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




29 September 2013
Today we have a lovely layout to share.





Materials used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 

Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage 
S4-354 Splendid circles 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

 Other Materials Used: 

Kaisercraft papers
 Bisque Ranger Liquid Pearls
Lindy's Stamp gang mists 

 Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
27 September 2013
This card was fun to put together. A home made stencil, some Grunge Paste, colour sprays and Spellbinders dies - what more does this girl need to have a messy good time?



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E Bazzill White
1-196E Juneberry

Spellbinders:

S5-164 Grateful Lattice
S4-190 Labels Four
S2-033 Ornamental Tags Two

Other Materials Used:

Paper Artsy Grunge Paste
Various colour sprays
Viva Inka Gold
StampIt Thank you stamp
Various flowers

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
25 September 2013
This is so easy to put together with a couple of die cut pieces and some cardboard in between – beautiful for a special friend.




Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

19-10305E - Vanilla Cream

Spellbinders: 

S4-389 – Decorative Labels Twenty-Two 
S4-346 Labels Twenty Two 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

Other Products Used: 

Stamp It stamp set Archival ink - coffee 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Tattered Angels glimmer mist 
Ice Resin 
Aluminium sheet 
Helmar Acid Free 
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Patterned paper

Step 1

Take your chosen die and colour ink pad. Be sure to choose a slow drying ink pad


Step 2

Ink the inside area of the die 


Step 3
Cut out the cake element out of the paper design


 Step 4
Place the die where you want to cut and simply tape it a little to stay in place


Step 5 

Run it through the Grand Callibur and a second time with the embossing mat 


 Step 6 

Remove it from the die and the piece is now framed with the colour from the the ink pad. Add a little inking very fine to the end to with a matching distress ink pad


Tutorial created by Design Team member-BECK





24 September 2013
This card didn't quite make it in time for Father's day, but with a change of greeting it is suitable for any occassion. 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 Bazzill White

Spellbinders:

S4- 388 Stately circles
S4-354 Splendid circles

Other Materials Used:

Basic Grey Papers
Metal key and charm
Twine 
Ranger Adirondack acrylic paint: Pesto
Ranger Liquid Pearls: Chocolate
HOTP stamps

Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
23 September 2013
The Die D'Lites dies are fabulous! Here's a card using the poppies from the Asters and Poppies set inside the Filigree Vase. I have used three Versamagic inks on the word stamp to mimic the background paper. I think I'd describe the look of this card as serene.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E Bazzill White

Spellbinders:

S3-026 Asters and Poppies
S2-028 Filigree Vase

Other Materials Used:

Prima Fairy Belle 6x6 pad
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words stamp set

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
22 September 2013
Making your own flowers can be so rewarding. These carnations are one of my favourites, they really shine on this card.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

7-7120C Tropical Breeze
5-5131E Lucky Green

Spellbinders:

S6-008 Exquisite Labels eleven
S5-049 Carnation Creations

Other Products Used:

Distress ink – Broken China
Tsukineko StazOn ink – Midnight Blue 
My Mind’s Eye – Park Bench collection 
Stamp It Rubber Stamps verse stamp

Created by Design Team member-BECK 
19 September 2013
Today we have a very pretty all occasion card from Alicia.





Bazzill Basics Paper

10-1001 Bazzill white 
19-1059 Sugar Cream 

 Spellbinders:

 S4-328 Foliage 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-143 Jewel flowers and flourishes
 S5-158 Timeless rectangles 
S4-388 Stately circles 

 Other Materials Used: 

Ranger Adirondack acrylics- Pesto 
Heartfelt Creations Stamps 
Heartfelt Expressions organza ribbon 

 Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
18 September 2013

Spellbinders Labels dies provide wonderful shapes for chalkboards. Here I have cut out a Labels Twenty Eight shape, stamped with white ink and then smudged it to make it look dusty.

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Products Used

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

10-1001E Bazzill White

Spellbinders

S5-127 Labels Twenty Eight
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S2-010 Fantastic Flourish One

Other Materials Used

Basic Grey Serenade 6x6 pad
Darkroom Door Chevron Background stamp
My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings stamp

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
17 September 2013
To match the simple image of the photo, the rest of this layout was kept simple as well.

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

4-430E Candlelight
10-1001E White
304402 Digitize/Boolean
3044041 Emulator/Sprokets

Spellbinders:

EL-015 Bricks and Bark
S5-171 A2 Curved Matting Basics A

Other Materials Used:

Jillibean Alphabet stickers
Darkroom Door Sweet Treats Vol 1 stamp set

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
15 September 2013
Today we have an idea for a place card from Beck.




Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 19-10475E Butter Cream 

Spellbinders: 

 EL001- Elite 
 S2-033 Ornamental tags two 

 Other products Used: 


Bamboo VersaColor inkpad
Graphic 45 pattern paper

Created by Design Team member-BECK 
14 September 2013
I thought I'd make a friend of mine a pretty but functional gift when she moved house. Here's a house-themed pin cushion for her new craft space. The roof is made from a square shape that is cut diagonally in half, and the door is a Labels Four shape with the bottom cut flat. The hand stitching helps add a happy naïve look to the house.


