those sweet critters are obviously the stars of the show, which is why i saved the piece of giftwrap they were on from one of my holiday packages last xmas. the kraft and red paper with the pine boughs was also giftwrap. see?
in both cases i had saved the pieces fairly neatly, having trimmed a smooth section of each to a size smaller than 12x12 so i could store them in my holiday paper carrier thingie. when i sat down to make my card i applied a piece of plain white cardstock that i'd run through my xyron machine to the back of each to make them a little sturdier. then I trimmed the branches to fit the background of my A7 card and fussy cut the critters!
i used the current sketch saturday --albeit rotated ninety degrees-- to guide the layout of my elements.