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Monthly Challenges

August 2023 Challenge

August 2023 Challenge

Welcome to the August challenge at Pinkfresh Studio! You all created such amazing projects for last month's challenge, and we can't wait to see what you create this month! This challenge is for ALL papercrafters - including scrapbooking, cardmaking, minis, journals, notebooks & more!

If you haven't checked it out yet, we featured our Top 3 Cards & Layouts, plus the prize winners from the July challenge on yesterday's post! Who knows...maybe it will be YOU this month! You never know unless you play along! :)

August's challenge is to Sparkle & Shine!

We can't wait to see the ways you add Sparkle & Shine onto your projects! You can hot foil, heat emboss, accent with glitter drops or jewels, use glitter or metallic papers, mixed media, metallic watercolors - the possibilities are endless!

The following ink shades are the best matches for the colors in the challenge: Candy Violet or Regal Kiss, Sapphire, Olive, and Passion Fruit or Coral Reef.

As always you can use just the theme, just the colors, or use both for your projects! Here is some inspiration for you from our amazing team:

Vicki Parker

Debby van Diepen


Andrea Lake

Emily Midgett

Nathalie DeSousa

Channin Pelletier

Karin Högger

Sophie Delorme

Carissa Wiley

Karlla Dauer

Andrea Moritz

Anett Gelencsér


One cardmaking entry and one memory-keeping entry will receive a $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio Store! The two winners will be randomly selected based on these two categories.

Gift card winners: When winning a gift card, the amount of the gift card can be put towards any order in the Pinkfresh Studio online shop. Winning a gift card does not change order minimums if your location requires them or shipping costs. Please check our Shipping Rates page for all the info you need before entering a giveaway for a gift card code.

Now it's time for YOU to play along!


  1. Create a new card, layout, journal/notebook page, mini album, DIY or any paper project using the challenge graphic posted above. While it is fine if you use a few items from other companies, the focus should be on Pinkfresh Studio product.
  2. Post your project to your personal blog, Instagram or online gallery. Please make sure you link back directly to the challenge.
  3. Add a direct link to your project using the InLinkz below.
  4. You may enter up to 3 new, never seen before projects into our challenge each month.
  5. Please make sure to leave a comment on this post! Feel free to tell us a couple details about your project, or mention some challenges you'd like to see in coming months.

Get your creations linked up by Tuesday, August 29th at 11:59pm CST. Winners & the Top 3 will be announced on Saturday, September 2nd.

For even more inspiration and amazing projects, make sure to follow Pinkfresh Studio on all our social media sites!

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We want to see your projects on Instagram! Please add the hashtags #pinkfreshstudio & #pinkfreshchallenge, and tag @pinkfreshstudio to your uploads so we can see them too!

Happy crafting! We can't wait to see what you create! Please add the link to your creation below. It's come to our attention that the link list code isn't showing up in some browsers. You can also access and add your project at this link: 


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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15. Aug 29, 2023

My first challenge! How fun!

I was creating holiday cards over the weekend using my new Ornaments stamp, stencil, die, and hot foil plate set (and on two of the cards Pinkfresh bling). I realized today that they fit the challenge!

I may participate again next month…but better photos 😊

Is anyone else participating in the holiday crafting weekend with Pinkfresh? Hope to see you there!

Kathy Jo Wood
14. Aug 29, 2023

My very favorite thing to add, SPARKLE & SHINE!

Kathy Salido
13. Aug 29, 2023

It was fun to push myself to use the challenge colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

12. Aug 27, 2023

Thank you for providing this “Sparkle & Shine” challenge and such great inspiration for it. I enjoyed combining many Pinkfresh products and heat embossing.

Gayla K
11. Aug 25, 2023

Love the inspiration the monthly challenges bring! Thank you! I’ll need to get something made soon!

Luanne Ford
10. Aug 24, 2023

I love the inspiration examples and everything glitter and shine this month!

Claudia Ressler
9. Aug 21, 2023

I played lots of times this month! For “pretty in pink,” I added some glitter cardstock and rhinestones (by the photo). “Sweet sisters” is my favorite – I got the idea to hear emboss a whole cut file in gold. For “Let it go,” I found some glitter glue in my stash. And for “Playground gymnastics” and “Field trip,” I went summery (so the “shine” is for sunshine).

8. Aug 21, 2023

Great challenge and inspiration, as always x

Claire Hawkins
7. Aug 20, 2023

Thanks for another wonderful challenge. A little late getting to this challenge but nonetheless here are two layouts.

6. Aug 17, 2023

My 4th of July layout uses a holographic paper that I recycled from some toy packaging. :) And it documents fireworks, which also goes with the theme. :)

5. Aug 16, 2023

Wasn’t sure I could enter this month, as I’m one handed for 6 weeks. Thanks to having the card base & sentiment already done, along with an electronic die cutting machine, I got a card made! Now to write a blog post before the deadline!

Greta H
4. Aug 16, 2023

Thanks for the challenge! Lots of shiny and sparkly possibilities with Pinkfresh products! I always love the DT’s inspiration too. <3

Cynthia Baldwin
3. Aug 15, 2023

I just entered a scrapbook page—yes, PFS has been responsible for me getting back into scrapbooking, so THANK YOU! I used the colors offered and a bit of sparkle and shine from gold splatters and gold foiled sentiments.

Donna Phelan
2. Aug 15, 2023

I shared my entry to the August Challenge-Sparkle and Shine! My card design sparkles with elements of hot foiling, gold embossing, and metallic ink. So much fun joining the challenge this month!

Christina -My Crafty Trails
1. Aug 10, 2023

I adore all of the SPARKLE & Shine – especially the GOLD used by the designers!
I just received my TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY Stamp & Die Set, so PERFECT for this challenge! Yay!!!! Thank you for all of the lovely inspirations!
Creating with Pinkfresh products is a dream!
-Kimberly Wiener


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