Spellbinders:

S4-126 Classic Squares Large
S4-132 Short Rectangles Large
S4-114 Circles Large
S4-190 Labels Four

Other Materials Used:

Wool felt in various colours
Various trims
Embroidery thread

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
12 September 2013
I really enjoyed making the Stars five die the ‘star’ of this layout




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1037E – Bazzill Blackbird
Bazzill - Heritage Collection

Spellbinders:

LF-114 – Grand Circles
S4-092 – Stars five

Other Products Used:

The Crafters Workshop stars stencil
Unity Stamp Co. Rubber stamps – distressed criss cross
AC Thickers
Twiddleybitz alphas

Created by Design Team member- BECK
10 September 2013
This month I have been playing with Spellbinders dies as stencils for creating textured backgrounds. This is is a fairly subtle technique with lovely results.
The first thing to note, is that not every die will give you the best results with this technique. Turn your dies over to the smooth side and look for one that has lots of not too small details in the negative space. The large Splendid circle die is perfect for this.





Materials used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

 10-1001 Bazzill white

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage

S4-354 Splendid circles 

 Other Materials Used: 

Pion design papers 
Ranger perfect pearls
Jo Sonya texture paste 
Lindy's Stamp gang mists 
Hemtique twine 
My two angels metal embellishments
 Bella! tags

Step 1:


Adhere any background elements first. I have added a 6cm strip of co-ordinating paper across my layout and some vertical strips with notches cut into them.

Step 2:



Place your chosen die SMOOTH side up onto your layout. (I recommend taping it down if possible). Apply texture paste over the die, ensuring that all the holes in the die are filled. During the process keep as much downward pressure on the die as you can to prevent the paste "bleeding under the die, so you get a clear image.

Step 3:



Place aside to allow the paste to start to dry. Moving it too early will result in smudges. Before it dries too hard into your die, carefully remove and immediately wash your die to remove any traces of paste. (An old toothbrush is handy). Tip: before it dries completely, consider adding a dusting of fine glitter.

Step 4:

Once completely dry, complete your layout by adding your photo and embellishments. I sprayed my tags and die cut leaves with a variety of paint mists. Add a title ( I used a mixture of metal embellishments and a stamp. Tie twine into your tags.

Tip:
You can add colour to tint your texture paste, but avoid liquid mediums that will compromise the density of the paste. Try powdered chalk.



 Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
8 September 2013
Here's a boy-themed pocket card. It could hold a gift card, or as in this case, cash. I have used the end of a Labels Twenty Eight die to both decorate the top of the pocket, and to make it easier to access the gift tucked inside.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

304403 Mac/Gigabite 
304402 Digitize/Boolean 
2-216 Ruby Slipper 
7-726 Lakeshore 
9-960 Kraft (all available in the #304407 Mac 12x12 paper pack)

Spellbinders: 

S4-132 Short Rectangles Large 
S5-127 Labels Twenty Eight 
S4-386 Cogs 

 Other Materials Used:

Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings stamp set

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
6 September 2013
For the glittered frame, I layered a 5x7 detailed scallops die number 4 directly onto my page (cut side down), then filled the holes with texture paste. I removed the die, and sprinkled fine glitter while still wet and allowed to dry. I washed the die immediately with warm water and a gentle scrub with an old toothbrush.




Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001 Bazzill white
1-105E Petalsoft
304425 Miss Teagan Sue patterned paper collection

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S6-004 5x7 Detailed Scallops
S5-055 Layered Poinsettia
S2-010 Fantastic flourish

Other Materials Used:

Ranger perfect pearls
Clear snaps fairy glitter
Jo Sonya texture paste
Kaisercraft Needle and Thread paper
Kaisercraft organza ribbon
Bo Bunny Snow Day sticker

Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
4 September 2013
A bright and cheerful project from Beck to share today.





Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

Vanilla Cream

 Spellbinders: 

S5-035 Parisian Accents
 E3D-003 Deligtful Daisies 
S4-387 Decorative Labels Twenty-two 
S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Fourishes 

 Other Products Used: 

Copics Markers 
Unity Stamp Co. stamps 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
3 September 2013
Here's a pretty idea for decorating a plain jar. perfect for holding those bits and pieces in the craftroom.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-034 Parisian accents 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S2-021 Medallion four 

 Other Materials Used: 

Ranger perfect pearls 
Hemtique twine 
Kaisercraft Needle and thread paper 

 Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
2 September 2013
Here's a little trick to making a card look bigger than what it really is - overhanging elements off edges. In this case the butterfly wings overhang both the borders of the circle window and the card itself.

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
304275 Beach House 6x6 mini prints

Spellbinders:

LF-006 Wonderful Wings
S4-114 Circles Large

Other Materials:

Stampers Anonymous Flights of Fance stamp set
KaiserCraft adhesive pearls
Copic marker B99

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