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.  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!

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.


Glora said...

Thanks for a fun week of projects. This card is super fun and a great memory too. Hugs- Glora

jessica said...

What a GREAT card!! I love all the faces! TFS

Heather said...

Such a cute card!! Love it!
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Percilla G said...

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.

Josie0602 said...

This was a fun card!! I am only a couple of years older than you and I remember all of that stuff. Thanks for the fun did a great job!

Martha (Sissy) Speed Ramey said...

Simply amazing card! I like how you use your wonderful ideas to make original cards. I've enjoyed all your cards this week. Thanks so much for sharing. :)


This is so cute, love how you have "cars" in the background so cool!! Great job all week
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Babe O'Mara said...

Thanks for a great week of projects. Love the car attendant. Wish we had them again. Thanks for sharing.


sweetlilscrapper said...

hehe super cute!
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BunnyFreak said...

Love the touch of the sad driver.

Donna said...

It's been a great week of paper projects, thanks Ellen & Peachy Keen!

Maria said...

super cute

Luv Scrapping Together said...

Awesome week, Ellen! Love the project today. I do remember some of those facts.

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Cathy said...

This was a great week of sharing, sad to see it come to an end:( I graduated in 1979 too! you brought back some great memories, thanks.
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mamawcindy said...

Your Card is so Cute!!! You did an Awesome job this week. Have loved everything you made. :0)
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McVic said...

HA ha Love your card! my first car was a horizion!!! a mouse grey one with red interior! I love the big back window, there was not a blindspot in that car!

Lisa R. said...

Great blast from the past card!!!! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

Sue D said...

Very fun card--would love those gas prices again!
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Judy said...

Great Job.