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




30 September 2011
Today's layout incorporates a number of Spellbinder dies. Just shows you can never have too much of a good thing...




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-5121E Palm
5-5122E Lizard
5-511E Hillary
10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven
E8-003 EdgeabilitiesTriple Scallop
S4-190 Labels Four
S5-019 Labels Eight
S4-326 Bird Flourishes
S4-293 Lacey Circles
S4-116 Circles Small

Other Materials Used:

Pink Paislee patterned paper
Variety of alphabet stickers

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
29 September 2011
Today we have another pretty card made using the Spellbinder die-Bird Sanctuary




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E Bazzill White
6-624E Heather
7-793E Atlantic

Spellbinders:

S5-033 Bird Sanctuary
S5-022 Labels Ten

Just Rite Stamps:

JB-09210 All Occasion Nested Sentiments and Verse

Other Materials Used:

Kandi’s Bling

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
27 September 2011
Today we have a bright cheerful get well card to share with you.

" I love to add a touch of yellow to get well cards - it's such a bright,cheery colour."






Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-942E Twig
1-105E Petalsoft
4-434E Sunbeam

Spellbinders:

 S4-190 Labels Four
 S4-110 Ovals Large
 E8-003 Edgeabilities Triple Scallop

JustRite Stamps:

CL02080 Cling Fancy Tags Set
JB09710 Beautiful Blossoms Borders & Centers Oval 2 -1/4" x 3-1/16"

Card Created by Design Team membr-TERESA

25 September 2011
Todays project is a covered journal.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-5111E Patina
1-196E Juneberry
9-960D Kraft

Spellbinders:

S5-033 Bird Sanctuary
E8-001 Classic Scallop Edgeabilities
S4-189 Labels 3

Just Rite Stamps:

JB-08097 Myraid Pro 50pt

Other Materials Used:

Corrugated Cardboard 
Twine
Printed Paper 
Journal

Project created bt Design Team member-SHEREE
24 September 2011
Here is a pretty little card using the Butterfly Circles to cut out the base of the card and some of the little butterflies on the front of the card .


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

White
Limeade
Pomegranite
Lemon

Spellbinders:

S4-329 Butterfly Circles
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One
NEST-005 Nested Circles
S5-050 Rose Creations (leaf)
S4-328 Foliage
S4-194 Scalloped Inverted Circles
I2-1004 Impressablities Flowers

 Just Rite Stamps:

Jb09725  Loving Thoughts Set

Other Materials Used:

Cord
Material
White Glitter
White Dimensional Magic
Orange Glimmer Mist
Lemon Stamp Pad

Card created by Design Team member-SUE


22 September 2011
Today I have the pleasure of introducing a Guest Designer Karen Lawson


Hi, I’m Kerryn! I live in sunny... soggy.. well these days it’s hard to know, but I come from the land down under. South Australia to be exact. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 10 years and we have 2 gorgeous kids, a son who is 6 and a daughter who is 8. My poor long suffering husband is the reason I caught the scrapbooking bug. He bought me a scrapbooking kit as a birthday present about 4 years ago so that I could record memories of our first family holiday. Little did he know the chain reaction that would come as a result of that innocent birthday gift.

I do love recording moments and memories but really, for me, scrapbooking is just about being creative. I love the process of bringing photos, paper and embellishments together to celebrate a special memory or showcase a special photo. While I don’t have as much time for scrapbooking as I used to, I still make time every day for this wonderful hobby of mine.

Here is Kerryn's layout. Kerryn demonstrates how versatile the Spellbinder dies are by using them to cut out different mediums. In this example they have been used on hessian and tissue paper. The close ups shows how Bazzil can be used to bring patterned paper to life.







Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
15-1080F Ebony
2-250E Maraschino
4-452E Cornmeal Swiss Dot
4-453E Butter Swiss Dot

Spellbinders:

S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles
S4-114 Standard Circles Lge

Other Materials Used:

Assorted Printed Papers
Kaisercraft Buttons
American Craft Thickers
Basic Gray Alphas
Paper Leaves
Twine
Hessian

Layout Created by Guest Designer-Kerryn
21 September 2011
Today we have a fun layout created by Sheree.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

7-708E Arctic
3-370E Festive
5-510E Parakeet

Spellbinders:

S5-027 Labels 21

Other Materials Used:

BoBunny Patterned Papers
Misc Corrugated Alphabet Letters

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE 
20 September 2011
Today's tutorial is from Sue, who shows you how to use fabric to create embellishments using your Spellbinder dies.




Products Used:

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations

Other Materials Used:

Cream Corduroy Material
Green & Brown Glimmer Mist
White Dimensional Paint
White Glitter

Instructions:
Step 1:

Cut out several leaves with Rose Creations die.



Step 2:

Place on a scrap piece of paper and spritz with green
and brown glimmer mist or ink, allow to dry



Step 3:

Carefully use the dimensional magic to draw an outline
around the leaf and centre veins. Sprinkle while wet
with fine white glitter.





Tips

Use different colours for a change.something different.  Orange and yellow
are great for autumn leaves

Try different dimensional paints, glitter ones would be great
and save time

Try different materials Hessian and linen would be rustic
too

Use different dies, like assorted leaves or even flowers can be
done this way 

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SUE 











19 September 2011
Today I have another card made using Grand Peony Creations. The size of this die is quite large but I just love how it can be used as the main element on a square card.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

2-227E Pomegranate
10-1081E Raven 
18-1002F Bling Tiara

Spellbinders:

LF-005 Grand Peony Creations
S4-295 Lacey Squares

Other Materials Used:

Fibres
Large Black Brad

Card Created by Design Team member-TRACEY
18 September 2011
Here is a really quick card using the new Spellbinder die Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents. 

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

7-727E Bahama
5-511E Hillary
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

S5-070 Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents

JustRite Stamps:

JB09735 Seeds of Kindness

Additional Materials Used:

Archival Ink Pad - Teal
Ribbon

Created by Design Team member-TRACEY

17 September 2011
Today we have a lovely layout to share with you.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-942E Twig
10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

S5-030 Fancy Tags Two
S5-051 Fanciful Flight

Other Materials Used:

Paper Roses
Patternend Paper - My Minds' Eye

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
15 September 2011
Today we have another project using one of the new Spellbinder box dies. These are fantastic for a quick and easy box for a special gift.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-122E Blossom
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box
I2-1006 Floral and Stone impressabilities

Just Rite Stamps:

JB-08097 Myraid Pro 50pt

Other Materials Used:

Twine

Project created by Design Team member- Sheree 
14 September 2011
This is a wedding card with an oriental theme. It was handy that there are two slightly different birds in the Bird Flourishes set - one for the bride and one for the groom.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1081ERaven
2-245E Phoenix
8-804D Cream Puff

Spellbinders:

S4-293 Lacey Circles
S4-116 Circles Small
S4-326 Bird Flourishes

JustRite Stamps:

CL02080 Cling Fancy Tags Set

Other Materials Used:

Yuzen patterned Paper
German Scrap

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
13 September 2011
The flowers on this card were made using the new Spellbinders die Spiral Blossom One. The Cameo was made using the Floral Doiley Motifs with the addition of dimensional magic, micro beads, embossing powder and stickles
Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:
Vanilla
Java

White


Spellbinders:

S4-351 Spiral Blossom One
S5-032 Elegant Posts
S5-041 Floral Doiley Motifs
E8-004 Edgeabilities Ric Rac

Other Materials Used:

Stickles
Micro Beads
Shaved Ice Flakes
White Glitter
Fibres
Distress Inks
Pearls
Gold Embossing Powder
Glimmer Mist


Card created by Design Team member-SUE

11 September 2011
The new Spiral Blossom One die is great to make off the page projects with a difference. You need never buy a flower again with this die!


