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




27 February 2013
Today we have a fun and bright boy layout to share.





Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 
 Bazzill Basics Paper Range – School Days 
10-1001E Bazzill White 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-335 – Star Circles 
S5–052 – Creative Page tabs 
S4-372 – Keyboard Icons 
S4-368 – Hexagons 
S4-116 – Standard Circles Small 

 Other Products Used: 

Pan Pastels 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink refill 
Texture paste white and black 
Tim Holtz Distress ink – Black Soot 
Tim Holtz Distress Marker – Black Soot 
Maya Road Twine 
The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil – TCW227 Chevron 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
26 February 2013
"I have a really simple tutorial for you today that could be useful for labeling scrap and art supplies, but I can also see possibilities in the pantry, a child's play room or for shop owners, what about glass containers for flowers or brads etc. I am in the process of setting up my primary school classroom at the moment, and since it is an art classroom, I need lots of storage for supplies. I had heard of chalkboard contact before and wanted to give it as try. Imagine my delight when I saw how incredibly well it went through my Grand Caliber. It looks like plain black book covering contact, only you can write on it with chalk. How awesome! So I set about gathering lots of containers."





Step 1: 

Cover your containers with patterned paper or spray paint. 

Step 2: 
From cardstock, die cut a circle or doily shape depending on the size of your container. Adhere to your container. Apply a sealant over your paper.

 Step 3: 
Die cut your favourite label shape from the chalkboard contact. Peel of the backing paper and adhere directly to your project. 




 Tip: While regular chalk works great, liquid chalk pans give a much bright result and tend to stay out a little better. 

 Created by Design Team member ALICIA
25 February 2013
Altered tins are a great way to recycle your Milo tins.  Here is a sample from Carolyn.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-1001 White
7-797 Vibrant Blue
7-706 Starmist
5-569 Pear

Spellbinders:

S5-160 Opulant Ovals
S4-371 Les Papillions
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S4-370 Blossom 5
S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-129 Foliage 2
S4-116 Circles small
S4-124 Scalloped circles Large

Other Materials Used: 

Recycled tin
Ribbon
Pearl
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
24 February 2013
Today we have a layout that uses a multitude of Spellbinders including some of the latest released dies.





Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 White
1-121E Hot Pink
9-973E Walnut
Bazzill Heritage patterned papers

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
S4-351 Spiral Blossom 1
S4-378 Cherry Blossoms
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper
S5-181 Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Bracket Borders
S4-387 Decorative Labels 22
S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs
S6-003 Enchanted Labels 28

Other Materials Used:

Ranger perfect pearls
Satin ribbon
Chipboard words 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
22 February 2013
Spellbinders new 3 D M-Bossabilities folders are so deep and detailed they make a beautiful card with only the simplest of embellishments.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1081E White
Pomegranate
Hillary green

Spellbinders:

S4-248 Labels Thirteen 
S5-146 Botanical Swirls and Accents
S4-136 Classic Hearts 
S5-058 Ironworks Accents 
E3D-0063 D M-bossabilitiesFramed Labels Eighteen

JustRite Stamps:

Warm thoughts stamp

Other Materials Used:

White silk Ribbon
Pearls
Platinum Inka Gold
Scattered Straw Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Black ink

Card created by team member-SUE
21 February 2013
"It all got very messy in my craft room when I put this grungey layout together. Lots of painting, inking and spraying fun. Thank goodness I didn't have to look too presentable for the next few days - my hands were mechanic filthy! I used one of the new 3D M-Bossabilities folders - the depth and detail in them is fascinating! There were lots of oohs and aahs as I applied each medium - first the paint and then the ink and lastly the Glimmer Mist spray, each layer bringing out a new level of detail. All of the elements were layered around the photo, and even the scrap paper I was using to spray the cogs was incorporated!"





Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-942E Twig 

 Spellbinders:

E3D-002 Creative Cogs 
S4-386 Cogs

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-03885 Grand Sentiments 

 Other Materials Used:

Glimmer Mist sprays 
Various little rusty bits from the bottom of my husband's (seldom opened) toolbox 
Black fineliner pen for doodling 
Scrapware alphabet

Layout created by Design Team member-TERESA
19 February 2013
Masculine cards are often a challenge but the Sprightly Sprockets die makes creating boys cards a breeze.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 10-1037 - Blackbird 
Bazzill Basics Paper Range – Miss Teagan Sue Mini Prints 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets 
EG-002 – Dainty Dots 
S5-158 – Timeless Rectangle 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

CR03815 – Large Fancy Sentiments 

 Other Products: 

Twiddleybitz Rusting powder 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
 Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 
Tim Holtz Distress ink 
Empty Pringles chips container 



Using wax paper to test out stencilling Cut the die out using a layer of wax paper. I usually do this on more intricate designs as they come out so much easier, with little damage. Leave the die in place and using some ink, ink inside the die. 


This enables you to see what the finished look will be before you commit to doing it on the actual paper, as you can see the design through.


 Lastly lift the wax paper to begin the process again if you are happy with the look. In this card I also added a little ink to the very edges of the design to tie in the inking a little more .




 Created by Design Team member- Beck

18 February 2013
Today's project features one of the newest Spellbinder dies- Ornate Square.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 White
7-706 Starmist

Spellbinders:

S5-166 Ornate Square
EL-025 Whimsical Flora

JustRite Stamps:

CL-03545 Your special day medalliuon labels

Other Materials Used:

Staz on Jet Back Stamp pad
Ribbon 
Pearls

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
17 February 2013
"This is a cute little treat pocket, made out of heart shapes. I filled it with bits and pieces of ephemera, but you could also use it for chocolates or other sweet treats."


 Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E Bazzill White 
304167 6x6 Vintage Marketplact Multipack 

 Spellbinders:

S4-136 Hearts
 S4-137 Scalloped Hearts
 S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR03815 Large Fancy Sentiments 

 Other Materials Used:

Seam binding 
Various pieces of ephemera

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
15 February 2013
Texture can be so easily achieved with Spellbinders M-bossabilities




 Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

5-511E Hillary
18-10004F Bling Diamond
 6-620E Wisteria
 10-1081E Raven

Spellbinders:

S5-129 Foliage Two 
S5-049 Carnation Creations 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-355 Layered Flowers 
S5-175 Locking Loops 
 EL-028 M-bossabilites Reverence

JustRite Stamps:

Fleur de Lis background stamp

Other Materials Used:

Pearl strip
Spray Gesso
Imaginarium chip letters
Imaginarium Chip Border
Muslin 
Purple Stamens 
Purple Dylusions Mist 
White glitter 
Rhinestones 
ZVA purple flourish 
Plastic ornate frame 
Maya Rd pearl pin 
Metal embellishments 
Dimensional Magic 
Butterflies 
Grafic 45 printed paper
Lace 
 Purple Hydranga Versa mark Ink 
Purple and green floss 

 Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
13 February 2013
 Today we have a bright and cheerful Birthday card from Beck.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft

Spellbinders:

E3D-003 3D M-Boss – Delightful Daises
 S4-395 – Les Papillions Two

Just Rite Stamps:

CL03635  Lace Border 
CR03815  Large Fancy Sentiments

Other Products:

PanPastels 
Faber Castell Gelatos 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Card created by Design Team member-BECK
12 February 2013
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today we have a tutorial from Carolyn for a Telescopic card.



 Products Used: 


Bazzill Basics Paper:


1-1001E White
1-105E Petalsoft

Spellbinders: 


S4-113 Scalloped ovals small

S4-294 Beaded ovals

JustRite Stamps: 


CR-02245 Botanical Butterflies


Other Materials Used: 

Ribbon
Pearls
Brads
Copic markers E51,E50p,RV23, R11, R22,YG11,G21


Created by Design Team member-CAROLYN  


Step One: 

First you need to choose 2 sets of complimentary dies, you may also use 3 different dies so each section of the card is a different shape. I chose scalloped ovals small and Beaded ovals. You can make this with more layers but for today’s tutorial I am only making it with 2. 

Step Two: 

Chose the 3 largest sizes of your dies and cut out and emboss 3 die cuts which will form your bottom layers of the 3 shapes.



Step Three: 

Cut out 3 of the next smallest of the dies you cut out in step 2.




Step Four: 

Adhere your smaller die cuts onto the larger die cuts. 


 Step Five: 

Stamp or decorate your shapes to your personal choice keeping in mind you want them as flat as possible so they can move correctly when they open and shut. 


