Welcome to Cara-Lou Designs

Welcome to Cara-Lou Designs, I’m Emma, a self-confessed cake loving, coffee guzzling paper addict, with detailed perfection to make each piece have the Cara-Lou flare.

Dubbed the Queen of Scalpel Artistry. I spend my time creating unique art for others to appreciate and enjoy.



We’ve recently become more Eco Aware in the Cara-Lou house and it’s amazing how small changes at a time mount into something bigger. Because of this mindset these gorgeous #ecowarrior pocket mirrors were created.


One of the Best Sellers are the Baubles, the possibilities are endless when it comes to a bauble. Often seen as a Christmas Decoration, but pair it with one of our bauble stands and you’ve got a stunning and unique gift for year round display.


This customer commission traditional paper cut is a show-stopping piece, framed in a handmade A3 frame, the elephants float over a sparkly glitter backing with slight contrasting colours.

Greater Manchester

I am proud to be a hand maker from Greater Manchester, depicted here in this badge from Aqua Design Group featuring the famous Manchester worker bee.

Meeting Theo Paphitis…

Design allows me the most amazing escapism ever. Most importantly, I am deeply humbled to be able to do my passion as a business.

Theo Paphitis is best known for appearing on BBC 2’s Dragons’ Den. He’s the chairman of Ryman StationeryBoux Avenue Lingerie, Robert Dyas and London Graphic Centre.

Because of Theo’s enthusiasm for business, he admires people who have passion and energy for their business, therefore, he hosts a weekly Twitter competition for small businesses to enter.

Every week thousands of people tweet Theo about their small business using the #SBS. He selects his winners from there. Most noteworthy, in 2017, I was one of Theo’s lucky winners on Twitter for my Paper Cutting Art.

Due to winning I have gained far more than I ever imagined I would: more social media followers, new friends and acquaintances and an annual event that Theo and his team host.

It’s been amazing to become part of a community of wonderful business owners and I look forward to what the future holds.

So, if you’re a business owner and fancy your chances check out Theo’s website on how to enter.

Lastly, to read more about my win and other awards visit my Awards & Media Page.