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 July 2012
We have one final project to share with you for July.  Starting tomorrow we will be showcasing some of the newest Spellbinder dies.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

5-510E Parakeet
10-1001E White
304809 Two Scoops Tutti Frutti 


Spellbinders:

LF-191 Grand Dahlia
S4-233 Labels Nine
S5-101 Wings of Hope

Other Materials Used:

Printed Paper
Bazzill Sander

Layout created by Design Team member-TRACEY

Good morning and welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today Sheree takes us through the steps for using your Spellbinders for masking.


Altered art and masking are all the rage at the moment… did you know that spellbinders can make the best masks ever…All you need are a few simple tools:
 Spellbinders of your choice – I used S4-114 Standard Circles Large 
Chipboard -I used an old cereal box as this is thin enough for your spellbinders to cut through 
Ink and sponges 
Bazzill cardstock


I started off with die cutting my mask. I simply put my spellbinder with my cereal box chipboard through my grand calibur machine. This gave me a circle mask perfect for lots of different designs. I wanted a bubble effect over my page (this is another great way to make your own patterned papers). You can also just use your spellbinder itself as the mask simple place this on your page using some removable tape and ink the same way. Just remember to clean off your die before the next use as it will have ink left on the metal…


Next place your design where you require it to be and simply rub ink over the die cut shape. Lift the cereal box off and there you have your own masked pattern…




 Continue this till you get your desired effect… You don’t just have to use circles for masking just about any spellbinder shape would come in great use for masking as well… instead of ink why not try out some sprays these work fantastic also.


Tutorial created by Design Team member-SHEREE


30 July 2012
For our second post today we have a layout using one of the new July Spellbinder release dies-Cherry Blossom.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-214E Red Devil 
8-811E French Vanilla
303983 Love Story Printed Paper Pack

Spellbinders: 

S4-378 Cherry blossoms 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-03545 Your Special Day Medallion Stamps 

 Other Materials Used: 

Ranger Perfect Pearls 
Basic Grey chipboard letters 

Layout created by Design Team member- ALICIA
Good morning all.  Today we have another Off The Page project to share, this time we have an altered notebook. 

"I thought a perfect Off the page project would be a diary for all my Down Under Direct things I need to keep close at hand e.g dates, product codes, things to remember."


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-100E White 
19-1052E Frosted Pink 

Spellbinders: 

S4-114 Circles Large 
S4- Scallop Circles Large 
S5-102 Aster Flower topper 
EL-004 M-Bossibilities Imperial 

 Other Materials Used: 

Notebook 
Anita’s outline stickers 
Anita’s alphabet stickers 
Metal butterfly charms 
Ribbon 
Versa Color ink 
Kindy Glitz 
Kaisercraft Pearls 

Off the page Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
29 July 2012
"I've got my children home on school holidays, and I'm always on the look out for little projects we can do to stave off boredom. I thought we could make sheets of handmade embellishments that can be used on cards or layouts, and even given away as gifts to like-minded crafty people. This little project ticks a lot of boxes: -keeps us busy for an hour or two -uses up scraps of supplies, so it costs nothing -we spend our time productively and make cool stuff that will save us time later. I like to make these little things in multiples - one design in a few colours. Here's an example of three different designs, in a couple of colours. I have used a selection of papers from a 6x6 paper pad, but of course scraps you already have at home can be used. To make the embellishments more presentable as a gift, I have attached them to a piece of acetate with a couple of little glue dots and decorated the top of the acetate with a piece cut from a Labels Six die cut."  






Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

1-107E Quartz 
7-7116E Simon 
18-1002F Bling Tiara 
10-1001E Bazzill White 
8-811E French Vanilla 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-114 Circles Large 
S4-115 Petite Scalloped Circles Large 
S5-026 Labels Twenty 
S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels 
S4-348 Postage Stamp 
S4-230 Labels Six 
S4-110 Ovals Large 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

 JustRite Stamps:

CR02245 Botanical Butterflies 

 Other Materials:

Various Versamagic inks - pink, blue, silver, green 
Cotton gauze 
Adhesive pearls 
Prima Fairy Belle 6x6 pad 
Acetate sheet and glue dots for presentation (optional)

Off the page created by Design Team member-TERESA
28 July 2012
For our second post today we once again demonstrate that you don't always need Christmas images or shapes to make a wonderful Christmas card.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:


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

 JustRite Stamps:

CL02210 Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage 
 S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
 S5-065 Moroccan Motifs
 NEST-005 Nested Circles 
ES-007 M-bossabilities Sea Beauty 

 Other Materials Used: 

Gesso 
 Black Ink 
Clear embossing powder 
Red stamp pad 
Red glitter
 Red glitter paper 
 Green stamp pad

Card created by Design Team member-SUE
Welcome to our final day of Christmas in July.  I hope that you have enjoyed all the inspiring projects the design team have shared here this week.

We'll have two projects to share again today.  The first is this charming little treat box.





Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

2-227E Pomegranate 
 5-511E Hillary 
 10-1081E White 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-083 Antique Frame & Accents
 S4-328 Foliage 
 S5-085 Mix'd Media Elements 

 Other Materials Used: 

White glitter 
Silver glitter 
Red glitter and glitter paper 
Gold glitter 
Red holly berries

Off the page created by Design Team member-SUE
27 July 2012
Our second project today is a charming little Christmas Bon Bon created by Sheree.






Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 9-960 Kraft 

Spellbinders: 

 S5-026 Labels 20 
S4-114 Standard Circles Large 
S5-094 Page Maps labels and tags 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 CL – 02210 Fleur de Lis Labels Twenty 
CL-03565 Fleur De Lis background stamp 

Other Products Used:

Ribbon

Off the page created by Design Team member-SHEREE


Today we have another example of a Christmas card made with the new JustRite Medallion stamps.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 10-1001 Bazzill White 
2-227 Pomegranate 

Spellbinders: 

S4-210 Labels 
18 S5-094 Page Maps labels and tags 


 Just Rite Stamps: 

JB-10020 Nested Medallion Custom Dies
CL-03550 Vintage wallpaper background 
CL-03530 Starburst Medallion Labels 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Misc Button and Ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
26 July 2012
We have a second project to share with you today.  Here is a simple yet elegant card in chocolate and white.

"While I love black and white, I wanted to play with something different and yet maintain the elegance of the simple colour scheme. Enter chocolate brown. Teamed with a crisp white, some embossing and a touch of glitter, it's a match made in heaven!"


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-943E Brown 
10-1001E Bazzill White 

 Spellbinders: 

EL-007 M-Bossabilities Elegance 

 JustRite Stamps CL02180 Christmas Trimmings 
CL02155 Merry & Bright

 Other Materials Used:

Ranger Glitz Stickles Tiara

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
Good morning everyone. Today we have an extra little tutorial to share with you.  
Teresa has created this card using a clever little technique with the Spellbinders Labels Six die giving it a completely different look.



Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

7-799E Sea Salt 
2-248E Lava 

Spellbinders:

 S4-230 Labels Six
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants
S4-092 Star 5 Dies 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL02155 Merry & Bright 

 Other Materials Used: 

Prima North Country Collection Red Deer patterned paper
 Red and White Baker's Twine 
Adhesive bling 
Toothpicks 



Step One:

 Cut a strip of cardstock that is about 7cm wide, and place one end of it in the die as shown. Step 

Step Two:

 Run it through the Grand Calibur or other die cutting machine, taking care not to run it through all the way. You just want to cut the very end of the paper strip.


Step Three:

 Tie baker's twine around the strip near the decorative end


Step Four:

Cut two flags from the Lacey Pennants die set, and stamp words toward one side of the flags. Fold the flag over behind itself, and glue down with a toothpick in place. Assemble the rest of the card.



Card and tutorial created by DesignTeam member-TERESA
25 July 2012
The new JustRite medallion stamps are not only great for everyday cards but also for elegant Christmas cards, making them a very versatile addition to your stamp collection.

