Here are a couple of birthday cards with focal borders - background papers for both are from the paper swap I participated in. I know the purple one is HOTP - not sure about the second one. Both are fairly simply made.
The focal border for this first one is made in 2 parts - the border itself is a printed one from my stash - no idea where it came from (but quite likely HOTP). The flowers are a digistamp that I colored with my gel pens & Dove blender. The greeting is a stamp from HOTP. The dark purple is a glimmer paper which I embossed, and the 3 dots in the upper right corner are Jewel Dazzles.
This card focal has 3 pieces to it: a narrow band and then somewhat wider band behind an oval. The greeting was stamped and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The focal was cut and embossed with a Spellbinder's die before I drew around the embossing with a pen. The corner treatments are a stamp (I think it's HOTP).