About Dingus Designs

Dingus Designs is basically me and now my husband and our love for crafts. I love to cross stitch, making cards, patchment, crochet and knitting and trying to teach myself to tat. The other half loves glass work and tapestry. Can not forget to introduce the little helpers we have Smudge, Dixie and Jingles the cats that own us.

Join us in our adventures into the craft world!


Monday, 29 November 2010

Jennifer’s Birthday card with a little difference


Well on Wednesday my little baby is 12 years old……still going on 99!!!!! Since she started High School in September she as really taken to baking and cooking.  So I wanted to do something in this theme …….so I had to go out and buy the Tilda Chef from Magnolia……….this is my excuse and I am really sticking to it.

I saw this brilliant idea on another Blog called Creations by Christie where she made a mini book with a sheet of 12 X12 paper……….so the one brain cell went into overdrive and this is what I have made for Jennifer’s Birthday.


  So after buying the Tilda Stamp I had to use it on the front cover. I coloured her in with Promarkers and used my circle nesties. I decided to keep things simple for Jennifer.





I used my Labels 2 nesties and stamps from the Kanban Fairy cakes collection. I used the promarkers again.






I used my stencils that I had at school myself and just cut the 1  and 2 for the middle pages.




I used my blossom nesties and once again the stamps from the Kanban Fairy cakes collection. I do have a little soft spot for these stamps.007


I used the stamp from the Daisy and Dandelion The secret woodland collection of Daisy baking. Just used my promarkers to colour in and my rectangle nesties to layer up.





To make the tags I just used plain white card and then used publisher to get the ingredients on one side and the instructions of recipes on the other side. The recipes are rock buns which she loves to make with Daddy. Basic sponge cake recipe and brownies which took 3 sides to to.


I do hope she likes this and so do you.

Thanks Christie for helping me out this year.

Luv Jane XX



Well in my last knitting lesson we did stripes and this is my effort modelled by the lovely Smudge:


He looks so impressed.


Here it is without the lovely model.





I hope you like and do say hi.

Luv Jane XX

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Even more homework!


I know I am so badly done to………we learnt about cable. We were given a little piece to do and this is what I did:


It is a bit fiddly at first but ok when you get the hang of it. Well…………………………….we were given a project that was a little bit more advanced based on cable and my project is below……………..


……….a pair of wrist warmers. We had to follow a pattern and sew it up with techniques we had already been taught. I have to say my thumb  holes are a bit off but they are very nice to wear…..really warm.

Here is a picture with me on with one.


So I have made my first garment and I am proud of them.

I hope you like them.

Luv Jane XX

Second part to my homework.

014 My Pattern box was well looked at and I was given extra homework by given the lacy pattern above but this time I was not given any help as I had to do this at home. I have only made 1 mistake and I know where it is. Lucky for me you can not see it.

Thanks for looking and do say hi.

Luv Jane XX

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Knitting Homework

Well I thought I would give an update on the knitting lessons. I have a book on knitted squares, which as loads of patterns for squares so that you can make up into cushions or throws. So I took this book to one of my knitting lessons as there was a square I wanted to try. The square as a leaf in one corner and it looks ace and complicated. So I asked the question on how to follow the instructions and here is what I did:


I have to admit that once I got started on the pattern and was given a few tips on the way I really enjoyed making this.

I hope you like this and please do say hi.

Luv Jane XX

Saturday, 20 November 2010

My little helper

Hi guys,

I thought you may like to see my little helper. This is Smudge who is 2 years old and when I am in my craft room he comes up and stays with me. At this moment he is laid on the comfy chair asleep. Before I boil my kettle I have to put water in his bowl and then I can make myself a cup of tea. Some times he can be a pain and sprawl all over the craft area and I think this is to tell me he is the boss and not me........a true guy who thinks he is in charge....

Thanks for looking and do come and say hi.

Luv Jane XX
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Knitting Lessons

Hi Guys,

Yes you have read correctly I have been having knitting lessons. I remember when I was small and my Grandma teaching me to knit and purl. I made scarves for my dolls but that was about it. I thought that Jennifer may want to learn to knit and who would teach her..............I don't think my Mum would bother who struggles to see her. So I have a wool shop just round the corner and they were giving lessons so I joined up. The first projects we made were mobile phone covers........so here are my efforts......

 This first cover is done in garter stitch which is all knit rows.

