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 November 2012
The pre scored step cards are great for a special Christmas card. 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

Red Centre step Card 
10-1001E White 
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders: 

 S5-143 Jewel Flowers & Flourishes 
S5-146 Botanical Swirls & Accents  
S5-511 Basic Lattice 
S50-055 Layered Poinsettia Flowers 

Just Rite Stamps:

CL03605 Harlequin Script background stamp 

Other Materials Used:

Teresa Collins At home paper.
 Red Mixed Media Ink 
Abominable Snowman Glimmer mist 
Green & gold glitter 
Spray adhesive 
Dimensional Magic 
Clear embossing powder 
Gesso 
Ribbon 
Stamens

The expandable Lattice die makes a wonderful back ground for any Christmas card.





 Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-850E Fawn 
 10-1081E White 
2-227E Pomegranate 

 Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations  
S4-125 Nested Circles  
S4-194 Inverted Circles 
S5-511  Basic Lattice 

 Just Rite Stamps:

 CL03540 Warm & Cozy Medallion Labels 

 Other Materials Used: 

 White glitter 
 Spray adhesive 
Gesso 
 Holly leaves 
 Red Mixed Media ink 
Red fibre Stamens 
Tereasa Collins At home paper 
Olive Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 

Cards created by Design Team member- SUE
29 November 2012
Today's project is a layout from Beck.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 Bazzill Beach House 12 x 12 Collection pack 
Just the Edge Cardstock Strips Barkley 

 Other Products Used: 

Tim Holtz Distress re-inker – Fired Brick 
Tim Holtz Distress ink pad – Walnut stain 
Faber Castell Gelatos 
Helmar acrylic sealer 
Martha Stewart start border punch 
 The Crafters Workshop stencil – Retro Squares 
Twine 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Project created by design Team member-BECK
28 November 2012
Bazill Cardstock has so many great Christmas Colours that you won't have a problem matching to any photo.


 Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

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

 Spellbinders: 

S5-143 Jewel Flowers & Flourishes  
 S5-146 Botanical Swirls &b Flourishes 
S5-078 Persian Accents  
S4-328 Foliage 
S$-136 Classic Hearts 
 S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts

 Other Materials Used: 

Gold Embossing powder 
 Gesso 
Large plastic gems 
 Dimensional magic 
Eggshell 
Gold paint 
 Red Velvet Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 
Red Ribbon Roses 
Maya Rd beads 
Chain 
 White Fibre 
Red organza ribbon
 Small resin Santa 
Chip Alpha 
White Glitter W
hite cotton 
 White spray 
 Candy striped ribbon 

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
26 November 2012
Here is another pretty layout from Alicia.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 1-105E Petalsoft
9-960D Kraft 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-1078- Persian accents 
S5-090- Romantic Rectngles 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One 
S5-129 Foliage Two

 Other Materials Used: 

Basic Greay patterned paper 
Ranger dimensional paint 
Clearsnaps Fairy glitter 
Paper doily
Twine 
Prima letter stickers 
Jillibean Soup alphabet stickers

Project created by Design Team member-ALICIA
Here is a cute idea for a gift card holder.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 10-1001E Bazzill White 
2-214E Red Devil 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-058 Ironwork Accents 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03800 Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 

 Other Materials Used: 

Red and white twine 
Black Momento Ink pad
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Project created by Design Team member-BECK
24 November 2012
Christmas is only a month away so to inspire your Christmas crafting we have a couple more Christmas projects to share. 

"The new pre-cut step cards make your Christmas card list so much easier to complete and with stunning results."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-227 Pomegranite 
SC5-531D Centre step card Bazzil Green 

Spellbinders: 

S5-102 Aster flower topper 
S4-319 Lattice Rectangles 

Other Materials Used: 

Brads 
Beads 
Ribbon 
Glitter 
Rubon

The Aster flower topper looks very much like a poinsettia and is the star of the show on this page.


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-213 Grenadine 
2-227 Pomegranite 
304010 Holiday stripe-Pinstripe poinsettia 
304012 Whimsy Trees-Green dots 

Spellbinders:

S5-102 Aster flower topper 
Other Materials Used: 
Merry Christmas ribbon 
K & Co Glitter rub on 
Beads

 Projects created by Design Team member-CAROLYN
23 November 2012
"Oh these new step cards cut and made by down under direct are the best things ever…. So easy to now create a beautiful styled different type of card…."




Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 6-603 Jubilee 
10-1001E Bazzill White 
SC6-643D Centre Step Card Lavender

 Spellbinders: 

S4-124 classic scalloped circle 
S4-114 Standard circle large
S4-324 Ribbon Banners 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 AG04010 Vintage Alphabet Background 
CR03705 Botanical Medallions and banners 

Other Materials Used: 

Ribbon 
Copic Markers

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
Here we have another lovely layout from Alicia.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960D Kraft 

Spellbinders:
 S5-1078- Persian accents 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One 
 EL-002 Regal M-Bossibilities 

 Other Materials Used: 

Adorn it patterned paper 
Ranger dimensional paint 
Clearsnaps fairy glitter

Layout created by Design Team member- ALICIA
21 November 2012
"I'm loving the tag making fad lately. Once completed, the tag can be used as part of a gift in place of a card, or even adhered to the front of a card as an embellishment."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft 

 Spellbinders:

ES-005 Enchanted M-Bossibilities 
S2-008 Whimsical Tree 

 JustRite Stamps:

CL-02170 Spread your Wings 
CL-03695 Elegant Fronds Background stamp 

 Other Products Used: 

MME Follow Your Heart 6x6 paper pad 
Tag - Size 8 white 
Pearls 
Lace trim 
Twill tape 
Twine 
Button

Tag created by Design Team member-TERESA
20 November 2012
"I'm going to show you how to create a metal cover for a notepad. It's not really metal though - it's an effect achieved with paint and ink." 


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-960D Kraft 

Spellbinders 

S5-147 Resplendent Rectangles 
EL-017 Industrial M-Bossibilities 

Other Products Used:

Thin chipboard (pieces as large as you want your covers) 
Silver acrylic paint 
Sponges (one to apply the paint and another to sponge ink) 
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink 
Zutter binding system

Step One:
Take a piece of thin chipboard and emboss it using the Spellbinders Industrial embossing folder. Trim it down to the required size.


Step Two:
Using cheap silver acrylic paint (the cheaper the better for this - the better quality paints will leave too much of a sheen) paint the covers and allow to dry completely. I prefer to apply the paint with a sponge as it leaves a thin coat of paint that dries quickly.


Step Three:
Once the covers are dry, make some scratches in the surface with coarse sandpaper, paying particular attention to the edges of the covers. 


Step Four:
Apply some brown ink to the covers. This will highlight the scratches and give the silver paint a slightly rusted look. 




Step Five:
I found a piece of text from an old book that is an apt title for this notepad that will be my daily 'to do' list notepad. I adhered this torn piece to a scrap of Kraft cardstock, and then die cut the title with one of the Resplendent Rectangle dies. This was then adhered in place to the front cover. The covers are now ready to be made into a book using your preferred binding system. 


Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA
19 November 2012
Today's project is a super cute layout from Sheree.



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 9-960D Kraft 
4-426 Lemonade 
2-222 Watermelon

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 CL-03610 Chevron Stripe Background 
JB-03730 Vintage Labels and Banner Custom Dies

 Spellbinders: 

S5-050 Rose Creations 
E8-006 Classic Petal Edgeabilities 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Echo Park printed papers

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
18 November 2012
This little Christmas ornament would be perfect to make with children. It can be made quickly and all you need is the circle die and some paper.



 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

304016 Pretty Poinsettia-Snowflake pink 

Spellbinders: 

S4-116 Circles small 

Other Materials Used: 

Pearl DMC Thread 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
17 November 2012
Today we have another fun layout to share.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 Bazzill Beach House 12 x 12 Collection pack 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-045 Banner Basics Two 
S5-034 Parisian Accents 
S5-028 Nested Pennants 
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants

 Just Rite Stamps: 

CL03725 - Fleuriste Newsprint Background Stamp 

 Other Products Used: 

Colorbox ink – Dark brown 
Tattered Angels Chalkboard – Decadence 
The Crafters Workshop stencil – Houndstooth. 
Pan Pastels –Ultramarine Blue Shade & Permanent Red Shade 
Hemp 
Twine 
Modelling paste 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
16 November 2012
Today we have a couple more Christmas cards to share with you.

"Although this card is really quite dimensional, it will pack flat for posting. The centre bauble will need some simple tweaking once the card reaches its destination."



Products Used:

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft 

Spellbinders:

S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments 
E8-008 Classic Petal 

JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03800 Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 
CL-02155 Merry & Bright 

Other Products Used: 

KaiserCraft Just Believe 6x6 paper pad 
Seam binding 
Button 
Twine 

"This is a Christmas gatefold card. It's one of the simpler interactive cards that are pretty quick to put together if you need to make a batch of them. The centre circle is adhered to one side of the gate, and the scalloped ring to the other. That's about as hard as it gets!" 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft 

 Spellbinders:

S4-114 Circles Large 
S4-293 Lacey Circles

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03800 Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments 
CL-02180 Christmas Trimmings 
 Other Products Used 
Prima Doodle Deux 6x6 paper pad 
Distress Markers
 Stickles - Ruby Slippers

Cards created by Design Team member-TERESA
Here we have another masculine themed layout.   


