Yes, I'm using the embossing pad. I watched the videos on the Slice site and it looks like I'm doing everything right. After updating the Slice and adjusting the Settings, the gal just popped the blade out, put in the embossing tip, and it worked first time for her.
Instead of "Have a nice day," I think I'll start saying, "Have the day you deserve." You know, let karma sort it out.