Friday, 16 December 2011

Fred She Said Christmas Challenge

 Fred She Said is having a fun little Christmas Challenge! The theme is " Make a Christmas Tag OR Share a favorite Holiday Recipe " How do you enter? You have lots of choice here: you can make a Christmas Tag, a recipe card, or share a favorite Holiday recipe on your blog, linking to our challenge.  You don't have to use Fred She Said designs, but we love it when you do!
The PRIZE is a $25 GC to the Fred She Said Store.  There will be one winner chosen randomly.  Entries will be accepted until Friday DEC 30th midnight EST.  ... more details at the Fred She Said BLOG :) 
I used a lovely snowflake medallion from Fred She Said, which is pre-coloured, ideal for a quick and easy tag for a gift.  It really sparkles and shines; I gave it two coats or iridescent sparkle before I assembled the three layers and added Stickles and Perfect pearls to it.  You can find the snowflake here on the Fred She Said Blog - it is a freebie!
I also have a holiday recipe to share with you, which was given to me by a lady who took a quilting course with me.  I don't know where Barbara got the recipe from, but I do know it is delicious!
Lemon-frosted pistachio cake.
250g butter
250g caster sugar
3 eggs
100g shelled pistachio nuts (un salted)
100g ground almonds
1 orange
1 teaspoon rosewater 
60g plain flour
Crystallized rose petals and shelled pistachio nuts to decorate (optional)

Preheat the oven to 160 C Gas 3 and line the bottom of a non-stick 22cm/ 9 in. cake tin.
Cream the butter and sugar in food mixer until very light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating between additions
Blitz the pistachios to fine crumbs in food processor and then add them with the ground almonds, to the butter and sugar.
Finely grate zest and squeeze orange and then stir in with rosewater.
Lastly fold in flour with a large metal spoon.
Scoop mixture into lined baking tin and bake for fifty minutes, covering top lightly with foil for last 10 minutes.
Check the cake by inserting metal skewer into centre. It should come out fairly clean, without any wet mixture stuck to it. Leave to cool in the tin and then turn it out.

To make the icing
100g unrefined icing sugar.
 2 tblsp lemon juice.
Mix sugar and lemon juice till smooth. Pour over the cake and decorate with rose petals and pistachio nuts. Leave till icing is set.   

I'm entering my tag for a few challenges: 
Drunken Stampers - glittery holiday
Designed2Delight - tag you're it
Heart Song Inspirations - snowflakes and/or doilies
Cupcake Craft - look at the light (sparkly, shiny)
Everybody Art Challenge - blue & white
Digital Tuesday - winter wonderland
Shopping our Stash - tag it krafty
Do You Stack Up - winter photo inspiration
Try it on Tuesday - gift tags galore
Anything Goes - anything but a card
Craft Your Passion - tag you're it
Colour Create - blue, silver and white


  1. WOW - it's awesome. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  2. Wow, this is stunning! Love your color choices. So glad you joined us at Drunken Stampers!

  3. Fabulous :)Thanks for playing along with us at Cupcake crafts and good luck x

  4. wonderful tag and the recipes looks yummy too!
    Thanks for joining us Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  5. This is just divine!! I love this idea and it looks so good with our colours. Thanks for playing along with Colour Create!!!

  6. Beautiful tag Anne!! I just love it :) Thanks for joining us this week at Designed 2 Delight's Saturday Designer Challenge.

  7. Gorgeous! All your detailing is wonderful! Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

  8. oh..i love your tag chickie..and in the shape of a creative! beautifully done!

  9. wow this is just gorgeous , very very pretty Anne
    thanks for joining our challenge this week

  10. Stunning tag Anne, so very pretty. Thank you for sharing it with us for the TioT challenge this week. Thanks fors sharing the recipee too. xx

  11. holy moly, that is just soooooooooooo amazingly detailed and beautiful--WOW!!! thank you for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us (AGAIN!) this week! :)

  12. Anne, this is so lovely! The 3D makes it even more striking and gorgeous :)

  13. What a beautiful Tag :) Thank you for joining us this week at Craft your Passions for our Tag your it Challenge. Don't forget to stop by our Holiday havoc Blog Hop on Dec 17-18th. There will be blog candy and prizes to be won Have wonderful weekend.


  14. wow wonderful !! thank you for joining EAC this week.
    hugs tina46

  15. This is an utterly stunning tag! Thanks for sharing it at Try it on Tuesday xx Janet

  16. this is really beautiful ,bless you for playing at anything goes,this week,hugs cherylxxxxxx

  17. Love that tag - wow

    kitten - DYSU team

  18. Your tag could double as an ornament and is just lovely and perfection! What a keepsake!


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