You will be an old pro at this MB in time.
Can't wait to see more posts from you.
I am one of the fans who rave about Cra-z-Art color pencils. I love them more than my Prisma's. Prisma pencils are the only color pencils I use blending techniques with. My other pencils, including Cra-z-Art, I pencil shade with. I learned in art school pencil shading. It wasn't until I started posting at stamping forums I learned about OMS and all those techniques. I prefer to pencil shade over OMS.
There are so many good books on the market about color pencil techniques that will teach you a lot, if that helps any.