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:
Vanilla
Pomegranate
Palm 


Spellbinders:

S4-351Spiral Blossom One
S4-328 Foliage
S5-034 Parisian Accents
Scalloped Nested Hearts
NEST-005 Scalloped and Nested Circles


Other Materials Used:

Various sizes of ribbon spools
Ribbon
Fibres
Glimmer Mist
White glitter

Off The Page created by Design Team member-SUE
10 September 2011
I love how the different spellbinder dies can be used to create flowers. The card I have made today uses an element from lace Doily Accents to do just that.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

1-105E Petalsoft
1-138E Romance
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

S5-062 Lace Doily Accents
S5-070 Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents

Other Materials Used:

Ribbon
Rose Button

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY
9 September 2011
Today we have a card to share using the new Spellbinder Die Ironworks Motifs.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-960D Kraft

Spellbinders:

S5-059 Ironworks Motifs

JustRite Stamps:

JB-09210 All Occasion Nested Sentiments & Verses

Other Materials Used:

Crate Paper Printed Papers
Ribbon
Mesh

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE









8 September 2011
Creating your own trinkets and accents is easy with Spellbinders, by simply embossing shapes cut out with powders or dimensional magic, then sprinkle with micro beads, shaved fragments and glitters . To add dimesion to the leaves try embossing them with the netting used to hold oranges or onions. it give the leaves a lumpy pitted texture.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

Orange
Vanilla
Hillary 


Spellbinders:

S5-034 Parisian Accents
S4-328 Foliage
S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-033 Bird Sanctuary
S5-032 Elegant Posts


Other Materials Used:

Embossing powders
Glimmer mists
Chip alpha
White glitter
Micro beads
Feathers
Wood fibres
Black ornate button

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE

7 September 2011
Earlier this year all the members of the DownUnder Inspirations Design Team received a Grand Calibur machine. We've now been using the machine for a number of months so we thought we would share our thoughts on this wonderful cutting machine. 

 First here is a little info about the Grand Calibur:





Grand Calibur
Finally, a Die Cutting and embossing machine that changes everything.
The Grand Calibur allows crafters to use up to 8 1/2 “ x 11” paper.
It allows us to bring you the next level in Nestabilities and Labels die Templates
.
The Calibur comes with three plates: The A plate is the base plate, the B plate is the embossing plate, and the C plate in the cutting plate. It also has a large tan embossing mat. The Calibur consists of a plastic exterior but steel internal parts, so no breaking this little baby...and it has suction feet so it won't move when cutting your dies.

Here's what the Design Team Girls had to say about this new machine:

Teresa


The first thing I noticed about the Grand Calibur was the size. It’s very sturdy, meaning you don’t need to hold it down with one hand while you crank with the other. One handed operation is most convenient.  It has a really wide mouth – you can fit an entire A4 sheet of cardstock on the large plates. For those of us who like to scrapbook in this size, this means we can emboss details anywhere we like on a page.  The larger platform also means you can cut with a number of small dies at once to save time.
The instructions are basic, and there are little reminder diagrams on the machine itself should the instruction booklet ever get lost.
Lastly, there are those beautiful Grand Nestabilities dies that just won’t fit into smaller die cutting machines.
All in all, this machine is simply GRAND!

Sheree


I am loving using the New Grand Calibur die cutting machine from Spellbinders. This machine is so easy to use with no fuss...simple one step cut and the best thing i love about it is that you can cut lots of diffrent dies at once with the big 8.5x11 plates... and embossing is so so easy you dont even have to move the dies just cut your shape lay on the embossing mat then the embossing plate and slide through the machine easy every time.... I would highly recommend this machine to anyone....


Sue



For me there are several advantages that the Grand Calibar has over the other leading  cutting machines.


 The most obvious being the A4 cutting plates. This allows you to cut more than one die at a time a bonus when doing Kits, Flowers or any multi cuts.

 The A4 format also allows you to cut artisan shaped cards, with the large Spellbinder or label dies. this gives your cards a uniqueness and polish you just cant fake.

