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!


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Another crocheted flower.

Hi guys,

This is what I made in my lunch hour……I was playing with a 4.5mm crochet needle and dk wool.


I got that engrossed I nearly forgot to eat my lunch and go back to my desk. I think I might make this into a brooch.


Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

OMG!!!! A Top 3!!!!!!!!!

Hi Guys,

I am in such shock as I have made the Top 3 over at the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge. I was at work and thought I would have a quick look at this weeks challenge………….and for the Top 3 was my name……..yes I had to read at least 4 times. The big boss thought I had lost my mables when I had to do a little jig in the office……….I then had to show him the card that I had entered and he was impressed…………..OMG!!! I still can not believe it………ok you maybe reading this and thinking she as lost the plot but this is my first Top 3 in anything and I am over the moon!!!!

Here is the card again………


Luv Jane XX

Monday, 12 December 2011

Crocheted spiral flowers


Hi guys,

Back to work this morning and this just interferes with crafting…….I need a lottery win……….and I would have a better chance if I did it. I have been playing with my thread and very small crochet needles……here is what I have done…..


The darker one is done with a 1.75mm needle and the lighter one is done with a 2mm needle. I am used to using the bigger needles like 5mm with DK wool. Need to look for some green so I can try some leaves to go with them..

I hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 11 December 2011

My Craft Room


Hi guys,

I thought I would let you into my little craft room. It is right up in the roof of the house or know as the Attic……..when I was a child it was my toyroom……….my sister was such a softy and it was either too warm in the summer or too cold in the winter. The thing that helped me was that the room next door to the toyroom was my bedroom so I got use to the heat or the lack of it in winter.


This is the main idea for me as this is the working bit…….The dark space to the left is the door to my bedroom. I have to say this is tidy as I thought with taking pictures it should be. I am still trying to sort my room out………I think this is always going to be a working progress.


I do most of my work under the skylight. To the right you can see THE CROP BOX!!!!!!!!! As you can see I have a bit more to with the tidying and sorting. Under the desk is loads of boxes full of more crafting stuff. My fav bit of the room is………………


My captain's chair…………I have had this for 7 years and I love it. The thing behind it was my arm chair but this was taken by Duncan for his gaming……….his station is below and my crafting stuff as been slowly been moved.


Yes at one point this was covered in crafting stuff!!! A lot as been moved to the below and I do have to sort this badly.


The flowers were left over from the wedding and the cupboards are full of crafting mags and stuff.

I hope you liked the little journey around my crafting room.

Luv Jane XX

A Simple Xmas card


Hi guys.

Well I have just been playing and came up with the below:


Papers from the crop box ( I will beat this box!!!!). The stamp is from the Kanban Betsie Bob – Magic of Christmas. I have used my Promarkers to colour. Not forgetting the card candy and nesties.


A closer look at the stamp and I do love this one.

Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Xmas card and Sunday sketch and Stamp Challenge

Hi guys,
Well it is chucking (raining) it down here in Leeds. Duncan gone to see his Daughter, Tabitha and I am at home with Jennifer who is not having the best of days…….it as been a lot worse in the past but the house is quiet at the moment……so I am making the most of it. I have followed another sketch from the wonderful challenge blog Sunday sketch and Stamp challenge……
So what I have I done this time……well I have done something brave for me. See below….
Have you seen the new thing for me?????????
I have added BEADS!!!!!!!!!
I have used papers from the crop box ( this box seems to get fuller and fuller every time I go near it!). Beads have been in a drawer for a few years…….another secret!!!!!!!! I have used the Penelope and Percy stamps from Daisy and Dandelion Christmas Collection. I have used my Promarkers to colour and the every present nesties…………I don’t think I could make a card without my nesties. Oh and the ribbon is from the stash. I have even embossed the me to you saying.....

I would also like to enter this card into the ABC Challenge which is E is for Embossing.

I hope you like.
Luv Jane XX

Friday, 9 December 2011

Birthday Card

Hi guys,

It is my Best Friend Tina’s Birthday and I find doing cards for her so hard. She is another crafter and you want to do something special. So I have followed a sketch from Fetch a Sketch:

Challenge 12

So this is what I have done:


I have used papers from the stash and I can’t remember where I got as it is sooooooooooooo old. I have done paper piecing for the first time on the stamp from the Kanban Fairy Cakes collection. Ribbon from the dusty drawer. I have used my sewing machine………..On the inside I have used more stash paper and added a tatted flower………well I had to do this as it was Tina who introduced me to tatting…


It is also a good thing that Tina loves Purple just like I do.

So I think I will enter this into the Fetch a Sketch challenge.

I hope you like

Luv Jane XX

Something different for me…..

Hi guys,


Had to wrap Tabitha’s xmas present but wanted to do something a little different…..so I made a little box.


I have used gold metalic card from the stash.


