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Trying Out The Groove by Art-C in an Altered Book

Carolyn's made a video playing with the Groove Tool in an altered book!

Carolyn's made a video playing with the Groove Tool in an altered book!When I was invited to try out the Groove from Art-C for the blog hop with StencilGirl, I didn’t know what to expect.  I must admit I was a bit skeptical and wondered if it was something for me.  Turns out, it is exactly the kind of thing I like to use.  It’s easy to use and it makes stenciling go faster!

Be sure to check out the giveaway details for this blog hop at the end of this post!

In the video, I’m searching for just the right word as I experiment and play with The Groove…the tool worked great but my mind just couldn’t find the exact word I was looking for…it escaped me big time! What was that word? Dry brushing.  Okay…two words.

Watch Trying Out The Groove by Art-C in an Altered Book on YouTube.

The sanding attachment actually got me to sand.  I say actually because I have a drawer full of sandpaper that I never use.  It’s even right next to me but I never use it.

Carolyn's made a video playing with the Groove Tool in an altered book!

The bright white was just too bright white for me so the sanding attachment came to the rescue by adding a bit of aging to the white circles.  Funny thing is I never would have reached for the sandpaper as a solution but I will be now!

Carolyn's made a video playing with the Groove Tool in an altered book!

This is a blog hop and there’s a giveaway!  What can you win? A Groove tool and a $25 gift certificate to StencilGirl!  Leave a comment here to be entered and if you want more chances to win, head on over to all the blogs in the hop and leave a comment there too!  One comment per blog please.  The giveaway closes on September 26th at 11:59 pm central time.

Carolyn's made a video playing with the Groove Tool in an altered book!

The Groove is available now at EVERY Hobby Lobby store.  Most Michaels and Joann Fabric and Craft stores have it now, as well. At Hobby Lobby and Michaels, it is in the stamping isle.  At Joann, it is in the paint and stencil isle, near the unfinished wood.  Of course, it may be ordered directly from Art-C by calling Customer Service at 800-448-6656.

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

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  • Stacy Caddy September 22, 2015, 2:21 am

    Looks like a fun tool. Thanks for the demo..

  • sue jones September 22, 2015, 2:41 am

    Looks fun ( and a little like a beauty tool i have) . Thanks for showing us how to use it 🙂

  • Astrid September 22, 2015, 3:09 am

    Fabulous and a great video!! I now need this tool too!! Thanks for the chance!

  • Katrina September 22, 2015, 6:18 am

    Looks like a fun tool, I wonder if it will be available in the UK?

    • Carolyn Dube September 22, 2015, 9:04 am

      I don’t know but they might be able to help you out at Momento. Their website is http://momenta.com/

  • Mary C. Nasser September 22, 2015, 6:50 am

    LOVE your video and altered journal pages!! Was so great that you demonstrated how fast and easy it is to use The Groove…and with the different tips! Really like how your Circles and the Small World stencil complement each other! 🙂 So happy you are part of this hop!

  • muriel September 22, 2015, 7:12 am

    Nice tool, really! I don’t use my sandpaper either. The tool being so small I am sure I would leave it on my workspace and then use the sandpaper. Thanks for all the tips.

  • Frieda Oxenham September 22, 2015, 7:42 am

    Wow, Carolyn, this was a great demonstration and I love the end result. Also good to see how easy it is to change the various heads. Like you, I’m not a patient girl!

  • Lisa Dobry September 22, 2015, 7:48 am

    Neat concept. I was suspect when you were going over the Stencil. Anticipated it flinging the Stencil off your page.

  • Boo Martin September 22, 2015, 7:55 am

    You make me want to try the tool. I like the aged look too.

  • Cindy Dunn September 22, 2015, 9:40 am

    I was surprised of the results and how well this handled on something as delicate as a book page. Thanks for sharing this video. Now, I want one!

  • April Lopez September 22, 2015, 9:50 am

    Nice to see this gadget in use. Thanks for sharing.

  • Terry DuMoulin September 22, 2015, 9:55 am

    Wow , a New tool to play with….Thanks for the chance to win one.

  • Dana Hobbs September 22, 2015, 10:27 am

    I think I’m liking The Groove. Thanks for demonstrating it!

  • Michele Haderer September 22, 2015, 10:42 am

    That tool is ineresting….I would be interested to see how it would work on a large canvas! I bet it would be awesome! And I can’t even FIND my sandpaper!!! (not big on the organizational skills..lol).

