I am a firm believer of buy the matching solid cardstock when you purchase the pattern paper.
My must haves extra are white, various shades of offwhite/tan/beige, a nice red, navy blue, and black.
What to avoid in large amounts...bright colors like the primary colors. These do end up being the "go to colors" for Holiday projects, but other than that there isn't a lot of use for bright colors and they never seem to match anything else.
and, while I have bought them myself, stacks or bundles of assorted colors do make sense if you think you will use the majority of the colors. But often only a few sheets seem to work out and the rest end up being these off colors that don't match anything.
I am a bazzill girl. I HATE the white core cardstocks.
I like "almost" solids....like the basic grey solids or the Bo Bunny double dot pps..a monochromatic tone on tone. I don't why I stopped buying solids to match the pps I buy. I used to. As far as solids I like to keep around..I'd say black and white and kraft. Of all the solids I do have,..I never seem to have the right color lol.
I do like Bazzill and DCWV for the textures and colors.
I buy those cheap 81/2x11 packs of solids when they go on sale. I use them a lot for matting and cards. And I just love the way they look all lined up. A beautiful rainbow of paper.
Other than that I buy solids when buying pp. I've also been known to run to J's or M's for ONE piece of paper that I need. (Ask me how many times I've actually gotten out of there with ONE piece of paper!)
I've always been mostly happy with CS from either HL or Archivers. But lately I've mostly been working paper packs from BG or Echo Park so I've been buying a lot of Bazzill because I can find the colors that match according to the Bazzill Matchmaker (on their website).
Now when it comes to CS that I use to cut on my Sil SD I stick to the HL brand because I know exactly what setting I need. I usually have troubles cutting Bazzill unless it's a fairly simple design.
I prefer the Bazzill, although any cardstock that has texture! I like the little extra dimension it gives. My must haves are: black, white, kraft and jewel tones, so richer colors. I tend to avoid brights and pastels unless absolutely necessary!
I like them all and I feel like my scraproom is naked if I know of any hole in the Roy G Biv.
I went to the store tonight because earlier in the day I realized that while I had bright green, and dark green, and neon green, and pale green... I didn't have nice bright grass green. I bought a few sheets of all the middle greens they had in stock.
I would say the pile is mostly Bazzill, but I also love Coordinations, and AC.
Edited by Msceejay2000 on 05-26-11 07:13 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I love pp and am drawn to Basic Grey and Echo Park right now. But of late, I am making sure I have white, espresso, and black in stock at all times and I get it from my Creative Memories rep and I also like Stampin' up papers too.
I really love all kinds of paper but cannot really justify buying any when I have soooo much to use up!, lol!
I love Bazzill, and I'm lucky to live near enough to go to the yearly warehouse sale. I tend to buy 3 of the $30 pizza boxes at a time...they are usually at CKC with the same deals, so I try to get at least 1 of the $20 boxes just to get me thru till the warehouse sale.
I'm generally not a "brand" person. I just look for the color I need. However, I do try to keep a supply of Stampin' Up cardstock on hand. I don't think it has anything to do with quality though - it's just nice to be able to get paper, markers, ink pads, and embellishments - all in the exact same colors.