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 January 2014
I love the look and feel of embossed fabric. Here's how I did it in a few simple steps: 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-816C Walnut Cream 

Spellbinders: 

ES-016 Cabbage Roses 
S5-191 Decorative Labels Twenty Eight 
S5-127 Labels Twenty Eight 

 Other Materials Used: 

Prima patterned paper 
Calico fabric 
Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade 
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings stamp 

 Step 1 




 Apply a thin layer of PVA glue to a scrap of cardstock that's slightly larger than what you need. I used the edge of a plastic credit card to ensure the entire piece was covered. 

 Step 2 


Place the fabric onto the glue and smooth it out. Use a brayer if you have one to ensure all of the fabric is stuck down. 

 Step 3 



Give the glue a few minutes to completely dry, and then emboss the fabric and cardstock. 

 Step 4 



Apply colour to the embossing using various colours of Distress Ink and a sponge. Adhere the piece to the front of a card and finish it off with a stamped sentiment on a couple of die cuts.

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
27 January 2014
Art Journaling is all the rage at the moment. I recently purchased a new journal, but as it was so similar to my friend's, I decided to alter the cover to differentiate the two.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-816C Walnut Cream 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-089 Home Sweet Home 
MD1-005 Hearts One 
S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels 

 Other Materials Used:

Hessian 
Calico 
Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
26 January 2014
Here is a pretty layout from Alicia.





Materials Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 
1-105E Petalsoft  
 5-510E Parakeet 

Spellbinders: 

S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs 
S6-005 5x7 Elegant labels four
 S5-102 Aster Flower Topper 
S2-048 Sprigs 

 Other Materials Used: 

Kaisercraft Rubon 
Metal Trinkets 
Platinum Ranger Liquid Pearls
Papermania Papers 
Heartfelt Creations papers

 Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
22 January 2014
This was a great snapshot of my girls - hugging (and not fighting!), and they both happened to close their eyes at the same time. I cut the photo out with a curved matting basics die, and this made matting it a breeze. I created the background for this layout with Gelatos and little spatters of Glimmermist. I left the long threads in place after machine stitching here and there. The journaling was done with a lead pencil.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E Bazzill White 
2-222E Watermelon 
3-329E Arizona 

Spellbinders:

 S2-001 Frame One 
S2-043 Frame Two 
S5-199 Font One Lowercase 
S5-171 A2 Curved Matting Basics A 
S5-172 A2 Curved Matting Basics B 
S4-112 Ovals Small 

 Other Materials Used:

Bo Bunny Pincushion patterned paper 
Gelatos 
Freckled Fawn and Studio Calico wood veneer shapes 
Glimmermist Silver Sugar

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
20 January 2014
The decorative oval dies are fantastic for presenting an inspiring quote on a card. Just cut them out and stack them up!


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-816C Walnut Cream 

Spellbinders: 

S4-356 Floral Ovals 
S5-050 Rose Creations 
S4-112 Ovals Small 

 Other Materials Used:

KaiserCraft Sweet Pea patterned paper 
KaiserCraft Confidence word stamp 
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Background stamp 
Felt 
Adhesive pearl

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
18 January 2014
Playing with the d'lites blooms again. I am loving these. For the border for the ribbon paper strip, I used the number 2 5x7 Detailed Scallops die. I die cut a series of them, and then adhered the paper strip which was cut to fit inside the border. A very easy way to make a border strip, and it matches the photo matt with the same design in a smaller size.







Materials used: 

 Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 Bazzill white
W16-CPCL Peaches and Cream
9-960E Kraft

Spellbinders:

S2-048 Sprigs
S2-047 Blooms four
S2-046 Blooms Three
S6-004 5x7 Detailed Scallops

Other Materials Used:

Bo Bunny The Avenues paper
Ranger Liquid Pearls platinum
Organza ribbon
Lily Bee alphabet stickers

Created by Design Team Member ALICIA
16 January 2014
Here is a fun idea from Teresa for some of your holiday photos.

I created interest on my page by using nested circle dies to create a concentric focus. By using foam mounting tape, I could tuck the photo into one of the layers, and mimic the layering that is present in the photo itself. I added some colour to the stark white by stamping little stars, flicking navy Distress Stain and then strategically placing blobs of gesso here and there. These blobs dried raised, adding extra dimension.





Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E Bazzill White
1-120D Dark Rosey
7-783E Admiral

Spellbinders:

S4-116 Small Circles
LF-114 Grand Circles
S4-334 2011 Heirloom Ornaments
S5-199 Font One- Lower Case

Other Materials Used:

Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer stamps
Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain
Gesso
Basic Grey 25th & Pine range of patterned papers
Silver cord

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
15 January 2014

Hello everyone and welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely break. Today we jave a pretty card from Alicia to share with you.

This card uses the Blooms Four die. This is one of the prettiest Spellbinder flowers so far.So soft and delicate, and you don't necessarily need to add a lot of layers to get a great effect




Materials Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 Bazzill white
1-105E Petalsoft
19-5511E Herbal Garden dark

Spellbinders:

S2-048 Sprigs
S2-047 Blooms four
S4-413 Gold Ovals One
S5-160 Opulent Ovals 

 Other Materials Used: 

MajaDdesigns paper 
Platinum Ranger Liquid Pearls
Organza ribbon 
Heartfelt Creations sentiment stamps

 Created by Design Team Member- ALICIA

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