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!


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Another card from me!!!


Hi Guys,

I have produced another card not only for one reason but two…….Duncan’s Aunty as moved into a new home but also for a challenge.

The challenge is for Paper Players Sketch #164. The sketch is below:


This is what I did:


I used ribbon from the stash. Paper I have no idea as this as been in the stash for years. The flowers I was given by a friend and I have had these for years too…… Instead of using stamps I tried my hand at free hand writing for a change…….jury is still out on that verdict!


Just behind the flower I have used the Spellbinders Impressabilities. The bit on the left is the embossed side and the right side I have used it as a stencil…….sorry not a very good picture.


Again I have decorated on the inside. I have used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ornate Squares. Card from the crop box. Once again I have used free hand for the inside too.

So another card made and I wonder what I can make next??????

Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 22 September 2013

First card in ages…..


Hi guys,

Well this as to be the first card in ages that I have made. A good reason for this is that it is the Mother-In-Laws Birthday this week……so no excuses for me.

So I needed a challenge to get the crafting juices flowing and I found Sketch Saturday which had the below sketch:


So I found the sketch but then what????????


I used papers from the Pampered Pets Collection by Andrea Jayne. The stamp is also from the Pampered Pet collection called Sitting Pretty by Andrea Jayne. I have distressed the paper edges with Ranger inks in spun sugar. Card candy from the stash. I could not get the my ribbon draw as we have not cleared that yet……yeah yeah I know it needs doing! So I crocheted my little ribbon is some left over green I had.


I have used Ranger ink in tea dye and coloured with pencils. This stamp is lovely.


I used the left over papers on the inside for a bit of difference for me. I have inked the edges once again with spun sugar and used my Beaded Circles nesties.


Oh yeah the model in the background is Dixie.

So I think I will go and enter this card into the Sketch Saturday Challenge.


Luv Jane XX

Monday, 16 September 2013

Little helper

Hi guys,

Just thought I would share this picture of my newest little helper.....Jingles.

Will show newest project very soon.

Luv Jane xx

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Completed cushion

Hi guys,

Well the cushion is complete!  Yeah. I had to buy the cushion pads in pairs ( yes there only came in pairs, well that is what I told the hubby). So I need to make another but I think I am going to do some experimenting with the next one.

My hubby did ask where the cushion was going to live and would the next one be in boy colours........I wonder if this was an hint????

Luv Jane xx

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Crochet nearly finished

Hi guys,

Well I have nearly finished the Kath Kidson cushion. I have enjoyed making it.  The instructions are not very good so I have adapted it a little.

Just the ends to get rid of. I have ordered 2 cushion pads from amazon so that means I will have to do another one.....oh dear......not he he he he.

Please say hello so I can cone visit you.

Luv Jane xx

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Long time no see!

Hi guys,

I have been around reading blogs just not posting and not a lot of crafting really.

I have been playing tonight. This is the Cath Kidston The Crochet Book kit. I have to say I am so glad I did not pay the full amount for this as I am not impressed with the wool. It does keep splitting and does drive me up the wall. I am enjoying the good old granny square. I do like the colours.

Some good news is that I have completed Level 3 in AAT so I have just 2 modules in Level 4 to do and I will be qualified. Will keep you posted.

See you soon

Luv Jane xx

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Swearing over!!!!


Hi Guys,

Well I have managed to make baby Charlotte……oopppssss sorry Princess Charlotte a pair of cross over booties………a lot of swearing!!!!!!! The pattern is from Baby and Toddler Knits made easy by DK. This is the fourth try but it WORKED this time!!!!!!!!


The wool I have used is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK in pink.


The flowers I have used purple in Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK and the green is from the stash. The stitches I have used is daisy stitch and bullion stitch which is new to me but I think the flowers have turned out ok.


I think I am going to have to make some more and I think these are are so sweet. Just wish I had this knowledge of knitting when Jennifer had been a baby.

Luv Jane XX

Monday, 27 May 2013

Thank you card


Hi guys,

I love Bank Holidays…..that extra day off work is lovely. We have been celebrating much this weekend. I passed another exam on Wednesday, on Friday the house completed so it is officially ours and we can actually do loads of work on the house. We have also had 2 new additions to the family.

So I have made a Thank you card for our solicitor who as work so hard on getting this house buying all sorted. I used a Sketch from Fetch a Sketch:

Challenge 51

And here is what I have done:


I just need to make a thank you card for Amy who was the underwriter at the mortgage company and she was brilliant. And then it is a card for baby Charlotte to welcome her to the nutty family.

Luv Jane XX

Saturday, 18 May 2013

A card for a friend and a challenge


Hi guys,

The house is so quiet and the reason??????? Jennifer is having a sleep over at a new respite carers tonight. We have not had a break for over 6 months and we are all glad for today! Jennifer has a condition called Re-active Attachment Disorder so things can get very tense, very quick and can last a very long time. So to get Jennifer to go she thinks this is a holiday for her to get away from the grumpy parents!! At first Jennifer thought this break was because she was naughty and it took us ages to explain that she needed a break from us. So the mice are playing today………

First thing was to get the craft stuff out and play…while Duncan is on the xbox. There is a challenge over at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge Here and it was good timing as I had to make a card for a friend of Duncan’s. The challenge is to use numbers.

