Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Glass Etching

Need a perfect V-Day gift? Here it is!! And, also, this isn't only for cricut-clubbers! Anyone can do this! That's exactly why I'm doing another glass etching class! A lot of people wanted to sign up, but didn't have a Cricut, so were automatically turned away from doing the class! So, I want to show anyone how to make a really great, inexpensive gift!
In this class, you will also get your choice of word and font that you want on your glass!
Here's all the information you need!!

Date: Call Memories on Fifth in January for further information.
Instructor: Ashley Mahanna
Cost: $15
This is the perfect class to sign up for if you need to make an inexpensive gift for that special someone! Or, if you want to keep it for yourself, you can certainly do that as well! We will be using some great products, fun paper, fun ribbon, vinyl, etching creme, pearls, glitter, and other fun things! We will be learning some great techniques for the best way to show off your best pictures!! Please bring a 4x6 photo with you that you wish to use in a frame!! Be sure to sign up so that you get the scoop on how to make cute scrapbooks inside of frames, make inexpensive paper flowers, and to etch glass!! It's going to be so much fun!!

Memories on Fifth

As always, e-mail me or call me with any questions or comments!!

Love Paper Banner

This class isn't just for people with a Cricut! Anyone can make this adorable banner!!!
Here's the 411 for you all!!

Date: Call Memories on Fifth in January for further information.
Instructor: Ashley Mahanna
Cost: $24.00
Are you interested in creating a fun, unique decoration for this Valentines season? This is definately the class to take!! We will be having a lot of fun with a new line of American Crafts Valentine's themed paper, Bo Bunny chipboard letters, glitter, micro beads, dew drops, handmade paper flowers, fun ribbon, and much more!! Be sure to sign up to take this class to have an adorable banner to hang up in your home! Call Memories on Fifth to sign up today!!
Memories on Fifth

As always, call or e-mail me with any questions or comments!!

Valentines Treat Bucket, Gypsy, Design Studio, and More!

This class is going to be a blast! Here's the 411 on the class, and be sure to bring your Cricut with your George and Basic Shapes cartridge! ALSO.. Bring some yummies for us to share! A good hour-ish is going to be spent talking!! We need those yummies to keep going! And, one last thing, if you have a laptop, be sure to bring that as well!!

Cricut Club!
Valentines Treat Bucket, The Gypsy, Design Studio and More!
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Ashley Mahanna
Cost: $15.00
This month in the Cricut Club we are making a fun, easy project. We will be making a Valentine's day inspired teat bucket. We will be using a great collection of paper from My Minds Eye called "Be loved." It's very simple, and a lot of fun! We'll be using fun ribbons, stickels, great paper, brads, micro beads, and other great embellishments! You also get your own treats to complete the bucket!! We will not only be making a very simple treat bucket, we will also be doing a lot of talking about the Gypsy, and the Design Studio. Please bring treats to share!! We're doing a lot of talking and definately need some yummies to keep us going! Be sure to bring your cricut along with your George and Basic Shapes cartride. If you have a laptop, bring that along as well. This will be a great class to make a really easy project, and it will also be a great class to get the scoop on the latest and greatest technology for your Cricut! Be sure to sign up today!!

Memories on Fifth
As always, any questions or comments, feel free to e-mail me or call me!!

Twenty-Ten, Let's Try This Again!!

Hello ladies!!
I'd like to apologize and give many thanks all at the same time!
First, sorry that I haven't been posting any classes or anything on here! That's definately my fault! So sorry!! I have been so busy with studying for state boards, and other things! But, those are over with, so my free time is dedicated to my favorite hobby, scrapbooking!! :)
Now, I'd like to thank all of you ladies for coming to my classes! I have so much fun teaching you guys! For half of 2009, I taught classes, and almost every one of them was full! I love doing it, and you guys keep me going!! So, keep signing up to take classes!
I'll be posting some information with classes in 2010 pretty soon, here!
Thanks again!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sign up!!

