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 2013
This is our second post today.  Please scroll down for the first.

Use your Spellbinder shapes to create a background as I have here with squares and Parisian Accents.

Happy Days


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

19-10305E Vanilla Cream  
5-511E Hillary 
9-948E Nutmeg 
2-227E Pomegranate 

Spellbinders: 

S5-129 Foliage Two  
S5-034 Parisian Accents  
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms  
S4-126 Classic Squares  
S4-364 Spiral Blossom Four  

Other Materials Used:

Gesso 
Assorted metal embellishments 
Imaginarium Chipboard words
 Dusty Attic medallion 
Marmalade, Red Velvet & Coffee shop Glimmer mist 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Copper Liquid pearls 
Fibres 
Ribbon 
Pearls 
Buttons 
Brads

Mother

Lacy and intricate dies are just great for a perfect feminine layout.




 Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

19-10305E Vanilla Cream  
1-142E Brocade  
303260 Ruby Slipper Vintage Vine Embossed Cardstock

 Spellbinders: 

S5-129 Foliage Two  
S4-389  Adorning Squares 
S2-005 Flourish Frame  
S5-034 Parisian Accents 
S5-050 Rose Creations  
S5-049 Carnation Creations 

 Other Materials Used: 

Gesso 
 Pearl strips 
Imaginarium Chipboard Words & butterfly 
 Olive and Pomegranate Glimmer Mists 
Texture paste 
Stencil 
White organza 
Stamens 
Lace 
flowers 
Copper liquid pearls
Pearls
White glitter

Layouts created by Design Team member-SUE






Today is Sue's final day on the Design Team so we thought we would share a  few of her lovely creations with you.

We'll have another post later today.

This mini frame is as cute as a button, a lovely idea as a small gift or place card for a special occasion.







Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:


10-1081E Raven
3-312D Peach
5-510E Parakeet

Spellbinders:

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-083 Antique Frame and Accents
S4-328 Foliage

Other Materials Used:

White glitter
Pearls
Aged Silver Embossing Powder
Pink ribbon
Dew drop
Small paper rose

Project created by team member-SUE
30 May 2013
Here are a couple of lovely cards from Alicia that I didn't get posted in time for Mother's Day.  Although the greeting is Mother's Day you could substitute that for a happy birthday or another all occasion greeting.




Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001 Bazzill white
9-960D Kraft 

Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-031 Fancy Tags Three
 S4-379 Decorative labels one 

Other Materials Used: 

Pink Paislee Hope Chest papers 
May Arts twine 
Ranger liquid pearls-White Opal




Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

6-620E Wisteria
10-1001 White 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
EL-026 Framed Petite lables M-bossibiities 

 Other Materials Used: 

Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers 
Silk ribbon 
Ranger adirondack dimensional paint-eggplant 

 Cards created by Design Team member- ALICIA
Try using some of your left overs for your next present wrapping project. For this one the Just Rite background stamp adds that perfect bit of grunge for an 8yr old’s birthday present.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 7-792 Tropical 

 Spellbinders:

 S4-335 Star Circles

 Other Products: 

Grosgrain ribbon 
Alpha stickers 
The Crafters workshop reverse chicken wire template 
Tim Holtz distress ink
 Glimmermist Chalkboard 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
28 May 2013
I had this hessian gift bag I thought looked a little plain. It was sturdy enough to hold the weight of the new heart bezel as a tag. I used a couple of handmade rolled roses to decorate the heart. Here is a step-by-step showing how I made them.




Products Used:

Spellbinders:

MD1-005 Hearts One dies
MB1-005S Hearts One bezel
S4-114 Circles Large
S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels

Other Materials Used:

Calico fabric
Maya Road wooden spool, pearl headed pin
Websters Pages cameo pin Bo Bunny C'est la Vie paper

Step 1 
Cut a circle approximately the size of the required rose. The colour of the cardstock is not important as it will be entirely covered up. You'll also need a half inch strip of calico that's about 60-70 cm long. I tore this off a larger piece, hence the rough frayed edges.


Step 2 
Staple one end of the fabric strip to the centre of the circle.


Step 3 
Twist the fabric strip - loosely for a shabby flower and tightly for a neater look.


Step 4 
Wind the twisted fabric around the centre. Apply some adhesive (I have used PVA here) around the cardstock circle to secure the twisted fabric as you go.



Step 5 
There may be some cardstock showing when you reach the end of the fabric. Simply trim this away with scissors.



Tutortial created by Design Team member-TERESA







27 May 2013
Cheerful butterflies compliment this card which could be used for many occasions with the “sending Love” sentiment.

