Calligraphy, Painting and Engraving

1318 Sales


Calligraphy, Painting and Engraving

1318 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

ArtfulCelebrations is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Artful Celebrations will be closed for the week of July 23rd to July 30th. During this time I will be checking messages every couple of days. Thanks!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 22, 2016

Artful Celebrations will be closed for the week of July 23rd to July 30th. During this time I will be checking messages every couple of days. Thanks!


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Peggy Shum

Peggy Shum on Jul 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Kathy did an amazing job on our wedding invitation envelopes and was a delight to work with!

Peggy Shum

Peggy Shum on Jul 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Kathy did an amazing job on our wedding invitation envelopes and was a delight to work with!

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My Story

My name is Kathy Saunders and I have been doing calligraphy & painting for over 36 years. About 10 years ago I also added hand engraving to my list of jobs that I love! My home studio has allowed me the wonderful opportunity to raise my children and do my work in the same place. I'm a lucky girl!

Much of my calligraphy work is for wedding invitations, envelope addressing, place cards, menus, wedding scrolls, vows & poems. I'll paint on anything, including glassware, banners and rocks! My hand painted aisle runners have been shipped around the globe for weddings and other special events. Engraving is always popular and can be used for ornaments, glassware, silver, glass "stones", knives and even wood!

I served as treasurer of The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) for 27 years, and I am currently serving as the Corresponding Secretary. In 2001, I was inducted into the IAMPETH Book of Honor. My work can be found all over the world, and my envelopes have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Thanks for stopping by my Etsy shop. If you have any questions, or need a special order, please contact me. I'll be happy to help!

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    Kathy Saunders began her business as a penman and calligrapher over 36 years ago. Working from her studio in Upstate NY, she has created commissioned works of art that are displayed around the world, and has done contract work for The White House.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 16, 2016
Thank you for shopping at Artful Celebrations. All of my items are written, painted and/or engraved by hand.

I make every effort to be sure the photos displayed are a good representation of the item. Some colors can look different on various monitors. The engraved glass tiles and stones tend to be a bit darker in real life than in a photo, since the camera flash can reflect off of the glass. If you need an item to match an exact color, please contact me and I'll be happy to accommodate your special request.

I happily take custom orders. A favorite quote, a custom aisle runner, custom engraving, or custom invitations & envelopes. If you have questions, please let me know.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
I will accept Etsy Direct Checkout, PayPal, Money Orders or Personal Checks.
If using PayPal please post payment within 24 hours. Orders by PayPal will usually ship the next day, unless the item has to be custom made.
If paying by money order or personal check, please contact me within 24 hours to inform me of the method of payment, and when it will be sent. Orders by money order will ship upon receipt of payment.
Orders by personal check will ship when the check clears, usually about 10 days.
All orders MUST be paid in full before shipping....unfortunately I learned that the hard way. Thanks for understanding!

Custom orders require a deposit. If you need to cancel the order, I will refund your deposit in full, as long as I haven't started the job yet. If I have started your custom order, I will not be able to refund your deposit. Thanks for understanding!

If you have made a deposit on an aisle runner and I have already purchased the blank runner, your deposit will not be refunded.

If you have made a deposit to reserve a time slot for envelope addressing and you need to cancel, your full deposit will be refunded as long as you cancel AT LEAST 2 weeks in advance. This is because I will not be able to fill that time slot with another job at such short notice. Thanks!
I'll ship items anywhere! Shipping costs will depend on the size and weight of the item. International buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred. My normal shipping method for calligraphy or engraving items is USPS. If you would like me to use UPS or FedEx and are willing to pay for either of those services, I will be happy to ship using those methods.

Aisle runners normally ship by FedEx Ground, which is the least expensive and the most reliable. Cost will depend on the size and weight of the runner and where it is going. I do not upcharge shipping costs.

I am not responsible for shipping delays, loss or damage, since these issues are beyond my control after the item has left my possession. I strongly encourage you to ask for insurance against loss or damage in shipping. If I am shipping custom wedding invitations or invitation envelopes I have completed with calligraphy, you should request insurance equal to the amount it will cost to replace them, as well as the cost of the calligraphy. If you have purchased a custom aisle runner, just request insurance and I will cover it for the entire value. The cost of insurance is minimal, compared to the cost of replacement for these items! I have never had a shipment get lost, but it's way better to be safe, than sorry.
Completed jobs will be shipped upon full payment.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want my customers to be thrilled with my work! Being human, an occasional mistake can happen. I will happily correct mistakes at no charge to you. Please contact me and give me the opportunity to make it right!
For custom orders, I will replace the item at no charge to you if I have made an error in the work.
Aisle runners are non-returnable since they are customized according to your requested design. The photographs of my work are a good representation of the items, and I write my item descriptions carefully. Please contact me within 3 days of receipt of the items(s) if there is a problem with your order.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS require extra time. If you are ordering a custom painted wedding aisle runner, please order early!! If you are sending your invitation envelopes for addressing, please allow 2 weeks for me to complete the job before I ship them back to you. Sometimes rush orders are possible and a rush fee will be added if you provide a "need by" date that is in less than 2 weeks. In a hurry? Please contact me and I'll do everything I can to accommodate your order.

For ENVELOPE CALLIGRAPHY, please plan on sending 10% extra envelopes to allow for errors or changes. Nobody is perfect! Please plan to submit your list with the addresses written in "label format" and not as a spreadsheet. A Word document in 2 columns and 12 point text is perfect. It also saves on printer paper! I will address your envelopes using proper etiquette (apartment numbers on a separate line, etc.), unless you indicate that you prefer to have them addressed exactly as your list appears. Please let me know if you'd like me to send you a document with envelope addressing guidelines.

When shipping your envelopes to me, you may want to include insurance or delivery confirmation so that you can track the package, but please do not require a signature for delivery. I'll need to get to the post office to pick up the package, and it could be some time before I'm able to do that during post office hours.

Because I cannot be responsible for AISLE RUNNER installation or product use after it leaves my hands, please read the following disclaimer:
Kathy Saunders and/or Artful Celebrations will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, as a result of installation and usage, proper or improper, of our aisle runners or other products. By purchasing an aisle runner and or other products, you assume full responsibility for the proper installation and use of all products, and all possible results from the usage herein. Every customer of Kathy Saunders and/or Artful Celebrations assumes these legal responsibilities upon submitting an order for our products either electronically or manually.

More information

Last updated on Mar 16, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Custom items require extra time. Please plan early!

Calligraphy envelope addressing requires 2 weeks. If RUSH service is needed, please contact us for details and availability.

If you need a price on a custom aisle runner, please read the detailed information in the Etsy listing and contact me with the information required. I can't give you a price on custom work, without knowing the details of your needs.