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 April 2013
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today Sue shows how to create velvet roses.

 The new Artisan Explorer can cut bulkier items like fabrics, velvet and mesh. You still may need to roll the plates through several times. Don’t worry if it is a little rough around the edges, the heat gun will melt the threads.




Materials Used:

Velvet 
Mesh or muslin 
Glimmer mists 
Stamens 
Hot Glue 
heat gun 
S5-050 Rose Creations 


Step 1

 Using Spellbinders Rose creations cut out 3 sizes of roses from velvet. You may have to pack extra cardstock and roll through several times to make a good cut. Cut 2 sizes of mesh or muslin as well 



Step 2


 Thread all layers onto a bunch of stamens. Use a little hot glue to adhere all the stalks together to make it easier. 

Step 3

 Spritz with Glimmer mist of your choice 


Step 4


Dry off with heat gun, to melt frayed edges and deepen colour. You can have a lot of fun using different fabrics and textiles to create wonderful layers, consider using a brad as the centre or even beads and buttons.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SUE




29 April 2013
Today we have a fun and bright boy layout to share with you.






Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 Bazzill white
9-960D Kraft
303901 Kiwi Pleated cardstock

Spellbinders:

S5-181 Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Bracket Borders
S5-183 Gold Elements one
S6-003 5x7 enchanted labels

Other Materials Used:

Echo Park patterned papers and stickers
Bakers Twine

Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
28 April 2013
This is our second post today.  Please scroll down for another fabulous card from Teresa.

This turned out to be a quick and easy card. The trick was finding a die big enough to cut an entire edge of a cardfront. I used the pattern already printed on the paper to be another decorative feature, making this card just about unisex.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft
304168 6x6 Wayfarer Multipack

Spellbinders:

S5-026 Labels Twenty
JB-10025 Nested Oval Medallion Label Dies

JustRite Stamps:

CR-03885 Grand Sentiments

Other Products Used:

gauze

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
I used the Rose Creation dies to make a flower from calico and organza as a big embellishment for this card. I cut the flowers out then scrunched them up and rolled them for a little while in my hands so that they would fray just a little.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1001E Bazzill White
304168 6x6 Wayfarer multipack

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations

JustRite Stamps:

CL-03560 Shabby Music Background
CR-03885 Grand Sentiments

Other Materials Used:

Calico fabric
Organza
MME brad
Distress Inks - Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce
Silver Glimmermist

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
26 April 2013
Die D-Lites are nifty little dies that can easily be used in layouts to add dimension.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1010EWhite 
 5-511E Hillary 
1-139E Vintage Pink 
 10-1081E Raven 
8-808E Vanilla 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-086Bitty Blossoms  
S5-129 Foliage 2 
S5-123 Asian Accents 
LF-005 Grand Peony Creations 
LF-015Grand Decorative Circles 
S4-371 Les Papillion 
S2-011 Wrought Iron
 S2-014 Medallion Three
S5-034 Parisian Accents 
EL-028  M-bossabilities Reverence 

Other Materials Used: 

Gesso 
 Pearl strips 
Chipboard letters 
Pomegranate & Olive Glimmer Mists 
White Glitter 
Black Ink 
Black fibres
 Gold embossing powder 
Ribbon 
Decorative ribbon 
Wisteria Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx 
Bird cage 

 Layout created by team member-Sue
25 April 2013
What better way to show off a girly layout than to showcase some of the lovely Spellbinders flower dies.

Products Used:
Bazzill Basics Paper:

1001-E Bazzill white
1-105E Petalsoft
5-510 Parakeet
5-506 Aloe vera
1-141 Brandywine
9-960 D Kraft
1-196 Juneberry
303900 Perfectly pleated fussy

Spellbinders:

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-050 Rose creations
S5-129 Foliage Two
S5-040 Floral doily accents

Other Products Used:

Making memories and kaisercraft papers
Lace
Doilies 
Brads 
Tim Holtz distress ink. 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
23 April 2013
I love how the harlequin background stamp really compliments the spritely sprockets in this male card. The tickets as well add a nice neutral element.


