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




31 May 2012
Making small tokens for house warming or weddings is easy with the Bitty Blossoms and Spellbinder dies.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-808E Vanilla 
1-138E Romance 
1-105E Petalsoft 
5-522D Green Tea 
5-531E Bazzill Green 

Spellbinders: 

S4-136 Nested Hearts 
Scalloped Hearts 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-328 Foliage 
NEST-005 Nested Circles 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 CL03540 Warm and Cosy Medallion labels 

 Other Materials Used:

White glitter 
White gesso 
Old book page 
Organza ribbon 
Vanilla smooch 
Victorian Velvet Tim Holtz Distress Pen 
Scattered Straw and Walnut stain Distress Ink 

Card created by Design Team member-Sue
29 May 2012
Today we have a tutorial to give a unique look to your Spellbinder Leaves.




Products Used:

Spellbinder Die of choice
Light weight Chip board
White Gesso
Distress Ink Pad
Embossing Pad
Clear Embossing Powder 


Step One:
Cut leaves with Spellbinder dies from light weight chip board.


Step Two:
 Paint with gesso or white paint, allow to dry, or dry off with heat gun. 


Step Three:
 Dab with distress inks, either the stamp pad or stains, what ever colour you like. I have used Peeled paint and crushed Olive Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Allow to dry or use heat gun.


Step Four:
 Dab with versamark or liquid embossing fluid, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set to a glossy shine





Tutorial created by Design Team member-SUE

27 May 2012
The combination of lace and music creates a wonderful card for any occasion. 



 Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

2-227E Pomegranate 
10-1001E White 
10-1087E Raven 

Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms  
E8-001 Edgabilities Classic Scallop 

Just Rite Stamps: 

JB10020 Nested Medallion Labels
CL03540 Warm and Cozy Medallion Labels 
CR03625 Classic Scallop Borders One 

Other Materials Used: 

Printed Paper
Tombow Pens 
Liquid Pearls 
White Glitter 
Clear Embossing Powder 
Black Stamp Pad 
Ribbon 
Red Flower Gem 

 Card created by Design Team member-Sue
25 May 2012
"I'm always short of a thank you card or two, so I've decided to make some cards in duplicate. It saves so much time making another while everything you need is already out on the desk."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

5-565 Aqua 
9-970E Bark 

 Spellbinders:

E8-001 Classic Scallop Edgeabilities 
S4-072 Flower Creations 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02080 Fancy Tags 

 Other Materials Used: 

Brown Satin ribbon 
Authentique Gathering 6x6 pad

Cards created by Design Team member-TERESA
24 May 2012
Here is a really quick page I made using the new JustRite Medallion Stamps and Custom Dies.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-973E Walnut
1-105E Petalsoft
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage

JustRite Stamps:

JB10020 Nested Medallion Label Dies
CL03540 Warm & Cosy Medallion Labels
CL03635 Lace Borders Two

Other Materials Used:

Versamark Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Vintage Buttons

Layout created by DesignTeam member-TRACEY
23 May 2012
Making the Bitty Blossoms is such fun, they are small enough to pop on any card.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-948E Nutmeg
8-808E Vanilla
7-726E Lakeshore

Spellbinders:

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S4-328 Foliage
S5-064 Moroccan Accents

Just Rite Stamps:

JB10025 Nested Oval Medallion Label Dies
 CR02255 Just Keep Calm 
CL03540 Warm and Cosy Medallion Labels
 CL03565 Fleur De Lis Background Stamp 

 Other Materials Used: 

White Glitter 
Old book page 
Black ink 
Teal ribbon 
Scattered Straw Distress Ink 

 Card created by Design Team member-SUE
22 May 2012
Here is another lovely card using the new medallion stamps and custom dies.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill White 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

JB-10020 Nested Medallion Labels
CL-03530 Star Burst Medallion Labels 


Other Materials Used:

Brown Ink pad 
Misc Pearls 
Misc Ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE 
20 May 2012
"This photo of a mushroom after rain, appeared to be hidden in a dark grotto, this is the effect I wanted to achieve on the page, with spellbinder leaves it was possible."



