape. 


Step Four: 

Using scissors again cut from the bottom of the rectangle into the centre to make a triangle.  


These different techniques can be seen on the Happy Birthday Card. 

 Try making other shapes with the dies you have you will be surprised how far you can stretch these dies to suit your needs.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SHEREE
8 April 2012
Happy Easter to everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend break. 

Today we have a layout to share with you.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960 Kraft Cardstock 
10-1001 Bazzill White 
5-555 Jade 

Spellbinders: 

S4-345 Picot Edge Circles 
S4132 Classic Rectangles Large 
S4-133 Classic Scalloped Rectangles large 

 BLING-abilities: 

LCED00027 Picot Edge Circles 

Other Materials Used: 

MME Patterned Papers 
Misc Chipboard
Misc Flowers 
Misc String

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
5 April 2012
There's little more elegant than black and white with a touch of silver and pearl for a wedding card. Here's a clean and simple one using some new Spellbinder Layered Flowers dies. 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1001E White 
10-1081E Raven 

Spellbinders: 

S4-355 Layered Flowers 
E8-001 Classic Scallop Edgeabilities 

JustRite Stamps:

CL02080 Cling - Fancy Tags Set 

 Other Materials Used:

Wide Black Satin Ribbon 
KaiserCraft pearl brads 
White embossing powder

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
3 April 2012
This cute little basket could be used for Easter or Mother's Day.  Using the square petal top box die, simply create a handle and attach.



 Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock

6-620E Wisteria 
10-1001E White 
5-509E Limeade 

 Spellbinders: 

LF-012 Square Petal Topped Box 
 S5-064 Moroccan Accents 
 S5-050 Rose Creations 
 S4-328 Foliage 
S5-043  Fleur De Lis Motifs

 BLING-abilities

 LCD00045 Fleur De Lis Motifs 

 Other Materials Used: 

White glitter 
Purple organza ribbon 
Mulberry paper 
Crème de Rouge Glimmer Mist 
Purple stamp pad 
 Dimensional Magic 

 Off the page created by Design Team member-Sue
1 April 2012
Today I have a simple black & white card to share with you.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
10-1081E Raven

BLING-abilities:

LCED00013 Beaded Circles

Spellbinders:

S4-292 Beaded Circles

JustRite Stamps:

JB09230 Backyard Birds

Other Materials Used:

Brilliance Ink Pad- Graphite Black 
Printed Mulberry Paper
Ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY

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