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

10-1001 E White
 7-706 Starmist

Spellbinders:

S4-371 Les Papillions
S4-329 Butterflies circles

JustRite Stamps:

CL-03545 Your special day medallions

Other Materials Used:

Ribbon
Pearls

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
26 May 2013
With the help of a little mesh tape and Rose creations you can create awesome textured flowers.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

19-10305E Vanilla Cream 
 8-850E Fawn
5-511E Hillary 
1-153E Sunsest Rose 

Spellbinders:

 S4-328 Foliage
 S5-050 Rose Creations
 EL-009 M-bossabilites Flora

 Just Rite Stamps:

 CL-03605 Harlequin Script Background stamp 

Other Materials Used:

Gesso Assorted metal embellishments
Chip alpha
White fibre
Party pink & Olive Glimmer mists
Prima Mask
Victorian Velvet & Tea Dye Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Mesh and masking tape
Vine ribbon and lace
Gel medium

Layout created by Design Team member-SUE
25 May 2013
It’s easy to get a card out of a few left-overs, next time you have finished a Scrapbooking layout, give it a go!



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

9-960D Kraft
Bazzill Basics Paper Range – Ambrosia collection pack

Spellbinders:

S4-352 Spiral Blossom two
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S4-395 Les Papillions Two
S5-096 – Jar Labels

Just Rite Stamps:

CL03535 – Always & Forever Medallion Labels

Other Products:

Liquid Pearls
Twine
Distress ink
Misc Sticker alphas
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Created by Design Team member- BECK
24 May 2013
My girls are at an age where they like to give items of jewellery as gifts for friends, so I decorated this teeny little box with some bright papers to make the gift a bit more special. I started with a clear pillow box, added a strip of purple cardstock with a decorative edge, some very bright stripey paper, a beautiful satin bow, a flower and lastly a little tag. It couldn't be cuter! If I had more patience, these would make terrific wedding favours - but you know me - I’m a one-off type of gal. 



Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

6-631D Bazzill Purple
3-326E Cheddar

Spellbinders:

E8-004 Edgeabilities Ric Rac
S4-371 Les Papillions
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
S5-089 Home Sweet Home

JustRite Stampers:

CR03885 Grand Sentiments

Other Materials Used:

Acetate pillow box
Hot pink satin ribbon
Bright Stripy paper

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
22 May 2013
Here is a layout incorporating some of the latest Media Mixage elements.





Bazzill Basics Paper: 

9-960D Kraft 
304039 Bazzill Basics Sweet twisted flowers 
303568 Bazzill Basics Dragonfly Tulle flowers 
304140 Bazzill Basics Brad jackets intense orange 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
S5-034 Parisian Accents 
MB1-005 Hearts one bezel 
MD1-005 Hearts one blanks 

 Other Materials Used: 

Fancy Pants Hopscotch papers, stickers and journaling tag 
Organza ribbon 
Ranger liquid pearls 
Seed beads
 Stickles
 Dimensional Magic 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
21 May 2013
Pre folded Step cards are the perfect start to make a special card.



Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

10-1081E Raven
7-727E Bahama
5-554E Blue Grass

Spellbinders:

S2-019 Grateworks 
S5-058 Ironworks Accents 
 EL-009 M-bossabilites Flora

Just Rite Stamps:

Large Fancy Sentiments CR-03815

Other Materials used:

Scraps of patterned paper
Gold, Russet and Purple metallic paint
Imaginarium mini peacock feathers
Pearl strips
Metallic embellishment
Rhinestones

Card created by team member-SUE
20 May 2013
This little gift purse would be perfect to hold a gift card or cash for a birthday. The possibilities could be endless in what you could pop inside. 


 Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper:

1-001E White 
1-105E Petalsoft 
5-510 Parakeet 
1-196 Juneberry 

Spellbinders: 

S4-392 Framed Tags One 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-050 Rose creations 
S4-371 Les Papillions 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-03535 Always and Forever Medallion labels

 Other Materials Used: 

MME papers
Pearls

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
19 May 2013
This idea works well with any reasonably intricate die. For best effect, choose cardstock colours that contrast well against each other.



Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

7-794E Artesian Pool
10-1001E White

Spellbinders:

S4-363 Jewel Fantasies

JustRite Stamps:

CL-02080 Fancy Tags

Other Materials:

Velvet ric rac

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA
17 May 2013
Spellbinders dies make shaped easel cards so simple.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

10-1001E White 
1-105 E Petalsoft 

Spellbinders: 

S5-050 Rose creations 
S5-160 Opulent ovals 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 

JustRite Stamps:  

CL-03535 Always & forever medallion labels 
CR-02245 Botanical Butterflies 

Other Materials Used: 

Pearls 
Organza ribbon 
StazOn ink 
Copics 
Kindy Glitz 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
16 May 2013
Spellbinders Foliage Two has so many leaf designs that are really versatile in making a wreath style card.

Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 19-10305E Vanilla Cream
 8-850E Fawn
 5-510E Parakeet

 Spellbinders: 

S5-129 Foliage Two 
 S4-194 Inverted circles
  EL-009 M-bossabilities Flora

 Just Rite Stamps: 

 CR-03815  Large Fancy Sentiments

 Other Materials Used: 

 Tea Dye Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Brown Rhinestones 
Turquoise ribbon 
Olive glimmer mist 
Prima wood icons bird

Created by Design Team member-SUE
14 May 2013
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today Alicia shares a floral vine made from Spiral Blossom. 



