Like most gardeners, I love to follow the life cycles of the plants growing in our garden. If I were less lazy, I’d make more notes in the gardening journal. Despite my laziness with pen and paper, I’m learning and remembering as I go which plants are most beloved by the pollinators. I am choosing to grow some again simply because of how well they draw the busy bees into my haven. One new wonder I noticed in the garden this week – bees just hanging out inside my zucchini blossoms! Like chillin’. Not movin’, not buzzin’, nada. If I hadn’t attended a pollinator workshop at the San Francisco Flower Show this spring, I would have thought they were dead. I wouldn’t have known that they were actually male squash bees, waiting for females to enter so that they could mate! There are so many different bee species with such fascinating habits – farmers attribute the hunk of pollination to honeybees, but I’d say a good half of pollination here in my haven is due to native species, which I am happily observing during this gorgeous weather we are having here in the Bay Area right now.
So thanks to all that pollination, I’ve got a lot of seed. Truthfully, I’ve had such an overwhelming abundance of seed, I’ve only been able to harvest only a small fraction of it. I thought, ‘What the heck am I going to do with all this seed?’ Then I took a look at the new Matchbook Notebook die from Sizzix’s Where Women Cook Collection, and I knew it would serve to perfectly package a gift of seed, and in just the quantity that suits the backyard gardener.
What’s the Sizzix sandwich for this one? On the bottom, I have an acrylic plate, which is followed by the die, my cardstock, and a crease pad. Because I’m die-cutting a shape with score lines, I’ve swapped out my second acrylic plate for a crease pad. If you have any doubt, check the packaging and Sizzix will tell clearly you when a crease pad is recommended.
Once I sent my cardstock through my Big Shot, I used a scoring tool to press in those score lines well.
Stamped some wordage.
P.S. I’ve put together a pinnable montage just in case you are on pinterest.
Mix?d Media Inx by Donna Salazar Rubber Stamp Ink Pads, Black Color