 When using the dies that cut and emboss, the Grand Calibar for me, embosses much better than any other in one step. This means you can cut and emboss in one process, usually and do not have to run the die through the machine a second time. You can, and will achieve a deeper emboss, but you don’t have to. This again saves time when doing kits and multiple cuts.


Tracey


  When I received my Grand Calibur the thing that impressed me most was the fact that I could now cut much larger sized paper than I had previously been able to with other machines on the market.  I love the ease of cutting, with very little effort required to run the dies through the machine.  The quality of embossing that can be achieved is fantastic.   

As you can see from the above reviews we all love the Grand Calibur.  For more info or to purchase one for yourself please contact your local craft retailer.
Phone us on 03 8331 0700 or email orders@downunderdirect.net.au and we can advise of
your nearest stockist.











6 September 2011
This is a really quick and easy project. It’s a wipe-clean frame that can be used as a memo board. I’ve had one of these hanging in my craft room for about a year now, and it helps me keep track of assignments very easily. The one I’ve made here will be used to keep track of my children’s weekly activities.

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

5-565E Aqua

Spellbinders:

S4-230 Labels Six
S4-161 Labels One
S4-233 Labels Nine
S4-092 Star 5 dies
S4-190 Labels Four
S5-019 Labels Eight
S4-113 Scalloped Ovals Small


Other Materials Used:

MME Stella and Rose patterned paper
Store-bought picture frame (this one is 12 x 12 inches)
GC-001 Grand Calibur Machine

Instructions:

Step 1
Gather together some patterned paper and matching Bazzill. Disassemble the frame and trim the patterned paper to fit inside the frame.



Step 2
Select a variety of Nestabilities dies, and arrange them on the patterned paper to make sure they will fit.


Step 3
Cut these shapes out and emboss the edges using the Grand Calibur.




Step 4
Adhere these shapes to the patterned paper with glue dots or your preferred adhesive.



Step 5
Reassemble the frame.
Your frame is now ready to use. Write on it with a whiteboard marker, and it can be wiped off with a tissue. You could also use this for shopping lists, reminders and quotes of the day.


Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA

 
5 September 2011
Today we have a layout from Sheree to share with you.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

9-943E Brown
9-960D Kraft
1-107E Quartz

Spellbinders:

S4-162 Labels Two
S5-050 Rose Creations 


Other Materials Used:

Fancy Pants Printed  Paper
Corrugated Letters

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
4 September 2011
Todays project features one of the new Spellbinder box dies.  I love making this sort of project and with these new dies you can make a beautiful little box in no time at all.

When I folded up the hexagonal petal box and saw that it would fit something flat, I thought it would be perfect to present a little gift to someone special. I made a cute little brooch from the flower dies in the set, and added a beautiful vintage button to the centre.








Products Used:

 Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-153E Sunset Rose

Spellbinders:

LF-007 Hexagon Petal Envelope

JustRite Stamps: 

 CL02080 Fancy Tags Set

Other Materials Used:

Alison Ellis patterned paper
Scraps of gauze
AB SW3001 3mm Swarovski
Crystal Brooch backing pin
303405 Sophia Vintage Buttons

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
3 September 2011
Using monochrome colours is easy to achieve with Bazzill, you can alter the cardstock with inpressiblities or with Spellbinders and of course ink to create the softness that a baby layout needs.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:


White
Petalsoft 
Pale green

Spellbinders:

S5-041 Floral Doiley Motifs
E8-004 Edgeabilities Ric Rac
LF-002 Creative Pages Two
S5-034 Parisian Accents
S5-050 Rose Creations (leaf)

I2-1009 Impressiblities Flourish


Other Materials Used:


Distress inks
Chip alphabet
Ribbon
Large pearl brads
Stickles glitter
White fibres
Pearls
White dimensional magic
Micro beads
Dimensional magic
Glitter

Created by Design Team member-SUE
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