 Here I've used two of the new designs.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

2-227E Pomegranate
5-511E Hillary
5-559D Lily Pad

JustRite Stamps:

CL03535 Now & Forever Medallion Labels
CL03540 Warm & Cozy Medallion Labels
CL02155 Merry 7 Bright
JB10020 Nested Medallion Labels Custom Die

Spellbinders:

NEST-005 Circles & Scalloped Circles
EL-001 M-Bossibilities Simplicity

Other Materials Used:

Versamark stamp pad
Gold embossing powder
Kaiser printed paper

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY

Today we have a lovely napkin ring that would look stunning on the Christmas dinner table.

"To make this I joined two edge strips together then mounted a spiral flower into a doily shaped base. The leaves were cut from thin chipboard to make them a little stronger and were then embossed."




Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-214E Red Devil 

 Spellbinders:

 S4-351 Spiral Blossom 1 
S4- 328 Foliage 
 S5- 040 Floral doily accents 
S5- 124 Asian Motifs

 Other Materials Used: 

Anna Griffin Christmas paper 
Clear Snaps Fairy dust glitter
 Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder 

 Created by Design Team member-ALICIA
24 July 2012
I love the use of non traditional colours on Christmas cards, and today we have a pretty card made using pink and light green.  You will find some lovely non traditional coloured papers in the Bazzill Printed Collection Holiday Style. 



Bazzill Basics Paper:

S-5121E Palm
10-1001E White
19-1052E Frosted Pink
303982 Bazzill 8x8 Holiday Style patterned papers 

 Spellbinders: 

 JB10025 Nested Oval medallion 

 Other Materials Used: 

 White ribbon 
 Silver DMC 
 Anita’s outline stickers 
 Starform outline stickers 
Kindy Glitz. 

Card created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
23 July 2012
This is our second post for today.  Please scroll down for our earlier one.

"I love this little reindeer, and I love that he looks like he's flying across the moon, Samantha from Bewitched style!"


Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 9-944E Malted Milk 
 2-248E Lava 
 9-943E Brown 

 Spellbinders: 

 S4-293 Lacey Circles 
 E8-001 Edgeabilities Classic Scallop 
 E8-004 Edgeabilities Ric Rac 
 S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
 S4-287 Fanciful Holiday 

 JustRite Stamps: 

 CR03625 Classic Scallop Borders One 
 CL02180 Christmas Trimmings 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Prima North Country Collection Maine Meadow patterned paper 
 Adhesive pearl coloured with Copic marker 
 Red twill

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
I hope you enjoyed yesterday's Christmas project.  Today we have a lovely layout to share with you.


"A huge part of Christmas for us is sharing food with our loved ones. Last Christmas the children and I decorated this gingerbread house. The delicious gingerbread, the snow white icing,and all the colourful little sugary treats inspired me to put together this layout - kraft for the gingerbread, white paint spatter for the icing, and little bits and bobs for the lollies."









Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft 
2-248E Lava 
303901 Perfectly Pleated Kiwi 
10-1037E Blackbird 

Spellbinders:

E8-001 Edgeabilities Classic Scallop 
S4-283 Heirloom Ornaments 
EL-007 M-Bossabilities Elegance 

 JustRite Stamps:

CL02155 Merry and Bright 
CL02180 Christmas Trimmings 

 Other Materials Used:

Red twine 
Thickers alphabet 
White acrylic paint 
Green leaf trim 
Green acrylic paint 
Viva Gold paint 
ScrapFX Chipboard Christmas tree 
Sei rub on 
Prismacolor pencils

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
22 July 2012
Welcome to the first day of our week long Christmas in July feature.  Today we have a fabulous idea to dress up those Christmas packages making them extra special.  