I have one more spot open due to a cancellation for the Halloween Treat Bucket! Be sure to sign up, even if it's full so I have poeple to call when there are cancellations!!
Please sign-up, call Memories on Fifth today: 319-354-4302

Monday, October 5, 2009

November Cricut Club

The above photo is etched. I used the word "cherish." You can also see how I used the additional embellishments.
The above photo is the picture I placed in the far left frame spot. I used the additional paper to "journal."

The above picture is the picture I put in the middle. I also used extra cardstock to "journal" at the top of the photo.

This is another view of what the etched glass looks like.

This is what the whole frame looks like! Enjoy!

Hello ladies!
As of yesterday, the October Cricut Club is full, and since Novembers Cricut Club is pretty special, I'm assuming that it will fill up quickly!
We will be etching glass in this class. You get a frame that has 3 slots in it that you can decorate as you please!
I have included some pictures to show you what I created, and I will give you enough supplies to do the same. Included in the fee is the frame, vinyl to make the glass etch stencil, paper, cardstock, brads and florals. You will also get to use the etching creme to etch your frame! You can also use any cartridge that Memories on Fifth has in the store!
Memories on Fifth 319-354-0432

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cricut Club Update!

Hello everyone!
I just thought I'd update you guys on what I am thinking about doing for some upcoming Cricut classes! (I am now branching out, and not doing just Cricut classes, anymore, so be sure to check those out, too!)
For November:
Glass Etching with the Cricut. I have made the adorable frame for this class, and I love it! I am so excited about this class because it is super easy, a lot of fun, and you come out with a great product! Hopefully there will be a picture up tomorrow of what I will have you guys make!
(This isn't the Cricut Club) A Flower Soft Christmas. Some of you took the intro to Flower Soft class, and while I liked the cards that I had you guys make, I LOVE the Christmas cards. I swear, Flower Soft was invented to embellish Christmas cards! The trees look very realistic, and the Polar White Flower Soft makes things look like real, glistening snow! Be sure to watch for that class!

For December:
I originally was going to have you guys make 6 titles for your pages, but I have been doing a lot of different things for the Cricut Club, and I think that a good way to end the year would be with a lovely page to put your Christmas or winter-themed pages! So, I am having you guys experiment with a great Cricut Solutions Christmas cartridge and make a "Winter Solstice" page. When I get that done there will be pictures as well!
(This isn't the Cricut Club) I will be teaching you guys how to make Acrylic Cards! They are winter themed, and I am looking into etching them or embossing them for some extra pizzaz! Be sure to check the store out for samples. I always, always, always have samples for my class up pretty early!

For the upcoming year (2010):
You guys will get to learn how to make those 6 "stackable" titles for your pages!
I want to experiment/learn how to work with Design Studio, and show you guys how to use it.
Talking about/showing off new additions for the Cricut, such as the much anticipated "Gypsy."
A recipe book!!!! Fun!!
Making stencils for your home decor.
And other things to play with such as fun cartridges, different techniques, using new product with the Cricut, etc.

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, and let me know what you think! Feedback is greatly appreciated!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Halloween Treat Bucket

On October 20th, I'll be teaching you guys how to make this adorable Treat Bucket!
One of my favorite things about this class is that it introduces a lot of fun, new product, which we all love!! Right?!
Another great aspect of this class is that to relieve some stress from the students, I am pre-cutting some of the die-cuts out for you guys. You will be cutting out various circles, and 2 die-cuts.
My main focus for this class is to show you guys the millions and billions of options that you have with EACH cartridge! Don't just look at what's on the back. Really explore your cartridges. You won't believe where I got all of the halloween die-cuts... I got them from Paper Dolls! Crazy! You have to really experiment with the different features of your cartridges, play with all the options and see what it has to offer. That's my emphasis this time.
I hope you like it! I used 4 different kinds of ribbon that are absolutely sooo so much fun! I also used coredinations cardstock, a lot of Bazzil Bling, some buttons, rain drops and Stickels! I love, love love this bucket!
Just a reminder, if you guys could bring your basic supply kit to the class, that would be awesome! It should include some adhesive (liquid adhesive is what I'm reccomending for the bucket), a paper cutter, and your Cricut along with the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.

