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




22 February 2012
Today we have a fantastic new product to share with you.  Introducing BLING-abilities.

So what are BLING-abilities?

BLING-abilities™ was a concept that was conceived by Deb Boundy-Monk the owner of DownUnder Direct Wholesale approx 2 years ago when Deb and her husband were launching their Swarovski crystal clothing business. 
The sparkling hotfix crystal embellishment will now “give you the ability to Bling”! 

After much research, testing and sourcing throughout the world for the prefect crystal comparable to the brilliance of Swarovski we finally found what we were looking for and the product is now ready to be launched. While we also manufacture these products in Swarovski crystals the price point has been lowered due to the involvement of the Le Crystelle crystal. While a Swarovski stone has 14 facets making it the most sought after sparkle in the crystal industry and to which many of our garments and products are made from …our Le Crystelle stones have 12 facets which helps to hold it brilliance and sparkle, out shining the inferior self adhesive rhinestone crystal which sometimes have a 8 facet table if they weren’t so tumbled during manufacture that all sparkle is dissolved completely. Thus leaving a dull lifeless embellishment . Along with this our BLING-abilities have no ugly plastic glue bridges running between each crystal but rather each stone sits proudly on it’s own with correct positioning adding class and sophistication to your project. The result? Perfect embellishments that are not over crowded, misaligned or look simply unprofessional. 

At only takes 5-10 seconds to adhere a circle or shape to your media. No more sitting down and hand gluing each stone individually which can take countless hours of your precious time. BLING-abilities are fun, easy and simple to apply, all at once, in one quick press of your iron. The results look stunning on cards, scrapbook pages, invitations, formal media even your precious quilts can be made to sparkle and shine. Along with this and unlike our competitors if applied correctly our BLING-abilities can easily be placed onto your clothing without the risk of them falling off when washed. Finally you can be as creative as your imagination can be now we have “given you the ability to bling” 

These hotfix transfers are manufactured in Melbourne with the only machines of their kind in Australia giving us the ability to custom design anything you wish from business and corporate logos, to invitations and much more..maybe you can think of some of your creations or products that could use a shine or sparkle. 

Simply contact Le Crystelle for a quote today to custom design any embellishment for you.
Phone 61 3 8331 0750 or visit our website at http://www.lecrystelle.com.au. or contact Deb directly at DownUnderDirect on 61 3 8331 0700 email: orders@downunderdirect.net.au

So now that you know what they are, here are some samples and a quick how to from the design team. 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

303469 Bazzill Embossed Trellis White
10-1001E White
10-1081E Raven


JustRite Stamps:

JB 09745 Hope Borders & Centres

Spellbinders:

S4-318 Fleur De Lis Squares

BLING-abilities:

S4-318 Fleur De Lis Squares

Instructions for Applying BLING-abilities:

Step One:
Remove your BLING-abilitiy from the packaging and cut out the desired shape from the crystal transfer.
The pictures on both sides of the packaging can be used to see where shapes are positioned to prevent cutting incorrectly. 


Step Two:
Peel off the white backing paper from your cut out shape.


Step Three:
Carefully align transfer over your cut out shape.  Refer to image on the packaging for exact placement of the stones.


Step Four:
Prepare your iron for application by setting temperature to a WOOL setting and making sure that the STEAM function has been turned OFF.
As all irons are different you may not have a wool setting and may need to experiment with the temperature.  I found that a medium low setting on my iron worked fine.  If the iron is too hot your transfer will not adhere correctly.

Allow the iron to pre-heat.

Step Five:
Place iron completely over the crystal transfer and press firmly for approximately 5-10 seconds.
Try not to move the iron around on top of the stones as this may ause them to shift out of alignment.


Step Six:
Allow transfer to cool enough to touch and then carefully remove clear film checking to see if the crystals have adhered.  If crystals are still stuck to the film, carefully fold back and repeat step five.


Card and tutorial photos created by Design Team member-TRACEY

Now here are some more samples:

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
6-620E Wisteria
6-624E Heather

Spellbinders:

S4-346 Labels Twenty-Two
S4-293 Lacey Circles
Edge of Edgabilities E8-003
                                                          Insert of Edgeabilities E8-002

JustRite Stamps:

Cling Stamp - Family Garden CL02145

BLING-abilities:

S4-293 Lacey Circles

Other Materials Used:

Ribbon 

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
5-506E Aloe
5-571E Leapfrog

Spellbinders:

S4-346 Labels Twenty-Two
S5-058 Ironwork Accents

BLING-abilities:

S5-058E Ironwork Accents

Additional Materials Used:

Printed paper
Ribbon

Cards supplied by- DownUnder Direct Wholesale



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1081E Raven  
10-1001E White 
10-1076E Thunder  

 Spellbinders: 

S4-345 Picot Edge Circles 
S4-114 Standard Circles Large  
S5-050 Rose Creations   

 Bling-abilities:

S4-345 Picot Edge Circles 

Other Materials Used:

 Misc Little Yellow Bicycle Papers 
Misc Chipboard

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
1-139E Vintage Pink
1-138E Romance
5-511E

Spellbinders:

S4-295 Lacey Squares
S4-128 Nested Squares Sml
LF-191 Grand Dahlia
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
ES-003 M-Bossibilites Valor

BLING-abilities:

S4-295 Lacey Squares

Other Materials Used:

Ribbon
Fancy Button

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY


Products Used:


Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

Kraft 9-960 

Spellbinders: 

S4-304 Eyelet Circles  
S5-050 Rose Creations  

Just Rite Stamps: 

JB09210 All Occasions Nested Sentiments and Verses  

BLING-abilities:

S4-304 Eyelet Circles 

Other Products Used:

Kaiser Papers

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

303469 Bazzill Embossed Trellis White
10-1001E White
10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

S4-292 Beaded Circles
S5-034 Parisian Accents

BLING-abilities:


S4-292 Beaded Circles
S5-034 Parisian Accents

Other Materials Used:

Ribbon
Metal Heart

Layout created by Design Team member-TRACEY

1 comments:

Sandra said...

These cards are fabulous. Love the look of bling-abilities :)

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