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 March 2012
Today we have a very pretty card from Sheree.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill White 
1-140 Petunia 
1-194 Sweetheart 

Spellbinders: 

S4-348 Postage Stamp 
S5-102 Aster Flower Topper 
ES-008 Garden Delight M-Bossabilities 

Other Materials Used: 

Kaiser Patterned Paper 
Misc Lace 
Ribbon 
Misc Button

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
29 March 2012
Today's card is a rather simple and quick card made using some of the newest Spellbinders and BLING-abilities.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1004F Bling Diamond
4-406E Chiffon

BLING-abilities:

LCED00035 Ironwork Motifs (Centre of cross)
Leftover crystals from partly used elements.

Spellbinders:

EL-002 M-Bossibilities Regal
S4-356 Floral Ovals
S5-093 Crosses 2
S5-059 Ironwork Motifs

Tip:

When working with the BLING-abilities I sometimes overlap elements which would mean hiding some of the crystals.  Rather than doing this I remove these spare crystals and keep them for using as single crystals on other projects.  

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY
28 March 2012
Today's project is a cute layout from Teresa.


Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-960 Kraft 
1-165E Ballet 
7-783E Admiral 

Spellbinders: 

ES-006 Classical Petal Edgeabilities 
S4-110 Classic Ovals Large 
LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven 
S4-351 Spiral Blossoms One 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02100 Vintage Oval Labels 

Other Materials Used: 

Denim fabric 
Carolee Adorn It mini alpha 
Pink felt 
Twiddleybitz chipboard flourish

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
27 March 2012
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday. Today we have a step by step for enamelled butterflies.


Products Used:

Spellbinders:

 S5-051 Fanciful Flight

Other Materials Used:

Stampendous Aged Embossing powders or Any colour embossing powders
 Embossing fluid or stamp pad
 Chip board (light weight ) 
Glitter
 Heat gun  

Instructions:

Step One:

Cut Butter flies from thin chip board.


Step Two:

Dab embossing fluid all over the chip shape.


Step Three:

 Sprinkle embossing powder all over shape. Remove excess.


Step Four:

Heat the powder with a heat gun. Use a skewer, to hold in place and move enamel around, if needed.


Step Five:

Sprinkle a little black embossing powder around the edges, and heat with heat gun, use the skewer to swirl the black into the pink embossing powder.


Step Six:

 Allow to cool, they are quite hot, so don’t burn your fingers. 

Tip:

You can add glitter or micro beads, when the embossing powder is hot. Use the skewer to cover areas, that have missed a bit of powder If you don’t like the look of the butterfly simple reheat and add more product, or swipe it off with the skewer. There are no mistakes, they all can be fixed. Use the skewer to make swirls and patterns in the enamel. Make a lot up an one time, so you always have them on hand when doing a project. Have fun and experiment.

Tutorial Created by Design Team member-SUE
26 March 2012
"This is a tiny little concertina book. The covers were made with the bobbin die from the new Spellbinders Sewing Elements set of dies, and decorated with various other shapes from the set. Aren't the scissors just adorable?"



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-960 Kraft 

Spellbinders: 

S5-088 Sewing Elements 

Other Materials Used: 

Acrylic paints 
Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup 6x6 patterned papers 
KaiserCraft pearl (coloured black with a Copic marker) 
Twine

Off The Page created by Design Team member-TERESA
25 March 2012
Today we have a mini tutorial for making a patchwork themed card.

"The temptation to make a punny sewing theme card was too great, and I gave in. As much as I love the look, paper patchwork is about as close as I'll ever come to quilting!"

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960 Kraft 
8-811E French Vanilla 

Spellbinders: 

S4-342 Square Swatches 
S4-230 Labels Six 
S5-088 Sewing Elements 
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 

Other Materials Used:

Cotton string 
Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup 6x6 patterned papers 


Instructions:

Step One:
 Cut lots of little shapes using a die from the Square Swatches set and some bright colourful paper with small patterns. 