Step Six: 

Place a hole using a piercing tool or a very small hole punch in the bottom of your middle sized die cuts, Then line up your medium sized die cuts that you just hole punched and place it image upside down on the largest die cut and using the hole you placed in the medium one as a guide punch a hole through to the largest die cuts. Adhere those 2 medium and large sized die cuts together with a brad. Now the first 2 layers are attached your card is starting to take shape. 




Step Seven: 

Now moving onto your smallest die cuts cut a hole in the bottom of your stamped image, once again line it up image upside down with the top of the medium die cut punch a hole and add a brad. Your card is completed, Thanks to the brad your layers of die cuts will swivel out and around so they are all up the right way when the card is open. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial the limits are endless it would be so much fun to try this in all different shapes and sizes you may like to add more than the three shapes that I have added and even add more layers.





11 February 2013
Today we have a lovely layout from Alicia.





Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 
9-960D Kraft 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage 
S5-040 Floral Doily Accent 
S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs 
S5-143 Jewel Flourishes and Flowers 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom 1 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 
S6-004- Elegant labels 4 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

 Other Materials Used: 

Bo Bunny patterned paper 
Ranger Perfect Pearls 
Silk ribbon 
Glitz Designs jewels 
Lily Bee alphabet stickers

Created by Design Team member-ALICIA
10 February 2013

Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

2-214 Red Devil 
10-1081 Raven 
10-1001 Bazzill white 

Spellbinders: 

S5-129 Foliage Two 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-168 On the Edge 
S4-371 Les Papillions 

Other Materials Used: 

A2Z scraplet Title 
Doilies 
Bo Bunny patterned paper

Created by Design Team member-CAROLYN
9 February 2013
Give your love the perfect Valentine with this heart card topper or token. 

 

Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1001E White 
 10-1081E Raven 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-136 Classic Hearts   
S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts  
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms  
S4-328 Foliage 
E3D-006 M-Bossabilities Framed Labels Eighteen 

 JustRite Stamps:

CL03605 Harlequin Script Background 


 Other Materials used: 

Red glitter 
Leaf pins 
 White fibre 
 Pearls 
 Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Platinum Inka Gold 
Alphabet stamps

Created by Design Team member-SUE
8 February 2013
Here are a couple of projects incorporating hearts. Although Valentine's Day is around the corner, this card and bunting can be used at any time of year. The tissue paper I used came wrapped around a gift, so I also got some satisfaction out of re-purposing. I took one sheet of light pink and half a sheet of the fuchsia and folded them up a few times. The Spellbinder dies can cut through a number of layers of tissue paper at a time, so these projects don't take as long as you'd think to whip up. 




 Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E Bazzill White 
303978 8x8 Divinley Sweet 

 Spellbinders; 

S4-136 Hearts 
S4-137 Scalloped Hearts 

 JustRite Stamps; 

CR-03885 Grand Sentiments 

 Other Materials Used:

Scrap of pink and red little polka dot paper 
Tissue paper - light pink and fuschia

Projects created by Design Team member-TERESA
6 February 2013
Although Valentine's isn't a huge occasion here in Australia, we thought we would share a few projects with a love theme this week.  Here are a couple of cards.  




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1071E Smoky 
 10-1001 Bazzill White 
2-214E Red Devil 
 303984 Love Story patterned paper

Spellbinders: 

S6-003 5x7 Enchanted Labels Twenty Eight 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

Other Materials Used: 

Canvas ribbon 
Organza ribbon 
Ranger Liquid Pearls




Products Used

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 
2-214E Red Devil 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 
S5-031 Fancy Tags Three 
S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs 

 Other Materials Used:

Echo Park Patterned paper 
Ranger perfect pearls
 Satin ribbon 
Kaisercraft rubon

Cards created by Design Team member-ALICIA
4 February 2013
Today we have a classic black & white card.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 White


Spellbinders:


S4-318 Fleur De Lis sqaures
S5-129 foliage 2
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms

JustRite Stamps:

Cl-03545 Your Special Day Medallion labels

Other Materials Used:

Pink Paislee patterned paper
Ranger perfect pearls
Organza ribbon

Card created by Design Team member-ALICIA
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