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-973E Walnut 
8-813E Quick Sand 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-345 Picot Edge Circles 

 Other Materials Used: 

Chip leaf shapes 
Prima flowers 
Crystal branches 
Prima resin mushroom 
Clear embossing powder 
Embossing fluid 
Prima lace pearl strips 
Dimensional Magic 
Green glitter glue 
Patterned paper 
Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw Distress Ink 
Black and pink stamp pad 
Black glitter 
White Gesso 

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
19 May 2012
Today we have a layout from Teresa to share. 

"I found this sheet of cork, and wondered how it would cut in the Grand Calibur. No worries! It's as clean and crisp as if it were paper. Spellbinders never cease to amaze me....."




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock 

9-960D Kraft 
10-1037E Blackbird 
4-438E Candle 
8-811E French Vanilla 
7-726E Lakeshore 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels 
S4-092 Stars Five 
LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven 
E8-006 Classic Petal 

Other Materials Used:

Crafty Notions Colour Spray - Black Tulip 
Echo Park Note to Self 6x6 pad 
Thick white twine 
Thin brown twine 
Cork sheet 
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher 
Carolee's Tiny Alpha stickers 
Doodlebug Simple Sweet alpha stickers

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
17 May 2012
Today we have a card made using some of the newest JustRite Stamp Designs. I love the look of the large background stamps. They go perfect with the Medallion Stamps.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill White 
7-706 Starmist 

Just Rite Stamps: 

JB-10020 Nested Medallion Labels 
CL-03550 Vinatge Wallpaper Background Stamp  
CL-03530 Star Burst Medallion Labels  

 Other Materials Used:

Misc Pearls 
Misc Ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
15 May 2012
"This beautiful tin was too lovely to just throw away, so I thought I’d decorate it. You never know when you’ll need a little gift box at the last minute. From start to finish this took me around half an hour to complete, so it’s really quick." 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

 8-811E French Vanilla 
4-406E Chiffon 

Spellbinders:

S4-114 Circles Large 
S4-124 Scalloped Circles Large 
S5- 086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-089 Home Sweet Home 
S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels 

Other Materials Used: 

Authentique Blissful 6x6 pad 
Gel medium 
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink for sponging


Step One:

 Gather your supplies.



Step Two:

After sanding the tin lightly to give it some tooth for the adhesive to grab on to, cover the sides of the tin with strips of patterned paper. My preferred adhesive for this type of project is Gel Medium.  



Step Three:

The scalloped circle I cut didn’t quite cover up the little gaps so the tin was still visible under the paper. I simply cut a second scalloped circle, and moulded the scallops over the edge of the tin.



Step Four:

Cut a circle and scalloped circle to sit on the top of the tin, and adhere these in place.



Step Five:

Cut some leaves from the Bitty Blossoms set, and curl them over the end of a brush handle. Adhere the leaves to the top of the tin.



Step Six:

Cut some of the roses from the Bitty Blossoms set and assemble. Adhere these in place over the leaves.



Step Seven:

Cut a label from the Home Sweet Home set, and adhere a couple of the words from the Girlie Grunge set to it. Sponge the edges with some brown ink to bring out the detail, and adhere to the tin.


Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA

14 May 2012
Today we have something a little different than our usual card projects, a lovely little tag.

This elegant tag could be placed on a card as a House Warming gift.




Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

1-105E Petalsoft 
10-1010E White 

Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-328 Foliage 
NEST-001 Nested Ovals 


Just Rite Stamps:

JB10026 Nested Oval Medallion Labels Custom Dies
CL03540 Warm and Cozy Medallion Labels 
CR02255 Just Keep Calm 
CR03625 Classic Scallop Borders One 


Other Materials Used: 

Gold embossing powder 

Aged Mahogany & Peeled Paint Distress Ink 
Liquid pearls 
Flower gems 
White glitter 
Clear embossing powder 
White gesso 
Ribbon 
Aged Mahogany Distress Pen 

Tag created by Design Team member-Sue
13 May 2012
Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there. I hope you are all enjoying your special day.

