Oh, sorry, I couldn't resist...I'm in a silly mood :-)
But a light bulb went off this morning and I remembered that what I am really excited about is that I joined the National Association of Photoshop Professionals last week! So this is what I came up with...my membership card, with Scott Kelby's Photoshop CS4 book in the back ground, LOL!
I hope you will forgive me for no Before and After, or "recipe" today, but I want to get this posted!
I will tell you that I first made some basic edits in Adobe Camera Raw in Bridge, then brought it into Photoshop as a Smart Object. There I clipped a Curves Adjustment layer to the original photo to brighten the whites and added a mask to keep the background less saturated. Then I added two of Kim's fabulous textures, Celebrate (being the literal person that I am) and February Magic Edges.
Don't stress out about your Christmas preparations...you can always use my excuse and celebrate Armenian (Orthodox) Christmas on January 6! I'm only one-quarter Armenian, by the way. My dad's dad was from the "Old Country". I like to say that my taste buds are Armenian because I love spicy food :-)