  • alice September 22, 2015, 11:08 am

    wow, this is pretty cool! i need one of these to use with all my dylusions products 🙂 thanks for being part of the blog hop, carolyn 🙂

  • Annette September 22, 2015, 11:14 am

    Thanks so much for your video. I would never have thought to use a tool like that with paint. Great info!

  • Eloise September 22, 2015, 11:30 am

    I would love to win the groove tool..one more to add to the bin. This one offers so much in one tool. Makes the work look more completed and professional.
    Love your colorful work and great positive, no pressure free spirit; it is inspirational.

  • Kirsten Reed September 22, 2015, 11:38 am

    Love your color combination and all the ways you used the Tool! 🙂

  • Carol September 22, 2015, 11:45 am

    Awesomeness with so many creative possibilities! Thanks for sharing your ideas and for the chance to win this great tool!

  • Janj September 22, 2015, 11:49 am

    That’s a pretty nifty tool.

  • Mary Hockett Thoma September 22, 2015, 12:03 pm

    OK so I hopped over to AMAZON and found the GROOVE tool listed there. You sold me. Your blog posts worked as intended to highlight a useful art product and I bought one. Thank you.

  • Carla Hundley September 22, 2015, 12:18 pm

    Lovely work on your page
    and the Groove tool looks
    neat to use!
    Carla from Utah

  • ros September 22, 2015, 12:47 pm

    Thanks for showing us how to use the tool I think that might be one of my must haves thanks for chance to win

  • Kathi Vargo September 22, 2015, 12:54 pm

    Just watched the video on The Groove Tool – so excited can’t wait to win it. Pick me I can have so much fun with it.

  • Connie Akers September 22, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Would love to have tool & more stencils.

  • Gayle Bessenoff September 22, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Enjoyed your video. However, I’m not completely clear what the spinning motion of the Grove tool adds to just using a brush or sponge.

  • Carol Ponsford September 22, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Love your journal page and just might have to go get this tool. Not so much for the painting part although it did seem to put paint over the stencil nicely but more for the distressing of pages. Love that look. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  • Gilda (McStamper) September 22, 2015, 1:37 pm

    What a great project and use of the Groove Tool.

  • Vicki ross September 22, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Great spread, Carolyn…that’s the way uhuh, uhuh, I like it!

  • Denise Spillane September 22, 2015, 2:09 pm

    Hi Carolyn. Love your pages and the tool! How fun seeing how it is used. Always love your videos.

  • pjay September 22, 2015, 2:33 pm

    Looks like a fun gadget to use and great effects.

  • Jean Marmo September 22, 2015, 2:35 pm

    Thanks for showing us exactly how this tool works! Looks like fun if you let it do its job!

  • Carol Samsel September 22, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Looks like a fun little tool! While watching your video I had a vision of using it on a huge mural I want to do in my bedroom… this could be fun or dangerous ♥

  • Barbara Cobb September 22, 2015, 3:46 pm

    Carolyn, now I have to buy one! I think that I will love this groove tool, and it has 2 speeds, great…

  • julie m September 22, 2015, 4:27 pm

    interesting tool. watched the video and glad you explained about the heavy hand, etc. will make it easier from the start for the rest of us.

  • Trina Flynn September 22, 2015, 4:30 pm

    That Groove Tool looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing how it works 🙂

  • Mary in IL September 22, 2015, 4:34 pm

    you made me want to try it Carolyn! Looks like fun!

  • Susann T September 22, 2015, 5:05 pm

    thanks for the video. The groove tool looks so interesting. I would love to try one out.

  • Cecilia Swatton September 22, 2015, 5:17 pm

    Your handwriting is so beautiful, Carolyn! No wonder you’ve created so many lovely script stencils!

  • Kathy Bradley September 22, 2015, 5:27 pm

    I enjoyed your review of The Groove tool – and especially like the sanding tools – m my arthritis does not like sandpaper. And, it appeared to do a good job with the stencil as well. I have to tell you that you always manage to make me laugh – your sense of humor is awesome. Thanks for sharing your review.

  • Shannen September 22, 2015, 5:41 pm

    Loved seeing the process and the groove tool is going on my wish list!

  • M.Austen September 22, 2015, 5:45 pm

    What a cool tool…. especially if you have carpel tunnel.

  • Annie Choate September 22, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Man this Groove Tool is really flipping me out! What is it? Chinese Red or Homegrown?

  • Annie Choate September 22, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Man this Groove Tool is really flipping me out! What is it? Chinese Red or Homegrown?

