http://www.youtube.com/user/PhotoGavin Someone remarked that he's the Bobby Ross of photoshop.
Gavin's tutorials are easy to follow even though there are a lot of steps. I would listen and then pause it so I could do the project in Elements. Worked well for me. So you might want to check out his tutorials. I've put his link in Blogs I Follow in the right hand portion of my blog.
Here's a picture sphere that I made following his directions.