This second cover started in garter stitch and the middle done in stocking stitch......knit one row then purl one row. Do this until you have the length you need and then finish in garter stitch.
I have to admit that this third cover is my favourite and is in use and if you look very closely at the top you can just see my mobile.                                                                       

The best bit was learning to stitch the pieces up and making them look proper. I have to admit I am really proud of these mobile covers............I now have to make more for people who like them.......................Should keep me quiet for  a while.

I hope you like these and thanks for looking.

Luv Jane XX

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

With Love

Hi guys,
This the last card of the night. Another stamp of Koetie from Nellie Snellen. Coloured with Promarkers and layered up with Labels 2 nesties. I have used red and gold mirror card. A wide green ribbon from stash and a sentiment from the Daisy and Dandelion Christmas collection that as been sat in a cupboard for a while.
I hope you like this card.
Luv Jane XX

Wishing you a .........

Hi guys,
This is the 4th card I made......I told you I was busy tonight. The stamp is Koetie from Nellie Snellen. Another beautiful image. I used red mirror card to layer up. The backing paper is from the Daisy and Dandelion Chrsitmas collection. I used my Promarkers to colour. Also to finish it off green ribbon from the stash.
I hope you like.
Luv Jane XX

Season Greetings

Hi guys,

This is the third card I made tonight. This is a simple card but I think is so nice......even if I do say so myself.

This stamp is one of the first ever stamps I bought and it is from the Anita's collection. I still love this stamp and it looks cool coloured with the Promarkers. Just layered up with nesties and the red paper is from the Daisy and Dandelion Christmas collection.

I hope you like this one........I do LOL.

Luv Jane XX
Hi guys,

This the second card I made tonight.

I have used this design before but I do like it.

I hope you like it.

Luv Jane XX

Make A Wish for Xmas

Hi guys,

Well I have been really busy tonight making more Xmas cards. Duncan took the last 4 cards I made in earlier posts and as sold them with a demand for more. So here is the first I made tonight.

The stamp is a new addtion to the ever growing collection. It is Koetie from Nellie Snellen. I have fallen in love with this cute image. I have used my Promakers for the colour. Papers are from the Daisy and Dandelion Christmas collection. I have used my Bis Shot for the swirl.
I hope you like.
Luv Jane XX

Monday, 8 November 2010

With love at Christmas

Hi guys,

Had another tough day at work but all I wanted to do at work was Craft and then when I get home the crafting is all forgotten but I made an effort tonight and here is what I have done.
The stamp is from the Lili of the Valley collection. I do love this stamp. I used my Promakers to colour this pair in.

I used Gold and red mirror board to layer up.

You know what it like girls when making a card and you are looking for something to go with the card and what happens you find something else and start to have a little play and the card ends up a little different to what you were planning in the first place. I am glad I found the quilling papers. It is a while seen I played with this technique.
Well I am going to enter this card into the challenge over at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge as I have used red and gold. Well I hope I have used enough.
I hope you like this card.
Luv Jane XX

More Christmas cards with new stash

Hi guys,

Well yet another card made with the new stash.
This stamp is so cute and he is from the kanban Winter Wonderland collection.

I was play with my nesties and embossing folders and came up with this where the sentiment is in the fold. Ihave seen this somewhere but can not remember so thank you to the lovely person who had this on their blog and shared it.

Well I hope you like this one.
Luv Jane XX

New stamps and Christmas

Hi guys,

As the other half bought the new stash I had to use it to keep him quiet........well that is my excuse.

Here is another card I made this weekeknd with the new toys..........

This had to be the easiest one I did but my favourite. The stamp is one a got a while back in a sale and never used. I used chalks on it. The nesties were dragged out to make the aperture in the card and for a bit of layering with the stamp. The Magic Christmas is from the Kanban Betsie Bob- Magic Christmas set.
Hope you like.
Luv Jane XX

Get Sketchy and Christmas

Hi guys,

I know.......before you all start I have not posted in ages.................I craft in the attic and it gets a bit cold so I have put the heater on so I can craft and the other half bought me loads of Christmas stamps this weekend so I had no excuses not to craft.

Get sketchy had this sketch and it got me thinking......which is dangerous for me.

So what did I do with this besides burn some rubber in the head.

This is one of the stamps the other half bought me. It is from the Kanban set called Betsie Bob - Magic Christmas. Not one for Tree stamps but I do like this one.
So I hope the wait as been worth it......LOL I will try to do better.
Luv Jane XX
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