In honour of Mother's Day we have a pretty, feminine card to share with you.


"There was some subtle pattern in the background of this paper, so I thought I'd add to it by stamping a bird and cage in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. It filled up the 'white' space without detracting from the flowers at the bottom left of the card."






Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-811E French Vanilla 

Spellbinders: 

E8-001 Classic Scallop Edgeabilities 
S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02170 Spread your Wings 

Other Materials Used:

Simple Stories Generations 6x6 pad 
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
11 May 2012
Today we have a card in the classic colours of red, white and black.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
10-1081E Raven
2-237E Pomegranate

BLING-abilities:

LCED00013 Beaded Circles

JustRite Stamps:

CL02170 Spread Your Wings

Spellbinders:

S4-292 Beaded Circles
S4-233 Labels Nine
ES-003 M-Bossabilities Valor

Other Materials Used:

Black Ink Pad
Ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY




9 May 2012
Creating these tactile little butterflies is such fun, the great thing about them is youcan glue them to a brooch pin and the recipient of the card can remove it and use it as a brooch


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1081E Raven 
10-1001E White 
8-808E Vanilla 
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders: 

S4-190 Labels Four 
S4-294 Beaded Ovals 
NEST-006 Nested Petite Ovals 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-051 Fanciful Flight 
S5-064 Moroccan Accents 
S5-050 Rose Creations 
 EL-009 M-Bossablities Flora 

BLING-abilites 

 LCED00015 Beaded Ovals 

Other Materials Used: 

Inka Gold 
 Red, black & gold embossing powder 
 Black fibre 
Peeled Paint Distress ink 
 Clear embossing powder 
 Gold gel pen 
Chipboard 

 Card created by Design Team member-Sue
8 May 2012
Today I have a card to share using the new coordinating Medallion Stamps and Nestabilities from JustRite Stamps.  With very little effort and limited extra materials you can create stunning projects in no time.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
6-642E Heidi

JustRite Stamps:

Spellbinder Custom Die JB10020 Nested Medallion
CL03540 Warm & Cosy Medallion Labels
CL03635 Lace Borders Two


Other Materials Used:

Versamark Stamp Pad
White Embossing Powder
Organza Ribbon
Pearl

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY


7 May 2012
Today I have a card made using the new BLING-abilities and the new Spellbinder Die-Bitty Blossoms.


Products Used:


Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
5-5121E Palm
2-227E Pomegranate
5-511E Hillary

BLING-abilities

LCED00020 Fleur De Lis Squares

Spellbinders:

S4-318 Fleur De Lis Squares
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms

JustRite Stamps:

CL02085 Fancy Labels Set

Other Materials Used:

Brilliance Ink Pad-Black

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY




6 May 2012
Today's project is a bright and cheerful layout from Sheree.  


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill White 
5-511 Hillary 
4-434 Sunbeam 
7-706 Starmist 
2-222 Watermelon 

Spellbinders: 

S4-142 Long Classic rectangles large 
S4-126 Classic Squares Large 
S5-058 Iron Work Accents 

Other Materials Used: 

Kaiser Patterned Papers 
Misc Chipboard

Layout Created by Design Team member-SHEREE
3 May 2012
DESIGN TEAM CALL for DOWNUNDER DIRECT 

We are pleased to announce a new call for more design team members for DownUnder Direct Wholesale. While we have a fantastic team already, we would like to extend this invitation.

Our extra design colleagues will have the privilege of not just designing with any scrapbook item but will partner with the industry’s leading quality and superior products.

These will include the Pinnacle Brands of Bazzill Basics Paper, Spellbinders, Le Crystelle, Swarovksi, and JustRite Stamps.

