I did finally get a chance to do the color challenge from yesterday….just not until late last night!  I asked Rachel (Rachelhope13) to fill in for me this week because I knew I would probably  not get a chance to do one.  Thank you for filling in AND for choosing such a great combo!   You can find Rachel’s challenge colors here.

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I wasn’t sure what to do with these colors at first, but I knew I wanted to use this cute octopus!  So I colored her in with certainly celery using my new Niji Waterbrush with reinkers to color it.  (I’ll come back to the waterbrushes later, promise!)  Then I did her ‘suction cups’? or whatever those things on the underside of her legs are…..I colored them with Old Olive.  I punched her out with the jumbo circle punch.  I edged it with black stazon then mounted that on a vintage violet mega scalloped punch.  I sponged whtie craft on the scallops.  That was mounted on a giga scalloped circle with white dots made with the Signo white gel pen.  I then ran a strip of vintage violet through the cuttlebug and brushed white craft ink over it.  I mounted that on a strip of white cardstock that had a scalloped edge made by the SU corner rounder with the guard taken off.  I tied polkadot organdy and certainly celery grosgrain around this piece.  That strip was mounted on the certain celery card base with the sentiment stamped in vintage violet.  The scalloped octopus was then mounted on dimensionals.

Now…..as to those waterbrushes.  I love to watercolor. I have long used SU’s aquapainters.  But, I never use the large ones so they just sit there.  Plus, lately I’ve had issues with too much water – perhaps a faulty brush.  Then I saw Debbie (one of my stamping idols) recommend the Niji Waterbrush.  So, of course I had to try it!  I found some on ebay for a reasonable price and got two small (9mm) brushes.  I got them yesterday and immediately had to try it out.  It’s a little harder to fill with water than the SU one, of course – had I read the directions I am sure it would have been easy!

It has the smallest tip!  I love it!  Perfect for detail watercoloring.  I have only used it once so far, but I am already loving the control I have with the smaller brush!  They do sell other sizes, so look around!  And I don’t remember what ebay seller I got them from, you can just search for them.  I think Ellen Hutson’s store sells them as well.

And a little FYI – for those of you who got in on the versamark Dew Drops share  – or were wishing you had – Julie is doing it again!  Only this time, the Brilliance inks are available too!  You can do one or both of these shares there! So head on over to Doodliedoo and check out the Dew Drops and Brilliance inks shares – you won’t find a better deal on them anywhere!!  She’s even got an Essential glue Pad add on!

okay, now I’m off to Andy’s first grade awards ceremony!