So here is what I have made:


The stamp is StarBoy Luka from La-LaLand Crafts. I have used my watercolours once again. The numbers have been done on the computer and I have used a little Cuttlebug Provo craft embosser for the blue card around the numbers.


A closer look at Luka.


The card at full length. The papers are from the Papermania For him pack. I have had this pack for years. I have also used card candy. Also used to inks all the edges is Tim Holtz Distress ink in broken china. Around Luka I have used my chalks.


The nesties I have used are Labels Seventeen, Labels Twenty-Two and Decorative Labels Twenty-Two.

I do hope you like this card and do say hello so I can come visit you.

Luv Jane XX

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Sketch Saturday Challenge


Hi guys,

Well I have been studying hard as I have an exam in the next couple of weeks and I needed a break so this is what I have done. Sketch Saturday have a great sketch


Here is what I have managed to do:


I have used the following:

Papers from Papermania For Him and Masculine packs. The plain blue is from the crop box.

Nesties are Labels 29 and the pennants from the 2 pennants packs.

Card candy

The main stamp is StarBoy Luka from La-La Land Crafts. The sentiment stamp is from the Black Penny Cake Dance.

I have even done something inside the card:



A closer look at StarBoy Luka. I have used my watercolours for the colouring.

Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Dragon framed!

Hi guys,
Finally had the dragon cross stitch framed for Duncan. Looks really great. I had this framed by On the wall in Leeds.

Duncan as already put this on the wall in our room and it looks good.

Hope you like.
Luv Jane xx

Monday, 6 May 2013

Do you remember this?


Hi guys,

I found this in my crafting stash and it brought back some memories:


Anyone remember this??????? When I was a kid I never had anything this posh. I remember just having a wooden cotton reel from Grandma’s stash with 4 nails in it and it lasted me years. I just made loads of the coils below:


This one has been claimed by the cats has they love them.


I am going to be brave and try to teach Jennifer on how to do these coils.

What did you make with these coils?


I will leave you with some yummy chocolate rock buns Duncan as made.


Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Which Hexagon to make?


Hi guys,

I have been playing today with aran wool. Yes I know it’s coming to summer but I am back at college and I need a project where I don’t need too many brain cells working.

Should I just make hexagon 1

Hexagon A

Or hexagon 2

Hexagon B

Or make both?

Or Both

My first go at the African Flower and I am using the pattern Here. These hexagons are going to be used for a throw and matching cushions. I never do things by half……………Go on be brave and tell me which option you would take?

Take it easy and do say hello

Luv Jane XX

Catch up


HI guys,

Time for a catch up.

Well in the last knitting post I mentioned a new project on the go……well here it is


Another baby cardigan with matching hat. I used Sirdar Supersoft Aran in green from The Wool Shop in Leeds.


I loved doing the cable work and I am really impressed with my stitching up. This as been a massive learning curve for me and I do have to admit I am so glad that the Wool Shop is only around a few corners for the help when I got stuck.

I have also completed a crocheted rabbit for Duncan.


I used the pattern from Simply Crochet Issue 2. The pattern is called Itty-bitty bunny. The wool I used was Hayfield Bonus DK  shade number 0931. Duncan picked the wool and it was ok to use but the black bits did come off in my hand. I would not recommend this wool for a small child……….except for Duncan.


I think I may have to look for some fluffy wool for the tail next time and have a play…..what do you think?


Oh yes my desk is tidy for once as I decided yesterday to have a tidy up on my desk………I don’t think it will last long but I can hope.

Take care

Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Crafty day

Hi guys,

I managed to get some crafting done at my mates yesterday.

A large alien for Kane

Luv Jane xx

Sunday, 21 April 2013


Hi guys,

Trying my hand again at tatting..........I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!!!

Tried to do dimpled rings and Josephine rings......my thread kept breaking on the dimpled rings.........bugger! So I have given that up at the moment.....will go back do not fear.

So I am having a go at mock rings and trying to make a snowflake......so watch this space.

Luv Jane XX

A Card for Sketch Saturday!


Hi guys,

I have tried to make an effort with keeping up with other blogs as well as my own. So I was reading the Saturday Sketch blog and I was looking at this weeks sketch wondering if my mojo would ever come back to me……..


I did feel something but just a little bit……


This is what I managed. I used an old Whiff of Joy stamp called Melinda Helping Angel. I used my new watercolours and water pen.  The papers are from the Kate Knight Spring Fling pad that I got free from the Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine a while ago. Card candy and buttons from stash. To finish the card off I shuttle tatted some little butterflies.

So I would like to thank Sketch Saturday for helping me with the card drought and enter the sketch challenge. If you click on the Sketch Saturday above it will take you t the challenge post.

Wonder what card I can make next??????

Luv Jane XX

Thursday, 18 April 2013

My first knitted baby garment.

Hi guys,

Not written in ages once again but I have been busy with crafting. Still struggling to find my mojo with cards but seem to be into my knitting. I have managed to make my first baby garment. It is a coat cardigan from Studio Stylecraft. The wool I have used was original going to be crocheted into my blanket but it didn't seem to go so I needed a project for it. NO I do not have any plans for a baby but I thought it would give me more confidence for when it comes to making something for me or friends. So this is what I made.

It is for 3 months to 6 months old. It is done in Stylecraft Aran. Not sure of the colour as my lovely husband as moved the band I was saving........typical.

I will leave you a sneak look at the next project I have nearly finished.

Luv Jane XX

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