Friday, June 24, 2011


Welcome to my last day as guest designer for PEACHY KEEN STAMPS.  It's been my pleasure and honor to be a part of this!!

Today is the LET'S FACE IT FRIDAY challenge at PKS.  Here's the info.

The Challenge:

Create a project showcasing the year you graduated from high school! Make sure you "peachify" your project with our fun faces!

-Design must be new
-Project must include Peachy Keen Faces
-Link up by 11:59 pm 7/7

One random winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps!

REMEMBER ~ you'll be posting your project over at the PEACHY KEEN blog.

So.....I graduated in 1979.  How couldn't you love the year they came out with the DUSTBUSTER!

Ever since I got the info about this challenge, the song 19 SOMETHING by Mark Wills has been running through my head.

It was 1970- something
In the world that I grew up in
Farrah Faucett hair-do days
Bell bottoms and 8-track tapes
Lookin' back now I can see me
And oh, man did I look cheesy
But I wouldn't trade those days for nothin'
It was 1970-something

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here are some facts about that year.

Cost of Living 1979

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 11.2%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 838
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 15.25%
Average Cost of new house $58,100.00
Average Income per year $17,500.00
Average Monthly Rent $280.00 
Sony Walkman $200.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas .86 cents

The #1 song on the day I graduated was HOT STUFF by Donna Summer.

News from that year included

Ford's Pinto automobile design allowed its fuel tank to be easily damaged in the event of a rear-end collision which sometimes resulted in deadly fires and explosions. It was first noticed by Ford in 1971 tests.

On March 28, Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, had a near melt-down. No one was reported killed or injured, but the accident changed many regulations for American nuclear reactors. (I was not a member of our high school band but they were on a trip to Harrisburg, PA when this happened)

52 Americans are taken hostage in Tehran, Iran for 444 days. Four days later, ABC's Nighline premiered, centering on the crisis.

NASA's Skylab fell to Earth, landing mostly in the Indian Ocean.

11 people were crushed to death outside of Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum prior to a concert by The Who.


Since that was the year I started driving, this is what the theme of my project is for today.

Here in New York state, people could only buy gas on alternate days, depending upon whether their license plate ended with an odd or even number and the lines were so long!  Gosh...I haven't thought about that in ages. I am getting some gas in my Plymouth Horizon.  My dad bought this car then decided he didn't like driving a "tin can" ~ my mom and dad let me drive it.

I love the little guy in the van (not mini-van) ~ (behind the pump) with the frowny face.  Guess he was not happy about waiting in a long line.

Here's a trick I use to determine what size/character face to use ~ not sure if everyone does this but....I take a piece of scrap paper and use the leftover piece from the doll cut as a stencil.  Sometimes the size and face that I think will look great doesn't so it's easily changed without cutting out another paperdoll.

Please see my DAY 1 post for info/rules on the giveaway compliments of PEACHY KEEN STAMPS!

Thanks for visiting me this week and come back soon for more F~U~N!

Ellen M.


  1. It's been a great week! Love the card!
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  2. Oh I just love it
    Love the way you did the asphalt and the three PK faces
    It was a pleasure seeing what you created all week long.

  3. I love the little gas attendant. Kids now dont know that people used to pump our gas for us! Those were the gas and personal service!!

  4. Love this cute card! If only gas were still that cheap! Love the details especially the PK faces and the asphalt. Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day!

  5. Oh, this has brought back memories!! Cute card. I love PK faces, so cute. Thanks for sharing.


  6. hehe super cute!
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  7. Love the glitter on the card and the story behind it.

  8. This is so cool, love how you collected all the facts from when you grew up too!! This was a great week and I am glad that I am a new follower of your blog!!
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  9. Ah memories... I had one of those Pintos. It never exploded & I was hit in the back twice! It cost $3 to fill the tank back then. The yr I grad Richard Nixon resigned, hit songs: Cats in the Cradle, Sunshine on My Shoulder, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road... and it's the year I moved to Western New York. Cute card.

  10. Great week, Ellen! Love the story behind the card. I do remember some of those things that you mentioned. Fun challenge!

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  11. Hi Ellen!

    You did an amazing job this week!

    I love today's card! I have to tell you that I totally laughed when I saw it. I graduated in 1989, but my bestie graduated in 1979. When I told her about the challenge this week, the very first thing she told me about was the gas, and having to buy it on alternating days. California had the same rule. She talked about a few of the other things too. It's fun to remember those days. :)

    Ruthie :)

  12. Your Card is so Cute!! Love the Gas Attendant. We still have a Gas Attendant here in my Little Hometown in Indiana. I used to have that Album of Donna Summer. Thanks for taking me down Memory Lane. You did an Awesome Job this week. :0)
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  13. love your card it is so clever!~! Love all the layers of cars, to cute!

  14. Sorry to see the week end, thanks for sharing, love todays card, and the trip down memory lane. Love Peachy Keen!!
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  15. Very fun card--love the gas price!
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