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

Nutmeg 
 Fawn 
 Vanilla 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-050 Rose Creations  
S5-129 Foliage Two
S4-355 Layered Flowers
LF-015 Grand Decorative circles One 

 Other Materials Used: 

Corrugated Card 
Gesso 
 Olive & Leather tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 
Dusty Attic Mushroom, picket fence & tree chip 
Alpha chip 
 Hessian 
 Leather Mixed Media ink 
Brown cotton 
 Clear & green embossing powder 
Brad and button brad 
Liquid pearls Red Smooch 
Clear micro beads 
Butterfly stickers 

 Layout created by Design Team member-Sue
13 November 2012
"There are a huge number of Spellbinder dies to make lots of different flowers and blossoms. Some are fairly straight forward, but some look a little strange...until you know what you are doing of course. Bauble blossoms are one of my favourite kinds of paper blossoms. The die will give you a flat strip of petals, but a quick and easy flick of the wrist will leave you with a beautiful little 3 dimensional flower. Allow me to get you addicted..."




Step One 

Choose your template and die cut along with the centre strip (Each set come with two different flowers to make and one centre strip)

Step Two 

Use a quilling tool to roll the centre strip into a tight ball. Glue the end down and set aside. It will be easier to curl the petal strip if you give each petal a slight crease through the centre.


Step Three 

Adhere the smaller end of the petal strip to the tight roll.



 Step Four 

Continue to curl the entire strip adjusting the tightness to ensure that the petals are overlapping each other to fill in the gaps therefore creating a full blossom.

Step Five

 Fold down each petal, then gently shape each petal to form a dimensional flower. You can then embellish with glitter or ink if desired.


.   Created by Design Team member-ALICIA
12 November 2012
Today we have another card using the new pre cut step card blanks.



Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

SC1-107E Centre Step Card Quartz 
10-1001E Bazzill White 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-114 Standard circle large 
S4-304 Eyelet Circles 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 CL-03610 Chevron Stripe Background 
CR03705 Botanical Medallions and Banners 

Other Materials Used: 

 Misc Die Cut

Card created by Design Team member-SHEREE
11 November 2012
Today we have a great idea to make a feature of those treasured holiday photos.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

1-153E Sunset Rose

 Spellbinders:

 S4-328 Foliage 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One 
S4-378 Cherry Blossoms
 S5-104 Bauble Blossoms Two 

 Other Materials Used: 

Twiddleybitz round painters tray
 LilyBee patterned paper 
Kaisercraft ribbon
 Embossing powders 
Basic Grey chipboard letters 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
10 November 2012
"The gorgeous Blossom Five die compliments one of my favourite photos beautifully."


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 
5-510 Parakeet 
5-572 Fern 
1-105 Petalsoft 
303900 Perfectly pleated Fussy 

Spellbinders: 

S5-129 Foliage Two 
S4-370 Blossom Five 

Other Materials Used: 

Prima patterned paper 
Prima bird nest 
Prima wooden embellishment 
Kaisercraft ribbon trim
Chipboard title 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
9 November 2012
The new pre-cut and pre-scored step card blanks make creating these fun cards super easy.  There are three different designs and an assortment of colours available.  






Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-214E Red Devil 
10-1001 Bazzill white 
Green DownUnder Direct middle step cardbase 

Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-090- Romantic rectangles 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-061 Daisy Flower topper 

Other Materials Used: 

Webster's Pages patterned paper 
Ranger dimensional paint 
Clearsnaps fairy glitter 
Paper doily 
Kaisercraft ribbon




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 
 DownUnder Direct centre step card base 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-1078- 
Persian accents 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-061 Daisy Flower topper
 S5-104 Bauble blossoms 2 

 Justrite Stamps: 

CL-03545 Your Special Day Medallion Labels 

 Other Materials Used: 

Echo Park patterned paper 
Ranger dimensional paint 
Clearsnaps fairy glitter
 twine 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
8 November 2012
Today we feature another lovely layout from Sheree.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

 9-960D Kraft 
 9-943 Brown 
8-811 French Vanilla 
5-511 Hillary 

 Spellbinders: 

LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven 
S4-344 Tear Drop Circles 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Kasier printed papers 
Misc String 
Kaiser Embellishments

Layout created by Design Team member-SHEREE
7 November 2012
This is our second post today, please scroll down for an earlier one from Carolyn.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E White
1-139E Vintage Pink
304191 Market Dots/Stitches

Spellbinders:

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S4-356Floral Ovals
S4-371 Les Papillions
S4-380 Decorative Labels Twenty-Seven

JustRite Stamps:

CL03535 Always & Forever Medallion Labels

Other Materials Used:

White satin ribbon
Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY

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