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 9-960D Kraft 
7-783 Admiral 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets 
S4-396 You are here 

 Just Rite Stamps:

Cl03608 Harlequin Script

 Other Products Used: 

Ranger Archival ink 
Plasters tape 
Faber-Castell Gelatos 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 
Assorted chipboard alphas 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
American Crafts Thickers 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
22 April 2013
Today we have a fun little layout from Alicia.  Check out the clever use of the small die from the labels Four set that she has used to make the banner.






Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1081E Raven
Bazzill Basics School Days papers and mini pad

Spellbinders:

S4-190 Labels 4
S5-034 Parisian Accents

Other Materials Used:

Bakers twine 
Ranger acryllic paint 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
20 April 2013
This tiny photo needed some white space around it, or it would have been lost in the busy confetti of the patterned paper. Some tiny little die cuts were added over and around the focal point in order to carry the confetti theme throughout.


Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

5-565E Aqua
4-438E Candle
9-938E Mystique
3-327D Adobe

Spellbinders:

S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels
S5-176 A2 Floral Ribbon Threader
S5-180 A2 Curved Borders One
S5-089 Home Sweet Home

Other Materials Used:

Scrap FX chipboard title
October Afternoon Carousel patterned paper

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
19 April 2013
Bitty Blossoms make a wonderful embellishments for the front of any card

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1081E White
1-140E Petunia
5-511E Hillary

Spellbinders:

S5-146 Botanical Swirls and Accents
 S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes 
S5-123 Asian Accents 

Other Materials Used:

Green Inka Gold
White glitter
Pearl stamens
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
White gesso
White ribbon and fibre

Card created by Design Team member-SUE
18 April 2013
Easel cards are so easy to create using Spellbinder dies.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

1-001E White 
1-105E Petalsoft 

Spellbinders: 

LF-018 Grand decorative labels One 
S5-179 Pinwheel delight 

Other Materials Used: 

Pearls 
Ribbon 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
16 April 2013
Spellbinders dies can be used for so much more than die cutting. Today I’m showing you how to use them to stencil without die cutting to create a great element to your projects



Products Used:

Die of choice
Pan pastels
Wrapping paper

Step 1

To create this stencilling, first take one of the dies in the desired shape and place on your project.


Step 2

 I then used some PanPastels to colour the centre of of the die.



Step 3

Next I used my Pastel Pitt pencils to create more of an outline, creating more definition.


Step 4

  Continue to add more in different colours as you go.




Tutorial created by Design Team member-BECK


15 April 2013
Giving your embossing a touch of gesso, can really Shabby it up and create a beautiful elegant feel.

Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-960D Kraft 
8-811E French Vanilla 

Spellbinders:

 E3D-003 3D M-Boss – Delightful Daises 
 S2-001 D’Lites Frame One
 S5-157 – Labels Thirty 

 Other Products Used: 

Gesso 
 Tim Holtz Distress ink and marker 
Prima Marketing lace 
Faber Castell Gelatos 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Created by Design Team member-BECK
14 April 2013
In this post, I'd like to show you how I used one die two different ways - to cut, and then to emboss.




Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

S5-164 Grateful Lattice
S5-026 Labels Twenty
S4-328 Foliage

JustRite Stamps:

CR-03815 Large Fancy Sentiments

Other Products Used:

KaiserCraft Flirtacious patterned paper 
Cherry blossom flowers

Created by DEsign Team member-TERESA
13 April 2013
Layering spellbinders shapes creates the depth and texture in this old world layout



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

5-511E Hillary
10-1081EBlack
2-227E Pomegranate

Spellbinders:

S5-129 Foliage Two
S2-011 Wrought Iron
S2-014 Medallion Three
S2-017 Window one
S5-146 Botanical Swirls and Accents
S4-265 Crosses one
S5-058 Iron work Accents 
EL-028 M-bossabilites Reverence

Other Materials Used:

Pearl strip
Spray gesso
Assorted flowers
Gold paint
Gesso
Gold thread
Brads
Gold glitter
Decorative ribbon
Chip alpha

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
10 April 2013
"This paper collection really lends itself to scrapbooking those holiday memories. There is plenty of room for journaling with the two pull out ‘address book’ inserts created with the Spellbinders die tucked in behind the photo as well."


Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 7-797E Vibrant Blue 
8-811E French Vanilla 
 Bazzil Basics Patterned paper 12x12 Collection - Wayfarer 

 Spellbinders:

LF015 - Grand decorative circles one 
S5-167 Page Maps – Address book 
S4 295 - Lacy squares 

 Other Products Used: 

Tim Holtz Distress inks 
Sewing 
Tim Holtz Distress Markers 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
 Assorted chipboard alphas 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
9 April 2013
Love is in the air with this pretty love inspired card.





Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 White 
1-105E Petalsoft 

 Spellbinders: 

S4-351 Spiral Blossom 1 
S4-387 Decorative Labels 22 
S4-318 Fleur de Lis squares 

 Other Materials Used: 

Kaisercraft patterned papers 
 Kaisercraft rubon 
Ranger perfect pearls 
Satin ribbon

Created by Design Team member-ALICIA
8 April 2013
 Die D- lites window makes a wonderful focal point for a card.


 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

10-1001E White 
5-511E Hillary  
1-140E Petunia 
 3-312D Peach 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-129 Foliage Two  
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms  
S2-017 Window one 
E3D-005 3 D M-bossabilities Ornamental Swirls


 Other Materials Used: 

 Pearl strip 
 White embossing powder
 Green Inka Gold 
 Gesso 
 White ribbon 
Sunshine Glimmer Mist 

 Card created by Design Team member-Sue
7 April 2013
Today we have a quick and easy layout from Carolyn


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960D Kraft 
7-706 Starmist 
2-216 Ruby slipper 

Spellbinders: 

S4-116 Circles small 
S5-179 Pinwheel Delight 
S4-392 Framed Tags One 

Other Materials Used:

 7 gypsies tape 
Glimmer mist 
String 
Basic Grey white choc chip alphabet
Kaisercraft mini alphabets. 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
6 April 2013
"I found this mailbox on sale after Christmas (it had lollies it in). I decided to make it into a mail box to encourage my little prep boy to write me letters to practice his writing skills. It opens on the side to retrieve the letters. I mounted the box onto a timber leg from Bunnings."









Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-050 Rose Creations 
S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes 
S4-351 Spiral Blossom 1 
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper
 S5-031 Fancy tags 3 
S5-078 Persian Accents 
S6-005 5x7 Elegant labels Four 

 Other Materials Used: 

Authentique patterned papers 
Satin ribbon 
Alphabet stickers 
Twine 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
4 April 2013
"Try using your Embossing folders in a different way, I used one here as a stamp to create more interest in the background of this layout."



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

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

Spellbinders: 
S4-116 – Standard Circles Small 
EL-027 Numbers and Letters M-Boss folder 

 Other ProductsUsed: 
Gesso
 Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx 
Prima Artist stencils - Chevron 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
 Assorted washi tape

Created by Design Team member-BECK
2 April 2013


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960D Kraft 
1-141 Brandywine 
1-196 Juneberry 

Spellbinders: 

S5-160 Opulent Ovals 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-03535 Always and Forever medallion labels 

Other Materials Used: 

Pearls 
Organza 
Tim Holtz distress ink

Instructions:

Choose a set of spellbinder dies that will give you a nice sized shape to work with. I used 3 different sizes ranging from the largest, second largest down to the third largest.

Step One:

Fold your piece of cardstock in half. Place your die under your folded cardstock with the folded edge to the top. Place your die so the top part is out from under your cardstock as shown in diagram, this ensures your 2 pieces will remain joined. 




Step Two:

Once you have cut the main card and embossed. Cut just one shape from your die the same size with 1 piece of unfolded cardstock. Once again emboss.


Step Three:

Using your next 2 sized dies and your choice of colours cut 2 of each size one being for the top and one for the bottom and emboss.


Step Four:

Now go back to the first piece we cut and choose which side you want to be your right side whether it be embossed or de-bossed and fold the top half in half towards you. When positioned up this will become your easel to position the top of your card. 


Step Five:

Add adhesive tape or glue to the half you have folded down and adhere your 1st single shape you cut to this then layer the shapes you cut alternatively. 






Step Eight: 

 Embellish to your hearts desire. 

TIP: I do my stamping before I adhere the final die cut to the card and embellish once it is altogether.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-CAROLYN

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