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, 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

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