Well ladies and gents! If you can imagine there I was fiddling around with the wires around my desk getting it tidied up for the cable guy who is coming to fix my failing modem. I saw that my cricut was plugged into the wrong power supply (a different power cord etc) and so not thinking it would help at all (power is power right! lol) I switched the cords and gave it a whirl and a MIRACLE happened!!! it seemed to fix the issue. I only had time for a quick test cut but it seemed good.
Yay, Yay, Yay!
I never would have thought that using a different power cord would have created the issue.
Keep your fingers crossed that when I craft tonight it's still fixed! ;)