There are currently 3 spots available to take this class! Let's get those filled up!! Be sure to call Memories on 5th to sign up today!

Memories on 5th in Coralville, IA 319-354-0432

Thanks so much, ladies!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Vinyl Follow Up

Hello everyone!
I'm just following up after a great class! There were 11 ladies total tonight! And, might I add this was a very fun class. Everyone got along great, threw around a lot of ideas, got a lot of tips, and just in general had a good time! There were so many great ladies there tonight, and I had a lot of fun! It made me want to keep teaching things about the Cricut.
Just to make a quick note here, I'm sorry that we didn't get to cut anything out tonight, but with something as intricate as putting vinyl on a wall, there's just either no time to cut things out and get a demonstration, or it's just something that needs to be done elsewhere. Like I said early in the class, you guys unfortunately can't chop off your wall and bring it to class! So, there may be a few classes where it will be more of a demonstration, and you guys get product and step by step instructions. Otherwise, most of the time we will be cutting things out. But, we will always be having fun!
I'd like to thank you all for coming, putting your input in, and being a great group of ladies to work with!
As always, please e-mail me or call me if you ever have any questions! I'm more than willing to help: I can always answer your questions via phone or e-mail, and I can always meet you at the store and even sit down with you and get all your questions answered and even do a further demonstration if need be. I want you all to be comfortable with your Cricut and I want you all to be satisfied with the creations you make while using your Cricut.
I have talked about this several times, but I would love feedback, as always! I have some ideas of what to do for further Cricut Clubs, and what I would like to do is in November teach you guys how to etch glass, in December I would like to show you guys how to make "stackable" page titles, in January I'm considering showing you guys how to make your own plastic stencils to use to paint things on your wall, or other various things. In February I would love to do something really fun! I would love, love love to show you guys different features of the AMAZING cartride Bags, Tags, Boxes and More. I also have some other various ideas, and one class I would love to show you guys how to use the Design Studio. But, I definately have to try this product out for myself and do some further research before I'm able to teach a class in it!
I'd love to hear from you guys what you would like to learn!
Thanks again for signing up to take the Cricut Club Classes! They're a lot of fun!! :)
ALSO: I'd like to mention to you that these classes DO fill up... FAST! Even if one of the ladies says that the class is full.. MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THEM YOUR NAME AND INFORMATION! If we have enough people, we will set up another date for me to teach the same class. Plus, if there is a cancellation, then you will get to fill in that spot. So, sign up even if it's full, and be sure to sign up ASAP!
Thanks again!
Ashley Mahanna

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Halloween Treat Bucket

Here is the class description for the month of October's Cricut Club that's in the newsletter:

Cricut Club!
Halloween Treat Bucket
October 20th, 2009 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Ashley Mahanna
Cost: $18.00
In this months Cricut Club, we will be making a fun Halloweeen Treat Bucket! What a great way to store your Halloween yummies! The exciting thing about this months club is that not only are we learning more new things about the Cricut, but we are playing with new product! Included in the products that we will be using are: Bazzil Bling cardstock, a new line of paper from American Crafts, fun ribbon, Coredinations cardstock, The Robins Nest Dew Drops and buttons! Also included in the class, you get your very own glittery, orange Stickel! This class will be a lot of fun betweem sharing different ideas, learning more fun ways to use the electronic die-cut machine, the Cricut, and using new products! Included int he class fee is a treat bucket with the supplies to embellish it, a cheat sheet, some pre-cut items to use with the treat bucket, a fun Halloween idea project page and a step by step instructional print out! If you have a Cricut, please be sure to bring it to the class along with the "George and Basic Shapes" cartridge. Be sure to take this class so you'll have a fun way to store those yummy Halloween treats! For additional information, pictures, questions, or comments, check out the blog:

Memories on Fifth
1100 5th St. Suite 110
Coralville, IA 52241

Ashley Mahanna

Applying Vinyl Quotes to Your Walls

Here is the class description that is in this months newsletters for the month of September's Cricut Club:

Cricut Club!
Applying Vinyl Quotes to Your Walls
September 15th, 2009 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Ashley Mahanna
Cost: $18.00
Do you want to apply a unique quote to your wall to add an interesting flair to your home decor? There is a great, fun, easy, inexpensive way to do that while using your handy-dandy Cricut! This month in the Cricut Club we will be learning how to apply vinyl lettering to your walls! Included in the class fee is a roll of your choice of color of the Cricut Vinyl, some placement paper to help guide you in placing your quote, some quote ideas for your walls, a cheat sheet, instruction guide, and a demonstration! The Cricut Vinyl is great because it does come odd if you ever wish to take it down. Using your Cricut for home decor is a fun way to use your Cricut, and to get a great, personal, creative look in your home! Remember, Memories on Fifth offers Cricut cartridge rentals! If you don't have a cartridge that you would like to use for your home decor, you can rent it to use! It's $5.00 for 3 days worth of use, and $10.00 for 1 weeks worth of use. If you have a Cricut, please be sure to bring it to the class along with any cartridge you wish to use for the quote on your wall. Make sure to come to this class to learn how to make your home decor personal while using your Cricut! For additional information, pictures, questions or comments, check out the blog:

Memories on Fifth
1100 5th St. Suite 110
Coralville, IA 52241

Ashley Mahanna


Oh my goodness! I don't even know what to say! Last nights class was amazing! It went fabulous! I have developed a system where there are instructions, and even some cheat sheets for my students, which seemed to work out beautifully!
Everyone left with a finished page!
It was a great class, and if you missed out, I'm truly sorry! There were a lot of ideas flowing, I got great feedback from all of my students, we had fun, we got some work done, got great ideas, and learned more about the Cricut!
And.... My very favorite part: everyone did something a little different to their pages! Oh my! I love, love, love it when people do different things to their pages other than what's layed out in front of them! It makes for a great time, and a great class! With all the creativity flowing, it really makes it an enjoyable class.
I would like to thank my students who promote not only my creativity, but give me great ideas as what to teach and what to do next.
As for what I have planned:
How to apply vinyl quotes to your walls
An ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE Halloween treat bucket
Etching glass with the Cricut
Getting 6 titles for $15.00 (just like the Karen Foster stacked titles)
Making pillow boxes and other fun things with the cricut

Thank you all sooo so much for letting me know what I need to do, letting me know how I can better help you all, and giving me great feedback and amazing ideas!
Keep posted for pictures and further class descriptions. :)
The Chirping Cricut

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sweet Summertime

The left page says "sweet," and the right page says "summertime." It's a lot of fun!
This layout is cute, fun, and most importantly, very summer-y! This double spread layout will be perfect for your summer pictures! With florals, and an innovative opaline pearl line from Basic Grey along with cute paper, cute letter stickers, and the help of the Cricut Die Cut Machine, this layout will go great with your collection.
Be sure to sign up at Memories on Fifth in Coralville.
This time, along with the class, each member will get a little packet of papers with very helpful tips on how to use the Cricut and what each feature is designed to help you do. I have taken a lot of time to make sure to be thorough with instuctions, sizes, pressure, blade, and speed gages, and other various things to help new users find the Cricut a little less overwhelming and stressful.
Thanks so much everyone!
As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot me an e-mail or call me at anytime.