Please read the following information to apply for this design call or pass this onto anyone who you feel would be suitable to submit design work to us.

Where do I email my submissions to: 
IMPORTANT: MUST email to downunderdt@gmail.com

When do submissions close:
Round one 31st May 2012

When will the selection be announced:
June 15th 2012

What is the criteria to enter:
MUST HAVE:
Have your own blog to showcase work
Be computer savvy to be able to upload and/or email completed work to your Team leader.
A good Team spirit
All submissions must be your own original work.
Be living in Australia
MUST NOT HAVE: 
You must NOT own a profit/trading craft business however you can be an employee in the industry.

What will be the workload requirement for the winning members:
Must be able to produce 2 x cards, 2 x layouts and 1 x OTP each month Plus One tutorial every two months. (If you are selected for just cardmaking or layouts only ..then the requirement will be 4 x cards OR 4 x layouts per month plus the OTP and tutorial)

How do I submit my designs:
Via email only with images not larger then 2MB each image.

How many samples of my work do I send: 
Please send us four items: 2 x card samples 2 x layout samples.

 How many rounds will be involved in the design call: 
Two: If you are selected from the first round you will then be required to submit to us projects that we will give you in the 1st week of June to be back to us prior to our decision on the 15th June

What are the prizes for the winning members:
A prize package will include a Spellbinders Grand Calibur plus Bazzill Basics Paper, Spellbinder Dies, Le Crystelle BLING-abilities and Justrite stamp products to the retail value of $100
Ongoing recognition as being apart of a Design Team for a leading craft wholesaler

How will I be paid for my on-going monthly work? 
This will be discussed with you if you are selected but rest assured that our current Design Team members chose to continue on with us after their first year ..hey we must be doing something right.

All submissions will be viewed and judged with the following criteria:
Design appeal
Overall quality and elegance.
IMPORTANT: Good use and representation of the products we sell. (The more you use our products on your entries the better chance you will have of being selected)

Is there a theme to follow for submission:
No… round one is simply samples of your work for us to choose you to move to round two. If you qualify to round two we will then begin to ask for specifics.

How long will I be required to work on the team:
12 months

Do I need to submit anything else other then my work:
Yes. Please include in your submission a short reason why you feel you would like to be on our team.

Will there be any other work involved: 
Yes you MAY be asked to design work for our product advertisements if required.

Will I be reporting directly to DownUnder Direct or will there be a team co-ordinator:
Yes you will be required to report to a team leader/co-ordinator.
This card created with the mixed media set and shows you can use elements from different packs to create a sweet little card.

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1001E White 
7-7139E Real Teal 
2-227E Pomegranate 

 Spellbinders:

S4-295 Lacey Squares 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-085 Mixed Media Elements 
S5-064 Moroccan Accents 
EL-009 M-Bossabilities Flora 

 Other Materials Used: 

Inka Gold/Platinum 
Platinum Stickles 
 Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, & Black Soot Distress Ink 
 Teal Stamp Pad 
 Clear Embossing Powder 
Chipboard 

Card created by Design Team Member-Sue
2 May 2012
"This is a cute little 'pick-me-up' card. After embossing and sponging the wings with some brown ink, I gently curled them over my finger to give them dimension. They are glued down only at the tips, and the heart is adhered over the top with a couple of 3D Zots to give it height."


Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft 
10-1001E White 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-089 Home Sweet Home 

 JustRite Stamps:

CL-02170 Spread your Wings 

Other Materials Used:

Cosmo Cricket Odds & Ends 6x6 paper pad 
Antique Linen Distress Ink

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
1 May 2012
Today's project features another of the new Cut Fold and Tuck dies-Spectacular Spin.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

 10-1001 Bazzill White
9-943 Brown
2-250 Maraschino

Spellbinders:

S5-114 Spectacular Spin
S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circles large
S4-142 Long Classic Rectangles large

 Other Materials Used:

 Fancy Pants Patterned Paper
Misc ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE

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