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 January 2013
When you don’t have the exact colour, you can always lighten the cardstock with gesso and spray mists as Sue has done here to reflect the sea.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

10-1001E White
7-726E Lakeshore
304277 Beach House collection Seaside Vines

Spellbinders:

S2-006 Die D-Lites Garden Weave 

Other Materials Used:

Pearl strip
White glitter
Spray adhesive
Gesso
Muslin squares
Dimensional Magic
Imaginarium chip letters
Fibre 
Ribbon
Large flat gems
Turquoise Glimmer Mist
Toothbrush
Metal findings and tag
Corrugated card
Spray Gesso

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
30 January 2013
"These new pre-cut and pre-scored step cards from DownUnder Direct make life so easy! I made this wedding card in record time because all the tricky measuring and folding was already done."



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

SC PastelMixed Centre Step Cards 
304168 Wayfarer 6x6 Mini Prints patterned paper

Spellbinders:

S5-127 Labels Twenty Eight
S5-127 Resplendent Rectangles
S5-086 Bitty Blosssoms

JustRite Stamps:

CL-02080 Fancy Tags

Other Materials Used:

Collections printed image
Rock Candy Distress Paint

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
29 January 2013
This month wedding themed projects seem to be very popular with the Design Team.  Here are a couple more Wedding layouts from Carolyn. 



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-105 Petalsoft
 5-510 Parakeet 
10-1001 White

 Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations 
S4-320 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-110 Ovals Large 
S5-129 Foliage Two
 S4-371 Les Papillions

Other Materials Used:

K & Company paper 
Brads 
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink
 Ribbon




Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

1-105 Petal soft
5-506 Aloe Vera
5-510 Parakeet

Spellbinders: 

S55-050 Rose Creations
S4-327 Floral Flourishes
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms

Other Materials Used: 

Bo Bunny Patterned paper
Bazzill basics brads
 Paper doily
Ribbon
Lace
Prima wooden embellishment
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink
Chromacryl texture paste
Crafters Workshop peony template

Layouts created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
28 January 2013
Today I have a special card to share with you.  I made this for my mum who turns 90 today.  


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

SC0-1001E White Centre Step Card
1-138E Romance
1-194E Sweetheart

Spellbinders:

S4-356 Floral Ovals
S4-122 Ovals Small
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-049 Carnation Creations
S5-062 Lace Doily Accents
NEST-005 Nestabilities Circles
S4-371 Les Papillions 
S4-190 Labels Four

JustRite Stamps:

CL03535 Always & Forever Medallion Label

Other Materials Used:

Peeled Paint Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink
Hat pin
Beads
Metallic white micro beads
Assorted printed papers

Card created by Design Team member-TRACEY



27 January 2013
A canvas is a great way to showcase your crafty creations as Carolyn has done here.   



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 White
1-105 Petalsoft
5-506 Aloe Vera

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations
S4-327 Floral Flourishes
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S4-371 Les Papillions 

 JustRite Stamps:

CR-02245 Just Rite Botanical Butterflies 
JB-10025 Just Rite Nested Medallions custom dies

 Other Materials Used: 

Pearls 
Lace 
Perfect Pearls mist
Tissue paper
Kaisercraft paints
 Memento ink 
Texture paste Gesso
 Mod Podge

 Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
26 January 2013
Today's we have a couple of Wedding layouts from Beck.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 10-1001E Bazzill White 
304163 Vintage Marketplace 

 Spellbinders:

 LF-015 Decorative Grand Circles One 
S5-045 Banner Basics two 
S7-001 Grand 12" Rose border 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CL-03695 Elegant Fronds Background Stamp

 Other Products: 

The Crafters Workshop Stencil 
Swiss Dot Kaisercraft rubon word – Cherish 
Jo Sonja’s acrylic paint 
Tim Holtz Distress inks 
Jo Sonja’s opal dust
 Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 





Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 10-1001E Bazzill White 
Vintage Marketplace Collection paper 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-143 Jewel Glowers and Flourishes 
LF-015 Decorative Grand Circles One 
S2-011 Wrought Iron 

 Other Products Used: 

Texture paste 
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Pink Ink 
The Crafters Workshop stencil – TCW234s 
Maya Road Twine Cording – Sparkling Silver 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots  

Layouts created by Design Team member- BECK
Happy Australia Day!

In keeping with the holiday we have an Aussie themed layout to share with you today.
   






Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 5-510E Parakeet 
10-1001 Bazzill white 
7-706E Starmist

 Spellbinders: 

 S5-124 Asian Accents 
S4-328 Foliage 
S5-129 Foliage Two 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper 

 Other Materials Used: 

 Basic Grey chipboard letters 
Ranger Perfect Pearls 
Organza ribbon 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
24 January 2013
"I found a couple of these little caddy's at an op shop for $2. They were brand new (raw timber). I gave them a quick coat of paint then mod podge, then decorated the front with lots of Spellbinder flowers and leaves. This little project could easily be replicated in under an hour for a really cute little desk organiser, or would make a great gift for someone. I have used mine for my most used items on my desk (Spellbinders folder, scissors, glue etc..). I could easily see it being used for bath items, a chocolate gift basket, new baby gift etc." 





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

5-5121E Palm 

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs
S4-318 Fleur de Lis squares

Other Materials Used:

Ranger Liquid Pearls-bisque
Timber caddy
Mod Podge
Acrylic paint
Versasmagic ink
Assorted printed paper

Project created by Design Team member-ALICIA
23 January 2013
The pre-cut and pre-scored step cards are fantastic for relatively quick projects.  The recipients of these cards will think you spent hours creating these little works of art. 


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 MS10-1001E - Middle Step Card 
10-1001E White 
4-464D Sunflower 
303977 Divinely Sweet 12 x 12 paper collection

 Spellbinders: 

S5-058 - Ironwork Accents 
 S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-128 Fancy Framed Tags Two 

 Other Products Used: 

Tim Holtz Distress ink– Broken China 
Tim Holtz Distress markers– Broken China & Black Soot 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Card created by Design Team member-BECK


22 January 2013
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today we have a fun idea for creating a shadow box using an art canvas.

"I often like to use the back of canvases as a base for some art. Just like a shadow box, it has a nice little nook to display something special."



Products Used: 

Spellbinders S2-016 Window Two 
S5-127 Labels Twenty Eight 
LF-006 Wonderful Wings 
S5-147 Resplendent Rectangles 

JustRite Stamps:

CL03605 Harlequin Script Background Stamp 

Other Materials Used: 

6 x 8 inch canvas Patterned paper (Prima Printery A4 pad used here) 
Gold cardstock 
Foam mounting tape

Instructions:

Step 1 

Gather supplies and choose the papers you wish to use. 


  Step 2 

Cut a piece of paper to fit the inside of the cavity, and glue it in place.


Step 3 

From two different sheets of patterned paper, cut windows using the Die D'Lites Window Two and a slightly larger Labels Twenty Eight die. You just need the outside shape of the window for now, but keep the window itself for Step 5. 



Step 4

Decorate the sides of the canvas. You can use acrylic paints, more patterned paper or simply stamping as I've done here. 



Step 5 

Cut a butterfly from the gold cardstock, and wedge the wings in the frame of the window to keep it from closing. Attach this to the inside of the canvas with very thin strips of foam mounting tape. Alternatively, you can place in here a treasured item of your choice (eg a glass vial with a lck of hair, a frozen Charlotte doll, a photo, etc).



 Step 6

I have torn these words from the patterned paper, but if you're using paper that doesn't have any words on it, then use a piece torn from an old book, or stamp some appropriate words. Glue the torn strip to the gold cardstock, and cut using the smallest die from the Resplendent Rectangles set to make the title. 


Step 7 

Take the sheets of paper with the windows cut out of them and adhere them to the canvas using foam mounting tape for extra dimension. Adhere the title with foam mounting tape just under the window.





Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA



21 January 2013
Here is a pretty summer inspired layout from Alicia.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E White
9-960D Kraft

Spellbinders:

S4-328 Foliage
S5-129 Foliage Two
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs
S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
S4-351 Spiral Blossom One

Other Materials Used:

Prima alphabet stickers
Ranger liquid pearls
Organza ribbon


Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
20 January 2013
What a fantastic use of an empty Pringles container.






Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

304274 Beach House Collection 12 x 12 paper pack

 Spellbinders: 

S5-082 – Nautical Frame and Accents 

 Other Products Used: 

Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Empty Pringles chips container

Project created by Design Team member-BECK
19 January 2013
Here is a fun idea for a photo fridge magnet.

"I made this cute little frame from an advertising magnet so that it will stick to the front of a fridge (yes - Spellbinders dies will cut through magnetic sheets!). What a fabulous little gift for grandparents - keep this in mind for all of those school photos that will come home in the next few months."



