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  1. Stationery with a Colorful Edge

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    Transform the plainest note cards into cheery, even elegant, stationery with nothing more than a stamp pad. Just run the edge of the paper and envelopes along the pad (use one that's soft and spongy). These bright colors are perfect for spring and summer, but you can swap them out for different shades to suit your mood or the occasion. For a more formal look, try a gold or silver stamp pad.

    Voyage pigment ink pad set, $10, by Martha Stewart Crafts; michaels.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2011
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  2. Paper Party Bracelet

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    It's hard to believe these glitzy bangles began as humble paper-towel tubes. Prepare for the party by slicing the tubes into rings with a utility knife. Wait until kids are finished decorating before you snip the rings open for wearing -- gluing is easier when they're still intact.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005
  3. Good Thing

    Simple Pet Pillow

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    It's a dog's life -- and a cushy one at that. This soft bed, suitable for small pooches, can be refreshed with a quick switch of covers. You'll need 2 same-size dish towels, 2-inch-thick foam (cut 4 inches shorter and narrower than the towels), and iron-on Velcro fasteners. Lay towels on top of each other, good sides facing. Sew 3 sides, about 1/2 inch in from towel edges. Turn inside out, insert foam, and iron the fasteners to the open side. For a neat appearance, fold that end as if gift-wrapping a box and use the fasteners to keep in place.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2007
  4. Gilded Stationery

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    Use a gold-colored metallic-paint pen to "gild" the borders of invitations, note cards, gift tags, envelopes, and place cards. Purchase the paint pen from a crafts or art-supply store. On a covered work surface, run the pen's felt tip flush along all edges of the paper; the paint will bleed slightly, creating a glimmering border.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. A Sparkling Underskirt

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    A bit of frill adds instant holiday flair. To make a sparkling underskirt, find a slip slightly longer than your dress. Use fabric glue, such as Magna-Tac, to attach overlapping rows of 30-mm gold paillettes to the hem. 

    For the look: Madison dress, in Aqua Marine, 57grand.com.

    How to Make a Paillette Flower Ring

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
  6. Monochromatic Log Cabin Leather Tote

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    A monochromatic log cabin design in soft cowhide gives the pattern a modern yet relaxed vibe. 

    To make the bag, stitch together an 8-by-5 1/2-inch rectangle and 3-inch-wide strips using a leather needle and heavy-duty thread. Be sure to increase the stitch length to avoid perforating the leather. Add a strap of natural canvas. If you like, you can sew a matching lining.

    Sources: Wyoming cowhide, in Beige, globalleathers.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
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