Step Two:
Adhere them to a scrap of cardstock (it doesn't matter what colour this is, as it will be completely covered). Once glued down, I added some stitches with my sewing machine to give extra texture to my finished card. 


Step Three:
Cut a shape using a Labels Six die. I set mine on an angle for extra interest. 


23 March 2012
"Using plain card is vital to creating a good Stamp Resist technique, emboss with clear embossing powder on white card and then ink or spritz with colour, and you have created your own patterned paper."



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

10-1010E Avalanche 
9-948E Nutmeg 
8-808E Vanilla 

Spellbinders: 

S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs 
Lf-005 Grand Peony Creations 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-051 Fanciful Flight 
S5-058 Ironwork Accents 
LF-190 Grand Labels Four 
S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags & Accents 

Other Materials Used: 

Glimmer Mists - assorted colours 
Clear and coloured embossing powders 
Cotton buds(flower centres) 
Glitter - assorted colours 
Ribbon 
Liquid pearls 
Chip letters 
Corduroy (flower) 
White dimensional paint 
Music stamp 

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
22 March 2012
Here is a cute idea for a pin cushion. This time the BLING-abilities have been adhered to some felt rather than cardstock. 

"This pincushion was a lot simpler to make than I thought! It’s simply a little pillow stuffed with hobby fill, and decorated just a little with glued and hand-stitched embellishments. I had fun making some of the embellishments with felt, and BLINGabilities are always fun to work with. This pincushion will hold some of my pins, so that they’re not put away in a box and hopefully I’ll remember to use them a bit more in my work."

Spellbinders: 

S4-110 Ovals Large 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

BLING-abilities: 

 LCED00017 Lacey Ovals 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Upholstery Fabric Felt – soft pink, hot pink, dark green 
Yellow trim – Maya Road 
Various decorative pins

Off the page created by Design Team member-TERESA
20 March 2012
"I can see this new Home Sweet Home set becoming a fast favourite. There are lots of little shapes here, including a couple of cute tags, buttons, wings and hearts, making it very versatile."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960 Kraft 
7-703E Powder Blue 
5-510E Parakeet 
10-1001E White 

Spellbinders: 

S5-089 Home Sweet Home 
S4-348 Postage Stamps 

Other Materials Used: 

KaiserCraft mini alphabet 
KaiserCraft black rhinestones 
Lily Bee Memorandum 6x6 patterned paper 
Scrap of corrugated cardboard Twine

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
19 March 2012
Today we have a project for a Kitchen Tea Invitation.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960 Kraft 
10-1001 Bazzill White 

Spellbinders: 

S4-345 Picot Edge Circles 
S5-076 Tea Service 

Other Materials Used: 

G45 Patterned Papers 
Misc string

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
18 March 2012
Here are a couple of cards I made using Angle Approach. I've used doublesided cardstock for extra effect aswell as added a little bling.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E

WorldWin Papers

W75DMHB Hawaiian Blue

Other Materials Used:

Pearls 
Swarovski Crystals
Kandi Crystal Applicator

Cards created by Design Team member-TRACEY

17 March 2012
"I love the lacey look of the Spellbinders Cut, Fold & Tuck dies, they make wonderful focal points for a card." 



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White 
1-131E Flamingo 

Spellbinders:

E8-012 Classic Decorative Inserts Four 
S5-112 Carnival Dream Fold & Tuck 
EL-005 M-Bossablities: Splendid 

Other Materials Used: 

Ribbon 
Flower 
Button 
Pattern paper 
White glitter 

 Card created by Design Team member-Sue
16 March 2012
Today we have another lovely layout from Sheree.

Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1081 Raven 
3-370 Festive 

Spellbinders: 

S4-295 Lacey Squares 
S5-101 Wings of Hope 
S4-324 Ribbon Banners 

BLING-abilities: 

BLLC00034 Lacey Squares 

Other Materials Used: 

Kaiser Patterned papers 
Kaiser envelope

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
15 March 2012
"This card shows yet another way to use Rose Creations to make a professional looking flower, this time I have spritzed and twisted the petals together to give a spiky look."