Products Used:

Bazzill basics Cardstock:

4-438E Candle
7-794E Artesian Pool
2-248E Lava
6-603E Jubilee

Spellbinders:

S4-132 Short Rectangles Large 
S4-233 Labels Nine 
S4-363 Jewel Fantasies 
S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels 
S4-378 Cherry Blossoms 
S5-086 Bitty Blosssoms 
EL-015 Bricks & Bark M-Bossabilities

 Other Materials Used:

Pink adhesive rhinestones 
Vintage Photo Distress ink

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA
18 January 2013
Here is another step card project from Teresa.  The Design Team are really loving these pre-cut and scored card blanks.

"I filled the area in the centre of the pre-cut Middle Step Card with banners to give this card a party atmosphere. It would make a fantastic invitation for a special celebration."



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

MS10-1001E White Middle Step Card

Spellbinders: 

S5-028 Nested Pennants 

Other Materials Used:

 Neutral Mixed Basic Grey Serenade 6x6 pad 
Prima sticker alphabet

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
17 January 2013
"Jewel flowers and flourishes are fantastic dies to create cards with."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-850E Fawn
18-1004F Diamond Bazzill Bling
9-948E Nutmeg
5-511E Hillary

Spellbinders:

 S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
S5-129 Foliage Two 
 ES-004 M-Bossabilities Whimsy

Other Materials Used:

White organza ribbon
White glitter
Spray adhesive
Pearl flourish
Old book page
Prima Natures Garden papers
Scattered Straw Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Black ink
Truffle Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx 
Gesso 
 Flat back gem

Card created by team member-SUE
16 January 2013
Today's second post features the very pretty new Die D-Lite Wrought Iron.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

1-105 Petalsoft 
10-1001 Bazzill white 
5-510 Parakeet

Spellbinders: 


S2-011 Wrought Iron
 JB-10025 Nested Oval Medallion

 S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-086 Bitty Blossom 
S5-129 Foliage 2 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-03685 Spring rose medallions 
Other Materials Used: 
Kaisercraft patterned paper 
Ribbon
 Pearls 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN


Today we have another LO featuring the new Die D-Lites.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001E White
1-105E Petalsoft
5-510E Parakeet

Spellbinders:

S4-370 Blossom Five
S5-050 Rose Creations
S5-129 Foliage Two

S2-016 Window Two


 Other Materials Used:

Magnolia & Kaisercraft patterned paper 
Doilies 
Pearls 
Prima art tiles
Wishmade epoxy sticker
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
15 January 2013

Products Used:


Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 9-960D Kraft 
19-10305E Vanilla Cream 
15-591G Dark Green 
304168 Wayfarer 12 x 12 collection

Spellbinders: 

S4-295Lacy Squares 
 S5-034 -Parisian Accents 
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants 
S%-025 Labels Seventeen

Just Rite Stamps: 

CR03815 Large Fancy Sentiments

Other Products Used: 

Gesso 
Natural Raffia 
Natural twine 
Assorted trim 
Helmar Acid Free Glue 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Project created by Design Team member-BECK
14 January 2013
Congratulations to our very own Alicia Barry. Alicia has just won FIRST prize in Spellbinders largest ever competition called Craft to Win. The contest expanded over various catagories including Altered/OTP and layouts to which Alicia made it to the final 12 in the altered catagory with her STUNNING toaster....yep I did say toaster!...along with her scrapbook layout which both Alicia and another of our fabulous Design Team member Beck also made it into the final 12. This world wide competition took in over 400 entrants and was narrowed down to only 12 finalists in late December. Out of the Final 12 three were then choosen by a celebrity panel at CHA to take out first, second and third prizes. The first being a $5000 craft booty from Spellbinders and their preferred partners. WOW what an achievement Alicia!!  We are very proud of you. This just proves that us Aussies really are the leaders in our industry! aussie, aussie, aussie. ... ... ...!!!!

For DownUnder Direct to have two of their designers make it into the top12 is such an amazing achievment. Well done ladies!! I know when I choose my designers each year I look for something special and we certainly have that in everyone of our DT ladies..We like to sell the cream of the crop when it comes to products like Bazzill and Spellbinders and we certainly have all the talent and skill in our designers to show you how you can produce stunning and beautiful projects using products that are proven leaders and consist of nothing but..quality.Why not take a minute to view the wonderful work here on our blog and then pop over to their individual blogs and see just how well they design all of the products we represent here at DownUnder Direct..When your done there take a peak on our website to see all the new innovative releases from CHA Jan 2013 available soon in Australia...so once again a huge congrats Alicia for being the first prize WINNER!!