  • Carol September 22, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Nice!!! I’ve been wondering about this tool, now I know. Thanks Carolyn

  • mcsuetx September 22, 2015, 6:10 pm

    After yesterday’s blogs, I ran out and bought one!! It’s great. And Carolyn I loved watching the demo.. It helps when I see it demo’ed. I’m very visual, I guess!!

  • Cat Graves September 22, 2015, 6:55 pm

    The Groove Tool looks awesome…..I have to go to Hobby Lobby this week anyways! Thanks for the introduction!!


  • D.AnnC September 22, 2015, 7:19 pm

    What a neat project and tool!

  • Sandra JG September 22, 2015, 7:28 pm

    You make this look as easy as I hope it will be in my hands

  • Terrie Lutz September 22, 2015, 7:32 pm

    Thanks for another awesome video.

  • Susan tidwell September 22, 2015, 8:26 pm

    What a great spread and review of the groove tool. Might just have to get one but even better to win one!

    • Jill September 22, 2015, 8:38 pm

      that is such an awesome tool..you made it look so easy!

  • Kathy H September 22, 2015, 8:46 pm

    As if we don’t manage the creative process quickly enough, here comes a tool that will help us go just a bit faster! Love the results of working with the stencil! Awesomeness!!!

  • Lisa Chin September 22, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Looks like a very fun tool! Thanks for the review!

  • Sue Schultheis September 22, 2015, 9:17 pm

    Art-Cs Groove tool looks like it would be a lot of fun to use. 4 tools in one is always a plus!

  • Barb R. September 22, 2015, 11:40 pm

    I’m a tool junky, and I can see I’ll need this one!

  • Alisa Barott September 22, 2015, 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the info! Great looking tool

  • Glory Mooberry September 23, 2015, 5:16 am

    Too cool a tool – love the quick application while still keeping the artsy feel!

  • Margaret Griffiths September 23, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Love what you did with the groove tool, looks like it worked well with the stencil.

  • Judy Hough September 23, 2015, 2:15 pm

    I love your videos, I have learned so much since I found you. Thanks for entering me into the giveaway.

  • Bea Savellano September 23, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Looks like a fun tool. I would like to try it…bea

  • Sunny D L Steinmetz September 23, 2015, 7:08 pm

    The Groove looks like just the thing for me to use with all the stencils I’ve gotten from Stencil Girl’s club! How fun!

  • diana September 23, 2015, 7:37 pm

    Carylon you make crafting so easy peasy lv y

  • Gwen L. September 24, 2015, 12:45 am

    I love your pages Carolyn! What a great idea to use the sanding attachment to knock back the bright colors – I’ll be trying that for sure! (Says the girl who also has a drawer full of unused sandpaper… lol.)

  • Gail September 24, 2015, 1:02 am

    Now I have to have this tool! What fun!

  • Dorothy Yuki September 24, 2015, 10:45 am

    Never thought of using sanding as a tool. Good idea!

  • Mary Holshouser September 24, 2015, 3:12 pm

    I haven’t done much with stencils but I’m going to change that soon.
    The sanding attachment to this tool will be great for some paper crafting that I want to do – the sanding takes off the top layer and exposes the inner-core.
    The paint feature will help speed up that process to.
    Can’t wait to get the Groove tool.
    thanks for sharing a great project.

  • Pam September 24, 2015, 8:52 pm

    I was wondering what one would do with the sanding attachment. Thanks for sharing your process. This tool looks like fun, and your work is awesome as usual!

  • Denise Nawrot September 25, 2015, 3:40 pm

    Fantabulous! And clearly no mess and a great tool for my art journals, cards, projects etc??

  • SusanS September 26, 2015, 9:47 am

    I’ve never heard of this tool, so I enjoyed the quick demo in this video. I can see the possibilities in my own mixed media adventures with the four different attachments. I especially liked how the application of paint to the stencils resulted in a clean image.

    Thank you for this little video. I see a new tool in my future. Lol!

  • Lisa September 27, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing your videos! I always learn something (usually more than just one!). The Grove looks like it could be a very handy addition 🙂

  • SusanJane October 1, 2015, 6:00 am

    I rarely read and review and jump to buy — but I did this time! Between arthritis and shaky hands and just coordination problems certain things are a total pain in the…. Including things like makeup sponges, sandpaper, and anything with stencils. I am one happy camper with this tool. I works with either hand which is cool. The noise is kind of bleh. But the control and variety is very nice. PanPastels are fun again! Lots more play but a huge thank you for reviewing this product!

  • Linda Richards October 12, 2015, 1:15 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway! I love the page that you created! Thank you for sharing!