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

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

 Spellbinders: 

S4-092 Stars Five 
S5-058 - Ironwork Accents 
 S4-293 Lacey circle 

BLING-abilities:

LCED00046 –Ironwork Accents

 Other Products Used:  

Glitzee Glitter Glue - Crystal 
Organza ribbon- white

Off The Page created by Design Team member-BECK
21 July 2012
The new Two Scoops cardstock from Bazzill is a lot of fun to use.  The colour range is fantastic and it can be used as is or sanded using the Bazzil Sander as Sheree has done in this layout.




Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1081 Raven
304813 Raspberry Parfait Two Scoops 

 Spellbinders: 

 S4-348 Postage Stamp 
S5-094 Page Maps labels and tags 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Bazzill Sander 
Kaiser patterned paper

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE


I hope everyone is ready for a little Christmas in July.  For one week from tomorrow we will be showcasing some fabulous Christmas projects from the Design Team.
20 July 2012
"The butterflies in the Botanical Butterflies set are just beautiful. I wanted a soft, barely coloured look, so I used my Distress Markers and a waterbrush to create a watercolour effect."




Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

 1-126E Tutu Pink 
 10-1037E Blackbird 
 10-1001E Bazzill White 

 Spellbinders:

 S4-186 Small Octagons 
 S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 

 JustRite Stamps: 

 CR02245 Botanical Butterflies 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Ranger Distress Markers 
 Tea stained Lace 
 Ranger Distress Ink Tattered Rose 

 Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
19 July 2012
Today we have a lovely sea themed card using the new JustRite set Sea Shell Bay Labels Twenty Two and corresponding Spellbinder die.

"Pearl paints applied to embossed cardstock give this card a rich sheen." 





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
6-613D Navy   
8-850E Fawn
  

Spellbinders:

S4-110 Large Nested Ovals
S4-111 Large Scalloped Nested Ovals
S4-346 Label Twenty Two
ES-007 M-bossabilities Sea Beauty


Just Rite Stamps:

CL02220 Sea Shell Bay Labels Twenty Two
CL03545 Your Special Day Medallion Labels



Other Materials Used:

Various colours of Lumieres or Inka Gold rub ons  
Black ink
Clear embossing powder
Ribbon and white fibre   

Card created by Design Team member-SUE 
18 July 2012
Today we have a sympathy card in lovely soft colours.










Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1001E Bazzill White
50-506E Aloe Vera

Spellbinders:

S5-040 – Floral Doily Accents
S4-193 - Peony
S7-001 – Grand 12’’ Rose Border
S5-086 - Bitty Blossoms
S4-346 Labels Twenty Two

Other Products:

Swarovski Crystals
White Gesso
Prima Lace
Kaisercraft – Bonjour collection paper pad
Prima – Pixie Glenn paper pad
Tim Holtz - Distress inks
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Iridescent Gold & Old Lace
Helmar 450 Quick Dry, Liquid Scrap Dots and Acid Free glue

Card Created by Design Team member-BECK


17 July 2012
Hello and welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today we have a clever technique using Bazzill, that will add texture and dimension to your layouts.

"Bazzill cardstock is strong enough to be wet and shaped, in to wonderful shapes like curtains and banners."




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-808E Vanilla
8-850E Fawn
10-1029D Elephant
5-511E Hillary  

Spellbinders:

S5-078 Persian Accents   
S4-328 Foliage
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-058 Ironworks Accents
S4-356 Floral Ovals

Other Materials Used:

Chip corner and phrase  
White glitter
Liquid pearls  
Pearl strip
Gold embossing Powder
Crystals
Crème De Rouge & Pearl Glimmer Mist
Gesso
Fancy work floss
Prima paper
Chipboard


Step One: 

Cut cardstock to the approximate shape you need it.


Step Two:

 Spritz the cardstock with water liberally 

 Step Three:

 Shape the cardstock with your fingers to form pleats and folds, be careful not to overwork the cardstock as it can tear and pill.



Step Four:

Dry the cardstock while shaped, use your fingers to adjust as it dries.
Once dry you can spritz with any colour glimmer mist to colour it, or use it as is




 Tutorial Created by Design Team member -SUE

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