Be sure to join me for the class!
August 18, 2009 from 6:30-8:30
$15 to take the class with the instructor Ashley Mahanna
{ . Memories on 5th . 1100 5th Street, Suite 110 . Coralville, IA . 52241 . (319) . 354 . 0432 . }

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fun on the Fourth Follow Up

Hello everyone!
On Tuesday I had the Fun on the Fourth class. I was happy to have done it to know what I as an instructor needs to improve on to help others understand the cricut and how to use it to their advantage.
So, I have further instructions for those of you who didn't get quite finished, and I will also be posting pictures of the August layout. This one is a bit easier, and I am printing off charts with things such as helpful tips on how to use the Cricut as we speak! So, hopefully that will make it a bit easier on you guys next time!
I hope you guys had a good time, and if you're a little stressed out about using the Cricut, don't fret because I have more information for you all that should help you out a lot next time. :)
Thanks to all who came and thanks for helping me learn what I need to do next!
FOR COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS: I have complete instructions on how to make the Fun on the Fourth pages all typed up, however Blogger does not allow copying and pasting items into a blog post. So, all you have to do if you want them is e-mail me at: and I will e-mail you the complete instructions as soon as I receive your e-mail.
Sorry that this post is late, but as some of you know, I work more than full time. :)
Have a great night (or day) everyone!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Following up!

Hello everyone!
I have been working at Memories on 5th for about a month now and I am loving every minute of it. Every day I go to work I am surrounded by the hobby that I enjoy the most. :)
Anyways, here are a few pictures of the double spread that I have planned for the July Cricut Club.
Be sure to stop by the store, Memories on 5th in Coralville to check out the pages and sign up for the class! There will be a flyer available at the store about the Cricut Club as well, so if you go there, be sure to pick one up!
And, as always, if you have any questions at all, you can always e-mail me at: and you can most definately call me on my cell phone at: 319-325-8060
Happy Cricut-ing, everyone!
The Chirping Cricut

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fun on the Fourth

The first class to the Cricut Club is called "Fun on the Fourth." It's a great 2 page layout that incorporates different aspects of the Cricut, such as various effects like shadowing, using various sizes and varioius cartridges to make one great layout!!

It's a very fun and unique fourth of July layout that your fourth of July pictures will look great in.

With sparkles, starburst brads, firecrackers made from the cricut, cute stickers, stars galore, ribbons, and much more this page will be a great addition to anyones collection!

Here is the class information:
Fun on the Fourth Cricut Club
Tuesday, July 21st 6:30-8:30 PM
Instructor: Ashley Mahanna
We are kicking off the Cricut Club this month with a 2 page spread called "Fun on the Fourth." It is a very fun, unique layout that your fourt of July photos will go great on! The Cricut Club is a great way to learn more about the 1st electronic die-cut machine, the Cricut. The class shows you various ways you can use the cricut to your advantage, and create exciting, original pages! This is Ashley's first class, and she's very excited to begin the Cricut Club! Bring your basic supply kit along with some of your favorite fourth of July photos! Be sure to look out for next months Cricut Club information as well!

{ . Memories on 5th . 1100 Fifth Street, Suite 110 . Coralville, IA . 52241 . (319).354.0432 . }

If you have any further questions or comments, please either feel free to comment on my blog, or you can shoot me an e-mail at:

Thanks so much for looking! I'll be keeping you posted with the newest and latest and greatest! Pictures should be up tomorrow! :)

-The Chirping Cricut

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cricut Club Kickoff!

Hello hello!

My name is Ashley Mahanna, and I will be the instructor for the Cricut Club starting in July of 2009 at Memories on Fifth in Coralville, IA.

As a member of the Cricut Club, you get to partake in the class that we offer for that theme for the month, for example our first Cricut Club class will be in July, so the corresponding theme is Fourth of July. We talk about the Cricut Cutting system, and it's newest/latest and greatest features, we answer questions, and I'm planning on having a good time!

This is my first post for the Cricut Club, and as it hasn't started yet, I don't have all of the information. But, be prepared for some cute page layouts using the cricut coming up!
I will definately keep everyone posted as to any updates I get, and as soon as I'm done with the pages planned for the July class, I'll put those up along with class information!

Thanks so much!

Keep checking!

-The Chirping Cricut