Nesties: Labels and Beaded Circles and small circles.

Stamp is Penelope and Percy from the Daisy and Dandelion Christmas collection.

Colour with my Promarkers. Ribbon from the stash.

I would like to enter this into the Cute Card Thursday Challenge which is “Anything goes”

And Papertake Weekly Challenge which is “ Anything goes”

Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Karen’s Leaving card

Hi guys,
Tomorrow I work with close friend for the last time…….so sad! We have worked together for over 4 years and we have become close friends. So I have made her a bright card as she hates winter and I thought the colours would cheer her up a bit. I have also followed a sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday:
Sketch 131 Sassy Cheryl's
I have to admit this sketch scared me a little as it is so busy in my eyes…….but do you know something ………I really enjoyed following it and I love the result.
The papers are from Kate Knight Totally Tropical Summer papers. The purple paper is left overs from the wedding invites. Ribbon and buttons from the stash.
The stamp is Magnolia. I have used my promarkers to colour her in.
I have also entered this card into the Alphabet challenge Blog which is V for Very Vibrant and I think this card does qualify.
I hope you like.
Luv Jane XX

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Xmas card and another challenge


Hi guys,

Yes yet another xmas card.

. ICS143

Inspirational Card Sketches have the above and I have made the below:


I have used a stamp from the Pepper’s Christmas party. I have to admit that this is the first time I have used it……ssshhhhhhhh this our little secret!!!!!

I have used pencil crayons to colour the image in. I have also used nesties Label 1 set. Paper is from the Daisy and Dandelion Christmas collection. The 2 squares shapes from the Papermania paper shapes collection, which I have used my Cuttlebug snowflake embosser folder. Ribbon is from the dusty draw…..

I hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Monday, 5 December 2011

More Christmas cards and Stamp with Fun Challenge

Hi guys,

Well a day off work and I don’t think I have wasted the day so far……….I have re-arranged my desk a bit and done a card for a challenge. Been nice to have the piece and quiet!!!

The sketch from Stamp with Fun.

sketch tina 22 - 2011

What I have done………..


I have used the metallic sheets that have been floating around for a while. The ribbon as been stuck in a drawer for years……..yes I did get rid of the dust before using…..eheheheh. The stamp is Smookie from Nellie Snellen. Again the promarkers to colour. I have used my oval nesties.

I hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Knitted fingerless gloves


Hi guys,

I knitted these before last Christmas, but never finished them…….I had to do the sewing up. Well I have finally done this to shut the other half up as he complaining that his hands are cold.


They don’t look like anything now do they?????


So I thought I would do some modeling for you Here is my right hand……..Glamour or what?????


Now the left hand!!!! Catwalks watch out….LOL!!!!!!!

Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Tatted necklace


Hi guys,

A post during the day………I have a day off work…….YIIIPPPPPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

After making 3 cards yesterday and I did not stop there. I finished a tatted necklace and here it is.


The pattern is from Totusmel.


In this pattern I was introduced to split rings and I managed…….just.

Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Another card and challenge!


Hi guys,

Yes another card for another challenge……I think I am on a roll. The challenge is for the One Stitch at a Time Challenge…….the challenge is “Be Square”

This is what I came up with:


The red and green squares are from the Papermania paper shapes in rich tones. I have had this for years…….sssshhhhhhhhhh don’t let the hubby hear. The patchwork Dove is from the Woodware craft collection. I used my promarkers to colour it in.

Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Xmas card and a challenge!

Hi guys,

Another shock for today!!!!!! I have made another card……..no tatting this time LOL!

It is a sketch on Sketch Saturday……….Sketch’s are ace when the mojo is slowly coming back.


This is the sketch above and below is what I have made.


I have used another stamp in the Molly Blooms collection by Clare. Coloured with my Promarkers. Papers are from the Dovecraft Winter Wonderland pack……..yes more paper in the stash. Used my rectangles nesties and Martha Stewart punch for the fancy edge.


What else can I make????

Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

First Xmas card made this year!


Hi guys,

Yes you read correctly….I have made my first Xmas card this year……..I know I am terrible!!!!!!!!  My excuse is that the mojo is still returning slowly and you can not rush these things. This card is for Nanny…….Duncan’s Grandma.


If you look closely I have managed to add some of the tatting………listen I have to make use of this or the Hubby will be asking the question why do I tat if I can not use it. This would effect the purchasing in the future……I have thought about this quite a bit.  LOL!!!!


I have used the stamp Molly Blooms designed by Clare……I think I could fall in love with these stamps. I have used my Promarkers to colour her in. The papers have been in the stash for years and I have been braved and used them at last………….I am sure there a other crafters who understand this and have papers in the stash that come out for that special card and at the end of the project goes back into the stash with drool marks at the edges!!!! Come on own up!!!!!!!


Well I have to think of what the next card is for me to make…………the brain cell is hurting already……LOL.

I hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

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