The first thing that caught my eye was an elephant, but I wanted to do it like a stuffed animal. So I decided to paper piece it with some fun papers.
The other thing that I do because of my lack of scissor skills is stamp the image on the base cardstock even if I'm going to completely cover it with paper. That way, if I happen to cut in a little too far on the patterned paper and completely lose some of my black line, you can still see the black line from the bottom stamped image.
To add a little interest to my elephant, I cut his head off!! I wanted to pop it and give him some dimension. I also used a builder sentiment set called Little Bits of Baby. It's fun because I can pick the words that I want, use different colors, and even overlap the words.