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

2-227E Pomegranate 
5-510E Parakeet 
8-808E Vanilla 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-035 Parisian Motifs 
NEST-005 Nested Circles 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-050 Rose Creations 
S4-329 Butterfly Circles 
EL-009 M-Bossabilities Flora 

Other Materials Used: 

Black fibre 
White glitter 
Red glitter 
Red brad 
Gold rub on paint  

Card created by Design Team member-Sue
13 March 2012
Today we have a step by step from Teresa. The combination of acrylic paints, distress inks and embossing makes for interesting textures.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-811E French Vanilla 
9-960 Kraft 

Spellbinders: 

S4-110 Classic Ovals Large 
S5-026 Labels Twenty 
ES-007 Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities folder 


JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02080 Fancy Tags 

Other Materials Used: 

Darkroom Door Seaside Montage image
 Mini corked glass bottle 
Tea-stained gauze 
Tiny scrap old book page 
Acrylic paints (blue, green, gold) 
Distress Inks (dark brown, dark green) 
Glimmermist (Forest Green) 
Brads

Instructions:

Step One: 
Emboss a piece of cardstock (the colour is not too important, as it will be covered up with paint) with the new Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities plate. 


 Step Two:
Cover the entire piece with a couple of different shades of blue paint. 


Step Three:
Once dry, add a couple of shades of green paint. Spray lightly with a dark green colour spray (eg Forest Green Glimmermist), and allow to dry. Sponge some dark green ink over the painted cardstock to bring out the detail of the embossing.


Step Four:

Emboss another piece of cardstock, and cut using a Labels Twenty die. Cut the centre out of the shape with an oval die, thus making a frame. Paint the frame with gold acrylic paint, and when dry, sponge some dark brown ink to bring out the detail of the embossing. 




Step Five:

 Using the same Labels Twenty die we used to make the frame, cut a shape from the painted piece of background, and attach it to the back of the frame with mounting tape. 


 Step Six:
 At the bottom right of the frame, adhere some tea-stained gauze, the mini corked bottle and the image. Stamp the sentiment onto French Vanilla cardstock, trim, and adhere to the card. 


Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA

12 March 2012
Here is a layout I made using various elements from the new Cut,Fold and Tuck dies.
These new dies are particularly effective when using double sided card stock such as the WorldWin I've used here. 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

5-589E Ivy
9-990E Java
8-850E Fawn
5-5123E Saguaro
5-5122E Lizard
6-603E Jubilee
6-642E Heidi

WorldWin Cardstock:

W10-DMBR Berry Red
W140-DMDN Desert Dune


Spellbinders:

S5-111 Angle Approach 
S5-114 Spectacular Spin 
S5-113 Flower Burst
NEST-002 Nestabilities Squares

Other Materials Used:

Buttons

Layout created by Design Team member-TRACEY
11 March 2012
"The Anemone Flower die makes a beautiful Water lily, so for a friend's birthday I made this froggy box as she loves frogs."




Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

5-531E Bazzil Green 
10-1001 EWhite 
4-431 D Bazzill Yellow 

Spellbinders: 

S5-067 Anemone flower 
NEST-005 Nested Circles 
NEST-002 Nested Squares 
EL-009 M-Bossabilities Flora 

Other Materials Used:

Lumiere Paints - various colours 
Blue plastic Frog 
Clear Micro Beads 
Pearl glimmer mist 
Stickles glitter glue
Grass edge punch or fringing 

Off the page created by Design Team member-Sue
10 March 2012
The Design Team is loving using the new BLING-abilities, and today we have another card featuring this fun new product.