Alicias winning entry:
Alicia's layout making the top 12 finalists:


 A very special mention to our other wonderful and talented Beck Beattie who was in amongst the final 12 with her very beautiful layout below. Chosen once again from many entries from all over the world..
Such talent here in Aussie land!!
Be sure to take some time and view all our blog posts from all our Team to see some more amazing projects.

Boy layouts can sometimes be a challenge.  Here are a couple of examples to inspire.

"Using Sprightly sprockets to cluster around you photo, creates a fantastic boy page."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

8-850E Fawn 
10-1081E Black

Spellbinders:

S5-048Sprightly Sprockets 
M-bossabilities Flora

Other Materials Used:

White and black Gesso
Blue Buttons
Turquoise & Denim Glimmer mists
Silver foil board
Chipboard fence and letters
Metal dream tag
Blue Lumiere paint
Black ink
Prima brick clear stamp
Texture paste and scraper
Large plastic gems
Black pearls
Dimensional Magic
Textured trims



"Quite by accident this mixed media layout just grew out of an old sheet of bazzill cardstock used as spray sheet, add lots of cogs cut from kraft and you have a great dimensional background."






Products used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-808E Vanilla 
 7-727E Bahama 

 Spellbinders:

 S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets
 S5-059 Ironwork Motifs
 S5-146 Botanical Swirls and Accents

Other Materials Used:

Gesso
Pearls and pearl strips
Clear Micro Beads
Imaginarium chip corner
Dusty Attic chip corner
Corrugated card
Chipboard letters
Black & Truffle Donna Salazar Mixed Media inx
Dimensional magic
Turquoise, Tattered Leather & Olive Glimmer Mists
Texture paste
Book edge mask
Eggshell
Washers & assorted brads
White dimensional paint

Layouts created by Design Team member-SUE
13 January 2013
"This pre-cut and pre-scored step card came together deceptively quickly. All the tricky bits have been done, so it's just a matter of embellishing. I chose these soft pastel shades because the card is for my favourite elderly lady - my mum."





Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1037E Blackbird 
10-1001E Bazzill White 
10-1042D Date Swirl 
Centre Step Cards Mixed Pastels (Lavender)

 Spellbinders:

S4-114 Standard Circles Large 
S4-110 Classic Ovals Large 
S4-293 Lacey Circles 
S2-010 Fantastic Flourish One
 S4-230 Labels Six 
S4-377 Fancy Framed Tags One 

 JustRite Stamps: 

CR-02245 Botanical Butterflies 
CR-03815 Large Fancy Sentiments 

 Other Materials Used: 

Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
Copic Markers 
Stickles
 Black adhesive gemstones

Created by Design Team member-TERESA 

12 January 2013
"A few spellbinders dies have turned this plain little box into a lovely trinket box to house some little treasures."


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 White 
1-105 Petalsoft 
1-122 Blossom 
5-510 Parakeet

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations 
S4-370 Les Papillions 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms

Other Materials Used:

Plain wooden box 
Ribbon
 Prima patterned paper
 Brad
Pearls 
Charms 
7 Gypsies French enamel plaque
 Gesso 
Tim Holtz Distress ink

 Trinket box Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
11 January 2013
Today's project is a layout from Alicia.




Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

2-214E Red Devil 
5-510E Parakeet
9-960D Kraft
10-1001 White 
9-973E Walnut 

Spellbinders: 

S4-328 Foliage 
S5-129 Foliage Two 
S5-090 Romantic Rectangles 
S5-040 Floral Doily Accent 
S5-109 Vintage Lace Motifs 
 EL-002 M-Bossabilities:Regal 

 Other Materials Used: 

Fabscrap patterned paper 
Ranger liquid pearls

Project created by Design Team member-ALICIA
10 January 2013
"I designed this ATC around the beautiful little frame I cut from the new Die D'Lites Frame One. So small and intricate in detail - this die is going to get a work out I can tell."



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-942E Twig
10-1001E White
10-1037E Blackbird
1-107E Quartz

Spellbinders:

S2-001 Frame One Die D'Lite
EL-015 Bricks and Bark M-Bossabilities

Other Materials Used:

Darkroom Door Love Letters Filmstrip images and wordstrip
Viva Gold
Green Tara roses

Project created by Design Team member-TERESA

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