Products Used:

Spellbinders:

Spiral Blossom 

Other Materials Used:

Floral wire 
Floral tape - narrow and wide gauge 

 Step 1: 



Die cut a variety of spiral blossoms. Adhere floral wire to the end of the spiral and poke hole into the base. Allow to dry, then thread the wire into the hole before rolling up the flower and securing with adhesive. Repeat for each flower. 

 Step 2: 



Cut the foliage die cut into individual leaves. Adhere matching leaves back to back, with a section of thin wire sandwiched between them. Create curls by wrapping wire around a pencil.

 Step 3: 



Gather your first 2-3 pieces and begin wrapping floral tape from the top down, to secure them together. 

 Step 4: 


Add extra flowers, leaves and curls one a time, including it into the floral tape.

 Step 5: 



Continue until all your pieces have been included into the vine. Adhere the floral tape at the end. 

 Step 6:



 Use wire cutters to trim the base of the vine. Manipulate each piece by bending the wire until you are happy with the way the vine sits. 

 Created by Design Team member ALICIA
13 May 2013
Gelatos are a great product to team up with your patterned papers and they come up so well on the white Bazzill cardstock. I have used it here to spray as well as create drips. I love that you can choose any colours as well as blending to compliment the pattern paper you are using.



Products Used: 

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

 Spellbinders: 

S5-028 Nested Pennents
 S5-095 Tags and flags 

 Just Rite Stamps: 

CL-03725 Fleuriste Newsprint Background 

 Other Products Used: 

Gesso 
The crafters Workshop templates 
Pan Pastels 
Faber-Castell Gelatos 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 
Twine
 Liquid Pearls 
Websters Pages – Storytellers alphas 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
12 May 2013
We recently attended a wedding where they had a photobooth for the guests' entertainment. Oh boy did we have some fun with it! For this layout, I made a stencil with the Grateful Lattice die, and sponged some white paint through it. I then added spatters of pink and silver Glimmermist to complete the background. This all fits with the 'messy' mood of the photos. I cut away some of the edge with the zig-zag Edgeabilities die to leave me room for a little journaling.






Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

 10-1001E Bazzill White  
1-129E Fussy 
 18-102F Bling Feather Boa 
 303894 Flower Gems 

 Spellbinders: 

 S5-164 Grateful Lattice 
 S2-005 Flourish Trim 
 S2-014 Medallion One 
 E8-004 Edgeabilities Ric Rac 

 Other Materials Used:

 Glimmermist - pink and silver 
 White acrylic paint 
 American Crafts Alphabet 
 Prima alphabet 
 Rose trim
 Pink twine

Created by Design Team member-TERESA
10 May 2013
With Mother's Day this weekend here is another mum inspired project.


Products Used: 

Bazzill Basics Paper: 

1-105E Petalsoft 
1-001E White 
5-510E Parakeet 
5-506E Aloe Vera 
9-960D Kraft 
1-196 Juneberry 

Spellbinders

S5-160 Opulent opals 
S5-129 Foliage Two 
S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S5-050 Rose creations 

Other Materials Used: 

Glimmer Mist
 brads 
Basic Grey alphabet 

Created by Design Team member- CAROLYN
Here we have clever idea for a Post-it note holder made from timber photo frame.







Products Used:


Spellbinders: 

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms 
S4-328 Foliage 
S4-318 Fleur de Lis squares 

 Other Materials Used: 

Kaisercraft Chapter one papers and tag 
Kaisercraft tiny alphas 
Twine 

 Created by Design Team member- ALICIA
8 May 2013
Mother's Day isn't too far away now. If you haven't got your card sorted yet here is a lovely idea from Beck.

Mother’s mean the world to us, and mine does especially. I enjoyed creating this special card for her using some of the most divine papers.



Products Used: 

 Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

 Bazzill Basics Paper Range – Ambrosia collection pack 

 Spellbinders: 

S5-058 – Ironwork Accents 
S5-050 – Rose Creations 

 Other Products: 

Ranger Distress ink 
Maya Road Twine 
Sewing machine stitching – black 
Prima Marketing pearls 
Muslin 
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 
Helmar Fabric stiffener and draping liquid 
Helmar 450 Quick Dry 

 Created by Design Team member- BECK
7 May 2013
This is our second post today, please scroll down for another lovely card from Teresa.

This card has been given an plush look with copious buttons and just a touch of bling. The embossed calico piece adds interest too. I glued the fabric to some cardstock, then embossed it as the fabric obviously won't hold its shape on its own.



Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:

 304167 Vintage Marketplace 6x6 multipack 
 10-1001E Bazzill White 

 Spellbinders:

 S5-068 Decorative Dressform 
 S5-145 French Frills 
 EL-007 Elegance M-Bossabilities 

 Other Materials Used:

 Making Memories sticker alphabet 
 Calico fabric 
 Buttons 
 Adhesive bling

Card created by Design Team member-TERESA

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