Products Used:

Bazzill 

5-510E Parakeet
6-603E Jubilee
6-605E Velvet
6-642E Heidi

BLING-abilities:

 BLLC00017 Lacey Ovals

Spellbinders: 

S4-112 Classic Ovals Small
S4-314 Lacey Ovals
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02170 Spread your wings

Other Materials Used: 

Kaiser Craft Snap Dragon Paper 
Seam binding

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
9 March 2012
Today we have a layout featuring Tear Drop Circles BLING-abilities.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 3-370 Festive 
10-1001 White 
9-943 Brown 

Spellbinders: 

E08-014 Classic Decorative Inserts Six 
S4-344 Tear Drop Circles 

 BLING-abilities: 

BLLC00026 Tear Drop Circles 

Other Materials Used: 

Kaiser Patterned papers 
Bella Blvd Chipboard letters


Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
8 March 2012
Today we have another project using the new BLING-abilities.


"We've been invited to a wedding to be held on the beach, so I made this card
to suit the theme."





Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-811E French Vanilla 

Spellbinders: 

BLING-abilities:

BLLC00021 BLING-abilities Ribbon Tag Trio Three

Spellbinders:

ES-007 Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities folder 
S5-026 Labels Twenty 
S4-323 Ribbon Tag Trio Three 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02080 Fancy Tags 

Other Materials Used:

Hessian 
Satin ribbon
Ink

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
7 March 2012
Today's project is a card I made using Grand Dahlia.  I really love this particular die as I'm finding it very versatile. With a few folds and a simple cut you can overlap the petals to make a simple dimensional flower.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

303259 Vintage Vines White Embossed
5-511 E Hillary
7-727 E Bahama

Spellbinders:

LF-191 Grand Dahlia

Other Materials Used:

Ribbon
Pearl
Copic marker to colour pearl
Printed paper

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY
6 March 2012
Today we have a masculine themed layout from Sue.

"I love the look on number 2 son's face after he fell in, he was warned, only to end up soaking wet with a drowned MP3 player, which is what he is most upset about, that and his pride!"


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

7-726E Lakeshore 
7-727E Bahama 

Spellbinders: 

S5-058 Ironwork Accents 
S4-194 Inverted Circles 
NEST-005 Nested Circles 

 BLING-abilites:

LCED00046 Ironworks Accents 

 Other Materials Used:

Blue Mulberry Paper 
Clear micro beads 
Chip shapes 
White embossing powder 
Glimmer Mist 
Brads -sapphire and frost 
Netting 
White glitter 

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
4 March 2012
Today we have an Off The page project to share with you. This project features one of the new Cut Fold and Tuck dies- Spectacular Spin. To give the project that something special, Sheree has used some BLING-abilities as well.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960 Kraft Cardstock 
8-805 Sugar Cookie 

Spellbinders: 

S4-344 Tear Drop Circles 
S5-114 Spectacular Spin 
S5-058 Ironwork Accents 

BLING-abilities: 

BLLC00026 Tear Drop Circles 

JustRite Stamps: 

 JB08790 Just a note border and centres 

Other Materials Used: 

Kaiser Papers
Kraft Bag
Ink

Off The page created by Design Team member-SHEREE
2 March 2012
Today I have a Disney layout to share.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
2-248E Lava

Spellbinders:

LF-190 Grand Labels Four
S4-190 Labels Four
NEST-005 Circles & Scalloped Circles
S5-062 Lace Doily Accents

Other Materials Used: 

Ribbon
Black Pearls
Mickey Head Decorative Buckle
Just The Edge Christmas

Layout created by Design Team member-TRACEY


1 March 2012
Today we have an A4 sized layout, with the butterfly silhouettes from the Wonderful Wings set embossed directly onto the base card. The Grand Calibur is big enough to take the whole A4 sheet.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-960D Kraft 

Spellbinders: 

E8-001 Edgeabilities Classic Scallop 
LF-006 Wonderful Wings 
LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven 

Other Materials Used: 

Basic Grey alpha stickers 
Various flowers 
Patterned paper – Authentique 6x6 bundle Glowing

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA

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