Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mo's Diner


There's nothing like sipping a thick milkshake in a shaped green-tinted glass through a long red straw. When you are close to the bottom simply pour the rest of your treat from the still cold stainless steel mug that the waitress served with the shake. Gotta love those vintage diners.


January marks a new sketch designer, Pamela, and guest designers Candice, Julie and Emily at Skipping Stones Design. I invite you to take a peek at the inspiration over on the blog and try your hand at the sketch challenge as well, there's a great prize up for grabs!


It's confession time. I was totally stumped with this sketch, not sure why. I just froze. After I thawed I made two cards that I was completely unhappy with. So much so that they ended up in the good ol' garbage. I needed some other inspiration, so I turned to the challenge at Paper Variety. The pattern from Pumpkin Seed Sentiments is so much fun, especially stamped with black ink onto white! Add a hint of pink and I think it is very reminscent of the retro diner cafes.

47 comments:

Barb said...

it's beautiful karen. the hint of pink outlining the panels is genius...gorgeous card!

Lindsay said...

You sure managed just fine with this beauty Karen! LOVE that pop of pink from the cardstock to the baker's twine! What a fab card!

Jaclyn Miller said...

I love how you've inked the edges of that background!

Laurel said...

So pretty, love the pop of pink.

Jingle said...

Karen, this is awesome! The pink just carries it to a whole new level! Love it!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

You forgot my advice that if you really dislike the card you're suppose to send it to your mom-- b/c she'll LOVE it (regardless of its imaginary flaws). The twine really ties this card together (pun intended).

BabyBokChoy said...

Not only is your card totally striking, but the way you had it set up for photograph against that background, genius!!

jennaroo said...

Lovely!!!! Thanks for playing along with us at TPV!!!!

Lynn said...

Well, I love the end result. The pop of pink against the black is divine. And yummo....I would love a diner milkshake, but it does not go with the January resolutions :)

Annette said...

Love this card Karen...I love that pattern and the bright pink...LOVE IT

wendyp said...

the black and white with a touch of pink...LOVE it! Great card, Karen!

~Tammy~ said...

This is so fun and I love the touch of pink!

Oh, and thanks for making me crave a milkshake!!! :-)

Caroli said...

All in this card is just lovely! the color combo, the patterned paper, the twine, the button, everything matches perfectly <3<3
Thank you for playing with us at The Paper Variety :)

Cheryl said...

I love this card! The pattern and the pops of pink are so fun.

lynn said...

the pink is awesome, karen! love it:)

Chunyuan said...

beautiful graphic design card. Love the pink outline.

Wendy said...

Karen...all of your cards are fabulous. I am sure even the ones you consider garbage!! This card is no exception! I hope you're having a super week!!

Be(e) said...

fabulous cas card! Love the colors and the panels!
ElS.

Jay Gee said...

The pink certainly does pop on this card Karen - it's so cool, love it :)

Jenny said...

mmm these geometric patterns make me smile and look so striking as a colour splash combo too :) Great way to use the sketch Karen.
Jenny x

Basement Stamper said...

Your creation turned out fabulous! I love the color combination and the twine on it.

Diane Jaquay said...

Love this, Karen, very creative card!!

Barb said...

Way to keep at it, Karen! I love what you've done with that sketch! So fun with the black, white and pink! :)

Amber said...

Very cute, love the black and white white a touch of pink!

Andrea M said...

Hey Karen! Happy New Year to you and yours - hope it's a happy and prosperous one!!
LOVE this card girl! So sorry I haven't been by more but your eye candy is totally making up for my lack of recent crafty inspiration!!!

yyam said...

Well, this card turned out great! I love the bold graphic and the hints of pink! :)

~amy~ said...

well, this definitely ROCKS.

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

I love what you have done with the sketch. Black with hot pink, how could you go wrong.

Pamela said...

This is fantastic!!!! I love it! Sorry you had a hard time with the sketch. :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

BEAUTIFUL card--I LOVE the hint of pink! I would love to see the cards you threw away--I bet they were AMAZING as well:)

alexandra s.m. said...

Beautiful card Karen!!
TFS~

Jess said...

Such an awesome sketch, done so well here with the geometric pattern and that splash of unexpected candy pink!!

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Lovely card. The kiss of pink is perfect. Thanks for playing along with us at The Paper Variety!

Jen W. said...

Glad you soldiered on - I love the touches of pink with that pattern!

Lisa Petrella said...

Happy New Year, Karen!!! This card definitely has a retro feel to it! I LOVE IT!!!! My husband and I recently went to an old fashioned diner in San Francisco and he had a malt just like the shake you described in your post!!! YUM!!!! Hope 2012 is off to a FABULOUS start for you!!!!

Emily Leiphart said...

Happy New Year, Karen! How funny that we both threw two cards in the garbage over this sketch. HA I love the touch of pink on this card! You made me drool at the thought of a float so I think I'm off to make myself one. ;)

Suzy said...

love love love the design and pop of pink! so retro! Thanks for taking the color challenge at The Paper Variety :) Happy new year! :)
- Suzanne, TPV cofounder

Alice Wertz said...

i can't tell that you have struggled with this sketch. such a beautiful and chic card, Karen! love it!

Trinh said...

Nope, never would have guessed you struggled with this sketch. I love how the pink adds just the right pop to the design.

jen said...

Looking at this makes it hard to believe you were stumped! Love it! And it does have that vintage diner vibe! fun!

lostinpaper said...

Funky take on the inspirations! Love the 'kiss' of hot pink!

Emily Keaton said...

This is fabulous, Karen! I love that pumpkin seeds background, and the colors are so classy. :) Great job with that challenging sketch!

Marlena M. said...

You rocked it. ;) I really love the black and white with pop of pink.

Katie Gehring said...

I think it turned out just perfect! When I first saw it, my jaw dropped and I thought, now THAT is why she is such an amazing designer! Looking forward to seeing what you dream up next!

Candice Fields said...

I love simple cards. I love the black and white with a pop of pink.

Stephanie said...

Karen........I absolutely LOVE your card!!! That pink and black is so striking yet perfect for a birthday card!

Sara Zenger said...

This is a stunning card! I love the hint of pink! Thanks for playing at TPV!